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Message from Fr. Bauer: Safely Welcoming You Back


Basilica Community,

I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these very challenging times.

Today I’d like to update you on the activities going on at The Basilica. While most of these activities are being done virtually, we have resumed some activities. For example, last Sunday we resumed our 4:30pm Mass on Sunday afternoon. Both this Mass and our 11:30am Mass on Sunday are open to the public, but we do ask you to pre-register in the unlikely event that we need to contact you.

We will continue to livestream our 9:30am Mass. At the present time, however, this Mass isn’t open for public worship. Both our 7:00am and our Noon daily Masses are open to the public. We do ask that you pre-register for the Noon Mass, but you can register for the 7:00am Mass at the door.

On a related note, anticipating the colder weather, beginning October 12, we will be moving 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. Again we will begin using this area for check-in beginning October 12.

We have also begun to resume 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.

In regard to our beautiful Basilica building, the tuck-pointing work on the west exterior wall of The Basilica above the doors near the Mary Garden continues. 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.

Finally, I want to let you know that I will be on retreat next week, so I won’t have an update next week. Please remember me in your prayers while I am on retreat, and know that you will be remembered gratefully in mine. 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.


Holy Mary, full of God’s presence during the day of your life, you accepted with full humility the Father’s will, and the devil was never capable of tying you up with his confusion.

Once with your Son you interceded for our difficulties, and full of kindness and patience, you gave us example of how to untie the knots in our life. By remaining forever Our Mother, you put in order and make more clear the ties that link us to the Lord.

Holy Mother, Mother of God and our Mother, to you who untie with a motherly heart the knots of our life, we pray to you to receive in your hands all those severely impacted by the Coronavirus, and to free us of the knots and confusion with which our enemy attacks.

Through your grace, your intercession and your example deliver us from all evil, Our Lady, and untie the knots that prevent us from being united with God, so that we, free from sin and error, may find Him in all things, may have our hearts placed in Him, and may serve Him always in our brothers and sisters. Amen..

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