The Catholic Bishops of Minnesota have designated January 7, 2018 “Immigration Sunday MN” and encourage people to take action in response to Pope Francis’ Share the Journey ( campaign, to support those who have left or been displaced from their home countries.

The Archdiocese is working with the Minnesota Catholic Conference to provide resources to learn about action they can take in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

Post cards to send to your legislators will be available at The Basilica January 6 and 7. The postcards and information are also available online at:

DACA postcard
















Plan to celebrate this joyous time of year at The Basilica of Saint Mary. The music, liturgy, and community create a special Christmas experience for all who pass through our doors. 

Please plan accordingly for parking and accessibility.  There is ample free parking in the lot under I-94 and in the MCTC ramp. 


Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 24
3:00pm  Vigil Eucharist organ, cantor, Cathedral Choristers, Children’s Choir and Cherubs, oboe*
5:30pm  Vigil Eucharist Mundus & Juventus
8:00pm  Vigil Eucharist piano, cantor, flute, cello
10:30pm  Prelude Music for Christmas harp
11:00pm  Choral Music for Christmas  Cathedral Choir, organ, harp, flute
11:30pm  Vigil of Lights organ, Cathedral Choir
Midnight  Solemn Eucharist organ, Cathedral Choir, brass, harp 
Christmas Day
Monday, December 25
7:30am  Eucharist at Dawn organ, cantor, violin
9:30am  Solemn Eucharist organ, choir, brass, strings, Celebrant: Archbishop Hebda
Noon      Solemn Eucharist organ, choir, brass, strings
4:30pm   Eucharist music from around the world


Please Note: The 7:30, 9:30, and 11:30am Masses on Sunday, December 24 are for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. These Masses do not fulfill your Holy Day of Obligation for Christmas. The Vigil Masses for Christmas do not fulfill your Sunday Obligation for the Fourth Sunday of Advent.


*The Archbishop has given permission to celebrate the Vigil Masses starting at 3:00pm.

Gift Deadlines for 2017 Tax Credit 
In order to receive tax-deduction credit for 2017, checks must be postmarked by Sunday, December 31. Online credit card gifts need to be received by midnight on December 31. Online direct debit gifts will not be processed in time, they will be processed January 2.
The Basilica offices are closed on Friday, December 29 and Monday, January 1.
If you need assistance with a year-end gift:
• December 25-28 contact Char Myhre at 612.317.3498 or
• December 29-31 contact Audra Johnson at 612.328.3486 (cell) or
Please note:  All gifts intended for 2017 must be received by December 31, 2017 or have an envelope post dated for December; if not, it will be recorded in 2018.
Ways to Give
Christmas envelopes in the church
Stock Gift-contact information above

The Basilica of Saint Mary proudly releases BASILICA Magazine, Fall 2017: The Basilica Community, Our history and our future.

Thank you to the volunteer Magazine team for their dedication creating this issue. 
Melissa Streit, Carol Evans, Rita Nagan, Elyse Rethlake














Inside this issue

Ascension: A Shelter from the Storms of Life
by Margaret Nelson Brinkhaus

Kristian Mauel Nguyen’s Next Milestone 
Building a passion for The Basilica
by Steve Rudolph

Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation
The 500th Anniversary: 1517-2017
by Dirk G. Lange

Reflections on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Local faith leaders share their perspectives
Introduction by Johan M.J. van Parys, Ph. D.

Welcoming Dr. Sharon Pierce
Leading collaboration in our community
by Janice Andersen

Come As You Are 
Creating connections through Pathways Ministry 
by Elyse Rethlake

Hearing Jesus’ Call
Basilica Young Adults - faith, fun, and service
by Melissa Streit

The Life of a Swiss Guard
Vatican Museums exhibit stops in Minneapolis
by Johan M.J. van Parys, Ph. D. 

Innovative Gifts
Reflecting what matters most in life
by Peggy Jennings and Monica Stuart

The Basilica Block Party and Landmark Ball: Captured in images
by Mae Desaire

The award-winning BASILICA magazine is sponsored by The Basilica Landmark, a 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is the preservation and restoration of the historic Basilica of Saint Mary and it campus. BASILICA is published twice a year (spring and fall) with a circulation of 20,000. 

For advertising information please contact Peggy Jennings.

The Basilica of Saint Mary dedicated the new Timothy P. Schmalz Homeless Jesus bronze sculpture on November 19, 2017, the World Day of the Poor, designated by Pope Francis.

The bronze sculpture of a life-size Christ figure shrouded in a blanket on a park bench has been stopping traffic on Hennepin Avenue and creating a flurry on social media. This addition to The Basilica’s sacred art collection has generated responses that have ranged from disgust to tears of compassion.

The meaning of the Homeless Jesus sculpture is to truly change hearts and minds towards people in need. The sculpture is designed to challenge and inspire each of us to be more compassionate and charitable and to see Jesus in each person we meet, and to take action to help end homelessness locally and around the world. 

The dedication events included a presentation from the artist Timothy P. Schmalz who shared images and stories from his body of work. His powerful sculptures create an impact in each city and community they are installed.

Parishioners and community members then joined together in prayer for a beautiful dedication around the sculpture in front of The Basilica with music from the Schola Cantorum and StreetSong-MN, a community choir for those who have been or are currently experiencing homelessness.

For more information about the sculpture


Homeless Jesus Dedication
Schola Cantorum













Street Song Homeless Jesus Dedication














The Basilica of Saint Mary received a 2017 Building Energy Performance Award for outstanding energy reduction from the City of Minneapolis. Dave Laurent, Director of Buildings and Grounds accepted the award along with Peter Crain from the Basilica Landmark Board and Facilities Assessment committee, and Dennis Dillon from the Ecological Stewardship committee.

The Basilica Landmark has made significant renovations and capital investments possible for our historic building and campus to meet our ecological goals. The Landmark works with The Basilica’s Facilities Assessment and Ecological Stewardship volunteer committees to identify energy savings solutions.

The Basilica’s energy saving improvements for over the past three years include replacing the three original 1913 boilers with new more efficient equipment and renovating the Rectory and School buildings with central air conditioning to replace 35 window units. LED lighting updates have made throughout the campus inside and out including the bell towers, Church sanctuary, and lower level. These improvements have resulted in a 21% energy use reduction that has lowered our energy costs and improved our energy efficiency. 



Energy Challenge Award photo

















The Catholic Spirit Feature: 
For years, icons created by local iconographer Nicholas Markell have been included in the Basilica of St. Mary’s icon procession, held annually at the Minneapolis parish to coincide with All Saints Day. 

It coincides, however, with the opening of “Windows to Heaven: A Visual Hymn of Praise,” a retrospective of Markell’s work and life. On display in the Basilica’s John XXIII Gallery, the exhibition will focus on Markell as an artist and theologian.

Full article

Join us November 5 for the icon processions during the 9:30 and 11:30am Masses.



Join the Wall of Conscious conversation. 

The Timothy P. Schmalz Homeless Jesus bronze sculpture has arrived at The Basilica. It is currently located in the lower level and will be placed in front of the Church for the dedication on November 19, the World Day of the Poor. 

The sculpture of a life-size Christ figure shrouded in a blanket on a bench is an internationally recognized symbol of compassion and awareness for the homeless, with sculptures located in major cities throughout the world.


What do you think?

The sculpture is intended to invite conversation. We invite you to share your reactions to this powerful piece of art on a post-it note or on social media posts. 


Homeless Jesus Sculpture-Wall of Conscious













From Wall of Conscious
The sculpture of the Homeless Jesus is meant to challenge people and to affirm people. It should call us out of our comfort zone and make a difference.

The message of welcome and hospitality can be expressed in words and actions as well as through the arts which are like 24 hour a day ‘visual sermons.’

When it was put on display in Davidson, North Carolina, several local homeowners called the police to complain about a homeless man sleeping on the bench.

“Some iconography is very grand and glorious. This is earthy and speaks of the fragility of the human condition.” Martyn Atkins


Homeless Jesus unpacking
Unpacking the sculpture














November is the month of remembrance, beginning with solemn Evening Prayer for all our beloved dead. The names of all those who have died within the last year will be mentioned during the Litany of the Saints. All other names of the faithful departed will be listed in the worship leaflet. 

Please submit names of the faithful departed.


The Basilica celebrates its 2nd Disability Awareness Month this October.  After several years of “Disability Dialogues” our community was asked to identify and eliminate barriers to participation. The designation of a month long series of presentations and other events was established based on what the committee heard.  This has included bringing in national speakers, partnering with other events at The Basilica, and culminating with a Disability Awareness Resource Fair where local organizations are on hand to educate and communicate to our parishioners the resources available to help themselves, family members, and friends to live more inclusive lives.


Taize Prayer with added accessibility 
Tuesday, October 10, 5:30pm, Saint Joseph Chapel

Disability Awareness Ministry Fair
Sunday, October 15, After the 9:30 and 11:30am Masses


Parking and accessibility information