I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these challenging times.
Today I have four things I would like to mention. First, while Governor Walz has relaxed some of the restrictions for public worship, the mask mandate and social distancing guideline of six feet is still in place. Given this, we anticipate maintaining our check-in protocols for the foreseeable future. So, if you are planning to attend any liturgies at The Basilica in the next few weeks, we ask you to pre-register via our website, and enter through the doors on the ground level on the western side of The Basilica.
Pre-registration helps us anticipate the number of attendees and makes the check-in process much faster. You can find a list of our liturgies for Holy Week and Easter on our website. If you are not able, or don’t feel comfortable joining us in-person for any of our Holy Week liturgies, we invite you join them via our livestream.
The second thing I would like to mention is that if you are not able to join us in person for Mass on Palm Sunday or Easter, we will distribute communion after the 9:30am and 11:30am Masses these days. As in the past, we ask you to stop in front of the rectory to receive a palm or prayer card, and then drive to the front of the school to receive communion.
The third thing I want to mention is that a few weeks ago we began the 2021 Catholic Services Appeal. The CSA is an independent foundation. The money raised through the CSA helps fund many ministries throughout our Archdiocese. I strongly support the CSA and I invite you to make a pledge of support as well.
While I am on the subject of giving, I want to thank you for your financial support of our parish and like to invite your continued financial support for The Basilica this Easter. Your financial support enables us to continue to offer the many ministries, services and programs that are at the heart of our Basilica community. I thank you in advance for your generosity.
Finally, on a very happy note, I want to let you know that one of our parishioners, Michael Reinhardt, will be ordained a priest of our Archdiocese on Saturday, May 29 at the Cathedral in St. Paul. He will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at the 9:30am Mass at Basilica on Sunday, May 30. I ask your prayers for Michael and the other men who will be ordained that day.
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.
Let me close today in prayer.
Loving God, we pray for your love and compassion to abound as we walk through this challenging time.
We ask for wisdom for those who must make decisions with widespread consequences.
We pray for those who are suffering from illness or pain and all who are caring for them.
We ask for protection for the elderly and vulnerable.
We pray for misinformation to be curbed that fear may take no hold in hearts and minds.
And as we exercise the good sense that you in your mercy provide, may we also approach each day in faith and peace, trusting in your goodness and love.
We ask all this through Christ our Lord.
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