Archives: April 2021



Basilica Community,

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

Today I have four things I would like to mention. First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for their generous financial support of our parish on Easter. Your ongoing financial support enables us to continue to offer the many ministries, services and programs that are at the heart of our Basilica community. As your pastor, I want to thank you for your ongoing generosity. Please know it is greatly appreciated.

Second, while Governor Walz has relaxed some of the restrictions for public worship, the mask mandate and social distancing guideline of six feet is still in place. Given this, we anticipate maintaining our check-in protocols for the foreseeable future. If you are planning to attend any liturgies at The Basilica, we ask you to pre-register via our website, and enter through the doors on the ground level on the western side of The Basilica.

Preregistration helps us anticipate the number of attendees and makes the check-in process much faster. If you are not able, or don’t feel comfortable joining us in-person for any of our liturgies, we invite you to continue to join us via our livestream.

The third thing I want to mention is that a few weeks ago we began the 2021 Catholic Services Appeal. The CSA is an independent foundation. The money raised through the CSA helps fund many ministries throughout our Archdiocese. I strongly support the CSA and I invite you to make a pledge of support as well.

Finally, on a very happy note, Archbishop Hebda blessed our new Umbrellino at the 9:30am Mass on Easter. The Umbrellino is one of the symbols of a Basilica. Our old Umbrellino had served us well for many years, but it had deteriorated over the years and several tears had begun to appear in the fabric. The cost of our new Umbrellino was funded by a private donor. I invite you to join us for Coffee and Conversation next Wednesday at 9:30am when Johan Van Parys will join us to talk about the Umbrellino and its symbolism.

If you have questions or concerns about anything that is happening at the Basilica, please contact me at the parish office or send me an email. My contact information is available on our parish website.

Let me close today in prayer.


God of all,
we cry out to you for help.
In your mercy, hear our prayer.

Protect us, Lord, and be with us
especially those most vulnerable
during this coronavirus crisis.

Move us to reach out in love
to our neighbors near and far.
So that the humble may be exalted,
the hungry filled with good things.

Grant us the courage
not to rush back to our old ways,
but to rebuild our world together,
creating foundations of justice,
with equality and peace for all.


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The Cross adorned with Yellow Roses

Noon Mass

Although our lives have not completely returned to “normal,” how uplifting it was to have Holy Week and Triduum with in-person attendance at The Basilica. Being with one another, albeit masked and socially distanced, made the joy of Easter even more profound as our Lenten-like year of sacrifice for the common good feels closer to conclusion. As one guest happily proclaimed, “We are an Easter people!”—and indeed we are.

I vividly remember one year ago tearfully watching Easter Masses from home while sheltering in place. Archbishop Hebda, against the backdrop of unexpected spring snow, shared a Blessing of the City that was a soothing balm during such uncertain times. On this Second Sunday of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, we conclude our 3:00pm Vespers service with a Blessing of the City from our front steps facing Minneapolis via Hennepin Avenue.

The Basilica’s vision statement “to seek the well-being of the city” is as relevant and important as ever. The world is watching as our city strives for truth, justice and healing. The needs of our neighbors, both near and far, have increased due to the global pandemic, civil unrest, racial injustice, and economic crises. The Basilica’s programs, ministries, and outreach efforts help create a more caring and just city and world. 

Today’s first reading from Acts of the Apostles describes the early Church as a community of believers of one heart and mind. Our modern society is far from what God intended for us—a world free from need and filled with compassion. As I join our parish community in praying for our city and our world today, I pray most of all that I recommit myself to doing more to bring about the world God imagined. 

In the closing words of The Basilica’s Litany for a Better World:
God of eternal wisdom, trusting in you we ask: Grant us kindness in all our thoughts, gentleness in all our words and generosity in all our deeds; Inspire us to fight the sin of indifference and speak out for those in need, and guide us in ways that will bring about the world you imagined for us.


The Cross adorned with Yellow Roses

Noon Mass

Easter cross

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Please read the full protocol before registering to attend in-person. Your cooperation in these extraordinary times embodies our vision to seek the well-being of our community. There is health screen at check-in for all liturgical services.


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All liturgies will be livestreamed unless noted otherwise. 


Easter Sunday (April 4)

7:30am    Eucharist at Sunrise (not livestreamed)
9:30am    Solemn Eucharist* with Archbishop Bernard Hebda
11:30am  Solemn Eucharist
4:30pm    Eucharist


*ASL interpreted


Holy Week is the most important week of the entire liturgical year, and the Sacred Triduum is the culmination of Holy Week. Johan van Parys, Ph.D., our Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts, shares a three-part "Symbols that Surround Us," video series through the rich symbology of Holy Week in our Catholic Church.
In this third episode for Holy Saturday, Dr. van Parys discusses the Easter Fire and the Pascal Candle. Before lighting the candle from the Easter Fire the celebrant prepares the candle by carving into it a cross, the letters alpha and omega and the year while glorifying Christ saying these words:
Christ, yesterday and today, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, all time belongs to him and all ages, to him be glory and power, through every age and for ever. Amen.
[All photos were taken before COVID-19.]
Holy Week is the most important week of the entire liturgical year, and the Sacred Triduum is the culmination of Holy Week. Johan van Parys, Ph.D., our Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts, shares a three-part "Symbols that Surround Us," video series through the rich symbology of Holy Week in our Catholic Church.
In this second episode for Good Friday, Dr. van Parys discusses the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, traditionally celebrated at 3:00pm in the afternoon (the time at which Jesus is believed to have died on the cross). Central to the service is the Passion of Christ and the instrument of his suffering and death, the cross which is honored and venerated.
[All photos were taken before COVID-19.]