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With the last few weeks of summer upon us, I have been reflecting on the past five months. The day-to-day has sometimes felt like taking one step forward and three backwards. However, when I look back I realize how far we have come. I am filled with gratitude for the resiliency of our Basilica staff and the incredible generosity of our community.
These last five months certainly have brought about many unexpected challenges. Due to Covid-19, the Basilica Block Party was cancelled for the first time in 25 years. Our annual fundraising gala, Landmark Spark, also had to be cancelled. The loss of funding these events usually provide caused us to reevaluate The Basilica Landmark’s budget and unfortunately put certain projects on hold.
However, the last five months have reinforced what I have known for the past decade; I will never underestimate The Basilica community, especially in times of great need. While our gala was cancelled, many individuals still gave to Landmark Spark or made a gift to our Fund A Need. Hundreds more individuals have already made generous donations to The Basilica Landmark Annual Fund. And perhaps most unexpectedly have been the four estate gifts The Basilica Landmark has received from long time parish members that have passed away, none of which was related to Covid-19, after living long and full lives.
These estate gifts have allowed us to reinstate our Landmark project of tuck-pointing on the West façade of the church. This important project will begin at the end of August and should conclude by October ensuring we continue to steward our beloved Basilica against the harsh Minnesota elements.
These Legacy Society Members could have never realized that their selfless gifts would come at a time when our organization would need their support more then ever. Their incredible impact ensures The Basilica of Saint Mary will be here for future generations.
If you have already remembered The Basilica Landmark in your estate plans, please let us know so we can thank you and celebrate your generosity. If you have questions about how to include The Basilica Landmark in your trust, will or as beneficiary of a retirement account such as a 401k, IRA, or insurance policy, please contact Monica Stuart.
Even with these unexpected gifts there is additional maintenance on all of our buildings that cannot continue without your help. The Basilica campus and historic buildings provide an essential foundation to the ministries that serve thousands with countless physical, mental and spiritual needs. As we shelter ourselves in a pandemic of unthinkable proportion, you can help preserve our physical and spiritual shelter with a gift to The Basilica Landmark annual fund at thebasilicalandmark.org/give. Your donation ensures that the building of hope remains strong and can continue to serve as a haven for all.
My deepest gratitude for your continued support and for helping us to faithfully navigate 2020.
IN THE YEAR OF SALVATION TWO THOUSAND TWENTY
AUGUST 16, 2020
CELEBRATE THE BASILICA’S SOLEMN DEDICATION
The Basilica of Saint Mary, originally the Pro-Cathedral, was dedicated at the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15, 1915. Each year we honor this dedication on the Sunday closest to Assumption.