Archives: January 2022

This Sunday: Sunday,  January 30, 2022 |  Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Face masks are now required at Mass. City of Minneapolis has reinstituted a face mask mandate.  Mask will be available at the entrances. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe. 

5:00pm Saturday Mass of Anticipation:
Celebrant: Fr. Peter Brandenhoff
Music: Cantor, Organ

7:30am Sunday Mass: 
Celebrant: Fr. Harry Tasto
Music: Cantor, Organ

9:30am Sunday Mass: Livestream | ASL Interpreted
Celebrant: Fr. Harry Tasto
Music: Cantor, Organ, The Basilica Cathedral Choir

11:30am Sunday Mass: 
Celebrant: Fr. Harry Tasto
Music: Cantor, Contemporary Ensemble), Piano

5:00pm Sunday Mass: 
Celebrant: Fr. Joseph Gillespie, OP
Music: Cantor, Juventus (Young Adult Choir), Piano

Up until a few years ago, many of us upon hearing the word Synod would perhaps remember hearing that word from, church history perhaps. Then in 2019, out of Rome from Pope Francis, out of our Archdiocese from Archbishop Hebda, we began hearing much about “Synod.” Synod listening sessions were held and plans made, only to be upended as most everything was, by COVID-19.


As most of us are aware, the next part of the Synod was held through six sessions, in most every parish community, in the fall of 2021.

So, what happened?

What did we learn?

And what are we going to do with that knowledge?


The Basilica surveyed participants halfway through the process and following the conclusion of the sessions. Additionally, we compiled the data from the session questionnaires for our Basilica community. Data from the session questionnaires will, at an unspecified date, be available from the Archdiocese as well, letting us understand the thoughts and experiences of other communities. Following is a condensed report of information from The Basilica’s experience.

Individuals: The participant group was a diverse group; ages ranged from 20’s to 80’s of married and single, mixed gender, newly Catholic to cradle Catholic. Some people thoroughly enjoyed the process, the videos, and prayers while others were so irritated, they opted out of the main video and recorded prayer portion after the second session.

It was reported  that we very much value gathering in small groups to learn from, about and with each other. There is a need to learn to pray, in multiple ways, including with our children both in church and at home. Parents request age-appropriate resources for living our faith and integrating it into daily life. Social media should be expanded to allow virtual communities of people to connect beyond Sunday liturgy. The Basilica as a spiritual home is important.

Archdiocese:  There was an overall disappointment for the participants with the topics and process selected by the Archdiocese for the Synod sessions. Of the topics addressed in the videos, the following three ranked highly: There should be an increase in ecumenical events. Retreats and events to gather the greater church should be planned.

Efforts should be made to ensure a true welcome, that is culturally sensitive and values diversity. Of more concern to the participants for our greater church and omitted from the list of topics were, the shortage of ordained ministers, systems of injustice in our institutional church that need to be addressed and the church’s involvement in racism and sexual abuse scandals.

Basilica Community: Highly valued: Radical hospitality as a sign of the visible presence of Christ. Highly encouraged: a commitment to participation in vigils and public demonstrations for justice, listening to and including young people in decision making, an increased empowerment of lay leadership, a significant effort to recruit BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) for positions of leadership, recognizing the importance of connecting Jesus’ teaching with actions of justice and works of service, creating small group ministry, and improving digital communication to appeal to younger age groups.

Also, important to continue to promote were, Liturgy, Service, and the Arts, continue keeping Mass, Reconciliation, and other liturgies available, continue making volunteer ministry a part of parish culture.  Overall, there is a tremendous pride for the priorities and mission of The Basilica community. 




Saint Joseph Chapel

Noon Masses: January 10-14

All Mass recordings can be found at Mass Recordings


Monday, January 10

Tuesday, January 11

Wednesday, January 12

Thursday, January 13

Friday, January 14


Please note that our offices are closed on Monday, January 17, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. There is a 7am in-person Mass, but no livestream/in-person noon Mass.

Assumption Statuary on Basilica Pediment

Facemask Requirement

Facemask are now required in The Basilica. City of Minneapolis has reinstituted a facemask mandate.

Masks will be available at the entrances. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe. 


City of Minneapolis mandate           



Core to The Basilica’s vision is a commitment “to seek the well-being of the city” around us. If we’ve learned anything in the midst of a global pandemic, we have learned how interconnected and interrelated we are to our sisters and brothers worldwide. In this sense, seeking the well-being of our city isn’t defined by local or national boundaries. We must seek the well-being of all of God’s children in order to find our own.

In 1970, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis began a mission in the Diocese of Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela. Over the past four decades, many priests from the archdiocese have served in various parishes and capacities in the Venezuela Church. Since 1983, priests from our Archdiocese have been pastoring the parish of Jesucristo Resucitado in San Felix. The mutual interchange of peoples, cultures, gifts and faith between the parish of Jesucristo Resucitado and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is the goal of the Venezuela Mission Partnership.

This weekend, The Basilica will have a second collection at all Masses to support the Venezuela Mission Partnership. An estimated 65,000 people live in the 11 distinct barrios (neighborhoods) of the Jesucristo Resucitado parish, and this diocese suffers from 70% unemployment with lack of healthcare and basic nutrition. 

Here are some of the ways our archdiocesan efforts and donations minister to the physical and spiritual needs of our sisters and brothers in Venezuela:

  • Every weekend there are seven Masses celebrated in the parish – two Masses in the church and five in the barrio chapels. Building more barrio chapels would allow us to provide Masses for the people in their own neighborhoods.
  • The Jesucristo Resucitado parish center has space to address medical needs of our people with a medical clinic, dentist office, and medical laboratory.
  • The parish center also provides space for a computer center, youth room, and classrooms. A variety of classes teach catechesis and the basic skills to start their own businesses, including classes on baking, cake decorating, cutting hair, basic accounting, basic computer skills, and pharmacist assistant among others.
  • Additionally, the daycare center is under remodel to serve as a study center with access to the internet for the youth in the barrio of Campo Rojo.
  • The soup kitchen prepares 150 lunches Monday through Friday for mostly children and elderly. Around 70 people eat at the soup kitchen and the rest of the food is delivered to people’s homes.
  • The parish collaborates with a neighboring Salesian parish to run a home for abandoned and homeless boys. This home located in the parish, is currently home for 12 boys ages 11 to 18 years old.


Most of us aren’t able to travel around the world as missionaries. But we can all answer the call to be missionary disciples by supporting those who so desperately need our assistance, prayerfully accompanying them and helping them reach their fullest potential.

Thank you in advance for your support of our mission collection, in addition to your generosity to The Basilica’s regular collection.
Donations can also be sent to:

Archdiocesan Center for Mission
Attn: Venezuelan Mission
777 Forest St.
St. Paul, MN 55106-3857

Or you are invited to donate online at




At daily Mass a few weeks ago, the Gospel focused on John the Baptist. After reading the gospel, I told the story of a priest in our diocese many years ago who loved to talk. I had only been ordained a year or so when I first experienced this priest. At any and every opportunity he never missed the chance to share his thoughts and ideas concerning just about anything. He liked to think of himself as akin to John the Baptist—a prophetic voice for his time. It didn’t take me very long to realize, though, that he really wasn’t much of a prophet. Rather he was just an irascible man who, I think, enjoyed irritating people. I never learned the backstory of this priest. I suspect, as with all of us, there was a reason for his behavior. I did learn, though, never to sit anywhere near him whenever there was a gathering (large or small) of priests.

I do believe that prophetic voices still exist in our midst. These voices call to us in each of our lives. In helping to distinguish these voices, I’d like to suggest that there are at least three things that are common to these prophetic voices. The first is that their call comes from God. To be a prophetic voice it isn’t enough that an individual has something to say. Rather the impetus to say something comes from outside themselves. It comes from God. And if the prophets from the Old Testament are any indication, most often the person who receives a call to be a prophet is, at least initially, reluctant to respond to that call.

The second thing that is common to prophets is that while their message may irritate or upset people, there is a sense that there is something “right” about what they are saying. For myself, there have been numerous times in my life when I have not much liked what someone has told me, yet in the depth of my heart, I knew what they were saying had a truth for me and that, much as I disliked it, I needed to hear it.

The third thing about prophets is that they call people to see things in a new/different way, or to see a bigger reality. It is very easy for us to get so locked into a particular perspective or view of things/people. Prophets, though, call us to set aside our beliefs and presumptions, and to see things differently. They invite us to reformate our way of thinking/living and see things from a new perspective.

Now I mention the above, because as we begin a new year, I would like to suggest that it would be a good resolution for all of us to try to be open to those prophetic voices that speak and call to us in each of our lives. These are the voices that come to us from God. They call us to go beyond our comfort zones, to see things differently and to make some changes in our lives. And as noted above, we don’t have to like those prophetic voices that God sends into our lives. I do believe, though, that we will be better people if we hear and respond to them.


Exterior west winter

Noon Masses: January 3-7

All Mass recordings can be found at Mass Recordings


Monday, January 3: Office closed; no livestreamed Mass

Tuesday, January 4

Wednesday, January 5 

Thursday, January 6 

Friday, January 7