Archives: July 2020

In our weekly video series "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 a mosiac of Our Lady of Good Counsel made at the Vatican Art Museums and donated by Cathy and Jack Farrell. This mosiac hangs on the east wall of church near the chapel of Saint Therese.





Our Lady of Good Counsel


















Welcoming you back to The Basilica

The Basilica is our spiritual home--a place of welcome. We want each person who enters The Basilica to feel safe. We will open for weekday Noon Mass on a restricted basis starting Wednesday, July 15. The Basilica will follow all state health and safety guidelines. We are not yet open to the public for Mass on Sundays.

You will see new practices and policies when you return. The policies will continue to change as we monitor the official guidelines.

We will continue to livestream our both the weekday and Sunday liturgies and all prayer services. Archbishop Hebda's has continued the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass.



Registration for Mass

Please read the full protocol before registering to attend Mass. Your cooperation in these extraordinary times embodies our vision to seek the well-being of our community. 

Please consider refraining from Mass in-person if you:

1.) Experienced or have been near someone who experienced: cough, cold, flu, fever of 100°F +, shortness of breath, sore throat, or a loss of taste or smell.
2.) Have underlying medical conditions, including but not limited to: asthma, diabetes, heart condition, pregnancy, severe obesity, a compromised immune system, diseases of the lungs, kidneys, or liver, or are receiving cancer treatment.
3.) Live in a nursing home, long-term care, or congregant living facility.
4.) Are age 65 or over.

Registration Process

  • Registration for weekday Mass opens at 1:00pm on the day prior to Mass
  • Registration will close at 10:00am the day of Mass, or if we have reached capacity
  • You may only register for one weekday Mass at a time
  • Be sure to bring a face mask with you, which needs to be worn over your nose and mouth at all times at The Basilica

If you feel unable to follow these protocols or are concerned with interpersonal proximity, even with social distancing, please prayerfully reconsider attending Mass in-person at this time. To register by phone, please call our Director of Engagement at 612.317.3417.



Sacred Heart of Jesus statue, Basilica of St. Mary

Noon Mass July 14

Mary Garden in summer

Noon Mass July 13



JULY 12, 2020


Peace sign web banner

Noon Mass July 10

The second weekend in July is usually my favorite of the year. Volunteers and committee members come together, stages are constructed, fans arrive, and many hours worth of work culminate with the Cities 97.1 Basilica Block Party. Sadly, this year is different. We are adjusting our lives as we find our new “normal.” In canceling the 2020 Basilica Block Party, I never expected to feel such a strong sense of grief. As I spoke to others, it was clear they were feeling it too; that Block Party weekend will leave a gap, as they plan their summers around those two days. And for many on our executive planning committee, this will be the first in 20+ years without gathering together. 

This long-standing summer tradition connects us to the broader Twin Cities community. For many, including myself, The Basilica Block Party serves as their first introduction to our parish. I was lucky to attend the event in 2012, a double sell out, and experience what it felt like to be welcomed into The Basilica community. After those two days, I was hooked, and have been ever since.

Over the past 25 years, the Basilica Block Party has contributed approximately $6.7 million to The Basilica Landmark’s mission to preserve, restore and advance The Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations. Though we currently find ourselves unable to host our cherished summer tradition, we can still unite in support of our beloved Basilica and help cover the loss of revenue caused by its cancellation. Together, we can ensure a bright future and sustain the well-being of our historic buildings and campus. I invite you to support The Basilica Landmark’s Annual Fund by making a gift to help advance our mission for future generations. You can make your gift online at

This weekend we are celebrating what would have been the 26th annual Basilica Block Party. This year’s celebration is one of gratitude for the dedicated committees, supporters, volunteers, staff, vendors, sponsors, and so many more who are in this together. 

While I would prefer to be together this weekend, celebrating the power of music, community, and Minneapolis, I have been reminded of how lucky I am to have something worth missing. As for the Block Party, it’ll be back stronger than ever. We are committed to carrying the spirit of the Basilica Block Party forward as we dream and plan for its return on July 9 and 10, 2021. 


Holly Dockendorf 
Special Events Coordinator
The Basilica of Saint Mary


Preparing to reopen for weekday Mass



Basilica Community,

I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these challenging times. I also hope you had a safe and happy 4th of July weekend.

Today I would like to speak with you about our plans to gradually reopen The Basilica for public worship. At this point, while we have encountered some technical issues in setting up our new livestreaming equipment, we still hope to begin inviting people to attend our Noon daily Mass beginning Wednesday, July 15.

In regard to daily Mass, if you are over the age of 65, or if you have some health issues, or if you fall into a vulnerable category for some reason, I would hope that you would not register to attend Mass at this time.

If you do wish to attend one of these daily Masses you will need to preregister the day before. You can do this on our website, the day before the Mass you want to attend. When you register, you will need to provide contact information, in the unlikely event that we need to do some contact tracing.

When you arrive for Mass you will need to wear a face mask and be checked-in by a member of our staff. The check-in point is at the accessible doors on the East side of The Basilica, between The Basilica and Cowley Center. After being checked-in you will then be shown to a seat. We ask that you continue to wear your facemask, and remain in that seat, until the Mass has ended. Communion will be distributed after the Mass has ended. To help explain these protocols we have prepared a brief video which will be available on our website.

I realize these protocols may seem excessive to some, but in 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 would like further information about these protocols or if you have questions or concerns, please contact me at the parish office or send me an email. My contact information is available on our parish website.

I also want to reassure you, that when we reopen The Basilica for public worship, we will continue to livestream our liturgies and services. Once we are up and running for daily Mass, and have worked out any kinks in our protocols, we hope to open The Basilica for public Sunday Mass. We hope to this beginning the first part of August.

Once we have reopened The Basilica for Sunday Mass, one Sunday a month we will also 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. Later this summer we will also discuss how to celebrate First Communion and Confirmation with our elementary and high school students.

As I close today, I ask for your prayers for our staff, our parish leadership, our parish, and our community, that we might be open to the guidance of God’s good Spirit during these challenging times.


A Prayer for Our Uncertain Times
All Mighty God,
May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health and making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
And during this time when we may not be able to physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen.

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Noon Mass July 9