Archives: June 2020

Art That Surrounds Us: Johan van Parys, Ph.D., our Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts, shares information about a piece from The Basilica of Saint Mary's art collection. This week's installment features our icon of Saint Dymphna, commissioned by our Mental Health Ministry and made by Stillwater iconographer Deb Korluka.



Saint Dymphna Icon

















Photo Interior Front of Church

Noon Mass June 22

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan 

Executive Order 20-40, issued by Gov. Tim Walz on April 23, 2020, requires each business in operation during the peacetime emergency establish a “COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.”

The Basilica of Saint Mary’s COVID 19 Preparedness Plan documents policies, practices and conditions to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines for COVID-19 and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards related to worker exposure to COVID-19. 





JUNE 21, 2020 


In the late 60’s, I was a camp counselor. I remember having a group of young Girl Scouts out in canoes on a very sunny day.  Back in the day, sun protection was a brimmed hat and a t-shirt. So after a few hours, as the sun rose high, I asked some of the campers to please put their shirts on over their swim suits. One of the campers, Rita, called out “Hey, we get sunburned too, you know.” The girls had quickly identified that I had called out names of only the white campers. I still remember what lake we were on, how many canoes of campers I had, and how shocked I was, at me. I was concerned about protecting just some of my campers.  Why had I assumed that dark skin was impervious to sun burn? That was over 50 years ago. Sadly, I still make assumptions and judgments. I’m still learning. 

As a global community, we have been learning for a number of months now, how to manage the pandemic of COVID-19. The learning curve has been steep and much of our leadership has been strong and smart. We have stayed home, we have experienced the locked doors of businesses and our beloved Basilica, and we have worn masks and stopped hugging. It has been a huge effort; a lot to endure, but we were making it.

Then suddenly, on May 25, the pandemic for many was all but forgotten as we reeled in anguish and sorrow over the murder of George Floyd, another other tragic, needless death. Our inboxes filled with messages, responses from schools, businesses, news organizations, and churches--giving counsel, offering support, stating positions, and grieving.

The Pandemic of COVID-19 was surpassed by the Pandemic of Racial Injustice. Similar to the multiple changes COVID-19 demanded, a myriad of changes are demanded in response to racial injustice. 

I need to change. I learned to decrease my exposure to COVID-19 and I must learn to increase my exposure to racial injustice.

This is an unprecedented or at least a very uncommon period in our history, a time that is for some, creating extra responsibilities with new methods and technologies, and for others an agonizing wait for unemployment checks, a frantic search for an open pharmacy or grocery, all while working to maintain a hopeful place of refuge for children and family, in all, an overwhelming task. We are busy, we are uncertain, we are grieving. Additionally, we are hopeful, we are praying, we are working, we are protesting.

So much has changed for so many of us in so many ways in a rather short time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and so much must change for so many of us in so many ways in what has been an agonizingly long time due to the pandemic of racial injustice.

I hope that soon I will again be playing with and listening to and rubbing sunscreen onto the little arms and shoulders of my grandchildren. I hope also I always remember that there are many other children requiring understanding and protection.


By Cathy Edwards
RCIA Coordinator

bells from roof

Ring Out for Justice

Ring Out for Justice:  Bells across Minnesota will ring out for 10 minutes on Juneteenth, Friday, June 19th, at 6pm in honor of George Floyd and in support of a society of justice and peace.

In partnership with City of Bells.

Join us in prayer,

God of Mercy and Love, 
we implore you,
incite a revolution of love and tenderness,
further a culture of inclusion and encounter,
and shape a society of justice and peace.

God of Wisdom and Understanding,
we beseech you,
inspire wisdom and courage in all religious leaders, 
foster honesty and compassion in all elected officials,
and bolster righteousness and virtue in all those who serve and protect us,

God of Justice and Peace,
we supplicate you,
hasten an end to the evil and sin of racism that permeates our society and our institutions,
inspire laws and regulations that assure justice and equality for all,
and convert the heart of all those who perpetuate fear, promote supremacy and cultivate hatred. 

We ask this through Christ our Lord.