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Basilica Community,

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

Today I want to talk with you about where we are currently at and where we are going at The Basilica in regard to the pandemic. As I hope all of you know, a few weeks ago when the city of Minneapolis dropped its mask mandate, we also dropped our mask mandate for people coming to The Basilica. We do encourage people, though, to wear a mask if they feel more comfortable doing so.

We also encourage social distancing, and have removed the tape from the pews to give people more room to do this. Additionally, we are still asking people to sanitize their hands before receiving communion.

As have mentioned previously, beginning the first weekend in July we will resume our normal Mass schedule. Mass will be held at 5:00pm on Saturday and 7:30am, 9:30, and 11:30 Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon Mass will be held at 5:00pm.

As always, if you are not able, or don’t feel comfortable joining us in-person for any of our liturgies, we invite you join them via livestream. We will continue to livestream the 9:30am Mass, and beginning the first weekend in July we will start livestreaming the 11:30am Mass. We are looking for volunteers to help with this, so if you are interested in volunteering, please let us know.

I also want to thank everyone for your ongoing financial support of our Basilica community. Your 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.

Finally, we have started to resume some activities on our campus, and will continue to do so throughout the summer. Our primary concern, as always, will be the safety and well-being of those who come to our campus.

I will continue to try to keep you informed as we move forward into our new normal. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about these changes I invite you to contact me at the parish office. My contact information is available on our parish website.

Let me close today in prayer. 

 

Ever loving God,
Font of harmony and source of unity
We ask for the grace to face the sin of division in our society;
We beg for mercy and forgiveness for the harm we have done;
We implore that you open our hearts and minds to way that will bring about justice, equality, healing, harmony and peace;
And we prayer for the conversion of heart of all those who perpetrate fear, promote supremacy, and cultivate hatred.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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Back on the Block

For 25 years, the grounds of The Basilica have welcomed countless music fans, volunteers, and parishioners to the Basilica Block Party. This long-standing summer tradition unites and connects us to the broader Twin Cities community. For many, the Block Party serves as their first introduction to our parish.  After last year’s cancelation, we are ready to welcome our community back together for the 26th annual Cities 97.1 Basilica Block Party on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11! 
 
This year we look forward to showcasing a great lineup of new artists and old favorites and to gathering together again for an amazing weekend of music, celebration, and community. For over more than two decades, people have come to the event in droves and filled our pews on subsequent weekends. Each year, more than 1,600 volunteers devote time and energy to help the event run smoothly. A dedicated committee of more than 75 people works year-round to ensure each Basilica Block Party is a fun and safe event for people of all ages. The Basilica Block Party has shaped our parish beyond just the two nights every July. Couples have met through the block party and gotten married, friendships have been formed and deepened, and families have grown up volunteering together. It has become part of the fabric of our parish and community.
 
Proceeds from the event benefit The Basilica Landmark, a separate 501(c)(3) charitable organization which preserves, restores, and advances the historic Basilica of Saint Mary. Our historic building and campus need constant care and upkeep. Decades of harsh winters and continual wear and tear take a terrible toll on the incredible structure. Over the past 25 years, the Basilica Block Party has contributed approximately $6.7 million to The Basilica Landmark. Additionally, a portion of the event proceeds supports the St. Vincent de Paul outreach ministries at The Basilica to assist our neighbors in need. 
 
We are excited to be back on the block for this important community gathering and fundraiser on September 10 and 11!
 
Visit basilicablockparty.org for ticketing information and volunteer opportunities. 
 
 
 

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