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A message from Fr. John Bauer: New Ways To Be Community


Basilica Community,

Greetings once again from The Basilica of Saint Mary, I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during this challenging time.

We continue to miss you at The Basilica. However, we livestream daily Mass at noon, and Mass on Sundays at 9:30am, and we invite you to connect with us there. These and other services are recorded and available on our website.

Today I would like to update you on three things:
First, earlier this morning, at Coffee and Conversation, Johan Van Parys and I discussed some ideas about how people, who may not be able to join us for Mass, can do “Church at home” this summer.

We also discussed the protocols we will be using when we are able to have public Masses again. These protocols will include, but will not be limited to, pre-registering for Mass, entering through a particular door, taking each person’s temperature, requiring face mask, and sitting in an assigned seat.

The protocols will follow all State health and safety regulations. We will also continue to livestream our liturgies even as we begin to re-open The Basilica.

Second, I want to mention that next week at Coffee and Conversation, Terri Ashmore, our Managing Director and I will discuss some of the protocols we are establishing for staff and volunteers returning to campus.

It is our hope and my prayer that these protocols will ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone who comes to our campus. I invite you to join us next Wednesday at 9:00am for this conversation.

Finally, I just want to thank everyone for their financial generosity, their patience, and their prayers during this pandemic. People have been very generous to The Basilica during this time, as well as enormously patient as we try to make our way through this new reality. We are learning new ways to connect with people, as well as new ways to be community.

This is going to take some time—and it will probably be messy—and no doubt there will be some missteps along the way. Given this, I am extremely grateful for the many prayers people have offered and are offering for our Basilica community. Keep them coming. They are both needed and appreciated. 


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I believe Gov. Walz and epidemiologist Michael Osterholm when they say it is important at this point in the Covid-19 epidemic, in Minnesota, to practice social distancing until the infection curve begins to abate. It has not. I hope you will rethink your plan to expose congregants to a high risk, to put aside the governor's plan, to have more than 10 attendees at a service - not one expert in the field of epidemic control advocates what you say you are going to do. We are all in this together. Please reconsider.

The May 20th letter from the Bishops express confidence that "we can safely resume public Masses in accordance with both our religious duties and with accepted public health and safety standards"; and therefore, we can look forward to "the resumption of the public celebration of Mass [as early as] Tuesday, May 26, which will give us time to be ready for the celebration of Pentecost on May 31."

Given the necessary health protocols you have outlined above in this blog post, when might parishioners hope to again be able to participate in Mass and partake of the Eucharist? Thank you.


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