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Greetings once again from The Basilica of Saint Mary. I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these still challenging times.
I’d like to begin today by thanking all those who have made or increased their commitment of financial support to our Basilica Fund. Your commitment of financial support, no matter how small, or how large, enables us to continue to do those things that fulfill our vision here at The Basilica.
However, as I mentioned when I spoke at the Masses a couple of weeks ago, if you are not able to make an ongoing commitment of financial support for our parish, I ask you to give what you can, when you can. I thank you in advance for whatever financial support you can commit to. Please know whatever you are able to give will be appreciated.
If you are not able to make a financial commitment or to contribute even occasionally, I ask you to pray for our parish and for your fellow parishioners. Please know your prayers both needed and are deeply appreciated.
And, if for some reason, you are experiencing some financial difficulties, please contact our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry. We may be able to help you or refer you to someone who can.
As your pastor, I thank you in advance for whatever financial support you can offer our parish.
On another topic, while it is heartening for me to see so many people back at The Basilica after many months, I want to make sure we are continuing to make The Basilica a safe place for them to be. For this reason, I want to strongly encourage people to wear a facemask when you are on The Basilica campus for a liturgy other activity.
As I have mentioned previously, in welcoming people back to worship, one of the challenges we face is resuming, renewing, and in some cases rebuilding, our liturgical ministry teams. If you have been involved in our liturgical ministry and not been contacted yet, or if you are interested in becoming involved please contact us.
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 our Noon Mass, Monday through Friday. We are also looking for volunteers to help with this, so if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mae Desaire.
During the coming weeks, we will be looking at bringing back on line more of our ministries. I will keep you informed as this happens. In closing, please know that as we move forward, our primary concern, as always, will be the safety and security of those who come to our campus.
I will continue to keep you informed as we move forward. 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.
Dear God –
For this day, help me to keep my heart open.
Help me to observe the beauty around me; to appreciate all that I see.
Help me to notice the blessings in my life, and to ignore those things that do not measure up to my expectations.
Guide me dear God to be of service to others, and to go through this day with humor and grace, and no regrets.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord we pray. Amen.
News and Resources
Engaging with the art in Geheimnis – Visual Mediation on Ecclesiastes, Mortality, Mystery, Glory is like going back to college without paying tuition. Artist Kelly Kruse provokes and challenges us to reflect about our lives, humanity, and spirituality. One visit is not enough. There is simply too much to take in and absorb in one viewing, but I assure you, the return trip is worth the effort. This exhibit is on display until December 5 in church, the John XXIII Gallery and Teresa of Calcutta Hall on the lower level.
Kelly describes her work as contemporary illumination. She delves deeply into the human experience, from light and beauty to suffering and death. She is upfront about her personal battle with depression and has used art exploring theology, history, and beauty to find her way forward. With a background in classical music and opera, Kelly studied Medieval and Renaissance music in Italy. During this time, she came upon the idea of illumination as she explored connections in scripture, poetry, music, and the visual arts.
Two years in the making, Kelly drew her inspiration for Geheimnis from scripture, music and famous authors like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Donne and Shakespeare. “Geheimnis” is the German word for “secret.”
Studying Ecclesiastes, she drew inspiration from the Hebrew term “hevel,” meaning vapor, smoke or breath—something elusive that can’t actually be grasped, but momentarily felt or glimpsed. Kelly noted that “hevel” is used 38 times in Ecclesiastes, is an abstract concept—it’s an enigma, a paradox she sees as part of our human nature and develops in her art. She invites us to explore the unseen while challenging us to be uncomfortable in a place of not knowing.
Kelly’s non-representational art needs to be experienced in person. Using layers of vibrantly colored acrylic ink and foil, she describes “the wonder of the materials” and “how the foil is transformed by the layers of ink.” Mica, metal, and marble are added on fragile vellum and rice paper for some pieces and transparent dura-tar for another.
A series in Teresa of Calcutta Hall is based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “For everything there is a season.” One piece titled “Glory of the City of God” drew me into reflection about The Basilica’s vision. Inspired from Jeremiah 29:7 “Seek the well-being of the city and pray for it to the Lord, for in seeking its well-being, you will find your own.” As I considered Minneapolis, “City of God” gave hope and challenge to recommit to our Basilica vision. Kelly describes “places of light and places of darkness” citing Isaiah 60 “ if we have the light we shall be the light.”
Writing on her website Kelly shared, “I believe in the value of connecting faith and art for the modern mind, both as an artist and a holder of great work. It is vital to culture to wrestle visually with ideas that are difficult to voice. I also believe it is good for the human soul to grapple with our inherent limitedness, our life’s givenness, and the fact that we are partners for better or worse with the unseen world that sits behind what we can touch.”
Experience Kelly Kruse’s art firsthand and mark your calendars to meet her at a reception at 1:00pm on December 5 in Teresa of Calcutta Hall, lower level of The Basilica.
Hello! My name is Katelin, and I am honored to serve as Chair of the Basilica’s Parish Council this year. I hope you are having a healthy and happy start to the fall season.
Today I am writing to you about the Basilica Fund fall appeal.
Sitting down to write this message, I asked myself, “What is a parish?”
Here’s my answer: It is people. It is a community. It is a gathering space. It is a place of solace. A place of celebration. A circle of support when times are tough. A quiet place. A place to grow. A place to find joy. A place to be inspired.
What does it mean to you?
The sum of all of these, I believe, is the spirit of our parish. And despite this challenging time, the spirit of our parish remains strong.
It remains strong because of our faith. Because of our prayer. Because of our care for one another and our community. Because of our wonderful staff and volunteers.
And also because of our support. In fact, 94% of the parish’s operating costs are supported by the Basilica Fund. Think about that—94%. Just about everything.
The Basilica has weathered the pandemic in no small part due to the continued support of our parish community. Today I hope you’ll join me in pledging your support to the Basilica Fund. Your gift of any size is important and helps to sustain the people, place and programs that bring the spirit of our parish to life.
Thank you for your consideration and generosity. Visit mary.org/give to pledge with me today.