Little has changed in the infrastructure since the church's building back in 1923 and the gymnasium in the 1960s. It is now time to rebuild the church property. Rebuilding is necessary to keep the church and church property safe, modernized, and efficient.
In August 2018, the Parish Council announced the start of the Rebuilding Pompei campaign. It will be a multi-phase campaign over the next three to five years. It will be no easy task to renovate such aging infrastructure, but we are confident that as a parish, we will all come together as we write the next chapters of our life at Our Lady of Pompei. In October 2018 and January 2019, young men and women from Italy joined our parish for three month intervals. They are part of OMG volunteer groups, and came to Baltimore to help with renovation work.
While property renovation is a key focus, Rebuilding Pompei is about much more.
Building - Our Lady of Pompei is committed to rebuild the church building so it can serve the parishioners and the community.
Community - Our Lady of Pompei is committed to rebuild the multi-generational and multi-culturual community as one thriving community.
Heritage - Our Lady of Pompei is committed to rebuild the Italian heritage that built this church and solified the community long ago inspiring them to continue to care for the church and the community.
The parish has really come full circle - founded by Italians to serve Italian immigrants, we continue in our missionary roots, by continuing to welcome and serve new immigrants in Highlandtown. Our Italian heritage remains strong as every priest, but a few, who has ministered at Our Lady of Pompei, have been Italian.
The first parish goal was to raise $50,000 by the January 1, 2019. That was a lofty goal in a short amount of time, but the parishioners had tons of support. Operazione Mato Gross committed to financial support Our Lady of Pompei with subsidies for major renovation cost. The Archdiocese of Baltimore contributed a $100,000 grant for the first phase of renovation.
During this time, the second collection at each Mass is designated for renovation and maintenance. Offerings from this collection will help defray the renovation costs.
In addition, the Archdiocese has approved a $300,000 fundraising campaign in June 2019. The campaign is primarily for a new church HVAC system and other defined updates to the church property.
How can you help?
- Make a donation directly to the Rebuilding Pompei Campaign. To donate online, visit our GiveCentral page and pledge to the Rebuilding Pompei Campaign.
- Donate your time and talents, or donate your services if you own a business.
- Increase your offering a little to the second collection at each Mass which is designated as the Restoration and Maintenance collection. Money collected from the Restoration and Maintenance collection goes directly to offset costs for repairs and renovations to the church property.
- Volunteer and get involved with one our ministries!
- If you are not a parishioners and looking for a church home, we invite you to give the gift of continual support - register with the parish, attend Mass, and get involved.
- Required safety repairs to the gym - fire alarm, up-to-date emergency doors, exit lights and signs. This was required to continue Sunday School and other parish activities.
- First floor parish office renovations so that all parish staff is on the first floor.
- Gym repainting & ceiling repair
- Installation of new windows in the church rectory to provide insulation and prevent water leaks
- Renovation of 2nd & 3rd floor rectory to create a parish space
- Install new HVAC for the rectory
- Repairing walls and ceiling defects in the church sanctuary
- Repainting the church sanctuary
* MASKS RECOMMENDED INDOORS ESPECIALLY AT CROWDED MASS TIME *
Rectory kitchen renovations * Outside railings * Minor roof repair above rectory * Music Room renovation * Gym bathroom sink and toilet replacements * 5 room renovation for Sunday School (original school rooms above the church)
Rebuilding pompei - Phase 2 (COMPLETED)
- Efficient heating and AC replacement for church. There was no functional AC since 2016 and the boiler was functioning inconsistently during the winter.
- Our Lady of Pompei was blessed with a benefactor donation of $250,000.
Make a donation to the Rebuilding Pompei campaign fundraising that will benefit the installation of new, insulated windows in the church rectory and repairing and repainting the ceiling in the sanctuary. On the first weekend of each month, there will be a special second collection taken to fund the Rebuilding Pompei campaign.
You can also make a donation to the Rebuilding Pompei campaign by donating to the Giving Tree. The Giving Tree is in the lobby of the church and it contains the names of those who have committed to help the church over the years. You can now be part of your church's history for years to come, displaying yours or your family name on one of the Giving Tree's leaves. The donation for each leaf is $500. Complete aGiving Tree Donation Formand mail it to the church.
We each have a story of how we came to this parish, and how our lives change been changed by it. The more we bring our hearts, souls, ideas, and energy to this community, the more of us who say "I'm in!", the bigger our parish's impact will be - on our lives, on the lives of others, and on the world.
Whether you are a newcomer, a 10-year member, or a 50+ year member, think about what this church contributes to your life. Think about what you want our future story to be. Think about how a generous offering from you can help make that future real.