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Message from Fr. Bauer: This Advent Season


Basilica Community,

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

Today, I would like to mention three things. First, at this point, barring any unforeseen issues or circumstances, we anticipate having our usual schedule of Masses for Christmas, and the weekend after. Beginning this past Tuesday and continuing until Monday, December 7, you have the opportunity to submit your preferences for our pre-registration system if you want to attend Mass in person during the Christmas season. You can find the pre-registration form on our website.

We also plan to livestream several of our Masses during the Christmas season, for those who don’t feel comfortable attending Mass in-person. Also I want to remind people that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days continues to be suspended. Given this, if due to age, health issues, or other concerns, please know that you don’t have to attend Mass, and that we encourage you to join us for one of livestreamed Masses.

The second thing I want to mention is that on Sunday, December 20 after the 11:30am Mass, we invite you to bring the baby Jesus from your Nativity set to the Basilica to be blessed. The Blessing of the Bambinelli will take place in front of the parish office building on 17th Street. I will bless the baby Jesus from your Nativity set while you remain in your car. We will also give you a home blessing kit so that you can bless your home at the beginning of the new year.

Third, I want to thank all of those who have continued to support the Basilica financially during the pandemic. Your contributions to our Annual Fund allows us to offer the many programs, services and ministries that are at the heart of our Basilica Community.

I also ask you, though, to start thinking now about your Christmas contribution to the Basilica. The Basilica, like all parishes, relies on its collections at Christmas and Easter to balance its budget. Your financial generosity at this time will be greatly appreciated.

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.



God who gave,

We are tired. We want desperately to have the freedom to love, touch, move, and breathe how we want to. We want the fear gone, the suspicion gone. It is exhausting and we have become numb to the death toll just to survive mentally ourselves.

Our longings to go back to how things were are so strong that our compassion is waning. Keep us from sliding into what feels good and normal, that we might become fierce protectors of our neighbor, of our loved ones, and even our enemies.

Train us in new ways of being together, grant us gifts of connection and coping that do not further endanger our bodies nor the bodies of the most vulnerable among us.

And Grant the vulnerable, the people of color who affected disproportionately, the sick, the financially vulnerable, a holy shrewdness and wisdom to decipher who and what spaces are truly safe for them, that they might put boundaries in place in the name of love. Let us not grow weary of compassion.



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