Feast of the Assumption - Pledges for Our Lady
On this date, exactly 40 years ago, approximately 2,000 people made a pilgrimage to our campus, fulfilling an ardent desire of Archbishop Lefebvre that St. Mary’s would be a place of pilgrimage.
— Fr. Patrick Rutledge

On this date, exactly 40 years ago, approximately 2,000 people made a pilgrimage to our campus, fulfilling an ardent desire of Archbishop Lefebvre that St. Mary’s would be a place of pilgrimage. On that same day, the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, our venerable founder laid the cornerstone for the proposed rebuilding of the Immaculata and our current Assumption Chapel became the main place for offering the sacrifice of the Mass on campus.

Today, four decades later, all of the faithful who have, in a way, made a pilgrimage to St. Mary’s with their families to live here will make their monetary pledges to the Immaculata for rebuilding her sanctuary. They will place their pledge cards in a receptacle at the feet of Our Lady in the chapel, thus dedicating their promise to her for the next five years. These monetary pledges will be like that cornerstone, a first visible step towards the completion of the church. Assumption Chapel has been their home for a long time, but now Providence has made it clear that a much larger and grander sanctuary must be built to honor the Immaculata.

For He who is mighty has done great things unto me.

While the parishioners of Assumption Chapel have the primary responsibility to rebuild the Immaculata, we have been overwhelmed in recent months by the interest of so many of you who do not live here but who have looked on our project with hope. Your excitement is not without reason since this project represents a victory for Our Lady and a concrete step towards the restoration of all things in Christ. Your interest is a response to Archbishop Lefebvre’s desire that this church, dedicated to Our Lady in the heart of the United States, be considered a “national basilica,” to use his own words. I would say that it is a “basilica” of devotion to her Immaculate Heart and a testament to the growth and success of Catholic Tradition.

May the Immaculata, whose stainlessness is the reason for her bodily Assumption into Heaven on this day, give us a strong desire to honor her. “For He who is mighty has done great things unto me.” If God Himself honors her for all generations, as she predicted in her Magnificat, then we, her children, should as well. This project is a very tangible way to honor her and for each of you to have the privilege of doing something great for her.

Your excitement is not without reason since this project represents a victory for Our Lady and a concrete step towards the restoration of all things in Christ.
Joe Carroll
Immaculata Update: Looking Towards the Assumption

Dear Friends and Benefactors,

On June 15, 2019, St. Mary’s Academy and College unveiled plans for building the Immaculata Church. This ambitious project will provide the St. Mary’s community with the church it needs, which will also stand as a beacon of Tradition for all faithful Catholics. To be a success, this project needs your support.

Now is the time to prayerfully consider how you can contribute to this effort both spiritually and financially. Spiritually, I ask you to please add the Memorare to your family Rosary so that we might build a home worthy of the Immaculata. Any other prayers for the success of the project are appreciated.

At the financial level, I am asking those willing to support the building of the Immaculata to turn in your pledge cards on August 15th – the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption. While an impressive $15.7 million has already been raised, approximately $14.28 million more is needed to complete construction on the building. Thankfully, donations and pledges have already started to arrive. Now it is time for you to help, too.

In order to assist in your giving, seven “Circles of Support” have been established which can be spread out over a five-year period. They are structured as follows:

First Circle: Fr. Shyne League

This highest circle is set at $500,000 or above. With five years to meet the pledge, it is hoped that 10 individuals or families will step forward to become members and serve as the financial backbone behind the Immaculata project.

Second Circle: Foundry Guild

This all-important circle requires 15 members and is set at a range of $100,000 to $499,999. Members of the Foundry Guild can budget their payments between $20,000 and $99,999 annually.

Third Circle: Goldsmiths Guild

With a baseline of $50,000 and an upper-level of $99,999, Goldsmith payments can be set between $10,000 and $19,200 annually. 20 members are needed for this circle.

Fourth Circle: Stonecutters Guild

Requiring 30 members, the more modest five-year payment plan of $5,000 to $9,600 annually will meet the $25,000 to $49,999 threshold of this circle.

Fifth Circle: Windowmakers Guild

Ideal for single working adults, this circle’s range is set between $10,000 and $24,999. This means that monthly payments between $167 and $400 will allow the 100 members required to meet this threshold. That is less than a monthly car payment.

Sixth Circle: Musicians Guild

This circle, which seeks 300 members strong, is available to accommodate the financial reality of families raising children. With a range of $5,000 to $9,999, monthly contributions between $84 and $165 is all that is required.

Seventh Circle: Carpenters Guild

In search of 500 members, this circle is available for students and those living on a fixed income. Monthly payments between $17 and $80 ensures members will reach the $1,000 to $4,999 range. This payment plan costs less than dining out.

For those who want to make pledges, cards are available in the back of the Immaculata project brochure. For parishioners, I ask that you please give those pledges on August 15th to the receptacle in the chapel at the feet of Our Lady’s statue. Your gift is to her. You are welcome to attach any payments to that pledge as well.

If you do not live locally or did not receive a brochure, I encourage you to go online to https://www.anewimmaculata.org/donate and make your pledge there. In order to ensure efficiency and cost-effectiveness, monthly payments should be authorized, allowing regular bank drafts on the 10th of every month. Annual donations can also be established on a fixed schedule. Those desiring to make a one-time donation may do so through the aforementioned weblink.

If you have any questions or comments on this campaign, please direct them to mypledge@anewimmaculata.org or call 785-437-2471 extension 110. Nick Novelly, the certified public account overseeing the project’s finances, can be reached at extension 444.

Your spiritual and financial support are indispensable for completing the Immaculata. This is a unique chance to be part of a great endeavor for the Church and for the Immaculata.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and for your prayers in this time of hope for the renewal of Catholic Tradition in the United States.

In the Immaculata,

Fr. Patrick Rutledge

Jurgen Wegner
Unveiling the Plans for the Immaculata

"When you give to the Immaculata, you're not giving to the Academy, or to the college, or to the parish really. You're giving to the Immaculata. You're giving to her." - Fr. Rutledge

On June 15th, Fr. Rutlege hosted the official and public kick-off for the new project on the campus of St. Mary's Academy and College. He explained how this would benefit the souls here, why they chose the architectural style they did, and what remains to be raised to see this church brought to fruition.

Fr. Wegner, the District Superior, emphasized the importance of this project, not just to St. Mary's, but to the whole District of America, and even the world. St. Mary's, as the biggest school and parish in the SSPX worldwide, is a symbol of the work of the restoration of the Faith and the priesthood. This unique project also shows the unity of the SSPX and is thus much more than a simple, local initiative.

Jurgen Wegner