Message from Fr. Bauer_ Special Announcement



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

Today I have some important personal news to share with you. After 15 years, I will be retiring as pastor of The Basilica of Saint Mary at the end of June. On July 1st I will become pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes parish

Following me as Pastor and Rector of The Basilica of Saint Mary will be Fr. Dan Griffith, the current pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes. Fr. Griffith is also on the faculty of the University of St. Thomas School of Law and serves as the Wenger Family Faculty Fellow of Law. Additionally, Fr. Griffith is the founding director of the Initiative on Restorative Justice and Healing (IRJH). 

While I am extremely sad to be leaving The Basilica, I am incredibly excited that Fr. Griffith will be the next pastor of The Basilica. He has a pastor’s heart and has a vision for what a parish can and should be. He is a good man, a good priest, and a good pastor. The Basilica will be blessed to have him as Pastor and Rector. 

This change in assignment was at my initiative. I will be 71 years old in June. This past year I came to the realization that I don’t have the energy that is necessary to continue to help move The Basilica forward, most specifically in implementing our Strategic Plan and the Master Plan for our parish. 

I believe that Fr. Griffith has this energy and understands and shares the vision of our Basilica community. With the prayers and support of our staff, leadership, and The Basilica community, I believe Fr. Griffith will lead The Basilica into a future full of hope. 

I will share more information about this change in the coming weeks. I wanted you to know about it now, though, and I ask your prayers as we move forward as a community of faith. 

As always, I would like to close today with a prayer. 

Loving God, we give all our cares and concerns to you this day.

I know you will provide us with everything we need and that you know all our needs, before a payer is ever on my lips. 

Thank you for your abiding presence and your divine providence in this new beginning. Help us to trust that your grace will be with us as we step into this new beginning. 

Help us always to rely on the riches of your love and your grace to provide for all that we need. 

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen


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

Today I would like to talk with you about our response to the Omicron variant here at The Basilica. As I hope you know, the city of Minneapolis has again instituted a mask mandate. Given this, we people are once again required to “mask up” at The Basilica and in any of our campus buildings. 

We will have masks available at the entrances to The Basilica if you forget to bring one with you. We also have individual sanitizing packets available for those who would like one. And, as always, if you are not able, or don’t feel comfortable joining us in-person for any of our liturgies, we invite you join them via livestream. We livestream our 9:30am Mass on Sunday and our Noon Masses during the week.

Also given that the Omicron variant is so easily transmissible, we have temporarily gone back to virtual learning for our faith formation classes, and we are encouraging our staff to hold meetings via Zoom whenever possible. We are doing all these things in an abundance of caution and a desire to protect the safety and wellbeing of our parishioners. 

Now, it goes without saying we had hoped that at this point in the pandemic we would be back to more normal operations at The Basilica, but sadly this is not the case. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions that will protect the safety and well-being of all those who come to The Basilica. 

I’d like to shift gears now and talk about our Parish Finances. At the half-way point of our fiscal year, The Basilica’s year-to-date revenue is down five percent. While we are tightening our belts wherever we can, we still need your help. I’d like to ask for your financial support our parish and all its programs. 

I ask you to consider a gift to the 2022 Basilica Fund, whether you are participating in our community in person or through livestreaming masses and virtual programming. You can give online at

It would be especially helpful if you could let us know if you will be able to give regularly (weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually). This information allows us to budget more accurately for the year ahead. Also, Electronic recurring gifts through your credit card or checking account mean less paper and lower administrative costs. Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

As I have mentioned previously, if you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry. We may be able to help you. 

I’d also like to invite you to join us for a presentation by Dr. Liz Lev on Sunday January 30 at 1:30pm in the lower level of The Basilica. Her presentation is entitled, Women Who Rocked Rome: Saints, Sinners Artists and Influencers in the Eternal City. Dr. Lev is a well know and engaging speaker, so this promises to be a great presentation. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns I invite you to contact me at the parish office. My contact information is available on our parish website. 


I’d like to close today with a prayer. 

Oh God, we are frightened, 
Worried for our loved ones,
Worried for our world.
We feel Vulnerable and confused,
And so we turn to You
Seeking comfort, faith and hope.

Teach us God, to turn our anxiety into patience,
And our fear into acts of kindness and support.
Help each one of us to do our part to halt the spread of this virus.

Send strength and courage to the doctors and nurses
In the frontlines of this battle,Fortify them with the full force of their healing powers.
Send wisdom and insight to the scientists
Working day and night across the world to discover healing treatments.
Bless their efforts, God.
Fill our leaders with the wisdom and the courage
To choose wisely and act quickly.
Help us, God, to see that we are one world,
One people, who will rise above this pandemic together.

Send us health God,
Watch over us,
Grace us with Your love,
Bless us with Your healing light.
Hear us God,


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Occasionally or even often, when I am reading or listening to the radio or a podcast, I am intrigued or challenged; I learn something or perhaps question what I presumed I knew. The limit though is, I just listen, just take it in, through my own lens; sitting in my car, or listening on my walk; there is no follow up to it, no other perspectives than that of the speaker. If I am listening with someone else, I learn more, reflect more, remember more. If something really impresses or intrigues me; if I think something is consequential or perhaps wrong, sharing it, getting another perspective, really peeling it apart, helps me immensely.

This is also very true for my spiritual journey. I do need time in quiet prayer. And I need time in community. I have found there are so many resources available, so many gifted and intelligent people in our Basilica community, many on our staff. A few small groups have been meeting for years through book clubs, Bible study, Ministry groups, and prayer groups. It is though a relatively small number of people in a very large community.

Forced through the necessary practices employed during the Covid pandemic we have learned many things, among them, we need each other, we need community, we long for meaningful interaction.


Small faith communities are relational groups that gather regularly to pray, learn, reflect and share faith.

The Basilica is inviting more of us to give Small faith communities a try. We have already a growing library of topics and resources, based on interest more will be added. Here are a few to consider as we begin.

Reading the Gospels with the Church: From Christmas through Lent by Raymond E Brown

On Retreat with Henri Nouwen: Engaging Life’s Big Questions

Commonweal Conversation Starter Series Mental Health and Solidarity

Liturgy of the Ordinary: sacred practices in everyday life by Tish Harrison Warren

In This Together Film series, 5 films on Loving Our Way Forward” The Work of The People


Our Basilica small faith communities may meet in homes, on campus and/or remotely. We can set up demographic specific groups of neighbors, parents, retired persons, and random groups based on schedules. You may have an existing group or an idea of one, you may be ready to meet new people or both.   

In an Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis speaks of Fraternity. “Fraternity between all men and women…here we have a splendid secret that shows us how to dream and to turn our life into a wonderful adventure. No one can face life in isolation… We need a community that supports and helps us, in which we can help one another to keep looking ahead. How important it is to dream together…By ourselves, we risk seeing mirages, things that are not there. Dreams on the other hand are built together.”  

For more information on joining, hosting, or facilitating a Small Faith Community, contact Cathy Edwards at, or call the Learning Office at 612.317.3414.


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Sunday, January 23

Small Faith Communities: In-Person 10:45am

Small Faith Communities: ZOOM 1:00pm




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