The Harvest Pack volunteer event Sunday, November 13, 2016 brought our community together for a great cause with a big impact. Volunteers of all ages enjoyed giving an hour of their time to participate in the day of service dedicated to the Year of Mercy.

The meals from Harvest Pack include carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins that are easily digestible. The Basilica team packed two types of meals including one of rice and lentils and one of oatmeal with cinnamon and sugar. 

Over the course of three hours, 184 volunteers packed a total of 30,400 meals. A little more than half of the meals packed will be shipped to the Philippines. The meals will help feed families working through life skills and job training programs.

The other half of the meals packed were donated to Community Emergency Services in Minneapolis for their East African Food program. The pallet that Basilica volunteers packed will help feed families for three months.

Thank you to everyone who helped with this event including our parishioners, the St. Vincent de Paul ministry who funded the project, and Harvest Pack who helped coordinate the packing event! 


Harvest Pack Volunteer Event
Photo provided by: 
Mae Desaire

Welcome New Staff Members

The Development team is excited to welcome two new members to The Basilica staff. 

Peggy Jennings, Development Officer
Peggy joined the Development Team in June of 2016. She is a longtime parishioner and volunteer with the Basilica. As Development Officer, she promotes giving opportunities and programs to advance The Basilica of St. Mary and The Basilica Landmark.

In 2015, Peggy worked for several months as Interim Volunteer Director for The Basilica. Prior to that, she retired from the marketing department of Gabberts/HOM Furniture, where she was responsible for community outreach and involvement, public relations and events, non-traditional advertising and coaching for presentation skills. 


Monica Stuart, Development Officer
Monica began working at The Basilica in 2016. She promotes giving opportunities and programs to advance The Basilica of Saint Mary and The Basilica Landmark. Prior to her work as Development Officer, she cofounded a mobile app company, freelanced in communications, and worked in healthcare sales.  Monica is married and has three school age children. She volunteers her time as a tour guide at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and serves on the board of directors for Breanna’s Gift.

Faithful Citizenship

Several years ago the Bishops of the United States issued a statement entitled:  “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States.”     In that document they offered guidance to people in regard to voting and participating in the political process.   In paragraph 34 of that document they said:

“Catholics often face difficult choices about how to vote.  This is why it is so important to vote according to a well-formed conscience that perceives the proper relationship among moral goods.  A Catholic cannot vote for a candidate who takes a position in favor of an intrinsic evil, such as abortion or racism, if the voter’s intent is to support that position.   In such cases a Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in grave evil.  At the same time, a voter should not use a candidate’s opposition to an intrinsic evil to justify indifference or inattentiveness to other important moral issues involving human life and dignity.”

“It is clear that as Catholics we are called to incorporate our values and beliefs into the political process in a manner that reflects what best serves human life.   Unfortunately our beliefs are not represented 100% by either of the major political parties.  Neither party represents the entirety of our Catholic values and principles.  Given this, there may be times when as Catholics, while we reject a candidate’s unacceptable position in one area, may decide to vote for that candidate for other good and important reasons.”

The bishops were clear in regard to the above in paragraph 37 of their statement.   “In making these decisions, it is essential for Catholics to be guided by a well-formed conscience that recognizes that all issues do not carry the same moral weight and the moral obligation to oppose intrinsically evil acts has a special claim on our consciences and our actions.  These decisions should take into account a candidate’s commitments, character, integrity, and ability to influence a given issue.   In the end, this is a decision to be made by  each Catholic guided by a conscience formed by Catholic moral teaching.”


The Basilica of Saint Mary is honored to announce the Schola Cantorum, The Basilica’s chamber choir, has been invited by the Vatican to perform with the Sistine Chapel Choir at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome for the Closing Mass of the Holy Year Mercy celebrated by Pope Francis on Sunday, November 20, The Solemnity of Christ the King.  

The Basilica Schola Cantorum will also sing during the Saturday, November 19 Mass in which Pope Francis will create 17 new Cardinals. Teri Larson, Director of Music has been asked to conduct the rehearsal with the Sistine Chapel Choir and the massed choir piece, Pilgrims’ Hymn by Stephen Paulus with 300 American singers to be performed at the Masses.

Join us for the Schola’s “bon voyage” concert entitled “Welcome Love” prior to their departure for Rome. The performance will feature the works of Anne Kilstofte, Francis Poulenc, Daniel Gawthrop, Abbie Betinis, and Alice Parker, among others.

The Schola Cantorum 
Bon Voyage Concert
Sunday, November 6, 2:00pm

Thanks to The Basilica Landmark, the St. Anthony Chapel is being restored. Like the Narthex and Sacristy, it’s completion will provide another preview of a church interior restoration. To learn more, visit

St. Anthony Chapel Restoration
Photo provided by: 
Leah Fogelberg
St. Anthony Chapel Restoration
Photo provided by: 
Leah Fogelberg

Their Song Goes Out Concert-Saturday, October 15, 8:00pm 

"Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News!" -- Psalm 117

Join us for performances by The Basilica Cathedral Choir, The Basilica Brass and Organist, Christopher Stroh. Free and open to the public.

This is the concluding concert of The Basilica of Saint Mary’s 65th Anniversary Organ Concert Series.

All are invited to a festive concluding concert to The Basilica's year-long series celebrating the 65th Anniversary of the Solemn Dedication of The Basilica’s “Centennial” organ on this date in 1950.

The Basilica Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Teri Larson, The Basilica Brass, and Basilica Organist Christopher Stroh will present “Their Song Goes Out,” a concert of musical offering in praise and thanksgiving to God through anthems, hymns, and music for brass and organ.

Featured composers include César Franck, Giovanni Gabrieli, Herbert Howells, Kenneth Jennings, Felix Mendelssohn, Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Stephen Paulus, and Richard Proulx.    

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to join in singing great festival hymns led with the combined musical forces of brass, choir, and organ.

The world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima, traveling worldwide since 1947, is on an historic two-year tour of America to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, visiting more than 100 dioceses in 50 states from March 2016 to December 2017.  

The Basilica of Saint Mary will host the Traveling Statue of Our Lady of Fatima October 13. The full day of events will conclude with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Evening Prayer with Archbishop Hebda.             
Our Lady of Fatima Event Schedule: 
Thursday, October 13, 2016

11:30am    Arrival of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima
Noon    Mass celebrated in The Basilica
1:00pm    Presentation on Our Lady of Fatima
2:00pm    Rosary – Joyous Mysteries
3:00pm    Rosary – Sorrowful Mysteries
4:00pm    Rosary – Glorious Mysteries
5:00pm    Rosary – Luminous Mysteries, Saint Joseph Chapel, Ground Level
7:00pm    Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Evening Prayer
8:30pm    Departure of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima


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Fr. Tim Power, a founder of Pax Christi Catholic Community passed on September 21. Fr. Power was ordained a Catholic priest in May of 1966 and spent most of his ministry serving parishes in the Twin Cities area including The Basilica.

All are welcome to remember and celebrate Tim’s life. Visitation will be 2:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, September 27, at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN; vigil prayer at 6:30pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4:00pm on Wednesday, September 28, at Pax Christi Catholic Community. Burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery immediately following Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Bridging or Pax Christi Pastoral Care Fund.


The Basilica is pleased to welcome Randall Richard Rogers’ art exhibit through October 24. Rogers is a local artist specializing in large-scale graphite drawings. On Sunday September 18, drawings by Rogers will be showcased in the Teresa of Calcutta Hall. There will be a reception at 1:00pm and an artist’s talk following at 1:30pm.

Rogers works from a home studio and explores human and personal themes of Self-Discovery, Shame, Hope, Touch, and more. The graphite drawings offer the viewing two distinct experiences. From a distance, the drawings appear almost photographic, but upon closer look, an intimate sensation comes from the complexity and truth of each individual work. Rogers’ technique begins with a grid drawing and hours of complex and intricate strokes and outlines.

Due to the construction work re-pointing the bell towers the Holy Door will be closed weekdays until September 16th.  The Holy Door will be open on the weekends during this time.

The construction work will remove the decaying mortar between stones and replace it with new mortar, ensuring the integrity of the bell towers and the historic bells within them.

Thank you to the Basilica Landmark for funding the preservation and restoration of our historic building.