I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during this challenging time. Today, I would like to update you in regard to three areas of our parish life.
First as many of you may have heard, early last Thursday morning, someone broke into The Basilica. A couple of bottles of flammable fluid were thrown onto the pews. Two pews and the wooden floor beneath them were damaged, but the fire did not spread to the surrounding area.
In response to this break-in, we have increased our security patrols by United Protective Agency. Additionally our volunteer security committee will continue to monitor our security situation and will be advising us about further measures we can take.
While this has been a very sad experience, no one was injured and the damage was very minimal. I ask for your prayers for The Basilica as well as for those who perpetrated this act.
The second thing I wanted to mention is that beginning Sunday and on the first Sunday of the month for the foreseeable future, we will livestream vespers for Solace and Peace. This evening prayer will be offered for all those who are impacted in any way by COVID-19. Particularly at this time, though, it will also offer us an opportunity to pray for George Floyd and for justice and healing in our community.
In this regard, there is also information on our website with a list of resources and groups you can partner with to help those people and neighborhoods that have been hardest hit by the recent difficulties.
At the end of our Vespers service we will light candles in one of our Marian Shrines. We invite you to send your intentions to mary.org/candles. We will offer prayers to our loving God as we light these candles.
Finally, as I mentioned last week, our parish leadership has recommended that we not re-open The Basilica for public worship at this time. We will review this decision at our next meeting on June 17 and then every two weeks thereafter.
I know this decision will disappoint some, but, as your Pastor, I want you to know that I firmly believe it is the right decision at this time. And I want to remind you that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is suspended. Certainly this is a painful time for all of us. With all that is going on in our world and in our city, it is good for us to pause and pray, and to look for ways, as individuals and as a parish, that we can bring justice, reconciliation, and peace to our community.
We need to do this, because our commitment to the common good calls us to be both good Catholics and good citizens. And we are challenged to do this so that The Basilica might continue to be a beacon of hope on the Minneapolis skyline.
Pope Francis: Prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of our faith
Mother, help our faith!
Open our ears to hear God’s word and to recognize his voice and call.
Awaken in us a desire to follow in his footsteps, to go forth from our own land and to receive his promise.
Help us to be touched by his love, that we may touch him in faith.
Help us to entrust ourselves fully to him and to believe in his love, especially at times of trial, beneath the shadow of the cross, when our faith is called to mature.
Sow in our faith the joy of the Risen One.
Remind us that those who believe are never alone.
Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus, that he may be light for our path. And may this light of faith always increase in us, until the dawn of that undying day which is Christ himself, your Son, our Lord!
News and Resources
Zoom: Coffee and Conversation June 6, 9:00am
Livestream: Sunday Prayer for Solace and Peace June 7, 5:30pm