Archives: July 2015

Please be aware of the following changes to the Basilica's Liturgy Schedule because of the Basilica Block Party.

Friday, July 10
Mass will be celebrated at 7:00am only. There will be no Noon Mass.

Saturday, July 11
There will be no scheduled Sacrament of Reconciliation. There will be no 5:00pm Mass of Anticipation.

Sunday, July 12
Masses will be celebrated at their regularly scheduled times.


The Basilica Block Party is scheduled for July 10-11, which means visiting to The Basilica may require advance planning as we begin our preparations for the big event.

If you plan to visit The Basilica by car from July 7-10, please park in the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Parking Ramp located at 1420 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis. Entrance to the ramp is located off Laurel Ave. The ramp is on the east side of The Basilica. Parking fees are collected via "pay-as-you-enter" auto-cashiers ($5.00 per entry). 

This week also marks the beginning of the closures on I-394 between Hwy 100 and I-94 in Minneapolis.
Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, July 10 construction crews will close the mainline lanes on westbound I-394 between Hwy 100 and I-94 in Minneapolis. All westbound traffic will use the two HOV/Reversible Lanes on I-394.
This section of westbound I-394 will be closed for approximately two weeks.
If you would like more details on this project and how it may affect your commute, please visit this website


Reardon Rectory Construction Updates

Starting on the lower level of the church, the Saint Cecilia room is nearing completion as it will be ready to paint sometime this week. The first and second floors are currently having fire protection and ductwork installed in their southeast wings and temporary protection in the southwest wings as construction continues throughout the building.

On the north side of the third floor, all framing, drywall, taping, and mudding will be competed by the end of the week. While the south side is nearing completion, the construction team is currently looking for flooring samples to match the rest of the rectory.

The fourth floor continues to be transformed from an unused attic to adequate office space and gallery for The Basilica’s extensive art collection. The walls and the ceiling will be installed throughout this week.

The Basilica’s staff is excited for all the new changes and can’t wait for everything to get back to normal. A special thanks goes out to Mortenson Construction for working so diligently and respectively over the last few months. 

For this Sunday’s readings click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser. 

In our Gospel this Sunday we are told that Jesus summoned the twelve and sent them out “two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits.”  He also told them they “were to take nothing for the journey, but a walking stick --- no food, no sack, no money in their belts.    They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic………………  So they went off and preached repentance.  The twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.”    

If you stop and think about it, there is some sense to be made of Jesus’ sending the twelve on a “test run.”   It would have been important that they had some experience of preaching, teaching and healing, before Jesus’ death, so that after His death this task would not seem so intimidating to them.  Having done it once, they could do it again.   Why, though, would Jesus tell them to take nothing for the journey?   I suspect the reason was that Jesus wanted them to know that any success they had was God’s doing and not their own.   By going out without any “provisions” they were forced to rely solely and completely on God.  Thus they would know that it was God’s grace and not their efforts that brought any success to their mission.   

Our first reading this Sunday shares the theme of the Gospel.  Amos has been called by God to be a prophet.   Amos was clear that this was not his choice. “I was no prophet, nor have I belonged to a company of prophets; I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores.  The LORD took me from following the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’”  

Our second reading this Sunday is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. In the section we read today Paul praises God ”who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.”  

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

  1. Have you ever felt God calling you to do something or to go somewhere?  How did you respond? 
  2. When have you had to rely on God’s grace and not your own efforts? 
  3. How has God blessed you in your life?