Accessibility

The Basilica of Saint Mary continually strives to make the church and campus facilities accessible to all parishioners and visitors.  If you encounter barriers, or have suggestions, please let us know. 

Arriving at the Basilica – Church  

Accessible parking

  • West side of the church (17th St). Enter the west ground level doors of the church (handicapped accessible entry) Take the elevator up to the sanctuary. Download/View a map of the Basilica campus.
  • There is a ramp on the east side of the building.
  • The Cowley Center lot on east side of the church, enter on N. 16th St. - only reserved for handicapped parking on weekends.
  • Please display your permit. Violators may be towed.

Accessible entrances

  • East and West ground level entry doors (under the Hennepin Avenue main stairs) equipped with automatic door openers.
  • Church Elevator located near west Hennepin entrance for access to all levels of the church.
  • No step ramp on the north east side of church off of 16th St.  These Church doors are now equipped with push buttons for handicapped access.

Accessible restrooms

  • Located on the church’s ground level and lower level.

Wheelchair availability

  • Wheelchairs are available for use in the church located near the Hennepin entrance. Please ask an usher for assistance.

Wheelchair placement in church 

  • The best locations are in front of the first row of pews on the east side of the church or at the break in the pew rows, referred to as the crossing.

Teresa of Calcutta Hall – Lower Level

  • Enter through the ground level doors and take the elevator to the Lower Level. From the elevator go through the Gallery to the Teresa of Calcutta Hall.
     

 

Attending Mass or Touring the Church 

  • Sign language interpreter at every 9:30am Sunday liturgy and children’s learning programs.
  • Listening devices available near Hennepin entrance for all liturgies.
  • Large print worship aids for Mass and special liturgies.
  • Tour guide materials in braille.
  • Braille-labeled signage in all lower level spaces
  • Low-gluten hosts (0.01%) are available by request by speaking with an usher. The recipient will receive the host from the priest.
  • Mother’s Room available to nursing women in the Anne and Joachim Room (Bride’s room) on the church’s ground level. Please request access to this space from an usher or custodian. The room is equipped with a sound system to hear Mass by pressing *202 on the telephone (*302) to turn off. 
  • Marked service animals accompanying their owners are welcome in all Basilica spaces.
  • The weekly leaflet is available on the Mass Times page as a pdf download.

 

Sacramental Information

Guidelines for Sacraments for Persons with Disabilities from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

 

In the Community

  • Eucharistic Ministry available to the homebound for those temporarily or permanently physically unable to join in worship on Sundays. Please call the Parish office to schedule.
  • Emmaus Ministry connects listening ministers with anyone who is coping through a transition and needs to talk. Contact Cathy Edwards for more information.
     

Other Campus Buildings

Rectory 
Handicapped Entrance with ramp on north side
Elevator offers access to all levels. 
Handicapped Restrooms available on all levels. (Not equipped with automatic door openers.)

School 
Handicapped Entrance located on west side off of 17th Street. 
Elevator offers access to all levels
Handicapped Restrooms available on all lower level, 1st and 2nd level. (No restroom on 3rd level, Great Hall)

Cowley Center
Handicapped Entrance on west side
Public meeting rooms are located on ground level are fully accessible. 
Handicapped Restrooms available on the ground level.
(No Elevator to 2nd level at this time.)

 

Disability Awareness Ministry

For more information about the Disability Awareness Ministry's mission to remove barriers, contact Janet Grove