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 and foremost, I want to thank everyone for their generous financial support of our parish on Easter. Your ongoing financial support enables us to continue to offer the many ministries, services and programs that are at the heart of our Basilica community. As your pastor, I want to thank you for your ongoing generosity. Please know it is greatly appreciated.
Second, 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. If you are planning to attend any liturgies at The Basilica, 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.
Preregistration helps us anticipate the number of attendees and makes the check-in process much faster. If you are not able, or don’t feel comfortable joining us in-person for any of our liturgies, we invite you to continue to join us via our livestream.
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.
Finally, on a very happy note, Archbishop Hebda blessed our new Umbrellino at the 9:30am Mass on Easter. The Umbrellino is one of the symbols of a Basilica. Our old Umbrellino had served us well for many years, but it had deteriorated over the years and several tears had begun to appear in the fabric. The cost of our new Umbrellino was funded by a private donor. I invite you to join us for Coffee and Conversation next Wednesday at 9:30am when Johan Van Parys will join us to talk about the Umbrellino and its symbolism.
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.
God of all,
we cry out to you for help.
In your mercy, hear our prayer.
Protect us, Lord, and be with us
especially those most vulnerable
during this coronavirus crisis.
Move us to reach out in love
to our neighbors near and far.
So that the humble may be exalted,
the hungry filled with good things.
Grant us the courage
not to rush back to our old ways,
but to rebuild our world together,
creating foundations of justice,
with equality and peace for all.
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