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My mother was an equal opportunity disciplinarian. By this I mean that my mother dealt out discipline fairly, swiftly, and judiciously. One time when I was growing up, my mother took me and my older brother with her to run some errands. At one point during our errand running my older brother—probably more out of boredom than malice—gave me a shove. I responded by calling him a name. My mother responded by telling my older brother that if he pushed me again a spanking awaited him when we got home. She responded to me by telling me never to call someone a name, and that if I continued this practice, I could anticipate that my mouth would be washed out with a bar of soap. She then told both of us that there would be no dessert for either of us that night. With my mother discipline was swift, sure, and just. I learned a valuable lesson that day many years ago. You don’t call people names. 

This memory came back to me recently as I was thinking about all that has gone on and continues to go on in our city with the death of George Floyd, as well as all that is going on in our country and our world with COVID-19. It is clear that given the current situation, “stressful” doesn’t begin to describe the upheaval in our community and our world, as well as the turmoil in our individual lives at this time. Unfortunately, contributing to this uproar and turmoil are some—particularly some in leadership positions who should know better—who are resorting to finger pointing and name calling. 

We need to be honest and clear. Name calling and finger pointing are never appropriate. And we need to call each other—and especially our leaders—to accountability when we/they do this. In a speech in October of 2017 former President George W. Bush alluded to this issue when he said: “We have seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. At times, it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization. Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions—forgetting the image of God we should see in each other." 

We are all created in God’s image and likeness. We are all beloved sons and daughters of God. When we fail to remember this, when we point fingers and call names, we are failing to see the image of God in one another. I just wish my mother were alive to give those who do this a good talking to, and threaten to wash out their mouths with soap if they continue this practice. Alternatively, though, perhaps if God sent us all to bed without dessert for a few nights, perhaps we might remember and take seriously the most basic fact of our existence: we are all beloved children of God. 

 

 

Basilica Community,

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

As I mentioned last week, our parish leadership has approved The Basilica’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. This plan has been posted to our website if you would like to read it. This plan will continue to be reviewed and adjusted as new information becomes available as the pandemic evolves.

I am grateful to Terri Ashmore, our Managing Director, our Staff Directors, Tom Paul and Kathy Noecker our Parish Trustees, and Dr. Deirdre Palmer, The Basilica Landmark’s representative to our Parish Council, for the time and effort they put into this document. Their work is a blessing for our parish. Additionally, our parish leadership approved a proposal to gradually reopen The Basilica for public worship.

When we reopen The Basilica for public worship, however, we will continue to livestream our various liturgies and services. The equipment we needed to livestream has arrived and will be installed within the next week or so. Once the equipment is installed, our staff will be trained to operate it.

Once this has happened, we will start to open The Basilica for daily Mass at Noon. We anticipate this will take place in mid-July. Within the next couple of weeks, I will give a progress report to our parish leadership in regard to how this is working.

Hopefully at that time, we can determine a timeline for reopening The Basilica on a limited basis for weekend Masses. Once we have reopened The Basilica for Sunday Mass, on one Sunday a month we will also celebrate the sacrament of baptism for infants, and the Sacrament of Confirmation for those adults who were a part of our R.C.I.A. program this past year. Later this summer we will also discuss how to celebrate First Communion and Confirmation with our elementary and high school students.

I realize these decisions may disappoint some, but in an abundance of caution and with a concern for the common good, as your pastor, I am convinced that at this time, this is the best way to proceed.

If you would like further information about this plan, or if you have questions or concerns, please contact me at the parish office or send me an email. My contact information is available on our parish website.

Finally, since next week leads into the 4th of July weekend, we won’t have our usual coffee and conversation on Wednesday morning. I also won’t be posting a message next week. Coffee and Conversation and a new message will be back the week of July 5th.

 

Almighty and eternal God,
our refuge in every danger,
to whom we turn in our distress;
in faith we pray
look with compassion on the afflicted,
grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners,
healing to the sick, peace to the dying,
strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders
and the courage to reach out to all in love,
so that together we may give glory to your holy name.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.
Amen

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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 would like to update you in regard to the outcome of a meeting last evening of our parish leadership.

Our parish leadership approved The Basilica’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. This plan will be posted to our parish website within the next few days. We have been working on this plan for several weeks; modifying and refining it as information has became available. This plan will continue to be adjusted to meet our parish needs as the pandemic evolves.

I am grateful to Terri Ashmore, our Managing Director, our Staff Directors, Tom Paul and Kathy Noecker our Parish Trustees, and Dr. Deirdre Palmer, The Basilica Landmark’s representative to our Parish Council, for the time and effort they put into this document. Their work is a blessing for our parish.

Additionally, at our meeting last evening, our parish leadership approved a proposal to gradually reopen The Basilica for public worship. This plan will begin as soon as we have installed the new equipment we have purchased to allow our staff to livestream our services. We anticipate this will take place in mid-July.

Once the livestreaming equipment is installed and operational, we will start to open The Basilica for daily Mass at Noon. Additionally, one Sunday a month we will celebrate the sacrament of baptism for infants, and the Sacrament of Confirmation for those adults who were a part of our R.C.I.A program this past year.

In the next couple of weeks I will be meeting with members of our staff to establish the procedures we will need to put in place to make this happen as smoothly as possible. Later this summer we will also discuss how to celebrate First Communion and Confirmation with our elementary and high school students.

At the end of July, I will give a progress report to our parish leadership in regard to how all of this is working. At that time, we also hope to discuss the reopening of The Basilica on a limited basis for weekend Masses.

I realize these decisions may disappoint some, but out of an abundance of caution and with a concern for the common good, as your pastor, I am convinced that at this time, this is the best way to proceed.

If you are interested in talking about these decisions, I invite you to join me next Wednesday at 9:00am for our Zoom Coffee and Conversation or next Wednesday at 5:30pm for a Zoom conversation with me.

 

Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.

Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.

Amen

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Basilica Community,

Greetings once again from The Basilica of Saint Mary. I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during this challenging time.

Today, I would like to update you briefly in regard to some of the things that happening at The Basilica.

I would like to begin, though, with a word of thanks to all those whose ongoing financial support helps us to continue the many ministries, services and programs that are at the heart of our Basilica community. Please know of my great gratitude for your generosity. However, as I have mentioned previously, if you find yourself needing financial support, we invite you to connect with our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry.

The second thing I wanted to mention is that while we have ordered the equipment we need so that our staff can begin to livestream our liturgies that equipment unfortunately is on back order. Given this, until the equipment arrives and our staff can take on this responsibility, we will continue to pay to have our liturgies livestreamed.

The third thing I wanted to mention is that even though The Basilica is not open, we continue to meet, and to offer many activities via Zoom. I am enormously grateful to our staff and volunteers who make these this possible. I invite you to check our website to see all that is going on here.

I also want to mention, though, that if you have any suggestions, questions or concerns, please let us know. We may not be able to implement all your suggestions, or respond to all your questions and concerns, but we will do our very best. In this regard, I wanted to mention that last Sunday we had our first Vespers for Solace and Peace. We prayed for those impacted by COVID-19, as well as those who are victims of racism, violence, and injustice.

Going forward, we will continue to celebrate Vespers for Solace and Peace on the first Sunday of each month at 5:30pm. These services will be livestreamed and I invite you to join us.

Finally, as I have mentioned previously, our parish leadership will be meeting next week to discuss whether it is time to begin to reopen The Basilica. I ask for your prayers as we prepare to discuss this issue. Our primary concern is to make sure that when we reopen we can provide an environment that is safe and secure for all who come to The Basilica.

 

 

O Christ Jesus
When all is darkness
And we feel our weakness and helplessness,
Give us the sense of Your Presence,
Your Love and Your Strength.
Help me to have perfect trust
In Your protecting love
And strengthening power,
So that nothing may frighten or worry us,
For, living close to You,
We shall see Your Hand,
Your Purpose, Your Will through all things.
Amen

 

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With the Coronavirus wreaking havoc in our lives and our world, and causing untold pain and suffering, I was reminded of an essay a friend of mine sent me a few months ago entitled: “The Purpose of Suffering.” Now since I find “suffering” to be among the great mysteries of faith, I was interested in what the author had to say. Frankly and bluntly, I found most of what the author wrote to be pious pablum, but I was stunned when I came upon the sentence: “You can rest assured that God has some greater purpose in mind for you, and that His plan can only be accomplished in the school of affliction and suffering.” This is simply and patently absurd. 

Now certainly good can come out of suffering. To suggest, however, that God causes suffering to create some good is simply wrong. We don’t know why suffering exists. It is a mystery of faith why some good and holy people experience pain and suffering in their lives. We can’t explain why innocent people sometimes suffer, or why people who do bad things sometimes don’t experience the consequences of their actions and at times even seem to live lives of ease and comfort. Given this, we need to be honest and admit that we just don’t know the reason suffering exists. 

What we do know, though, is important. In the midst of pain and suffering we know and believe that God is with us and that God is offering us God’s good grace. Grace is who God is, and grace can be found, perhaps most especially, in the depths of pain and suffering. If we pray and are open to God, we can discover grace arising from the worst kind of pain, and from the great depths of terrible suffering. God doesn't cause suffering and pain, but God is there with us in the midst of suffering and pain. 

In his book, Night, Eli Weisel told the story of witnessing the hanging of a young Dutch boy for collaborating with the Nazis. For more than an hour the child in the noose stayed there struggling between life and death, dying in slow agony. Weisel said; “And we had to look him full in the face. He was still alive when I passed in front of him. His tongue was red, his eyes not yet glazed. Behind me I heard a man asking ‘Where is God now?’ And I heard a voice within me answer him: ‘Where is He? Here He is—He is hanging here on this gallows….”

I think Weisel’s insight is important. While God does not cause and does not prevent our suffering, God is with us and for us in all of our pain and suffering. We need to remember this—most especially at this time—on this Easter day. Jesus’ resurrection reminds us that pain, suffering, trials, and even death, will not have the final word, God will. And God’s word is life—life in abundance. God abides with us always, wanting to share God’s life with us. And in our prayer—if we are open to it—we will find God gently enfolding us in God’s love and strengthening us with God’s grace. 

Certainly suffering can reveal to us a greater purpose or provide a deeper insight. To suggest, though, that God causes suffering so that an individual can come to understand some greater purpose demeans God and suggests that God is capricious, and at times down right mean. I can’t believe in this kind of God. If people want to continue to suggest that God causes suffering for some noble purpose, I’d suggest that God sue for defamation of character. 

 

Today, I join my prayer with the family and friends of George Floyd as they gather to mourn his loss and celebrate his life. I also join my voice to their call for an end to the evil and sin of racism that permeates our society and our institutions. And with them I call for justice for George. 
 
Yesterday, Pope Francis spoke powerfully about what has been happening in MN over the past 10 days. Addressing Minnesotans and all Americans during his general audience he said: “I have witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest in your nation in these past days, following the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd,” he continued “we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”
 
As I pray for justice and peace, truth and reconciliation in our land and in the entire world I also commit myself to work for justice, peace, and reconciliation for all.

Rev. John M. Bauer
Pastor, The Basilica of Saint Mary

 

Basilica Community,

I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during this challenging time. Today, I would like to update you in regard to three areas of our parish life.

First as many of you may have heard, early last Thursday morning, someone broke into The Basilica. A couple of bottles of flammable fluid were thrown onto the pews. Two pews and the wooden floor beneath them were damaged, but the fire did not spread to the surrounding area.

In response to this break-in, we have increased our security patrols by United Protective Agency. Additionally our volunteer security committee will continue to monitor our security situation and will be advising us about further measures we can take.

While this has been a very sad experience, no one was injured and the damage was very minimal. I ask for your prayers for The Basilica as well as for those who perpetrated this act.

The second thing I wanted to mention is that beginning Sunday and on the first Sunday of the month for the foreseeable future, we will livestream vespers for Solace and Peace. This evening prayer will be offered for all those who are impacted in any way by COVID-19. Particularly at this time, though, it will also offer us an opportunity to pray for George Floyd and for justice and healing in our community.

In this regard, there is also information on our website with a list of resources and groups you can partner with to help those people and neighborhoods that have been hardest hit by the recent difficulties.

At the end of our Vespers service we will light candles in one of our Marian Shrines. We invite you to send your intentions to mary.org/candles. We will offer prayers to our loving God as we light these candles.

Finally, as I mentioned last week, our parish leadership has recommended that we not re-open The Basilica for public worship at this time. We will review this decision at our next meeting on June 17 and then every two weeks thereafter.

I know this decision will disappoint some, but, as your Pastor, I want you to know that I firmly believe it is the right decision at this time. And I want to remind you that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is suspended. Certainly this is a painful time for all of us. With all that is going on in our world and in our city, it is good for us to pause and pray, and to look for ways, as individuals and as a parish, that we can bring justice, reconciliation, and peace to our community.

We need to do this, because our commitment to the common good calls us to be both good Catholics and good citizens. And we are challenged to do this so that The Basilica might continue to be a beacon of hope on the Minneapolis skyline.

 

Pope Francis: Prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of our faith

Mother, help our faith!
Open our ears to hear God’s word and to recognize his voice and call.
Awaken in us a desire to follow in his footsteps, to go forth from our own land and to receive his promise.

Help us to be touched by his love, that we may touch him in faith.
Help us to entrust ourselves fully to him and to believe in his love, especially at times of trial, beneath the shadow of the cross, when our faith is called to mature.

Sow in our faith the joy of the Risen One.
Remind us that those who believe are never alone.
Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus, that he may be light for our path. And may this light of faith always increase in us, until the dawn of that undying day which is Christ himself, your Son, our Lord!

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A few weeks ago I needed to clarify a charge on one of my bills. It wasn’t a large amount of money, but enough that I didn’t want to just let it pass. I checked the company’s website and after some searching found a customer service telephone number. I called the telephone phone number and went through the menu options on the keypad on my cell phone. At one point I was finally able to reach the option where I could talk with a service representative. After selecting that option I got a recording that indicated I would be put on hold and my call would be answered in the order in which it was received. Realizing that talking to a real live person was within my reach, I put my phone on speaker and started responding to some emails. I was on hold for about 20 minutes before a service representative answered my call.
 
Fortunately it took just a few minutes to get the issue resolved. They mentioned that in the future if I had questions I might want use their website to try to find an answer. I told them that from my perspective being on hold for 20 minutes was preferable to trying to navigate their website. The serve representative chuckled and said: “We get that a lot.” 
 
Being put “on hold” is a common experience. It seems that nowadays we seldom get to talk to someone personally without having to spend at least some time listening to background music or worse, advertisements for things we don’t want or need and have no intention of buying. Fortunately, with the advent of speakers on phones, being “on hold” doesn’t have to be time that is completely wasted. In fact, if you plan ahead, it’s possible to do something productive (like responding to emails) while you are on hold.
 
This experience came back to the other day as I was reflecting on our current situation with the COVID 19 pandemic. In many ways, for most of us, it can feel like our lives have been put on hold as our normal activities and routines have been interrupted and/or suspended. Certainly this is true for me. The thing is, though, that while at first I was a bit flustered by this, I realized I had a choice. One option was to look on this time of being “on hold” as a burden and a pain, and complain and whine about it to anyone who would listen. The other option was to see this as a time to do new things, or to learn to do some usual things in a different way. After a couple weeks trying out the first option, I realized that it wasn’t doing me any good. And so in praying about it, I decided I needed to use the time of being “on hold” as a time of opportunity, and perhaps even an occasion of grace.
 
Now I wish I could say that my decision changed everything for the better, or that I no longer see this time as a burden and a pain. I still do. What has changed, though, is that I don’t carry this attitude around all the time. It is more occasional or episodic. I’ve also started trying to be more aware of, and grateful for the blessings I enjoy in my life. And that has made a difference in my prayer. And that has made a difference in the way I approach things/people. And that is a good thing.
 
Being “on hold,” while certainly not exciting or pleasant, can be an occasion of grace. It all depends on whether we will be open to that grace, and let it find a home in our lives and our hearts.
 
Rev. John M. Bauer
Pastor, The Basilica of Saint Mary
 
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LITURGY

Sunday Prayer for Solace and Peace

For two months now, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives greatly. As a result many of us have experienced some level of fear, stress, anxiety and grief. Given the uncertainty of every day, week and beyond this is to be expected.

As a church community we are called to support one another in times such as these. And though we may not be able to console and support one another in person, we know that we are not alone because we are all part of the one Body of Christ. We are in this together, for when one part of the Body suffers, the entire Body suffers in solidarity. So we help where and when we can and we are committed to fervent prayer.

Starting on the first Sunday in June and every first Sunday thereafter we will livestream Evening Prayer from The Basilica as long as the Pandemic lasts. This Evening Prayer for Solace and Peace will be offered for all those who are affected in any way by COVID-19. You may have lost your job. You may have been diagnosed with the virus. You may be at greater risk because you are a first responder or healthcare worker , or you work in the cleaning service, as a postal worker or a bank clerk. Maybe you are alone and unable to receive loved ones. There are so many known and unknown ways we are affected by this pandemic. So it is good for us to pause and pray.

At the end of our Evening Prayer for Solace and Peace we will light candles in one of our Marian shrines. We invite you to send your intentions at mary.org/candles. We will offer those to our loving God while lighting the candles.

We especially invite those who have experienced the loss of a family member or a friend during this pandemic to join us. Grief over the death of a loved one is always profound, but this has been compounded during the pandemic. You may not have been able to be with your loved one while they passed away. You may have had to limit attendance at the funeral to a small group of people. Or you may have postponed the service to a future date. All of this is very difficult.

Please submit the names of family and friends who have died during this pandemic to mary.org/prayerrequests. As part of the service, their names will be spoken during the litany of All Saints and All Souls. We hope this service will offer some support to all those who are grieving. And it will offer all of us the opportunity to support our grieving sisters and brothers.

May we all know the healing and consolation of the resurrected Christ.

Johan M. J. van Parys, Ph.D.
Director of Liturgy and the Sacred Arts
 
 
LEARNING

A New Reality

The corona virus has completely changed how we engage in our faith community, and like all of our departments, the Learning department has had to adjust our offerings as we have moved to virtual events. Our faith formation families, RCIA community preparing to receive the Easter sacraments, couples having to make decisions regarding their wedding dates and young adults have all had to adjust as so many plans have been put on hold. And yet, we have found that so many have continued to reach out to engage each other in this faith community. 

RCIA candidates and catechumens have been patient as they await their chance to enter formally into the sacramental life of the Church and children and families have engaged each other in prayer and encouragement online. Our young adults have continued to support each other from everything like our weekly Bible study, to cocktail making happy hours, retreats, and trivia nights. It has been a blessing for us to continue to serve you during this time and see our Basilica community continue to engage each other in love and hope. 

Our learning department staff worked hard to help contribute to our Domestic Church Resource for parishioners, which is available on our website at mary.org/domesticchurch. There you will find resources for family faith formation, prayer, and more. Please know that we are all working to prepare for fall learning opportunities, even as we are not quite sure how our parish life will look as we continue through this unprecedented time. 

If you have questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us, and please continue engaging with our weekly newsletter to know of periodic offerings during the summer. 

Learning Department,
Jolane Jones, Cathy Edwards, Christine Moore and Ben Caduff

 

 

CHRISTIAN LIFE

One of the most common emotions experienced, over these past few months, has been grief. Grief is a natural response to the experience of loss. You might feel fine one day, and then be anxious the next. You might feel angry, sad, lonely and many other emotions. 

The losses that we’ve had to face, over the last few months, are incredibly diverse. We have had to maneuverer through the global pandemic. We have had to find ways to respond to the death of George Floyd.  These ground shaking realities cause us to question so much of what we know to be true and safe. What is our role in the community? Where can we go? Who can we be with? Who can we trust? 

Pope Francis gives us a context of responding to grief in our life. He suggests that sorrow is grounded in loving concern for others. The more we love, the deeper our sorrow or grief. He challenges us to recognize that, ultimately, our sorrow uncovers our love for God. We come to know God’s love in our life, and we extend that love to our neighbor.

As Pope Francis unpacked the beatitude, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted,” he reminds us that sorrow coming from death or suffering, “is a bitter road, but it can be used to open one's eyes to life and to the sacred and irreplaceable value of each person, and at that moment one realizes how short time is.”

We are invited to find the sacredness of each day—of each moment. God is present, and there is opportunity to learn and grow through all. It is not easy! Yet, it is the essence of life.

This bulletin has many opportunities for you to build relationships and enter into another’s life—to find hope and healing individually and as a community. Consider how you are being called today. Where do you seek healing? Where do you feel called to serve? 

Let us open our eyes and our heart “to the sacred and irreplaceable value of each person.” Let us listen to how we are called to make this reality manifest in our life and community. And let us act now, as we realize “how short time is!”

Janice Andersen
Director of Christian Life 

 

 

Basilica Community,

Greetings once again from The Basilica of Saint Mary, I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during this challenging time.

Today I would like to update you in regard to the outcome of last night’s meeting of our parish leadership.

At that meeting it was decided that this is not the right time for our parish to open The Basilica for public Mass. We will review this decision at our next meeting on June 17 and then every two weeks thereafter.

I know this decision will disappoint some of you, but I want to share with you the reasons for this decision. As Archbishop Hebda said in a letter to the people of the Archdiocese on May 23, “If a parish is not confident they are ready, they should not open. Period. And if the faithful feel safer at home, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days continues to be dispensed.”

Last evening as we discussed re-opening The Basilica, it became clear that although we have done extensive work to develop our protocols, at the present moment we were not ready to re-open. There is just so much we don’t know in regard to the progress of COVID-19, that we wanted additional time to review and refine our protocols, and any further recommendations from health officials, so that we don’t inadvertently put anyone at risk, especially anyone on our staff, or any vulnerable members of our community.

This time will also allow us to learn from those churches and facilities across the country that have re-opened. Certainly this is a painful time for all of us. However, our commitment to the common good makes it important for us to be both good Catholics and good citizens when we gather for worship.

As we look at re-opening The Basilica, we will be attentive to any new information from the Center for Disease or Department of Health; a decline in the number of cases/hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19; and how we can be good neighbors to the broader Minneapolis community.

In closing please remember to pray for all those who have died at this challenging time, for those who grieve them, and for those who are sick and their families, and all caregivers. Also let us pray for the women and men in the health care field, and first responders who daily risk their health to take care of our sisters and brothers in need. Let us pray.

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Basilica Community,

Greetings once again from The Basilica of Saint Mary, I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during this challenging time.

We continue to miss you at The Basilica. However, we livestream daily Mass at noon, and Mass on Sundays at 9:30am, and we invite you to connect with us there. These and other services are recorded and available on our website.

Today I would like to update you on three things:
First, earlier this morning, at Coffee and Conversation, Johan Van Parys and I discussed some ideas about how people, who may not be able to join us for Mass, can do “Church at home” this summer.

We also discussed the protocols we will be using when we are able to have public Masses again. These protocols will include, but will not be limited to, pre-registering for Mass, entering through a particular door, taking each person’s temperature, requiring face mask, and sitting in an assigned seat.

The protocols will follow all State health and safety regulations. We will also continue to livestream our liturgies even as we begin to re-open The Basilica.

Second, I want to mention that next week at Coffee and Conversation, Terri Ashmore, our Managing Director and I will discuss some of the protocols we are establishing for staff and volunteers returning to campus.

It is our hope and my prayer that these protocols will ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone who comes to our campus. I invite you to join us next Wednesday at 9:00am for this conversation.

Finally, I just want to thank everyone for their financial generosity, their patience, and their prayers during this pandemic. People have been very generous to The Basilica during this time, as well as enormously patient as we try to make our way through this new reality. We are learning new ways to connect with people, as well as new ways to be community.

This is going to take some time—and it will probably be messy—and no doubt there will be some missteps along the way. Given this, I am extremely grateful for the many prayers people have offered and are offering for our Basilica community. Keep them coming. They are both needed and appreciated. 

 

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