The Donor Wall was constructed in the Fall of 2019 following the completion of our building renovation. The Donor Wall is our largest fundraising initiative, and it will be a permanent monument in the building’s Narthex. The Donor Wall consists of 506 blocks which range from $2,500 to $100,000, depending on their size. Our goal is to raise $5,030,000 to pay down the Parish's building renovation debt. When completed, the Donor Wall will be a beautiful golden cross on a silver background, all made of various sized blocks. For information on the Parish's building renovation debt see our Building Fund Committee page.
The Donor Wall is our main Building Fund initiative. To help encourage additional sales, we are introducing a new payment plan option, which allows for payments to be made over a 10-month period, for a selection of plaque sizes. The details of the new option are available in the Donor Wall Plaque Payment Plan Agreement below.
The above illustrates the current number and value of donations received toward our Donor Wall program since its inception in the Fall of 2019. We are most grateful to all those who have generously contributed to this lasting and permanent display erected in our newly renovated building.
HISTORY OF OUR NEW ASCENSION CATHOLIC PARISH & OUR DONOR WALL
In 2014, the Diocese of Calgary decided to merge St. John the Evangelist Parish and Ascension Catholic Parish into one congregation with one Church building. In 2015, we formed Ascension Renovation Committee to determine the space for the new congregation. After much work, construction started in June 2017. We completed our renovations on August 6, 2019. We also bought a new rectory closer to the Church building.
We now minister to 7500 registered families, 22 communities, 9 schools and 7 senior facilities. Church construction and Rectory gave us a mortgage debt of $12.7 million.
In 2019, we established a 3-year Capital Campaign Pledge Program to increase our monthly donations toward reducing this mortgage debt.
In 2020, we erected our new Donor Wall to give Parish families the opportunity to create a personal memorial to our beautiful Church. The memorial would be a lump sum payment with a name plaque installed for the donor family or business to recognize their support.
Our Donor Wall has 506 plaques of varying size for sponsors. The donations will provide $5 million directly to our debt reduction. We want to complete this project within 3 years.
This will be a permanent commemoration to our new Church and the pastoral services we provide to our congregation. __________________________________________________________________________ We hope you will find it in your hearts to participate in this project. Donations can come from parishioners, families, businesses, and anyone wanting to donate “in memory of” a deceased person. Tax receipts will be given to all donors for their lump sum donation. Donors get an engraved plate of recognition on their donor block, but you may remain anonymous if you wish on the plaque.