Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Next weekend, August 26-27, we will have a special one-time collection throughout the Diocese of Columbus to support the mosaics that will be placed in the dome of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. When I was studying canon law in Washington, D.C. from 2013 to 2016 at The Catholic University of America, I had the privilege of spending many hours in prayer and contemplation in this basilica dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary which sat on the campus of CUA. The Basilica is an impressive structure, the largest Catholic church in the United States. It is under the direction of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The many chapels in the Basilica dedicated to the Blessed Mother are sponsored by many different ethic and national groups that have come to call the United States of America home. The Basilica has largely been funded by American Catholics and has been a century in the making. In some sense, every American Catholic has a claim to it. If you ever have a chance to be in Washington, D.C., the Basilica is well worth the trip. If you cannot make it, you can take virtual tour at www.nationalshrine.org. The Basilica is almost completed except the large center dome to be adorned with a mosaic of the Trinity. The collection will go toward that part of the structure. I am sure any gift would be appreciated. I thank you for your generosity.
Let us remember in our prayers our children who will be beginning another school year. May God watch over and protect them and inspire them to know God and the world He created better.
Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist