Advent wreath
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Johan van Parys

Advent / Christmas

Christ yesterday, today and tomorrow

During the Incarnation Cycle (Advent & Christmas) we celebrate that God became one of us so we might become more like God.

Advent

Advent comes from the Latin Adventus Domini meaning the Coming of the Lord. During Advent we prepare for the celebration of the Lord's coming 2000 years ago. In addition we celebrate his presence among us today and we prepare for his future and final appearance at the end of time.

  • Sunday Eucharist is celebrated with a sense of longing for the fulfilment of all that Christ promised when he dwelt among us.
  • Advent morning prayer and evening prayer are characterized by the typical Advent melodies.
  • Advent Taizé Prayer with the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated in Teresa of Calcutta Hall.
  • A special Eucharist with the celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated in the St. Joseph Chapel.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available on Saturday mornings and by appointment.

Christmas

On Christmas, from the old English Cristes Messe or Christ's Mass we celebrate Christ's presence among us yesterday, today, and tomorrow even until the end of time.

The festive celebrations of the Eucharist on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are punctuated with great Christmas Carols from all around the world.

Epiphany

The word Epiphany is the English transliteration of the Greek Epiphaneia, meaning appearance, revelation, and manifestation.  

The feast of the Epiphany is thus the feast of the revelation of Jesus as the Son of God.

The original feast of the Epiphany celebrated the four major revelations of Jesus as the Son of God: the announcement to the shepherds, the visit of the Magi, the Baptism of the Lord and the wedding at Cana.

In addition to the Eucharist we also celebrate Evening Prayer today.

Baptism of the Lord

This feast concludes the Christmas Season and launches Ordinary Time as it celebrates the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus. 

In addition to Sunday Eucharist we also celebrate Evening Prayer on the feast of Baptism of the Lord if it falls on a Sunday.

Upcoming Events

Dec 2
2017
Saturday
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8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Join us for this wonderful morning of reflection. Advent and Christmas remind us of the mystery of the Incarnation, an event that theologians and poets have struggled to describe.Incarnation is a...
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The Minnesota Sinfonia performs at the Basilica
Dec 2
2017
Saturday
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2:00 PM
Join us for a free family friendly concert.The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional chamber orchestra based in Minneapolis, MN.The Sinfonia is the only orchestra of its kind in the entire country,...
Advent wreath
Dec 3
2017
Sunday
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3:00 PM
Advent Evening Prayer is celebrated in The Basilica Choir Stalls located directly behind the high altar.
Dec 7
2017
Thursday
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5:30 PM
In anticipation of the Solemnity of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation,  Mass will be celebrated in The Basilica church.
Dec 8
2017
Friday
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12:00 PM
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a holyday of obligation, will be celebrated in the Basilica church
Dec 9
2017
Saturday
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10:30 AM
All those who are seeking consolation and healing whether it be in body, mind, or soul are welcome to recieve the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.Friends, family and care providers of those...
Advent wreath
Dec 10
2017
Sunday
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3:00 PM
Advent Evening Prayer is celebrated in The Basilica Choir Stalls located directly behind the high altar.
Art Painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec 10
2017
Sunday
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4:30 PM
In anticipation of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we will celebrate with the Banderas and traditional Aztec dancers in a bi-lingual Mass at 4:30pm with music by La Familia Torres-Peña. A...
Dec 12
2017
Tuesday
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5:30 PM
Taizé with the opportunity for individual confessions will be celebrated in the Teresa of Calcutta Hall, lower level.
Advent wreath
Dec 17
2017
Sunday
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3:00 PM
Advent Evening Prayer is celebrated in The Basilica Choir Stalls located directly behind the high altar.