Greetings once again from The Basilica of Saint Mary. I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these challenging times.
We miss you at The Basilica. However, we do livestream our daily Mass at Noon and Sundays at 9:30am. We invite you to join us. These and other services are also recorded and they are available on our website.
I would like to share three updates with you today:
1. We are putting together a summer “Church at Home” activities kit that we hope to email to all parishioners in May. Many people let us know they appreciated the “Holy Week at Home” kit that we sent out a few weeks ago. Our new kit will be similar and offer ideas for “doing” Church at home.
2. I also wanted to let you know that we are beginning to work on plans for a gradual re-opening of The Basilica. We will follow all State health and safety regulations, as well as directives from our Archdiocese. I wanted to mention it to let you know we are beginning to think about it. No doubt, Church will be very different when we are able to gather again, but we need to begin to think now, about how we can “do” Church in the coming months in ways that will keep people safe and secure.
3. Wednesday we had our second Zoom Coffee and Conversation gathering. Wendy Caduff, our Director of Caring Ministries, and I talked about how we can care for each other and ourselves virtually. Please join us at 9:00am next Wednesday for our next Coffee and Conversation with The Basilica musicians. A link to the conversation can be found on our website.
Finally, thank you for your on-going financial support of The Basilica. Your support enables us to continue our many ministries, programs, and services.
However, if you find yourself needing financial support, we invite you to connect with our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry.
O Mother of Divine Love and Mercy,
you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
In the certain hope that you will intercede,
so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after these moments of trial.
We seek refuge under your protection,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Do not despise our pleas, but deliver us from every danger.
And help us, O Mother of God
to conform ourselves to the will of God
and to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, for he is the way,
the truth, and the life, in his name we pray.