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Youth in grades 4-8 will enjoy a week of Music and Art Immersion Camp, complete with field trips to local arts/theater venues, percussion ensemble and handbell ensemble, and throughout the week prepare a musical based on the book of Esther from the Bible. Breakfast and lunch are served. 

The daring, triumphant story of Esther is brought to vivid life in this new musical by composer Erik Whitehill. Through the story of Esther, travel to the citadel of Susa where King Ahasuerus names Esther his new queen—and where Esther faces the decision of her life. Will wicked Haman prevail? Or will selfless Mordecai convince Esther to trust in God and save her people?

With a nod to Broadway, Esther is filled with memorable melodies—from fun and whimsical reprises to expressive, heartfelt ballads.

July 24-28

Grades 4-8
Cost: $100; Scholarships available.
Contact Teri Larson, tlarson@mary.org or 612.317.3426 for more information or for the registration brochure.


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The Basilica of Saint Mary proudly releases BASILICA Magazine, Spring 2017: A Revolution of Love and Tenderness.

Thank you to the volunteer Magazine team for their dedication creating this issue. 
Cecilia Hofmeister, Melissa Streit, Carol Evans, Rita Nagan, Elyse Rethlake

 

Magazine Cover Spring 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside this issue

A Revolution of Love and Tenderness:
Embracing the Pope’s Message
by Johan M.J. van Parys

A Revolution of Love and Tenderness:
In Our Community
by Janice Andersen

Living the Pope’s Message: In Our Homes
by Paula Kaempffer

The Power of the Pulpit: 500 Years Later —
Luther in Our Time
by Johan M.J. van Parys

Reflecting The Basilica: Photographer Michael Jensen
by Michael Jensen

Celebrating the Conclusion of the Year of Mercy:
From Minneapolis…to Rome
by Eileen Bock

Meet Our New Development Officers: Supporting
The Basilica and The Basilica Landmark
by Mae Desaire

Space Needed: It’s a Good Problem — Seek the
Well-Being of the City
by Peggy Jennings

Accessible and Welcoming to All: Improving Access
to Our Historic Church
by Emily Carlson Hjelm

Revealing the Story: Visiting the Artist’s Studio
by Kathy Dhaemers

Meet Our New Presiders: Weekends at The Basilica
by Melissa Streit

A Passion for Art, Architecture, and Giving: Meet The
Donors behind the St. Anthony Chapel Renovation
by Monica Stuart

The award-winning BASILICA magazine is sponsored by The Basilica Landmark, a 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is the preservation and restoration of the historic Basilica of Saint Mary and it campus. BASILICA is published twice a year (spring and fall) with a circulation of 20,000. 

For advertising information please contact Peggy Jennings.

The Basilica Landmark has announced a funding initiative to make accessibility improvements to historic The Basilica of Saint Mary. The Basilica continually strives to make the church and campus facilities accessible and welcoming to all parishioners and visitors. The Basilica’s Disability Awareness Committee has identified and addressed opportunities to make The Basilica free of barriers to prayer and involvement since 2005. 

Every year the Basilica Landmark Ball supports a specific project. This year’s Fund-A-Need is designated to improving the accessibility of the historic structure. The project encompasses adding automatic openers to many of the restroom doors and the exterior bronze center east doors, weighing over 300 pounds each. 

The Ball’s Chair, Jackie Millea, AIA, ASID, is especially passionate about improving accessibility from her personal family experience. Jackie believes, “Accessibility is not about calling out a disability. It’s about creating an environment that allows people to be autonomous—having the dignity to do things on their own.”

The Basilica Landmark Board of Directors invites the community to support our effort to make The Basilica more accessible. It is important that the physical building reflect our message of hospitality and inclusivity to everyone.

The Basilica Landmark Ball
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at US Bank Stadium
The signature fundraising event features creative cuisine, specialty cocktails, and fantastic giving opportunities to support The Basilica Landmark.
To purchase tickets or make a gift to support the accessibility Fund-A-Need initiative visit www.thebasilicalandmark.org

The Basilica welcomes all to celebrate Holy Week and Easter. The beauty and tradition at The Basilica will draw over 5,000 people for the sacred celebrations.

The most important days of Holy week, known as the Sacred Triduum, begins with Holy Thursday on April 13 and continues with Good Friday April 14, Holy Saturday April 15, and Easter Sunday April 16. 

Holy Week and Easter schedule

 

 

Join us July 7 and 8 for the Basilica Block Party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, July 7, 2017

 

Great Clips Stage
Brandi Carlile
NEEDTOBREATHE
John Paul White
The Roosevelts
PreferredOne Stage
The Shins
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Cobi

 

Star Tribune Stage
Night Moves
Jaedyn James & the Hunger
Nick Jordan

 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Great Clips Stage
WALK THE MOON
Gavin DeGraw
Ben Rector
Julia Brennan
PreferredOne Stage
AWOLNATION
Walk Off The Earth
Enemy Planes

Star Tribune Stage
Nooky Jones
Jackson & The Roosters
J.S. Ondara

The MN Lottery Silent Disco returns on the East Lawn - dance like knowbody is watching (and only you can hear) until 11pm

Gates open at 5pm each night

All bands and order of appearance subject to change.

The Basilica Block Party began in 1995 as a fundraiser to help pay for the structural restoration of The Basilica of Saint Mary. Today, proceeds from the event benefit The Basilica Landmark, which preserves, restores and advances the historic Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations. In addition, a portion of all proceeds from The Basilica Block Party go to The Basilica’s St. Vincent de Paul outreach program, which provides services to those in need.

 

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Archdiocesan Update

Archdiocese Update: 

A letter and video from Archbishop Hebda regarding the Archdiocese settlement agreement and bankruptcy. Please continue to pray for all the victims, survivors, and their families.

 

We’ve advanced to the next round in the Church Madness: Most Beautiful Church tournament. We need your vote to make it to the Sweet Sixteen!
Scroll down to the Midwest bracket- The Basilica vs. St. Mary’s Church in David City, Nebraska.

https://artandliturgy.com/2017/03/19/church-madness-2017-theological-32/

 

 

Elections will be held this spring for Parish Council representatives for our Liturgy and Sacred Arts and Christian areas. If you know parishioners who would make excellent representatives, please fill out a nomination form by April 6.

Nomination form

Parish Council members serve as an advisory group to the Pastor and assist with strategic planning, creation of effective communication structures, policies and procedures, and educating parishioners about biblical stewardship. 

Our Parish Council is composed of:

  • 6 elected members including 2 representatives each for Learning, Christian Life, and Liturgy areas,
  • 3 appointed "at large" members,
  • appointed representatives from the Finance and Development Committees,
  • 4 ex-officio members including 2 Parish Trustees, Pastor, and Managing Director.

All elected and appointed at large members serve terms of 3 years and can serve a maximum of 2 terms.  

Council members should be sensitive to the needs, ambitions and desires of The Basilica community to fulfill its mission, and through collaboration, consultation and support, serve as an advisory group to the Pastor.  The

Parish Council also responds to and acts on the recommendations of the Parish Finance Committee and Stewardship Council.

Contact Terri Ashmore more information.  

 

Lenten Rice Bowls

This Lent, The Basilica’s SVdP Ministry is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to support Lenten Rice Bowls. We invite all parishioners to join nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the U.S. in a life changing Lenten Journey. Families with children enrolled in Basilica classes will receive information about participating during their weekly class. And all parishioners are invited to pick up a Rice Bowl at the back of church beginning on Ash Wednesday. Each Rice Bowl kit includes information about this program, a calendar, and recipes. Watch for additional details about The Basilica’s CRS Rice Bowl participation throughout Lent. May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors, an our God.

 

Members of the Basilica of Saint Mary gathered close to 10:00pm on Thursday night to welcome a special family to Minnesota. The family had been living in a refugee camp in Thailand. They had just spent close to 24 hours on a flight that brought them from Bangkok to Doha, Qatar, to Chicago to Minneapolis.

The family was tired, but seemed excited for this new phase of their life. They are a Karenni family—a different ethnic group from Karen, but also from Burma/Myanmar. They are a family of five, with a mother, father, two daughters (9 and 6 years old) and a son (17 months).

To learn more about the Karenni community and their refugee status, read THE KARENNI PEOPLE.

While verbal communication was a challenge, there was a definite connection between people: compassion and kindness, welcome and support—mutually shared between Basilica parishioner and new Minnesota resident.

Look for more information in upcoming posts and in Weekly Newsletters. 

 

 

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