I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these very challenging times.
I’d like to begin today by thanking all of those who have made a commitment of financial support to our Basilica Fund. Our annual fund provides 79% of The Basilica’s operating budget. Your contributions to the annual fund allow us to offer the many programs, services, and ministries that are at the heart of our Basilica community.
If you have already made a commitment of reoccurring financial support for our Basilica community, please know of my gratitude. I hope you will continue it and if possible increase it. Your commitment of financial support, no matter how small, or how large, enables us to continue to do those things that fulfill our vision here at The Basilica.
If you are not able to make an ongoing financial commitment, I ask you to give what you can, when you can. I thank you in advance for whatever financial support you can commit to. Please know whatever you are able to give will be appreciated.
If you are not able to make a financial commitment or even to contribute occasionally, I ask you to pray for our parish and for your fellow parishioners. Please know your prayers are both needed and deeply appreciated. If you are experiencing some financial difficulties, please contact our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry. We may be able to help you or refer you to someone who can.
In other news, as I hope you know, our 11:30am and 4:30pm Masses on Sunday are now open to the public. If you are not able to join us for one of these Masses, I invite you to join us via livestream for our 9:30am Mass. In addition to our 11:30am and 4:30pm Sunday Masses, our 7:00am and our Noon weekday Masses are also open to the public. We do ask that you pre-register for our Sunday Masses and our Noon Masses, but you can register for the 7:00am Mass at the door.
On a related note, anticipating the cold weather, this past Monday we moved our check-in tables for all of our liturgies, with the exception of the 7:00am daily Mass, to the ground level doors 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 southwest ground level doors near the circle garden and flag pole.
Also, as I have mentioned previously, it is our hope that within the next couple of weeks a Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization Unit will be installed 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 this project, along with the tuck pointing being done on the exterior of our Basilica, are being paid for by The Basilica Landmark.
Finally, 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.
Loving God, your light shines in our darkness and assures us that you are present with us and that your powerful grace transforms our fear into hope.
May we join with our Holy Father, Francis, in spreading a "contagion" of hope "from heart to heart."
Protect all your selfless servants who continue to serve the needs of the most vulnerable with their hands and heart.
Give our elected leaders wisdom of heart in decision-making that the common good of our human family may be achieved and the gift of each person's human dignity respected.
May the fire of your love burn within our hearts so that we may give witness to the mystery of your love among us and within us.
October 15, 29; November 5 & 12, 6:30-8:00pm
October 15, 8:30pm
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