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I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these challenging times.
Today I would like to update you in regard to the outcome of a meeting last evening of our parish leadership.
Our parish leadership approved The Basilica’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. This plan will be posted to our parish website within the next few days. We have been working on this plan for several weeks; modifying and refining it as information has became available. This plan will continue to be adjusted to meet our parish needs as the pandemic evolves.
I am grateful to Terri Ashmore, our Managing Director, our Staff Directors, Tom Paul and Kathy Noecker our Parish Trustees, and Dr. Deirdre Palmer, The Basilica Landmark’s representative to our Parish Council, for the time and effort they put into this document. Their work is a blessing for our parish.
Additionally, at our meeting last evening, our parish leadership approved a proposal to gradually reopen The Basilica for public worship. This plan will begin as soon as we have installed the new equipment we have purchased to allow our staff to livestream our services. We anticipate this will take place in mid-July.
Once the livestreaming equipment is installed and operational, we will start to open The Basilica for daily Mass at Noon. Additionally, one Sunday a month we will celebrate the sacrament of baptism for infants, and the Sacrament of Confirmation for those adults who were a part of our R.C.I.A program this past year.
In the next couple of weeks I will be meeting with members of our staff to establish the procedures we will need to put in place to make this happen as smoothly as possible. Later this summer we will also discuss how to celebrate First Communion and Confirmation with our elementary and high school students.
At the end of July, I will give a progress report to our parish leadership in regard to how all of this is working. At that time, we also hope to discuss the reopening of The Basilica on a limited basis for weekend Masses.
I realize these decisions may disappoint some, but out of an abundance of caution and with a concern for the common good, as your pastor, I am convinced that at this time, this is the best way to proceed.
If you are interested in talking about these decisions, I invite you to join me next Wednesday at 9:00am for our Zoom Coffee and Conversation or next Wednesday at 5:30pm for a Zoom conversation with me.
Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.
Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.
News and Resources
Becoming Human: Dismantling Racism
During the season of Lent 2020, the University of St. Thomas and The Basilica of Saint Mary collaborated on an educational series toward dismantling racism that was called “Becoming Human.” The outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States made online delivery necessary. This "online portal" provides access to the series as well as some additional tools that will help to engage in the work of transforming our communities.
The theory guiding this series is that the racial history we all inherit is dehumanizing for all of us, though it is dehumanizing for white folks in different ways than it is dehumanizing for people of color. The only way to “become human” is to confront the legacy of white supremacy and undergo a process of transformation, even conversion, to engage more humanely in the world, especially across the color line.
This is a Six Part Series. Each session inlcudes: Welcome, Presentation, Activity, Reflection.
To access this series, go to : https://stthomas.lmscheckout.com/Course/view/becoming-human-dismantling-racism-1
The Basilica of Saint Mary is offering this series free of charge. Please contact Janice Andersen for a discount code.
Please consider watching the videos and engaging in the recommended actions.
For more information, or to get involved in work of racial reconciliation at The Basilica of Saint Mary, contact Janice Andersen.
Johan van Parys, Ph.D., Director of Liturgy and the Sacred Arts, introduces the newest Basilica icon, Saint Josephine Bakhita.