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We welcome the Jewish Women Artists' Circle exhibit to the John XXIII Gallery at The Basilica. The exhibit focuses on creation and on the Kabbalah, and features work by the Circle, an artist group from the Twin Cities. The exhibit is called "Creation! And There was Evening And There Was Morning" and "Kabbalah: Envisioning the Infinite." The Circle studies Jewish sources with scholars and present exhibits on Jewish themes.
For the Creation exhibit, the artists explored the first chapter of Genesis, the creation of heaven and earth, of light and darkness, of stars and water, and of living creatures. In preparation, they read many different translations of the text as well as mirashim, stories that embellish and offer further explanations and interpretations of the Biblical text. They also had study sessions on evolution, learning about natural selection and the wondrous diversity of living things.
The Kabbalah exhibit explores the Jewish text on mysticism, which is at least 1800 years old and presented in the revelations of Ezekiel.
Members of the Jewish Women's Artists' Circle include Sandy Baron, Jane Bassuk, Rachel Breen, Sandra A. Brick, Gloria Cooper, Lucy Rose Fischer, Bette Globus Goodman, Renanah Halpern, Natalie Halpern (Eichen), Barbara "Boko" Kvasnick-Nunez, Joyce Lyon, Lynda Monick-Isenberg, Aimee Orkin, Paula Leiter Pergament, Dianne Silverman, Sharon Stillman, Anita White, Rochelle Woldorsky
Cellist Daniel McIntosh will play at the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, July 27. He has served as principal cellist with The Opera Company of Boston, The Norwegian Opera, The New Hampshire Symphony and the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra.
McIntosh brings 45 years of experience to his music making and teaching at the MacPhail Center in Minneapolis.
During the summer, The Basilica features instrumental and vocal soloists at our 9:30am Sunday Eucharist. On Sunday, July 20, classical guitarist Christopher Kachian will provide special music during the Prelude, Offeratory and Communion.
A University of Saint Thomas faculty member since 1984, Mr. Kachian has directed one of the largest guitar music programs in the US. He has performed in concert throughout North and South America, Europe and the Far East. In 2012, he won recognition as a National Arts Associate and Distinguished member from Sigma Alpha Iota Internationl Music Fraternity.
Created by local artist Deb Korluka, The Basilica's newest icon will be dedicated on Sunday, June 29 at our 9:30am and 11:30am Masses.
The icon is of St. Dymphna, the patron saint of those with mental illness. There will be a special blessing for all those in attendance, and Fr. John Bauer will preside. Following Mass, all are invited to an ice cream social on The Basilica's west lawn, sponsored by the Mental Health Ministry.
KIPP Stand Academy is moving to a new North Minneapolis location this week. A Minnesota public charter School serving 5-8 grade students, KIPP has been the Basilica's School tenant since 2008. We send our best wishes to KIPP's students, faculty and staff as they move and get settled in their new school home.
All Church entrances are open, but repairs are being completed on the west ground level entrance. Serious water leakage was uncovered during repairs, resulting in a caulking project on the front Church stairs to help control moisture problems. Painting and repairs to interior walls and ceilings begin this week at the ground level entrances. Handicapped access is available through the West ground level entrance, and also on the Church's upper east side, by Cowley Center with handicapped parking available in both locations.
Church restoration continues. Old, wet insulation is being removed from above the ceiling to allow the interior walls to dry out. Removal is being done in stages and completion is critical in advance of any planning for an interior restoration. Initial removal will be completed this week, with additional work planned for next year.