TOGETHER IN FAITH
Annually, we create a report to review the life of our parish as well as look ahead to the coming year. Reflecting on the past fiscal year has been a challenging and very interesting task.
Our fiscal year, which concluded on June 30, 2020, started on one trajectory and has evolved and changed as we have lived through a global pandemic and unrest in our city. We have continued to live our mission and values at The Basilica, and we have revised our programs and ministries to continue to meet the needs of our community.
This year, more than ever, we have learned the importance of our Basilica community. During these challenging times, while we have livestreamed the celebration of the Eucharist, we have missed gathering as a community to celebrate the Eucharist together.
The pandemic has been frightening and stressful in countless ways. In the midst of the uncertainty and confusion caused by the pandemic we have looked to our faith for comfort and guidance. And we have learned to welcome people virtually to our Basilica community.
We began livestreaming Mass in March and have continued to build our livestream tools and platforms over the past six months. Our staff has transitioned to new roles and adapted how we provide our ministries.
As we look ahead to the future, we continue to make contingency plans—not knowing what the future will bring, but looking ahead with faith and hope, and knowing that we will support each other.
Please remember, no matter what brings you to The Basilica, virtually or in-person, and wherever you are in your faith journey, you are welcome here.
Rev. John M. Bauer
Pastor, The Basilica of Saint Mary
Cover photo: Virtual Choir Children of Light
Recorded August 10, 2020
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children
of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.
Ephesians 5: 8-9
Featuring the Cathedral Choristers of The Basilica of Saint Mary under the
direction of Teri Larson.
Children of Light (24-96850), Music by Valerie Ann Webdell