HISTORY OF OUR NEW ASCENSION CATHOLIC PARISH & OUR DONOR WALL
The Diocese of Calgary decided in 2014 to merge St. John the Evangelist Parish and Ascension Catholic Parish into one congregation with one Church. In 2015, we formed Ascension Renovation Committee to determine the space needs for the new congregation. After much work construction started in June 2017 and finished in August of 2019. The results were beyond expectations!
By December 2019 we were holding services in our new sanctuary, with a new rectory adjacent to the church. We now minister to 7400 families (23452 people), 15 communities, 9 schools and 7 senior facilities. Church construction and Rectory changes gave us a mortgage debt of $13 million (March 2020). Our monthly loan repayment of $52,000 covers interest costs and a small reduction in the principal of the debt. 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 newDonor 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, which is continuing to grow. __________________________________________________________________________ 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.
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