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An exciting new ministry has begun at The Basilica, one we hope and pray will continue for many months and years. We offer many wonderful opportunities for families here; one can see children actively involved with their parents in some of our liturgical ministries (has a child welcomed you to Mass on a Sunday morning helping out with our hospitality ministry?) They also can be involved in our youth choirs or our faith formation programming that can start as early as age 3 or 4.
One thing we have noticed is that when parents have a new baby, after their baptism preparation and sacrament, there can potentially be a sense of isolation in our faith community. New parents’ energy understandably has to be focused on their new little one, but how do they continue to work on their spiritual lives and form community within the parish? This January we began a new ministry for this particular group of parents, primarily with children ages 0-4. Our goal is twofold: Help parents grow spiritually themselves and in their families, and to help develop community among them. We have already had one speaker on a Sunday morning, and we are planning for another on February 15 from 10:00-11:00am in The Basilica school. We plan to mix up the programming with events such as speakers presenting helpful information along with giving parents a chance to meet and build relationships with others in the parish. For more information or if you have interest in being part of a planning committee for the group, you can email Ben.
The Basilica of Saint Mary and the Notre Dame Club of Minnesota have joined together for our next Sunday Night Live presentation this Sunday, February 8, following the 4:30pm Mass. SNL will feature Dr. Cindy Bergeman presenting on “How Might Faith Make You Well?”
There is no cost to attend and registration is not needed. All ages are welcome.
Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, Bishop and martyr may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and any other illness. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Blaise, a 4th C. bishop and martyr with the traditional blessing of the throats.
The tradition of the blessing of throats on the feast of Saint Blaise began after he saved the life of a boy who had a fishbone stuck in his throat by ordering the child to cough it up. He is the patron saint of wild animals and those with throat ailments.
The Basilica of Saint Mary will have the blessing of the throats following Noon Mass on the ground level, Saint Joseph Chapel.
The Basilica of Saint Mary and the Cathedral of Saint Paul are hosting the 2015 Cathedral Ministry Conference January 12-15.
People from 78 Cathedrals, 38 states, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have come together along with members of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians (CRCCM) and Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space (ACLS).
This biennial national conference brings together rectors, pastors, staff, and volunteers to strengthen, improve, and appreciate cathedral ministries nationwide.
This year’s conference features keynote speeches by Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ; Sr. Dianne Bergannt, CSA, Ph.D.; and Fr. Jan Michael Joncas. Stunning liturgies featuring the Saint John’s Bible exhibit from Collegeville, Minn., as well as choral and brass ensembles will also be incorporated into the week-long conference.
Due to snow and slippery conditions, the following Basilcia progrmas have been cancelled for Thursday, January 8:
- BYA Bible Study
- Mental Health Ministry Film Festival showing of Running From Crazy
- Employment Ministry "Discover your Best Skill"
Pathways and Employment Ministry's Discover Your Best Skill class will continue as scheduled.
Due to extreme cold weather conditions, the following Basilica programs have been cancelled for Wednesday, January 7.
- Evening Children's Ministry
- St. Vincent de Paul team meeting (12:40-2:15pm). SVdP Outreach will be open as scheduled.
Basilica offices will remain open and 7am and 12nn Mass will be celebrated in the Saint Joseph Chapel. Please use caution before venturing out.
The Basilica offices will be closed in observance of the New Year's holiday on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 and Thurday, January 1, 2015. A vigil Mass will be celebrated in the main church in anticipation of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God at 5pm Wedneday, December 31. The Mass for the Holy Day of Obligation will be celebrated in the main church on Thursday, January 1 at 10:00am.
Thank You for Giving Joyously and Generously…
During this season of giving and thanksgiving we would like to recognize the generosity of our community. The spirit of The Basilica is strong because so many people believe in it and actively support it with their time and financial contributions.
As we look ahead to The Basilica’s future, we plan for growing programs, ministries, and outreach. We plan for all of our members to continue to find support and opportunities to grow spiritually. We plan for beautiful music, inspiring liturgies and hospitality. All of this and so much more are possible because of your generosity.
People give for many reasons: the feeling of making a difference, a sense of Christian responsibility, or the feeling of belonging to a great Catholic community at The Basilica. Maybe someone you respect asked you to give. Maybe you give to make the world a better place. But what ever the reason we thank you - The Basilica would not be the same with out your help.
Year End Giving…
We are so grateful for your financial support throughout the year. If you are able please prayerfully consider these holiday giving opportunities
- Make a pledged financial commitment to The Basilica for 2015. Your pledged commitment helps us budget for the coming year. Pledge forms are at the back of church, or pledge online.
- Consider a special Christmas gift to The Basilica. Beautiful music, incense, candlelight, and special prayers all make Christmas at The Basilica a moving experience. Your special gift helps us provide a meaningful Christmas for thousands of members and guests. Christmas envelopes can be found in the pews or you can donate online.
- Make a year end gift of stock, bonds or mutual funds. Please contact Audra Johnson or 612.317.3422 for more information.
You may also contact Tim DeCelle or 612.317.3472 for answers to any questions you may have about supporting The Basilica. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!
PLAN YOUR VISIT: CHRISTMAS AT THE BASILICA
We look forward to seeing you at The Basilica for Christmas this year. To make your visit easier, please consider the following tips and tricks.
There are a variety of parking options in and around The Basilica.
- North 17th Street. This street will only be accessible to northbound traffic. You cannot turn left onto N 17th St. from N 16th St.
- Minneapolis Community and Technical College Parking Ramp located on the east side of The Basilica offers no-cost parking from 2:00pm on Christmas Eve through Christmas day. Access to the ramp is located off of Laurel Ave.
- Parking lot under the 394 freeway bridge on the west side of The Basilica.
Cowley lot on 16th and 17th Streets, and as marked on The Basilica campus. Please display your permit.
Mass schedules available here.
At The Basilica during Christmas, the scent of evergreen fills the air, gold ribbon glitters in midnight candlelight and flowers adorn this holy place.
We ask your help in creating a sacred space where joy dances in the eyes of young and old, where memories of loved ones past and present are evoked and well up in our hearts, where Christ – God with Us – dwells.
Any tribute gift received by December 12 is listed in the Christmas leaflet. You can give online at here.
Thank you for your support!