In May of 2017, the St. Sebastian Parish Foundation, at the request of Fr. Valencheck, launched Cornerstone of Our Faith, a $1 million capital campaign to restore our beloved church to its full beauty and grandeur in time for the celebration of our parish’s 90th Anniversary in 2018.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, the Cornerstone of Our Faith campaign surpassed its goal just one year later in May of 2018. Restoration work began soon after, with the majority of the project work completed in three months between April and June, 2018. Project work included refinishing the terrazzo floors, restoring every pew and kneeler, installing new exterior doors, redesigning the main entrance and plaza, restoring the altar mosaic, installing new lighting and a sound loop, upgrading the confessionals, cleaning the exterior, painting the interior, and restoration of the shrines, brass work, woodwork and marble.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the Cornerstone of Our Faith Campaign! Your support of our church will have a lasting impact, ensuring that future generations will have the opportunity to gather and worship in our beautiful church. The St. Sebastian Parish Foundation’s 2018 Annual Report includes in-depth details of project work and beautiful pictures of the finished product as well as a list of all our generous donors who made a gift to the campaign from its inception through December 31, 2018.
Along with the 2018 Annual Report, the Foundation featured updates on the Cornerstone of Faith campaign in the following issues of the Alumni Newsletter:
- "Church Restoration Underway" (Summer 2018 Alumni Newsletter)
- "Church Shines After Restoration Project" (Fall 2018 Alumni Newsletter)
To read more about the parish’s 90th anniversary celebrations, click here!