About the Campaign
It is a historic and exciting time for our Diocese! For the first time in our 17-year history, we are embarking on a campaign to restore the beloved San Agustín Cathedral. For over 145 years, this church has made an indelible mark on the Laredo skyline and in the hearts of countless generations of Laredoans. It is time to take care of what is ours to repair and preserve the spiritual seat of our faith and historical jewel of our community for future generations. In this spirit of renewal, we can grow as a Diocese and be strengthened in our faith.
After careful prayer, consultation, and study, our Bishop James Tamayo invites each family to take part in the San Agustín Cathedral: Our Story, Our Faith, Our Cathedral Capital Campaign to support this great effort. Every registered parishioner will be invited to learn about the campaign through a series of receptions at their home parish, parish announcements, bulletins, and direct mail. In this way, each family is given the opportunity to participate in this great endeavor- every dollar that is raised beyond each parish goal, will go towards the individual needs of that parish!
Restoration Efforts based on Historical Significance, Physical Conditions, and addressing some essential Building Code Requirements for life-safety and other immediate concerns:
† Restoration of Stained Glass Windows (24 windows)
† Repairs due to Foundation settlement (cracks on walls, floors, ceilings, buckled roof, etc.)
† Façade-Exterior Restoration (historic features, plaster, details, windows, doors, masonry-wrought iron fence)
† Bell-Clock Tower Restoration (structural, life-safety, stairs, windows & louvers and maintenance on stabilization)
† Restoration of Clock and Bells at Tower
† Interior Restoration of historic and architectural features (details, columns, etc.)
† Repairs due to life-safety or building code issues (pews/kneelers, fire alarm, security system, emergency lighting
Restoration-Rehabilitation Efforts directly addressing liturgical issues:
† Liturgical improvements to Altar expansion and Vesting areas
† Choir expansion and restoration
† Pipe Organ restoration
† Pews Replacement
† Acoustics, Audio and Video systems
General Building System Improvement:
† Exterior and site lighting
† New Ceiling and New HVAC System
† Interior Lighting
† Accessible restroom facilities and accessible routes between Cathedral and Parish Hall
*† Cathedral Offices
*† Conference Center
*† Multi-Level Parking Garage
* Contingent on Funding
News / Updates
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am honored and graced by the opportunity to serve as the first Bishop for the Diocese of Laredo. Since 2000, it has been a blessing to travel throughout our Diocese, meet thousands of the good people entrusted to my pastoral care, and witness the strength of their faith. We are blessed to be one family of God, a multicultural community of believers whose mission is “to serve one another with the love of Christ.”
From the very beginning of our history as a Church here in South Texas, it was the people of God who built the beautiful Church we now call our Cathedral. It was they who sacrificed and requested that priests from the nearby dioceses come and celebrate the Eucharist and the Sacraments of our Catholic Church. It is because of their love of the Lord and their faith that we can stand and worship in our parishes today. Indeed, it is a story of faith and sacrifice, of music and celebration, of hard work and perseverance, of the priests, brothers, sisters and lay people. It is a story of the people of God. We, who are beneficiaries of their faith and sacrifices, must honor and continue to build on this foundation. The following pages outline our plan to ensure that our Cathedral continues to maintain its vitality and preeminence as a house of worship, prayer and inspiration for all people.
I invite you to be a part of the San Agustín Cathedral: Our Story, Our Faith, Our Cathedral Campaign to fund the restoration and renovation of our Mother Church. The success of this campaign will depend upon your committed involvement, prayer, and finances. It gives us the opportunity to sacrifice in the name of Christ Jesus, accomplishing great things for our local Church. While this effort will require sacrifice from us all, I have every confidence that we will, with God’s help, achieve our goal – the restoration and renewal of our Cathedral.
Thank you for your generosity and faithfulness. May the grace and peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.
Todo Con Amor,
Frequently Asked Questions
How will the parish goals be determined?
Parish goal calculations are based on 110% of the 2016 offertory.
How much will my parish receive as part of this campaign?
As part of the San Agustín Cathedral: Our Story, Our Faith, Our Cathedral Capital Campaign, each parish will keep 100% of the funds raised above their parish campaign goal.
Is our parish goal an assessment?
All parishes are asked to conduct a “Good Faith Effort” and work with their assigned campaign director to achieve their goal. If, after conducting a “Good Faith Effort” the parish does not meet its goal, the parish will not be assessed the balance.
How will the campaign affect our parish offertory?
Traditionally, offertory giving should remain consistent. Parish leadership and Counsel will make sure to communicate to parishioners to consider a greater sacrifice and commitment above and beyond their regular offertory giving, and should not lower their offertory giving to their parish in order to make a gift to this effort.
Are pledges legally binding?
Pledges are not legally binding. If the donor’s financial situation changes such that a pledge cannot be satisfied, simply communicate with the Office of Stewardship and Development and inform them so they will not send further communications regarding the pledge.
Will any of these funds be used for items other than the established case elements?
No. The Diocese of Laredo is obligated to restrict these funds for the stated elements. The funds raised for the campaign will be used exclusively for the named case elements and expenses.
How will my parish benefit from this campaign?
We are the people, parishes, and schools that make up the Diocese of Laredo, and we should be committed to sustaining and growing the ministries and spirituality of the faithful both now and in the future. With this in mind, the intention is for this campaign to benefit the Diocese of Laredo.
· By returning 100% of the monies raised after the parish goal, we hope that our local churches will be able to address projects that can make an immediate impact on parish life.
· By providing funds to restore and renovate our San Agustín Cathedral, we will ensure that we are providing our catholic community with a place to gather with our Bishop to pray, to offer worship to God, to participate in the saving mysteries of salvation, to gather as a family of faith, hope and love to further the mission of Jesus Christ by proclaiming the Gospel to the world.
Who handles the redemption of the pledges?
The Diocese of Laredo will be responsible for the redemption of the pledges. The Office of Stewardship and Development will track pledges and gifts, and handle the mailing of payment reminders over the 4-year pledge redemption period.
How much should I give to the campaign?
Parishioners are asked to prayerfully consider a specific gift plan in accordance with their own means, circumstances and sacrificial levels. Pledges are payable in monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual installments over a 4-year period.
Why are pledges encouraged, instead of one-time donations?
Pledges provide parishioners with the opportunity to make a more significant gift to the mission of the Church. A contribution is easier to pay off over a period of time rather than a one-time gift out of pocket. In addition, pledges allow the Diocese of Laredo and your local parish to better budget and plan for meeting the needs that will be addressed as a result of this campaign.