Case for Support Breakdown Campaign Goal: $1,000,000
Element 1: Worship ($250,000)
Church Roof Repairs, Waterproofing and Painting
Our sanctuary is where we come together as a parish family to celebrate Christ Jesus in the Eucharist. It is where we lift our voices and humble our hearts for we know that “Every Praise Is To Our God.” Time and weathering have taken their effects on both the inside and outside of the Basilica, and it is with this in mind that we plan on water-proofing and painting both the inside and the outside of the Basilica to beautify and preserve the space for years to come. The total cost of this project is $450,000; however, the Basilica is applying for and expecting to receive a grant from the Living Our Mission Emergency Needs Grant in the amount of $200,000. This grant will be applied to the roof repairs, waterproofing and painting, which leaves a net need of $250,000 that must be raised through this campaign.
Element 2: Fellowship & Service ($279,000)
Renovate the Soup Kitchen and Parish Hall – $200,000
Through the generosity of the St. Mary parishioners, we are able to serve a full meal to nearly 150 people in our community three times per week. “For I was hungry and you gave me food” (Matt 25:35) Our Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry are at the heart of our parish’s identity, and, through renovations, we plan to make them more effective and better able to serve the growing number of families in need. The renovated parish hall will also provide a more beautiful and usable space for our community to gather together.
Update the School Building – $79,000
“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18) Every time we draw people in to the Church, we draw them in to our mission and in to the mission of Christ. Not only does our parish community use the school building for fellowship, but we invite the local community in to our church through the Head Start program. The upgraded school rooms will provide additional and more usable space for us and our neighbors in Tidewater Gardens.
For over 150 years, the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception has stood proudly and beautifully as a sign of God’s awesome presence for the people of Norfolk. We stand on the shoulders of generations of Catholics devoted to Worship and service to those in need. I am enthusiastic about the Living Our Mission Campaign because it will help ensure that the beautiful structure that has been the symbol of hope, joy and faith will continue to inspire another generation.Fr. Jim Curran