Happy Feast of the Assumption!

The Save Saint Mary Church Capital Campaign enjoyed a festive kickoff on Monday evening, July 31, at the Ohio Theatre with over 1000 people in attendance for the showing of the 1945 classic, “The Bells of St. Mary’s.”

Father Lutz and the Saint Mary Choir were joined on stage by emcee Jym Ganahl and Campaign Co-Chairs, Peggy and Mike Hartshorn. At the Kickoff Event, Father Lutz and the Hartshorns announced that early, generous Leadership gifts to the Campaign make it possible to pay off the parish’s old debt plus the loan from the Diocese used to stabilize the Church when it was declared “temporarily condemned.” This means that all gifts received by the Campaign from this point forward can be applied to Rebuild and Restore the Church.

Our Campaign Website address was published in the August 13 Saint Mary Church Bulletin. All updates on the rebuilding and restoration of our Church will be posted on this Website, along with the fundraising timeline that must sustain the restoration project through its entirety.

Nota Bene: Launching each of the two remaining phases for the Rebuilding and Restoration of our Church are entirely dependent on the Save Saint Mary Church capital campaign fundraising.

In the early Fall, parishioners will receive a campaign pledge packet from a fellow parishioner serving on the Save Saint Mary Capital Campaign Committee.

A very special "THANK YOU" to our Kickoff Event Sponsors and the Production Team:

Bells of St. Mary Level: Meleca Architects, LLC

Sister Benedict Level: Evan Williams

Mr. Bogardus Level: Egan-Ryan Funeral Homes; Martin Painting and Coating; Maeder-Quint-Tiberi Funeral Home

Dr. McKay Level: Franklin Art Glass Studios; Hamilton Remodeling and Builders; JAGH Preservation

Eddie Level: Candi Webber; Mid-City Electric

Food Donors: Barcelona; Donatos Pizza; Gresso's

Special Thanks: Bill Antoniak; CAPA Staff; Jeff Crook and 48-Bell Carillon Chimemaster of Lancaster Ohio; Jym Ganahl; St. Gabriel Radio; Amanda Walker; Tom Wake and Saint Mary Church Ushers; Frank Wickham; Clark Wilson, Organist at Ohio Theatre