I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these very challenging times.
As I have mentioned previously, at the present time, most of our activities, with the exception of the celebration of the sacraments, is being done virtually.
Although one of the activities that definitely is not taking place virtually, is the ongoing maintenance of our beautiful Basilica. A couple of weeks ago, we began some masonry restoration work on the west exterior wall of The Basilica above the doors near the Mary Garden.
This work is needed to seal the mortar and prevent further water damage. As part of this project, we will also install an additional 10-12 moisture monitors in the church interior, and evaluate next steps for moisture testing and work needed to continue to dry out the church interior.
Additionally, within the next month, we hope to install a Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization Unit in the Church. This unit will clean the air in The Basilica and the lower level of viruses (including SARS and COVID-19), as well as allergens and mold. This technology is already being used at places like the Mayo Clinic, local schools, and museums.
It will be a tremendous help in ensuring the safety and well being of all those who come to The Basilica. We are very blessed and fortunate that both of these projects are being paid for by The Basilica Landmark.
On another note, beginning this coming Sunday, September 27 we will resume our 4:30pm Mass on Sunday afternoon. As with our 11:30am Sunday Mass and our daily noon Mass, you will need to pre-register to attend this Mass. You can do this via our website or by calling the parish office. We ask people to pre-register so that we will have your contact information in the unlikely event that we need to do contact tracing.
On a related note, anticipating the cold weather, beginning October 12, we will be moving our check-in tables for liturgies to the ground level of The Basilica. This area is large enough so that people won’t have to wait in the cold to check-in. The doors for check-in will be the west ground level doors near the circle garden and flag pole. Again we will begin using this area for check-in beginning October 12.
Finally, we have also begun to consider resuming some activities on our campus on a case by case basis. Our standard will be ensuring the safety, security, and well being of the participants or attendees. When there are activities on our campus, we will use the same protocols we currently use to check people in for the celebration of daily and Sunday Mass, and weddings and funerals.
As always, if you have questions or concerns about anything that is happening at The Basilica, please contact me at the parish office or send me an email. My contact information is available on our parish website.
Thank you for your continued prayers and your financial support. Please know they are appreciated more than you know.
At this time of pandemic,
Let us foster respect and solidarity with others, especially those who are weak or poor.
Let us remain calm and ignore unsubstantiated rumors.
Let us take advantage of living together as a family.
Let us attend to moments of prayer.
Let us cultivate responsibility, patience and hope.
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