A Call to Greater Fervor
 
I declare that, in less than a year, more conversions were made in my parish than during the thirty preceding years combined.
Artist:   Miguel Alonso de Tovar   (Spanish, 1678–1758)

Artist:

Miguel Alonso de Tovar

(Spanish, 1678–1758)

Blessed Alain de la Roche, a famous Dominican apostle of the rosary, recounts the testimony of a virtuous priest who said:

“I have exercised the office of pastor during several years; I have preached on all sorts of subjects as well as I was able; I have neglected nothing which could instruct, touch and convert the souls entrusted to me but, seeing that I worked in vain, and reaped no fruit from my labor, I resolved to sacrifice the studied discourses which I had been accustomed to make and try if I should succeed better by simply preaching the devotion of the holy rosary, explaining the prayers which compose it and the mysteries on which it is grounded. 

“I had neglected this excellent custom, notwithstanding the reproaches of my conscience, through human respect, fearing lest the world should ridicule me and consider the subject unworthy of the pulpit.  But I declare that, in less than a year, more conversions were made in my parish than during the thirty preceding years combined, when I had only delivered studied discourses.”

As we celebrate this feast of the Holy Rosary and continue on with our work of building a home worthy of the Immaculata, may our daily rosaries be said with greater fervor.
— Fr. Rutledge
 

Why is the rosary so powerful?  Because it is the devotion that is most sanctioned by the Mother of God – the Immaculata.  Every time we say the Hail Mary and call her “Mother of God”, her greatest title, we renew in her heart all the joys of the moment of the Incarnation, the moment God chose to take flesh from his Immaculate Mother. As the Mother of God, she has a power to do what no one else can; she has the power over the treasury of God’s graces – graces to convert loved ones, graces to sanctify our souls, graces to avert many evils even as we have seen at Lepanto and in other moments of history.    

 

As we celebrate this feast of the Holy Rosary and continue on with our work of building a home worthy of the Immaculata, may our daily rosaries be said with greater fervor.  We do not pray them without a purpose.  We can be sure that a project of this size will have plenty of difficulties, yet realizing that it is her project, we can only go to her with great confidence for help, knowing that just as she asked us to honor her with the rosary, so she wants us to honor her with this church.  Just as she wants our lips to call her frequently Mother of God and meditate on the life of her Son, so she also wants places where devotion to her Immaculate Heart can stand forth, as the Immaculata will in our nation’s heartland.

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Joe Carroll
Original Photos Inside of the Immaculata - circa 1978

These newly discovered photographs show what Archbishop Lefebvre saw during his visit to St. Mary's around 1978. In his own words, he remarks about the beauty of the Immaculata and of its global importance.

"I can assure you that I agreed to the purchase in St. Mary's because of its magnificent church dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It seemed to me to be a symbol, raised up in the heart of America, and destined to favor the Catholic Renaissance of that great country.

I would never have accepted the purchase of St. Mary's without this magnificent sanctuary.

I propose that the Society of St. Pius X participate universally in this: that a collection be made everywhere for the restoration of this sanctuary, which must be like a beacon guiding souls towards their eternity.”

Joe Carroll
New Video with Patrick Schutter, BHS, Construction Manager
 

Patrick Schutter, President of BHS Construction who is tasked with the Construction Manager role for the Immaculata Church Project, talks about what it means to him to build a Catholic Church, and how BHS is capable of handling such a complex project. In this video, he also explains why BHS Construction’s partnership with Hutton is a key strategic advantage for making the Immaculata a successful project.

Any time that you work on a Catholic Church, it’s a sense of reverence. You’re building God’s home!
— Patrick Schutter, President, BHS Construction
 

Table of Contents:

00:54 - What is your name, position, and company?

01:20 - What affinity might you have to the area, or to St. Mary’s?

02:11 - How did you get into the construction industry?

03:49 - How would you define BHS?

04:56 - How does BHS take a vision like the Immaculata and turn it into a reality?

06:03 - How did you get involved in the Immaculata project?

08:25 - Where are we in the process of the building itself?

11:07 - What is your perspective of the Immaculata Church Project so far?

12:08 - What did you remember most from the June 15th kickoff event?

13:08 - Can you talk to what it means to you to build a Catholic Church?

 
That’s really where the pinnacle of any Catholic happens… is at Mass!
— Patrick Schutter, President, BHS Construction
 

For more information on why a Construction Manager is so important to the project, read the recent news post entitled “BHS/Hutton Appointed ‘Construction Manager at Risk’”. https://www.anewimmaculata.org/news-and-updates/2019/9/4/bhshutton-appointed-as-construction-manager-at-risk

 
 
 
Joe Carroll
Over $7,000,000 Raised in 2 Months
 
In two months, donors have stepped forward, pledging $7,480,000 toward the Immaculata Project.
 
 
 

In two months, donors have stepped forward, pledging $7,480,000 toward the Immaculata Project.

Over 750 souls who made this sacrifice have increased the funds raised from $15,820,000 (53% of our goal as of June 30) to $23,300,000 (78% of our goal as of August 31).

 
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40 Years Waiting, 10 Years Progress, 2 Months Exponential Growth

This chart shows the increase in funds raised towards the current project since 2009. The amounts raised have steadily increased, especially in the last two months.

 

This chart shows the increase in funds raised towards the current project since 2009. The amounts raised have steadily increased, especially in the last two months.

Of the $7,480,000 pledged, $870,000 has been received and $6,610,000 will be collected in the future. Pledges are important because they allow supporters to establish a donation that fits their budget while spreading payments over a five-year period. Moreover, pledges let the Immaculata Project leaders know what to expect over time. As such, it is important that everyone follows the payment schedule they established.

 
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The above charts show:

1)     Funds raised and spent on the current project

2)     Funds raised and still on hand

3)     Pledges to be collected

4)     The amount still needed to be raised

In two months’ time, the amount needed (yellow section #4) has been cut in half. New contributions, including new pledges, will further decrease the yellow section. Going forward, as donors make their pledge payments, the light blue section will become smaller and the dark blue will become larger.

To have 78% of this goal in advance of breaking ground on the new church building is a tremendous blessing and shows Providence is supporting our sacrifices to ensure that this church is built for the Immaculata’s honor.
 

Making Pledge Payments

 

The Immaculata Project leaders appreciate those that have set up ACH bank drafts making the collection process automatic for the contributor. For those that are making monthly payments by check, our goal is to have 100% each month paid by the 10th of each month. However, the Project can accommodate those that need to set a different date to turn in their payment. 

Some have asked the best way to transmit their check. The Immaculata receptacle located in Assumption Chapel is secure and a convenient way to present your payment to Our Lady while asking her to pray for this project.  You can also drop off your payment at the switchboard or send it by mail to the Immaculata Church Project, PO Box 159, St. Marys, KS  66536.

 

A Chance for Others to Participate

The percentages on the right depict the current number of donors in each guild.

The percentages on the right depict the current number of donors in each guild.

The Immaculata Project fundraising goal is $30,000,000. To have 78% of this goal in advance of breaking ground on the new church building is a tremendous blessing and shows Providence is supporting our sacrifices to ensure that this church is built for the Immaculata’s honor. It also gives pledgers and one-time donors alike assurance that their donation will soon be used for the construction of this magnificent shrine. With the $23,360,000 raised, the Immaculata Project still has $6,640,000 to go. 

If you have not already done so, please visit the Project’s giving page at www.anewimmaculata.org/donate to learn about the guilds comprising different levels of support and other payment options designed to give our donors flexibility and the ability to maximize their total gift to the Immaculata.

Please remember that your school and local chapel continue to need operating funds. Be sure to keep up with any existing local financial support and ensure all tuition payments are paid on time.

Also, please remember that we will release financial updates or news on the 16th of each month - whether small updates or large updates.

 
 
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Written by Nick Novelly, CPA, CFO

Article written by Nick Novelly, CPA, CFO Immaculata Church Project

Nick has been involved with the Immaculata Church Project since 1990 and has been a parishioner since 1982. With almost 40 years experience, Nick provides strategies with financial systems and structures required to make the Immaculata Church Project a successfully planned and successfully completed home worthy of the Immaculata.

 
Joe Carroll
BHS/Hutton Appointed as "Construction Manager at Risk"
 
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On time, on budget.

The immaculata continues to MOVe forward.

 
 

On July 11, 2019, the five-man Immaculata Project’s Core Team, which includes District Superior Fr. Jürgen Wegner and SMAC Rector Fr. Patrick Rutledge, distributed Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to six local contractors to accept the position of Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the endeavor. The CMAR is charged with working closely with the project’s design team and creating a budget that keeps costs in check while seeing that the building effort is completed in a timely manner.

Is the Construction Manager at Risk the final General Contractor to build the Immaculata?

No. The Construction Manager at Risk is brought on during the design phase to ensure that what is being designed can actually be built by skilled tradesmen in the area. He ensures that what is being designed can become a reality within the budget that’s been set. The Construction Manager at Risk acts largely as a consultant who sets the project’s plan up for inevitable success.

The General Contractor (GC) will come in after the more technical design phase is complete. The GC role is focused on executing the project’s plan, while the Construction Manager at Risk focuses on preparing a realistic and fail-proof plan. Often times, the Construction Manager at Risk and his team will transition into the GC role but this is not guaranteed.

The GC role is focused on executing the project’s plan, while the Construction Manager at Risk focuses on preparing a realistic and fail-proof plan.

What makes a good Construction Manager at Risk?

A Construction Manager for a project this size leads a team of people with extensive construction backgrounds and great reputations in the construction trade who have the knowledge of commonly used materials and practices along with strong relationships with local tradesmen who have vast knowledge and experience in the field.

Why is the Construction Manager entitled “Construction Manager at Risk”?

The Construction Manager’s main role is to provide a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for the project and realistic constructability based on modern materials, methods, and common practices that the local trades are familiar with to ensure the owner gets a great product for the best value. Because the Construction Manager at Risk is guaranteeing this maximum project price, he assumes financial responsibility for staying within that guarantee. If the project is built beyond his guarantee, the burden lies on him for making up the difference. Thus, he takes on the added title of “at Risk”.

The Construction Manager at Risk is more than just one man but rather an experienced and skilled team of specialists. Different perspectives are combined to help the common good. For example, pre-construction estimators, project managers, and superintendents all work at different levels to collaborate and share their expertise so that each step of the decision-making process comprehensively knows what materials and methods are the most cost-effective to use.

The Construction Manager’s main role is to provide a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for the project and realistic constructability based on modern materials, methods, and common practices that the local trades are familiar with.

Who did you chose to be Construction Manager for the design phase?

We chose the BHS/Hutton team because they have a great reputation and use experts at each level, combined with an unparalleled knowledge of the construction field and local markets. Having two contractors combined (BHS and Hutton) gave us the opportunity to benefit from the experience of both construction companies. We feel this allows us an additional level of combined experience and knowledge above what one contractor alone could offer. They have demonstrated through past projects working together as a team that they have the capacity to work on our tremendous and unique project on time and on budget.

Where can we learn more about the new team members?

Look for a video interview and introduction to BHS on September 18th which will be available here on the Immaculata’s website and on social media.

 

Immaculata Church Project: Core Team Review

 
 

Meet the BHS/Hutton Team

 
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We chose the BHS/Hutton team because they have a great reputation and use experts at each level, combined with an unparalleled knowledge of the construction field and local markets.
 

Look for a video interview and introduction to BHS on September 18th which will be available here on the Immaculata’s website and on social media.

 
 
 
Joe Carroll
Video Update: Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
 
 
 
 

Thank you very much for all of your interest and prayers for the Immaculata Project. Already we've received a great number of donations and pledges for the project, so we thank you very much. 

I'd like to answer for you today three questions about the project as we move forward. The first question is, “Where are we in the design of the new Immaculata?” The second question is, “Have we already hired a contractor for the project?” And the third question is, “When will we be able to give you an update on fundraising?” 

So where are we in the design process for the church? As I'm sure you've already seen on our website and in the video for the project, we have finalized more or less the exterior design of the church, as well as the floor plan for the church to make sure that it's suitable for all of our parish needs. There's still a lot of work to be done over the next year or so on some of the nuances of the interior design. 

[For example] Will we have columns wrapped in marble or local stone? What will the altar be made out of? What kind of paintings or murals will there be in the church? All of these are questions that we hope to find answers to over the coming year - especially as we bring a contractor on board who can help us with some of those decisions.

Have we hired a contractor yet? Yes, we have. After sending out multiple ‘requests for proposals’ to different firms that we thought would be suitable to build a project of this size, and after much discussion amongst our professional team, we finally filled this role of Construction Manager [i.e. Contractor]. The benefits of having a Construction Manager at this point in the process is that they will be able to help act as a certain ‘construction consultant’ to help us know the constructibility of what has already been designed, and to get more precise cost estimations based on their knowledge at the local market of subcontractors, which in turn will help us establish a guaranteed maximum price for the project.

When will a fundraising update be given? On August the 15th, the Feast of the Assumption, our parishioners here in St. Mary’s made their pledges to the Immaculata. Many donations and pledges have been received from outside of St. Mary's as well for which we are very grateful. So on September the 13th we hope to be able to give you an update on how much has been pledged, how much has been raised, and how much more we need to raise for this project.

Also, I wanted to let you know that we will be giving you updates on this project every 2 weeks. We hope to send you a short email or a little video just letting you know where we're at with fundraising or other news of the project. You can sign up to receive these updates at aNewImmaculata.org

Lastly, I want to thank all of you for your prayers for this project, which - for me - are the most important. Also thank you for the pledges and donations that many of you have sent in. Happy Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for whom we continue to do the work on this project.

To receive these directly via email, subscribe here.

I want to thank all of you for your prayers for this project, which - for me - are the most important.
— Fr. Rutledge
 
 
Joe Carroll
Feast of the Assumption - Pledges for Our Lady
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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.

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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