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As our choirs take their break for the summer, we will welcome a variety of guest musicians in their stead. Please join us for the 9:30am Mass on Sunday morning's to hear these amazing musicians.

Summer Soloist Series for 2015

June 14: Patricia Kent, soprano; Kim Kasling, organ

June 21: Lynn Erickson, trumpet

June 28: Emily Gerard, harp

July 5: Alicia McQuerrey, flute and piccolo*
          *Featuring John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever as Postlude 

July 12: Daniel McIntosh, cello

July 19: The Schmitt Music Brass Ensemble, David Baldwin, director

July 26: Mark Seerup, oboe and English horn

August 2: Andrea Stern, celtic harp

August 9: to be announced

August 16: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (transferred) BASILICA DAY | The Basilica Cathedral Choir, Teri Larson, conductor; Christopher Stroh, organist

August 23: to be announced

August 30: to be announced 

September 6: to be announced

 

France Choir Tour 2015

Photos provided by Paul Bergstedt

Reardon Rectory Update

The crew from Mortenson Construction continues to plow through the remodel at the Reardon Rectory. This week, the drywall will be installed on the fourth floor by a custom drywall company. A floor below, on the south side, the recently drywalled office space and dining room will have trim and doors installed, followed by an intense cleaning.

The kitchen is nearing completion as it is being sanded and will be ready for paint by the end of the week. On the north side of the third floor, fire protection is being added and the second floor currently has ductwork being installed.

Laudato Si' Encyclical: On the Care of our Common Home

Pope Francis has recently released a new encyclical on the environment. An encyclical is a papal letter surrounding a particular topic - in this case, it is about care for our common home. Here are a few powerful quotes from the document:

"The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish."

"Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years."

"We are not God. The Earth was here before us and was given to us."

"The idea of infinite or unlimited growth, which proves so attractive to economists, financiers and experts in technology ... is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth's goods, and this leads to the planet being squeezed dry at every limit."

"Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start."

You can read the whole encyclical here

If you are interested in learning more about this encyclical, or leading a conversation with the parish, contact Janice Andersen.

Archdiocesan Update

It has been an eventful week in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. While we recognize there are still many unanswered questions in regards to the resignations and appointment of our apostolic administrator, the Archdiocese has provided parishes with a question and answer document to try and answer some of your questions. Please find this document below or in the back of church after Mass.

 

The Reardon Rectory continues to be updated as construction moves forward.

The third floor is coming along nicely as the south side offices and dining room are almost completely taped and sanded; painting is expected to start later this week. On the north side, the demolition has been completed and the ductwork should be installed within the next couple of days. The kitchen has been re-framed and the lights are currently being installed. 

Demolition of the second floor will start this week and we are expected to have a few rather loud days as the tile must be removed from the bathrooms. 

The fourth floor is currently being framed and the drywalling is expected to be finished by the week's end. 

 

Construction continues to plow through on the Reardon Rectory this week, with the third floor receiving most of the attention. Remodeling on the south end is coming to an end as the tile is being installed in the bathroom, and the dining room and offices are being sheetrocked and taped. Demolition of the north end of the third floor is complete and the ductwork will be installed soon. 

The demolition of the southwest end of the second floor will also begin later this week, with reinforcements put in below on the first floor to ensure safety. Stay tuned for more construction updates on our beloved Reardon Rectory through August.

As part of a recent capital campaign, Basilica of Saint Mary parishioners raised $700,000 for the development and construction of a new affordable housing unit in North Minneapolis. 

CommonBond Communities, the organization responsible for raising the additional funds for the project and the development and management of the building, partnered with the Basilica to make this a reality.

After breaking ground in 2012, CommonBond Communities is proud to announce the grand opening of the new Broadway Crescent location with an open house on June 9 from 4:00-6:00pm. Please RSVP to rsvp@commonbond.org

Nearly 150 people gathered at the Basilica of Saint Mary with their bikes, rollerblades, wheelchairs, strollers and other personal, wheeled transportation for the Blessing of the Wheels May 31.

The blessing was to offer prayers for a safe year on the road as well as remember all those who have been hurt or killed while using their wheels. 

Photo provided by: 
Stacy Glaus
Photo provided by: 
Stacy Glaus

The staff of the Basilica of Saint Mary would like to congratulate John Harding, former operations manager at The Basilica, on his retirement effective today, June 1.

John wore many hats at The Basilica including managing sound technicians, assisting with evening and weekend events and security and much, much more. John worked at The Basilica from March 2005 and will be greatly missed!

Thank you so much for your work at The Basilica of Saint Mary and we will look forward to seeing you as a guest here soon.

John and his wife Leah, pictured below.

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