Welcome to our Vision2020 webpage with the most current information and latest developments on our parish renovation projects. Below are links to the HISTORY of project, the FUTURE of our renovations and how to PLEDGE. We hope you find this informative and exciting. Please pray that the Holy Spirit continues to bestow God’s wisdom, grace and patience on our project leaders as they continue to work in Christ’s name, bringing our community together as a people united in faith and mission.
Late March brought some good news related to our Vision 2020 project. Msgr. John had reported in early March that, as part of the construction of the St. Vincent DePaul addition to the Pastoral Center, we might have to install a sprinkler system in the entire Pastoral Center, which was going to cost a lot of money. The county has now determined that we do not. That not only means no additional cost, but it also removes a potential time delay in construction.
Also in March, Msgr. John successfully completed negotiations with the representatives of two closed churches (St. Bridget’s in Baltimore and St. Clare’s in Essex) to buy beautiful antique stained-glass windows. The windows from St. Bridget’s were made by the renowned studio of Franz Mayer of Munich, probably sometime in the early 1900’s. Nine of the eleven windows that we are purchasing will be installed on the west wall of our renovated sanctuary and nave. To the left is a photo of a portion of one window, but it was taken with an iPhone from a distance so does not adequately show the beauty of the windows. The window from St. Clare’s has been stored in crates for over 30 years. It measures 32’ x 10’ (!) and will be the centerpiece of the new south entrance to the atrium and the Gathering Space. It is part of a set of four but was easy to choose based on its theme --- the Resurrection. In both cases, we were not only able to purchase the windows at a competitive price but are also ensuring that parts of two historic churches in our archdiocese will have a new place of honor.
A firm that specializes in restoration of stained-glass windows, Epiphany Studio, will be transporting the windows to their facility in Middletown, Virginia, and will perform any necessary restoration. They will then store them until it is time to install the windows in our new spaces.
(April 6, 2021)
It has been over fifty years since the groundbreaking of our present Church and school. Our worship space was originally intended to be the school auditorium. Over the years, our facilities have been expanded to include two additions to the school, a Pastoral Center with a daily Mass Chapel, a gym and multipurpose rooms. However, we are still worshipping in the auditorium.
Now is our time. We can make an investment in our parish that will carry us forward easily for the next fifty years. Personally, I want to thank you for your generosity and support to our parish. I am asking each family to please prayerfully consider a sacrificial gift to the Vision 2020 campaign at a level proportionate to their capability.
When considering my request, please remember how much your gift will mean to our entire parish community. Please join with me in embarking on this exciting Vision 2020 campaign.
Meetings and Milestones
Monthly meetings with Architect
Regular meetings with committees
Expected groundbreaking for SVDP addition: TBD
You may make commitments to the Vision 2020 Capital Campaign in the form of cash, pledges, securities and planned gifts. Pledges may be completed over a five year period, in whatever increments are most appropriate for you.
Click the link below to go to Faith Direct and make your recurring or one-time donation.