Archives: November 2021

There are several ways you can support our community this Advent and Christmas season.

Make a Gift to our St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Ministry
Our St. Vincent de Paul Outreach has resumed their work on Tuesday and Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30am in Teresa of Calcutta. We have reopened with limited services of ID vouchers, gas card and bus cards. Thanks to our staff and the volunteers returning to do this important work. The Basilica’s St. Vincent de Paul Ministry provides much needed support to the vulnerable in our community. To make a gift to our St. Vincent de Paul ministry, please visit


Make a Christmas Gift to The Basilica
Please consider making a special Christmas gift to support our ministries and programs. Make your gift at


Ascension’s “Be a Santa’s Helper” 
Church of the Ascension’s “Be a Santa’s Helper” drive last Advent delivered nearly 200 Christmas bags and 400 food boxes to families in need. They are trying to double that this year with a goal of: Every child in need receives a present this Christmas. We would like all toys to arrive on or before December 9. 

Buy a toy from the wish list; it will ship to Ascension. 
Visit to see the list.

We also need volunteers to help with wrapping, packing and distribution. Please visit this form on Sign-Up Genius to see days and times available.

Volunteer at Catholic Charities
Volunteer to help serve meals at Catholic Charities during the Advent and Christmas season. 
More information at



Prayer for Peace in Our Communities

For an end to the violence perpetrated by harsh words, deadly weapons, or cold indifference. May our homes, our nation, and countries around the world become havens of peace, let us pray to the Lord…

For the grace to see every human being as a child of God, regardless of race, language or culture, let us pray to the Lord…

For the strength to teach our children how to resolve differences non-violently and respectfully, and the courage to model it in our own behavior, let us pray to the Lord.

For our faith community, that we may respond boldly to the Holy Spirit's call to act together to end violence and racism, let us pray to the Lord…

For healing and justice for all those who have experienced violence and racism, let us pray to the Lord.

For the protection of all police and first responders who risk their lives daily to ensure our safety; for fair and just policing that will promote peace and wellbeing in all our neighborhoods, let us pray to the Lord…

For the courage to have difficult conversations about racism, and for a better appreciation of how our words and actions – or even our silence – can impact our communities, let us pray to the Lord…

For solidarity in our global human family, that we may work together to protect those who are most vulnerable and most in need, let us pray to the Lord…


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Icon of Hope

Noon Mass

The Fall 2021 issue of BASILICA Magazine  

Beauty that Saves: A Basilica Celebration of the Sacred Arts



Inside this issue

6 Angels Unawares
A sculpture by Timothy Schmalz
by Johan M.J. van Parys, Ph.D.

11 Basilica Homecoming
Renew & Reconnect
by Mae Desaire

12 Shelter Me
Our hearts’ song during the pandemic
by Teri Larson

14 Archbishop Hebda
Celebrating five years
by Eileen Bock

16 From Patent Law to Priesthood
Fr. Mike Reinhardt
by Rachel Newman Hogness

18 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
Our call to heal and grow together
by Frank Christopher

20 New Faces, New Roles
Welcoming team members to The Basilica staff
by Elyse Rethlake

22 Welcome Dr. Katherine Crawford Luber
Mia’s Nivin and Duncan MacMillan
Director and President
by Johan M.J. van Parys, Ph.D.

24 Our Sacred Arts
New acquisitions to The Basilica collections
by Kathy Dhaemers

27 A Virtual Basilica
Expanding our online ministry
by Mae Desaire

28 The Spirit of Generosity
Reflections on giving
by Sue McGuigan

30 Basilica Block Party 2021
Back on the block


The cover features the Angels Unawares sculpture on display at The Basilica in August 2021.

Thank you to the dedicated team of volunteers who created this piece.

The award-winning BASILICA magazine is sponsored by The Basilica Landmark, a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to preserve, restore, and advance the historic Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations. 

Each issue includes in-depth features about the people, art, history, and spirituality that make The Basilica a vibrant community. 
BASILICA is published twice a year with a circulation of 15,000. 

For advertising information please contact Carla Piazza Marchio.


Saint Joseph Chapel

Noon Mass

A New Journey Begins

Our Immigration Support Ministry has been busy preparing for the resettlement of Afghan refugees. We have been in many conversations with Lutheran Social Services, our co-sponsor in this effort. They have provided excellent training about how to work with families, what the expectations are and how to best support them. During this time, we have recruited Circle of Welcome members who will walk beside these families as they begin their new lives in the United States.

Our first Circle of Welcome team of five was notified that a family of 10 would be moving into a house, after spending 3 weeks in a hotel. LSS was lucky enough to find housing suitable and large enough for their family. Finding permanent housing is one of the most difficult services for LSS to secure currently. The Basilica was able to utilize our partnership with the St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store to find furniture and furnishings for the home. In all things, LSS has reminds us, we need to be flexible because things are happening at a fast pace.

The day before the family was to move into the home there was a cadre of volunteers cleaning, setting up and moving furniture. Asia, Muhammad and six of their children made a surprise visit to the house and dropped off items they had been storing in their hotel. Their children range in ages from infant to 17 years of age. As with many rental properties, there are several items the landlord will need to attend to.

The Circle of Welcome team hopes to meet the entire family of 10 people and their case worker early in the week of November 15th. They will be meeting with them regularly the next six months, and maybe longer. During this time some of the things they will do is help the family tackle the outstanding items on the fix-it list, practice English with the children and mother (the father speaks English very well), show the family how to ride the transit, help locate Halal grocery stores and take them shopping. They may need to help set up bank accounts, take family to doctor or dentist appointments. The goal is to help this family achieve self-sufficiency as soon as possible and make the experience as welcoming as possible.

As our partner at LSS has said, “this is an historic time!” We hope to make their resettlement as positive as possible.


Dorene Wernke
Immigration Support Ministry




Basilica in winter

Noon Mass