Join us July 7 and 8 for the Basilica Block Party.











Friday, July 7, 2017


Great Clips Stage
Brandi Carlile
John Paul White
The Roosevelts
PreferredOne Stage
The Shins
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness


Star Tribune Stage
Night Moves
Jaedyn James & the Hunger
Nick Jordan


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Great Clips Stage
Gavin DeGraw
Ben Rector
Julia Brennan
PreferredOne Stage
Walk Off The Earth
Enemy Planes

Star Tribune Stage
Nooky Jones
Jackson & The Roosters
J.S. Ondara

The MN Lottery Silent Disco returns on the East Lawn - dance like knowbody is watching (and only you can hear) until 11pm

Gates open at 5pm each night

All bands and order of appearance subject to change.

The Basilica Block Party began in 1995 as a fundraiser to help pay for the structural restoration of The Basilica of Saint Mary. Today, proceeds from the event benefit The Basilica Landmark, which preserves, restores and advances the historic Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations. In addition, a portion of all proceeds from The Basilica Block Party go to The Basilica’s St. Vincent de Paul outreach program, which provides services to those in need.


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Archdiocesan Update

Archdiocese Update: 

A letter and video from Archbishop Hebda regarding the Archdiocese settlement agreement and bankruptcy. Please continue to pray for all the victims, survivors, and their families.


We’ve advanced to the next round in the Church Madness: Most Beautiful Church tournament. We need your vote to make it to the Sweet Sixteen!
Scroll down to the Midwest bracket- The Basilica vs. St. Mary’s Church in David City, Nebraska.



Elections will be held this spring for Parish Council representatives for our Liturgy and Sacred Arts and Christian areas. If you know parishioners who would make excellent representatives, please fill out a nomination form by April 6.

Nomination form

Parish Council members serve as an advisory group to the Pastor and assist with strategic planning, creation of effective communication structures, policies and procedures, and educating parishioners about biblical stewardship. 

Our Parish Council is composed of:

  • 6 elected members including 2 representatives each for Learning, Christian Life, and Liturgy areas,
  • 3 appointed "at large" members,
  • appointed representatives from the Finance and Development Committees,
  • 4 ex-officio members including 2 Parish Trustees, Pastor, and Managing Director.

All elected and appointed at large members serve terms of 3 years and can serve a maximum of 2 terms.  

Council members should be sensitive to the needs, ambitions and desires of The Basilica community to fulfill its mission, and through collaboration, consultation and support, serve as an advisory group to the Pastor.  The

Parish Council also responds to and acts on the recommendations of the Parish Finance Committee and Stewardship Council.

Contact Terri Ashmore more information.  


Lenten Rice Bowls

This Lent, The Basilica’s SVdP Ministry is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to support Lenten Rice Bowls. We invite all parishioners to join nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the U.S. in a life changing Lenten Journey. Families with children enrolled in Basilica classes will receive information about participating during their weekly class. And all parishioners are invited to pick up a Rice Bowl at the back of church beginning on Ash Wednesday. Each Rice Bowl kit includes information about this program, a calendar, and recipes. Watch for additional details about The Basilica’s CRS Rice Bowl participation throughout Lent. May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors, an our God.


Members of the Basilica of Saint Mary gathered close to 10:00pm on Thursday night to welcome a special family to Minnesota. The family had been living in a refugee camp in Thailand. They had just spent close to 24 hours on a flight that brought them from Bangkok to Doha, Qatar, to Chicago to Minneapolis.

The family was tired, but seemed excited for this new phase of their life. They are a Karenni family—a different ethnic group from Karen, but also from Burma/Myanmar. They are a family of five, with a mother, father, two daughters (9 and 6 years old) and a son (17 months).

To learn more about the Karenni community and their refugee status, read THE KARENNI PEOPLE.

While verbal communication was a challenge, there was a definite connection between people: compassion and kindness, welcome and support—mutually shared between Basilica parishioner and new Minnesota resident.

Look for more information in upcoming posts and in Weekly Newsletters. 



Minnesota’s bishops invite Catholics to protect life and human dignity by attending Catholics at the Capitol this coming March in St. Paul. Join the bishops, dynamic Church leaders, and 1,000+ Catholics for a day of inspiration and advocacy at our State Capitol. We’ll be inspired by compelling speakers, informed about the critical issues affecting life and dignity in Minnesota, and equipped to effectively engage our lawmakers. With issues like assisted suicide, school choice, and support for struggling families at stake, Catholics can’t afford to stay home.

Catholics at the Capitol is March 9, 2017 in St. Paul. Diocesan-sponsored transportation will be available. Learn more and register at or call 651.227.8777. 

Sharing a spirit of helpfulness-

How many of us, as we were growing up, were told “patience is a virtue”? Perhaps we did not get something at a store we were begging for. Maybe we had uncontained excitement for an upcoming holiday. Or we were en route to a summer vacation up north, and we could not wait to arrive. We have all heard this saying numerous times in our lives. It is among the best lessons our parents, caregivers, and teachers could have taught us. Frequently we are confronted with situations where we have to exercise patience. It is not until adulthood where we realize how important it is to be patient, and yet how truly challenging it can be.

As part of our Christian tradition, the Spiritual Works of Mercy help guide our behavior. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the seven Spiritual Works of Mercy include the following: counseling the doubtful, instructing the ignorant, admonishing the sinner, comforting the sorrowful, forgiving injuries, bearing wrongs patiently, and praying for the living and the dead (

In a time where we are bombarded with divisive rhetoric from our media, when tensions in our city seem to be rising, and everyone seems to have a strong opinion about our pending presidential election, demonstrating compassion, empathy, and patience with one another can be very difficult. Yet, the alternative is to live with anger and frustration filling our hearts, rather than the love Christ called us to have for each other.

At the root of patience is the ability to either help or hinder another human being. Without patience, we can cause others frustration, discomfort, or even suffering. The Basilica of Saint Mary is committed to providing equal access to services and resources for all its parishioners. For example, an individual with celiac disease can receive low-gluten host at Eucharist. The Basilica also provides hearing devices for individuals suffering from hearing loss. A person who is visually impaired may request a large print program at Mass.

Peggy Wolfe, an 86-year-old parishioner who has attended The Basilica for 11 years, serves on the church’s Disability Awareness Committee. Working on behalf of the church, the committee takes their role of ensuring the church is adhering to all ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements very seriously. For the last 16 years, Wolfe has experienced gradual vision loss as a result of macular degeneration.Further, Wolfe is also hearing impaired.

Though she was initially drawn to The Basilica because of the beautiful music she heard at Mass, she said she “loves the spirit of helpfulness.” She is especially appreciative of the wonderful ushers who volunteer their time at The Basilica, but she also values the many parishioners and fellow committee members who help her. She acknowledges that it is difficult to ask for help, and says this can be a hurdle to overcome when you are initially experiencing some type of loss. Yet, in order to deal with barriers, one must be able to ask for help.

Wolfe does not view her losses as limitations. Rather, with an optimistic and positive attitude, she admits she cannot change the course of action her health has taken and would prefer to use her experience as a way to help others. She has published a book about her experience titled Vision Loss: Strategies for Living with Hope and Independence. Wolfe’s mother and uncle also experienced vision loss. She taps into her experience in helping them cope, along with her personal insight, to shed light on how to successfully live with vision loss. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 14 million people above the age of 12 are living with vision loss in the United States (

LaVail Valentines is another instrumental member of the Disability Awareness Committee and recently participated in an accessibility audit of The Basilica’s buildings and grounds. LaVail has limited mobility due to a stroke and now uses a wheelchair. In order to thoroughly assess The Basilica campus he traveled every pathway and opened every door. The concluding report brought to light several accessibility issues that will be addressed by the Parish Council executive committee. LaVail said being a part of such an important group makes him feel like he is helping people have a easier time accessing one of the most import part of their lives.

We are called to be patient, kind, forgiving, and loving towards one another. The resources and services provided by The Basilica can certainly assist those of us in need of help and support. However, we can also help one another on an individual basis. Often times, it is in small ways, things that we often take for granted, when we can make a big difference. Smile. Laugh. Help guide someone down a flight of stairs. Offer to drive your fellow parishioner to Mass. Share a meal or a cup of coffee. An extended hand of support can make a world of difference to someone in need. After all, are we not all in need at some point in our lives? 


Ann T. Deiman-Thornton has been a member of The Basilica for 16 years and is a resident of North Minneapolis. She is deeply concerned about making our community a better place.

Members of the Disability Awareness Committee, Peggy Wolfe and LaVail Valentines.

From BASILICA Magazine Fall 2016, The Spiritual Works of Mercy—Practicing mercy in our lives

Join us for the 2017 Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) kick-off Sunday, February 5. Archbishop Hebda will be presiding at the 11:30am Mass with Bishop Cozzens and Fr. Bauer, followed by hospitality in the Teresa of Calcutta Hall on the Lower Level. (Please note, it is not necessary to RSVP for the Mass.)

The mission of the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation is to work with each of the parishes of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to conduct an Annual Appeal to fund 17 collective Catholic ministries within the Archdiocese that no one parish can support on its own. 

Make a gift to the 2017 Catholic Services Appeal Foundation

Please contact CSA with questions at 612.294.6622



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Call for Art Submissions

The Basilica of Saint Mary invites visual artists to submit images of art that reflects the interior or exterior of the historic Basilica of Saint Mary by July 1, 2017. The original art may be any medium including sculpture, painting, drawing, textile, photograph, etc.

A distinguished panel of judges from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Vatican Museums, local artists, and The Basilica of Saint Mary will review the art submissions. Selected pieces will be curated for exhibit in The Basilica’s Pope John XXIII Gallery in addition to being featured in the Basilica’s publications including the annual calendar and award-winning BASILICA Magazine. 

“The Basilica wants to reach out to the talented artist community to recognize artists for original work that speaks to the beauty of The Basilica,” said Johan van Parys, director of liturgy and sacred arts at The Basilica. “Our mission calls us to be a center for the arts in our community and we want to embrace and engage artists.”

Please submit high resolution images (300dpi) of each art piece with an artist statement and contact information to Kathy. For files larger than 12MB please email a file sharing link. Upon selection artist will be contacted to view the original artwork.