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Photo Exterior Event Groups gather on the front steps, Block Party

Block Party 2020 Update

We are sad to announce that due to health concerns around COVID-19, the 26th annual Cities 97.1 Basilica Block Party scheduled for July 10 and 11, 2020 will not take place. Instead, we will celebrate next summer on July 9 and 10, 2021.

For 25 years, thousands of festival-goers, volunteers, partners, sponsors, vendors, and committees have come together for one July weekend to transform the grounds of the historic Basilica of Saint Mary into Minneapolis’ largest music festival. The proceeds benefit the restoration and preservation of The Basilica and its campus—and the event serves as a staple of summer in Minnesota. It’s hard to imagine a summer without the Cities 97.1 Basilica Block Party, but our top priority is the health and safety of our community.

Refunds are available at point of purchase.  All tickets purchased online or through the Etix Call Center with a credit or debit card will be refunded automatically. Due to high volumes, you should expect to see your refund within 20 business days. If you have questions, please contact Etix at 1-800-514-3849 or at If you would like to support The Basilica Landmark’s fundraising efforts, please visit

Although we won’t gather this year, we look forward to creating more music memories together. Until then, stay safe and healthy, listen to good tunes, and support each other, the arts, and the live music community. We cannot wait to celebrate with you next year.

The Basilica Block Party Team


Basilica Community,



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.

We miss you at The Basilica. However, we do livestream our daily Mass at Noon and Sundays at 9:30am. We invite you to join us. These and other services are also recorded and they are available on our website

I would like to share three updates with you today:

1. We are putting together a summer “Church at Home” activities kit that we hope to email to all parishioners in May. Many people let us know they appreciated the “Holy Week at Home” kit that we sent out a few weeks ago. Our new kit will be similar and offer ideas for “doing” Church at home.

2. I also wanted to let you know that we are beginning to work on plans for a gradual re-opening of The Basilica. We will follow all State health and safety regulations, as well as directives from our Archdiocese. I wanted to mention it  to let you know we are beginning to think about it. No doubt, Church will be very different when we are able to gather again, but we need to begin to think now, about how we can “do” Church in the coming months in ways that will keep people safe and secure.

3. Wednesday we had our second Zoom Coffee and Conversation gathering. Wendy Caduff, our Director of Caring Ministries, and I talked about how we can care for each other and ourselves virtually. Please join us at 9:00am next Wednesday for our next Coffee and Conversation with The Basilica musicians. A link to the conversation can be found on our website.

Finally, thank you for your on-going financial support of The Basilica. Your support enables us to continue our many ministries, programs, and services.

However, if you find yourself needing financial support, we invite you to connect with our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry


O Mother of Divine Love and Mercy, 

you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. 

In the certain hope that you will intercede, 

so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee,

joy and feasting might return after these moments of trial.

We seek refuge under your protection, 

O glorious and blessed Virgin. 

Do not despise our pleas, but deliver us from every danger.

And help us, O Mother of God 

to conform ourselves to the will of God

and to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, for he is the way,

the truth, and the life, in his name we pray.

The Cross adorned with Yellow Roses

Noon Mass April 29

Easter cross

Noon Mass April 27



APRIL 26, 2020 


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Basilica Community,

I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during this challenging time. We will continue to livestream our daily Masses, Monday-Friday at Noon and Sundays at 9:30am for the foreseeable future. 

I’m pleased to announce The Basilica will receive a Payroll Protection Loan to continue our vital operations during this challenging time. While this is good news, our parish continues to need your on-going support. 

We know this is a challenging time financially for everyone. If you are able, please continue to support The Basilica. However, if you find yourself needing financial support, we invite you to connect with our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry. 

While we are not having any public gatherings at the Basilica, I hope you were able to connect with us via conference call, Facebook and Zoom. Join us for our next Coffee and Conversation via Zoom Wednesday, April 29 at 9:00am.

We would like to hear from you, if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions to better serve you. We may not be able to implement all your suggestions, or respond to all your questions and concerns, but we will do our very best. 


Lord Jesus, during your time on earth, you healed the sick and comforted the afflicted. We pray for your help now during this time of the coronavirus pandemic.

Guide the minds and hearts of medical personnel, researchers, essential workers, and government leaders to take the necessary steps to answer the challenges of this moment.

Bring swift recovery to those who are ill, and give comfort to those who have lost loved ones. Calm the minds of those who experience fear and anxiety and help us all to act prudently to reduce the spread of this virus.

Most of all, remind us of the hope and promise of eternal life where there will be no harm that can come to us. Amen.


News and Events 

Zoom: Laborem Exercens Discussion
April 26, 11:00am
The Basilica Voices for Justice team invites you to read and reflect on the 1981 papal encyclical, Laborem Exercens (Through Work), which St. John Paul II published during the midst of a global recession. Please register for Zoom link.

Volunteer Appreciation Week Video
To the 1,300 people who help in volunteer ministry at The Basilica - Thank you! 

Children’s and Youth Ministry Registration
Online registration for 2020-2021 faith formation classes for children ages 3 through 10th grade. While we all wait to see what next fall will look like, we are preparing for both in-person and online classes. Early Bird tuition rates are available. Scholarship assistance available. Student tuition fees waived for volunteer Catechists or Room Assistants.

BYA Virtual Retreat
May 2, 9:00am
Basilica Young Adults Spring retreat. Email for Zoom link.

Talking Through Our Fears
As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads through our region, nation, and world, and we follow the governor’s and various health care experts’ advice to practice social distancing, we realize that anxieties, fears, and a rollercoaster of emotions around the Coronavirus follow. Contact Wendy to speak by phone to a trained Emmaus Listening Minister.

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