Archives: August 2016

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What happened?  I suspect that might be the question in the back of people’s minds when they read/hear the opening sentence of this Sunday’s Gospel.  “Jesus said to his disciples; “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing.”    Jesus goes on to say:  “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?  No, I tell you, but rather division.”   He then speaks of the divisions that will result because of him.  When we hear these words I suspect many of us rightly wonder what happened?  Why the change of tone.  Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that we heard Jesus tell us to love God and our neighbor as ourselves?     

To understand today’s Gospel we need to remember that in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus is always on his way to Jerusalem.  And it is in Jerusalem that Jesus will face his passion and death.   Chapter 12 is the halfway point in Luke’s Gospel, so Jesus is starting to prepare his disciples for these events.   Jesus is not suggesting that his disciples seek out conflicts and division.  Rather he is trying to help us understand that following him at times might put us at odds with or even separate us from others.   Discipleship is not always easy and sometimes it may even cause division.  

Our first reading this Sunday is from the book of the prophet Jeremiah.  It shares the theme of the Gospel.  The princes of the people said to King Zedekiah:  “Jeremiah ought to be put to death; he is demoralizing the soldiers who are left in this city and all the people by speaking such things to them; he is not interested in the welfare of our people, but in their ruin.”  Clearly Jeremiah’s words as a prophet had put him at odds with the princes, and because of this they sought his death. 

For our second reading this Sunday we continue to read from the letter to the Hebrews.   In the section we read this weekend the author exhorts the people: “let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us.”   

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

  1. Has there every been a time when you have seen someone give witness to their beliefs even though it has set them at odds with others? 
  2. Has there been a time when your beliefs as a Christian have set you apart from others?
  3. What burdens/sins to you need to rid yourself of in order to “persevere in running the race that lies before us?” 

The Basilica of Saint Mary proudly releases the Spring 2016, Year of Mercy issue of the Basilica Magazine. 

BASILICA Magazine Spring 2016

Inside this issue:
•    Corporal Works of Mercy: Making peace in the Year of Mercy by Kelli Kester
•    Sheltering the Homeless: Meet two who really call The Basilica ‘home’ by Shane Kitzman
•    Feed the Hungry: The Basilica Meals on Wheels ministry nourishes bodies, spirits by Charlene Roemhildt
•    So They Will Not Thirst: A local family’s commitment to the Pare people of northern Tanzania by Teri Mach Ryan
•    A Renaissance of Structure and Soul: Planning The Basilica’s future by P. Joshua Hill
•    Open Wide Your Doors: The Holy Year of Mercy by Ann T. Dieman-Thornton
•    Learning and Leading: Teaching the faith year after year by Carolina Branson
•    Good Souls Working for Good Soles: The Basilica’s Shoe Ministry by Ann T. Deiman-Thornton
•    Surrounded by Those We Love Most: Comforting the sick by Stacy Glaus
•    Finding Humanity: Visiting the imprisoned for three decades by Erik Hane
•    Setting the Stage: A choir for more than just voices by Stacy Glaus
•    With Honor and Celebration: Laying the dead to rest by Shelby Andersson
•    A Renovated Rectory by Susan Hansen


The award-winning BASILICA magazine is sponsored by The Basilica Landmark, a 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is the preservation and restoration of the historic Basilica of Saint Mary and it campus. BASILICA is published twice a year (spring and fall) with a circulation of 20,000. 

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Sharing Music and Art within the Community

This past week 30 students participated in the first all-day Basilica Music and Arts Immersion Camp for 4th-8th graders. The program is a shared ministry between The Basilica of Saint Mary and its sister parish the Church of the Ascension that immerses children of diverse abilities and cultures into choral singing, world music, and the arts. The full day camp is a broadened version of a previous half-day Choir Camp, which ran from 2004-2014. The Camp program is part of The Basilica’s commitment to bringing music and art to the community we serve while sharing the message of Christianity. 

Throughout the week the children experienced a variety of activities including sessions learning to play homemade Taiko drums with instructor Tor Johnson. The drums are crafted from tires and packing tape to create an enormous deep sound on which the children enthusiastically pounded out new rhythms. The children also learned musical pieces on Orff instruments (small xylophones) and hand bells. During the week they diligently rehearsed a musical of “David and the Giants” for the two concluding afternoon performances for family and friends Friday, July 29, 2016.  

The busy schedule included field trips to the Walker Art Museum, a backstage tour of the State Theater, and a trip to Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts. The week long camp was lead by Basilica staff members Teri Larson, the Director of Music along with Ellen Meier, Walter Tambor, Christopher Stroh, Janet Grove, and Ramond Mitchell along with support from many other staff members and volunteers. 

Basilica Music and Arts Immersion Camp 2016
Photo provided by: 
Jonathan Laansma
Basilica Music and Arts Immersion Camp
Photo provided by: 
Ramond Mitchell