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Noon Mass August 25

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Noon Mass August 21



Basilica Community,

I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these challenging times. 

I would like to continue to update you on the gradual reopening of The Basilica for public worship. Given the recent spike in the cases of Coronavirus in Minnesota, we are being very cautious in this reopening.

We have been open for daily Mass at Noon for four weeks. For the past three weekends we have been open for Sunday Mass at 11:30am. We have increased the number of potential attendees from 50 to 100. If things continue to go well, we hope to slowly increase the number of attendees to 120-130.

You can register to attend Mass on our website beginning Saturday at 11:30am. Registration will close at 8:00am online on Sunday morning or until we reach capacity.

The check-in point for daily Mass and the 11:30am Mass on Sunday are the accessible doors on the East side of The Basilica, between The Basilica and Cowley Center. When coming to Mass, we ask that you wear a face mask, and after being checked in you will then be shown to a pew. 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. 

The 11:30am Mass is very simple with minimal congregational singing and just organ/piano and cantor. At some point in the next few weeks we will consider re-opening one or more of our other weekend Masses. We will also, continue to live-stream our 9:30am Mass, which will have more robust singing and different music ensembles. Currently we are using our staff to work the check-in table for our daily and Sunday Mass, but we are starting to recruit volunteers to help with this.

Also, this coming Saturday we will resume the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confessions will be heard in the chapel from 9:00 to 10:00am. Our protocol for this will be posted on our website under the sacraments tab, or you can call the liturgy office for information.

We continue to celebrate baptisms, funerals, and weddings, although we limit attendees to 75. We hope to grow this number in the future. We are also looking at dates to celebrate the first communions and confirmations that were postponed this spring. 

For all of our liturgical celebrations we will continue to ask for a list of attendees and their contact information ahead of time, in the unlikely event that we need to do contact tracing. People have been very cooperative about this. 

If you would like further information about our 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. 

Additionally, as I have mentioned previously in the event that there is an outbreak of COVID-19 traceable to The Basilica, we will need to reconsider the decision to open The Basilica for public worship. Also if there is a surge in cases of the coronavirus, we will follow any directives/restrictions from the city of Minneapolis or the state. I will alert you as soon as possible, should either of these things occur. 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Please know they are appreciated more than you know. 


For those whose health is compromised by the coronavirus or other health issues.
For those who suffer from the economic impact of the virus, in travel, manufacturing, hospitality, energy or so many other industries.
For health care workers and first responders, and other public servants who put themselves in harm’s way for us.
For our leaders of the world, our countries, states, and cities, as they seek to help manage this challenge
God, this time can seem overwhelming. But you tell us over and over again not to be afraid.
Help us to trust in you.
Help us to turn away from my concern for ourselves,
and turn our heart, hands, and prayers toward the concerns of others.
In Jesus’ name we pray.

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Noon Mass August 20

With the last few weeks of summer upon us, I have been reflecting on the past five months.  The day-to-day has sometimes felt like taking one step forward and three backwards.  However, when I look back I realize how far we have come. I am filled with gratitude for the resiliency of our Basilica staff and the incredible generosity of our community. 

These last five months certainly have brought about many unexpected challenges.  Due to Covid-19, the Basilica Block Party was cancelled for the first time in 25 years. Our annual fundraising gala, Landmark Spark, also had to be cancelled. The loss of funding these events usually provide caused us to reevaluate The Basilica Landmark’s budget and unfortunately put certain projects on hold.

However, the last five months have reinforced what I have known for the past decade; I will never underestimate The Basilica community, especially in times of great need. While our gala was cancelled, many individuals still gave to Landmark Spark or made a gift to our Fund A Need.  Hundreds more individuals have already made generous donations to The Basilica Landmark Annual Fund. And perhaps most unexpectedly have been the four estate gifts The Basilica Landmark has received from long time parish members that have passed away, none of which was related to Covid-19, after living long and full lives.  

These estate gifts have allowed us to reinstate our Landmark project of tuck-pointing on the West façade of the church.  This important project will begin at the end of August and should conclude by October ensuring we continue to steward our beloved Basilica against the harsh Minnesota elements.

These Legacy Society Members could have never realized that their selfless gifts would come at a time when our organization would need their support more then ever.  Their incredible impact ensures The Basilica of Saint Mary will be here for future generations. 

If you have already remembered The Basilica Landmark in your estate plans, please let us know so we can thank you and celebrate your generosity. If you have questions about how to include The Basilica Landmark in your trust, will or as beneficiary of a retirement account such as a 401k, IRA, or insurance policy, please contact Monica Stuart

Even with these unexpected gifts there is additional maintenance on all of our buildings that cannot continue without your help.  The Basilica campus and historic buildings provide an essential foundation to the ministries that serve thousands with countless physical, mental and spiritual needs. As we shelter ourselves in a pandemic of unthinkable proportion, you can help preserve our physical and spiritual shelter with a gift to The Basilica Landmark annual fund at Your donation ensures that the building of hope remains strong and can continue to serve as a haven for all.  

My deepest gratitude for your continued support and for helping us to faithfully navigate 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 begins a series on our beloved church building, and the people who made the building possible. On August 15, 1915, on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, The Basilica of Saint Mary was solemnly dedicated. Each year since we have celebrated this dedication and now we know it as Basilica Day.