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

As I mentioned last week, almost everything we are doing, with the exception of the celebration of the sacraments, is being done virtually. While this has the advantage of keeping everyone safe and secure, the disadvantage is not having personal contact. I suspect we all miss that. I know I do.

Going forward into the fall, we still anticipate that for the foreseeable future, most of our ministries, services, and programs will continue to be done virtually. However, given our success in regard to opening The Basilica for Sunday and daily Mass, it makes sense that we explore whether or not we can resume other activities on our campus.

We plan to resume our 7:00am morning Mass Monday through Friday beginning on September 9, the Wednesday after Labor Day. We have also begun to consider resuming some activities on our campus on a case by case basis. Our standard will be ensuring the safety, security, and well-being of the participants or attendees.

Now as I said, most of our activities will continue to be done virtually, but we do need to be responsive to people’s needs and open to their ideas. Given the recent increase in the cases of Coronavirus in Minnesota, we will need to continue to be cautious in resuming any activities on The Basilica campus.

When there are activities on our campus, we will use the same protocols that we currently use to check people in for the celebration of daily and Sunday Mass, weddings, and funerals. We will also ask for a list of attendees and their contact information ahead of time, in the unlikely event that we need to do contact tracing.

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

As always, 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.

Finally, 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 and 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 your financial support. Please know they are appreciated more than you know.


Holy Virgin Mary,

Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.

We fly to you today as your beloved children.

We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,

as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,

and gain for our nation and world,

and for all our families and loved ones,

the protection of the holy angels,

that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,

we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.

Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,

wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,

teach all of us to love one another and to be patient and kind.

Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,

knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,

health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,

keep us in the embrace of your arms,

help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus.


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Pope Francis recently stated, “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of human life.” I was struck by this black page when opening my summer Basilica Magazine, acknowledging that while the content was developed before May 25, the commitment was not lost. Some say the world changed after George Floyd died, while others rightfully say more are waking up and coming along.

To defend human life means recognizing and changing the circumstances for the most vulnerable. In this case, our neighbors for whom structural inequity and the historical preservation of white prosperity have kept down. For example, redlining—preventing Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities from owning homes wherever they choose—and a mounting education debt—opportunity gaps compounding over time to produce consistent achievement outcomes—protect and propel our white neighbors. 

We can view Catholic Social Teaching’s seven pillars through an anti-racist lens. How are we preserving the life and dignity of human persons who are BIPOC? How do our BIPOC neighbors fully participate in our families and communities? To what extent are white neighbors exercising their responsibilities to defend BIPOC rights? How are white brothers and sisters tending to poor and vulnerable BIPOC communities? How are those with power preserving the dignity of work and rights of BIPOC workers? How are white neighbors standing in solidarity with BIPOC neighbors? How are white communities caring for BIPOC creation, whether life or the environment in which they live?

Here at The Basilica, various programs and changes have put our community on the path toward anti-racism. This Lenten season, The Basilica partnered with the University of St. Thomas on an educational series called “Becoming Human: Dismantling Racism.” The guiding theory is that the racial history we all inherit is dehumanizing for all of us. The only way to “become human” is to confront the legacy of white supremacy and undergo a process of transformation to engage more humanely in the world, especially across the color line. Look up the recordings here.

Beyond this, The Basilica secured a partnership with the Penumbra Theatre through educational workshops and ongoing support. Some of the work involved an immersive analysis of the ways The Basilica perpetuates or disrupts racism through its ministries and services. A core leadership team is developing to continue this ever-present work. Look for ways to get involved in this work over the coming year.

The founding of this country involved kidnapping and enslaving Africans and committing genocide against the Indigenous to steal their land. It can be overwhelming to reconcile with this history and our unconscious, perpetuating (in)actions. But acknowledging it and finding a place to work against it in our community is our calling as God’s children.


Aara Johnson

Parish Council, Vice Chair
The Basilica of Saint Mary


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