Greetings once again from The Basilica of Saint Mary. I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these challenging times.
Today I would like to talk with you about our response to the Omicron variant here at The Basilica. As I hope you know, the city of Minneapolis has again instituted a mask mandate. Given this, we people are once again required to “mask up” at The Basilica and in any of our campus buildings.
We will have masks available at the entrances to The Basilica if you forget to bring one with you. We also have individual sanitizing packets available for those who would like one. And, as always, if you are not able, or don’t feel comfortable joining us in-person for any of our liturgies, we invite you join them via livestream. We livestream our 9:30am Mass on Sunday and our Noon Masses during the week.
Also given that the Omicron variant is so easily transmissible, we have temporarily gone back to virtual learning for our faith formation classes, and we are encouraging our staff to hold meetings via Zoom whenever possible. We are doing all these things in an abundance of caution and a desire to protect the safety and wellbeing of our parishioners.
Now, it goes without saying we had hoped that at this point in the pandemic we would be back to more normal operations at The Basilica, but sadly this is not the case. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions that will protect the safety and well-being of all those who come to The Basilica.
I’d like to shift gears now and talk about our Parish Finances. At the half-way point of our fiscal year, The Basilica’s year-to-date revenue is down five percent. While we are tightening our belts wherever we can, we still need your help. I’d like to ask for your financial support our parish and all its programs.
I ask you to consider a gift to the 2022 Basilica Fund, whether you are participating in our community in person or through livestreaming masses and virtual programming. You can give online at mary.org/give.
It would be especially helpful if you could let us know if you will be able to give regularly (weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually). This information allows us to budget more accurately for the year ahead. Also, Electronic recurring gifts through your credit card or checking account mean less paper and lower administrative costs. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
As I have mentioned previously, if you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry. We may be able to help you.
I’d also like to invite you to join us for a presentation by Dr. Liz Lev on Sunday January 30 at 1:30pm in the lower level of The Basilica. Her presentation is entitled, Women Who Rocked Rome: Saints, Sinners Artists and Influencers in the Eternal City. Dr. Lev is a well know and engaging speaker, so this promises to be a great presentation.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns I invite you to contact me at the parish office. My contact information is available on our parish website.
I’d like to close today with a prayer.
Oh God, we are frightened,
Worried for our loved ones,
Worried for our world.
We feel Vulnerable and confused,
And so we turn to You
Seeking comfort, faith and hope.
Teach us God, to turn our anxiety into patience,
And our fear into acts of kindness and support.
Help each one of us to do our part to halt the spread of this virus.
Send strength and courage to the doctors and nurses
In the frontlines of this battle,Fortify them with the full force of their healing powers.
Send wisdom and insight to the scientists
Working day and night across the world to discover healing treatments.
Bless their efforts, God.
Fill our leaders with the wisdom and the courage
To choose wisely and act quickly.
Help us, God, to see that we are one world,
One people, who will rise above this pandemic together.
Send us health God,
Watch over us,
Grace us with Your love,
Bless us with Your healing light.
Hear us God,
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