Archives: March 2020

Schedule Changes Due to COVID-19

A message from Fr. John Bauer, Pastor

 

 

Basilica Community,
 
The Basilica will be suspending all public Masses, Confession, and Stations of the Cross until further notice to protect people from possible exposure to the Coronavirus and for the common good and welfare of our community.
 
Join us for Mass on Facebook live at facebook.com/BasilicaMpls Monday-Friday at noon and Sundays at 9:30am. The videos will be available at mary.org after each Mass.
 
• All public events and activities are suspended until further notice. All updates will be posted to mary.org.
• The Basilica church will be open for private prayer only, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.
• The Basilica staff office will be open Monday- Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Our staff will be in the office or working from home as needed. Meetings/appointments will take place via conference call or Zoom video.
• The Basilica will continue to respond to pastoral emergencies, questions, and concerns. While we might not have the information immediately, we will provide it as soon as possible.
 
As your financial circumstances allow, please consider continuing your support of The Basilica. You may make a gift online at mary.org/donate. Please know this would be greatly appreciated.
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Please continue to pray as a community and as individuals for those impacted by the Coronavirus.
 
God of all Creation, from the beginning of time you have shown your love for your people.
When you sent your son, Jesus, to live among us you shared our human joys as He celebrated with the wedding guests and you experienced our human pains in His suffering and death.
Be near to us in these days of uncertainty and fear.
Give us hope and trust as we are made to face our human frailty.
Grant us peace, wisdom, and courage as we work together to overcome this crisis.
And strengthen our faith, that with you we can conquer all evil and distress.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
 
 

As a Basilica community, we will plan to share information that may be helpful at this time.
Please note, this list is compiled from several sources; there are many different sources available.
Please verify all services offered. 


A listing of community resources available:

Free lunches for students:

https://kstp.com/coronavirus/list-of-restaurants-offering-free-lunches-while-schools-are-cloased/5674954/?cat=12196&fbclid=IwAR3Eej72zVYMcK04oXCNfdm_lvpxbATrVo8Z5RT4SAz50pBPNmUY-pbSQ70

Learning websites:
http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/
 

CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html
 

MN Dept of Education

https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/health/covid19/

 

 

 

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Find Your “Why”

A few weeks ago, my husband sent me a link for a quiz he found in his work with undergraduate students. I’m generally skeptical of these black & white quizzes but it was a slow day at work….

The quiz was called “The Four Tendencies” and it focuses on what motivates people and how understanding that can help you get more done. 

After only a few minutes of clicking, my results were in. Apparently, I’m an Obliger: “I do what I have to do. I don’t want to let others down, but I may let myself down.” My husband was surprised, he thought for sure I’d be a Questioner: “I do what I think is best, according to my judgment. If it doesn’t make sense, I won’t do it” or a Rebel: “I do what I want, in my own way. If you try to make me do something—even if I try to make myself do something—I’m less likely to do it.” 

I wasn’t particularly surprised by my results. While I tend to come across as constantly questioning the status quo (my mom used call me “Contrary Mary”), I find that unless I have someone depending on me to produce, I procrastinate.

This is where you come in. I care deeply about the welfare and longevity of our Basilica and our Catholic Church in general. However, I can get overwhelmed with the amount of work to be done and exhausted by all the competing priorities in my life. But knowing that you, the parishioners of The Basilica and the members of Deanery 13 have elected me to be your voice, motivates me to show up. 

So whether you are an Upholder who wants to know what should be done, a Questioner who wants justifications for actions, an Obliger who needs accountability or a Rebel who wants freedom to do something your own way—I encourage you to find that why and put it to use for the good of our home, The Basilica. 

We will soon be accepting nominations for Parish Council positions—consider if you (or someone you know) may be ready to take their experience in the pews to the next level as a Parish Council Representative. Parish Council members serve as an advisory group to the Pastor and assist with strategic planning, creation of effective communication structures, policies and procedures, and educating parishioners about biblical stewardship. They bring concerns of parishioners to the attention of Fr. Bauer and help direct the focus of parish departments. 

Are you worried that you don’t have enough experience or the right skills to participate?

I urge each of you search your hearts and consider if you might be ready to take the humbling step of becoming a volunteer in any capacity! Council members and other parish volunteer leaders will be available after weekend masses in the back of church. Please come and say hi, ask about how and why they serve or let them know if you have questions or concerns.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration of this call to leadership and please continue to pray for the wisdom and humility of all those in leadership positions. 

Mary Gleich-Matthews
Parish Council Secretary
The Basilica of Saint Mary

 

PARISH COUNCIL NOMINATIONS
Parishioners are invited to nominate excellent candidates to represent the Liturgy and Sacred Arts and Christian Life areas to the Parish Council by April 15. Submit the form online at mary.org/pcnominations

 

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

http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032220.cfm  

 

“What’s the matter?  Are you blind?”   I would guess most of us have used this phrase at some point in our lives.  Usually it’s when someone has missed something obvious, or nearly harmed someone.   Not noticing something is one thing.  Physical blindness is another.   In our Gospel today, for the 4th Sunday of Lent, Jesus healed a man “blind from birth.”  Unfortunately, since Jesus had healed the blind man on a Sabbath, some of the Pharisees criticized Jesus because “This man is not from God, because he does not keep the Sabbath.”    Others, however, said: “How can a sinful man do such signs?”  As a result, “there was division among them.”    In an effort to resolve the issue the Pharisees asked the blind man about Jesus.  He responded:  “he is a prophet.”   The Pharisees (or at least some of them) obviously didn’t like his answer because they replied:  “You were born totally in sin, and are you trying to teach us?” (At the time of Jesus, misfortune or hardship were thought to be a punishment from God for some personal sin or the sin of one’s relatives.)  “Then they threw him out.”   When Jesus heard what happened he sought out the blind man and informed him that he was the “Son of Man.”  We are told that the blind man then worshiped Jesus.    

 

Our first reading this weekend is taken from the first book of Samuel.   In it Samuel is sent to “Jesse of Bethlehem for I have chosen my king from among his sons.”   Jesse then brought 7 of his sons before Samuel, but the Lord rejected all of them.  Then Samuel asked Jesse: “Are these all the sons you have?”   Eventually David, the youngest son, who was tending sheep, was presented.  The Lord said:  “There --- anoint him, for this is the one!” 

 

The message of both the Gospel and the first reading is clear.   God “sees” things differently than we do.  

 

Our second reading this weekend is taken from the Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians.    In it Paul urges the people of Ephesus to “Live as children of the light………”

 

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

 

1.  In the New Testament, physical blindness if often a metaphor for spiritual blindness.   Can you recall a time when you were spiritually blind?   How did you come to see?

2.   Has someone or something ever caused you to see things in a new way or to see things from God’s perspective?   

3.   What do you think Paul meant when he invited people to live as children of the light?    

As a faith community we are currently monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. 

We are following all of the recommendations from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and CDC.

The CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses such as Coronavirus, flu, and the common cold.

 

For those Participating in our Liturgical Celebrations

When you feel ill, or someone in your home is sick, please stay home. Your Sunday obligation does not hold in case of illness. While at home feel free to pray for our community and for all those who are sick.

Holy Water will not be available in the usual places at this time. If you are in need of Holy Water we have a closed Holy Water tank in the sacristy.

We invite you to make use of the hand sanitizing stations that are available throughout The Basilica. We also encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer so you can use it before receiving Holy Communion or after coughing or sneezing.

Please don’t feel obliged to use physical contact when greeting people upon arrival at church or during the Sign of Peace. A friendly nod with the head or a smile are equally effective in communicating your greeting of peace.

During the Lord’s Prayer, please refrain from holding hands. The fact that we all pray the Lord’s Prayer together is in itself a sign of our deep unity in Christ.

When receiving Holy Communion, we strongly encourage you to receive the Precious Body reverently in the palm of your hand. Reception on the tongue is discouraged as saliva may be a vehicle for the transmission of the virus. While the likelihood of spreading germs or viruses while receiving the cup is very small, we have suspended distribution of the cup at least until Holy Week. If you do not prefer to receive Holy Communion at all you may come forward and receive a blessing. Just present yourself to the Minister of Holy Communion with your hands folded across your chest. We have asked our Ministers of Holy Communion to use hand sanitizer before distributing Holy Communion.

At The Basilica we have also enhanced our regular cleaning practices.

We invite everyone to pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus or any other illness.

 

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