Summer Appeal Project: Marian Prayer Garden

July 20th, 2010  |  Published in News

Dakota AllenHello, my name is Dakota Allen and some of you may know me here at St. Aloysius as a Youth Lector and Altar Server. I am also a Boy Scout in Troop 561 and I am on the verge of attaining the rank Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank in boy scouting. This has been a goal of mine for many years. My final step towards the rank is to complete an Eagle Service Project. An Eagle Service Project is a voluntary act of service intended to benefit an organization other than the Boy Scouts of America through a scout’s leadership ability.

For my project I have been planning for some time now with Fr. John in building a Marian prayer garden in between the Rectory and St. Aloysius. I have provided a drawing of the garden in the Church vestibule for your viewing. This prayer garden will be a quiet place for you, the parishioners, to come and pray alone or in small numbers. It will also be a quiet place to just relax from the stresses of life. The garden can also be a concluding place for a wedding. In addition, it will be a new home for our Blessed Virgin Mary statue which currently is in need of restoration. The garden will also honor our past for the 300th anniversary and will show our continued devotion to the mother of God. The landscaping includes many types of plants such as Knockout Roses, American Boxwoods, English Dwarf Boxwoods, 3 new Crape myrtle trees, Burning Bushes, and Variegated Liriopes. The garden will also have beautiful hardscape such as Desert gold slate and Cambridge cobble pavers in the form of a Celtic cross. In addition, the garden will include two teak benches at the front of the garden.

Prior to building any project, a scout is required to raise the necessary funds. The price of my project for St. Aloysius is estimated at $15,000, so I am asking for a lot of help. I am asking for your donations through the 2010 Summer Appeal which starts this weekend. This will help defer the costs greatly. Please donate what you can.

Next to the sketch of the garden in the vestibule will be a “fundraising thermometer” that will show how much money is raised so far as we strive to reach our parish goal. I will also be doing separate fundraisers to raise any additional funds not raised through the Summer Appeal. Your fundraising suggestions are welcomed.

One final item I would like to ask is for any parishioners who have experience in the fields of Landscaping, cement/concrete restoration, detail painting for the Blessed Virgin Mary statue, and possible access to heavy equipment and/or those who could donate some of their time to please stop by and see me after Mass. Flyers will be upcoming in future bulletins with this information as a reminder. I will be out front to answer any questions you may have. Let’s work together in bringing a beautiful garden to our parish. Thank you for your time and May God bless you.