Please take time to vote. The Parish Council represents you—our parishioners. The Council plays a key role in working with the pastor to ensure that The Basilica of Saint Mary community continues to live out our mission and vision.
We are in need of two parishioners to serve on our Parish Council—one to represent our Learning ministries and the other to represent the Christian Life ministries. By voting, you will help elect two new members to the Council. 
Learning - Andrea Lutterman, Incumbent
Christian Life - Open Seat: Candidates 
Jan Buczek and My Lam 
We are pleased to announce our candidates, who are well qualified and exhibit the spirit of stewardship, volunteerism, and leadership that make The Basilica of Saint Mary such a special place. 
Thank you in advance for your participation and your continued support of The Basilica. Every registered adult parishioner in each household is entitled to vote. 
Ballots must be cast online at by Monday, June 7.

Inside this issue: 

From the Pastor

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion p. 3   
Liturgy Department p. 4
Learning Department p. 6
Christian Life Department p. 8
Development Department p. 10
Parish Council Ballot p. 11
Synod Process p. 13

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In our weekly video series "Art That Surrounds Us," Johan van Parys, Ph.D., our Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts, shares information about a piece from The Basilica of Saint Mary's art collection.
To honor of Mary during the month of May, we have a sub-series entitled Saints that Surround Us dedicated to Mary. In this second installment, Johan discusses the oldest Marian feast, image, and apparition.




We are called to be people of reconciling, forgiving and healing love.
On Pentecost Sunday, The Basilica will share a parish-wide Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity (EDI) Position Statement. This Statement will guide the work of The Basilica community in the area of equity, diversity and inclusivity over the next few years.
Look for ways to get involved in The Basilica Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity initiative. Together, with guidance and strength from the Holy Spirit, we will work to eliminate racism within the parish and the broader community—choosing not to be neutral in the face of injustice.  Contact Janice for ways to get involved or for more information. 


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In 2016, after the death of Philando Castile, The Basilica recognized a need to address the important issue of racism in our parish, in our lives and in society. With the approval and support of the Parish Council, The Basilica began to prayerfully develop a parish-wide, faith filled-response to racism. 

The Basilica began to bring people together to share stories and build trust across racial and ethnic divides. The Basilica engaged in ecumenical initiatives and offered educational series and trainings to learn about and address the issue of racial inequity. 

As we sought to connect with and learn from community partners, The Basilica entered into an intentional relationship with equity consultant, Sarah Bellamy, in the Spring of 2019. Through small group conversations and workshops with staff and parishioners, Sarah Bellamy created a strategic and comprehensive report for The Basilica: The Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Opportunities and Challenges Analysis. 

Upon completion of this analysis and reflection and support by parish leadership, recommendations of the report are being implemented. A twelve member EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity) Leadership Team comprised of parishioners began meeting September 2020. With guidance by Sarah Bellamy, this team is working on parish-wide strategies and goals within The Basilica and the larger community.


“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of human life.” 

-Pope Francis, reflecting on the killing of George Floyd



The Basilica of Saint Mary
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Position Statement
The Basilica of Saint Mary is a Catholic community rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our faith calls us to uphold the absolute dignity of all people. All are beloved children of God. 
With Minnesota “having some of the highest racial disparities in the nation despite being ranked one of the best places to live” , we need to recognize our complicity in enabling racism to persist in our community. In acknowledging racism as America’s original sin, as Catholics and a Catholic community, we confess our sin with the purpose of making atonement.  
Our Prayerful Intent 
The Basilica will work to eliminate racism within the parish and the broader community. The Basilica will not be neutral in the face of any kind of injustice.
We will work to understand how institutionalized racism is present within The Basilica organization. Relying on established Catholic Social Teaching principles  to guide us, we will work towards healing and reconciliation in our own parish. We need to build trust with all members of our parish community so that our words, actions, and thoughts are reflective of the total body of Christ.
 In service to all, we will do this by:
  • Nurturing an environment within our parish that provides equity, diversity and inclusion for all  through opportunities to engage in dialogue, education, and compassionate solidarity
  • Identifying where institutionalized racism is in our parish while embracing an openness to reform our policies, practices, and procedures 
  • Providing opportunities for personal transformation, while working toward systemic change
  • Working in collaboration with others in our community to deepen our impact both within our parish and within our larger community
In the words of Pope Francis reflecting on the killing of George Floyd: “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of human life.”
Both within our parish and our city, The Basilica will set an example of living out the Gospel of love. Others will feel compelled to follow this example because of how determinedly we strive for justice and peace.
This work is ongoing.  We recognize we will fall short, and we need to build a culture of accountability.  Attaining this integrity will enable us to turn this work outward to the community at large.  
Come Holy Spirit, give us strength, courage, and guidance for this journey and vision. Amen.



Basilica Community,

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

Today I want to talk with about some changes to our protocols at The Basilica. I have discussed these changes with our staff and parish leadership and we believe they will continue to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and those who come to The Basilica, while at the same time allowing our gradual return to a new normal.

I would like to highlight 6 changes. First, beginning May 30th, while we will continue to maintain social distancing by taping off every other pew in the church, we will increase the maximum number of potential attendees to 450.

Second, we will continue to encourage people to pre-register for any service where we anticipate there will be more than 50 people. This means we won’t ask people to pre-register for daily Mass or other small services.

For services with over 50 attendees, we will continue to ask people to pre-register, but we will also continue to welcome those who show up without pre-registering. Check-in will continue to take place at the southeast ground level doors. Now, let me emphasize that the reason we want to continue to check-in people is in the unlikely event that someone who attended one of our services tests positive for Covid and we need to contact people and let them know.

Third, at check-in we will eliminate the temperature check, but we will continue to ask people if they have had any symptoms or exposures.

Fourth, in regard to facemasks, while I realize the CDC has rescinded this requirement for people who have been vaccinated, the city of Minneapolis has not rescinded its facemask requirement. Given this, we will continue to require people to wear a facemask at The Basilica. As pastor of The Basilica I ask you not to put our staff or volunteers in a difficult position by not complying with this requirement.

Fifth, beginning Sunday May 30th, we will go back to distributing communion at the regular time, instead of at the end of Mass.

Sixth, beginning the first weekend in July we will resume our 5:00pm Mass on Saturday and 7:30am Mass on Sunday morning. Additionally, we will eliminate the 6:30pm Mass on Sunday and change the time of the Sunday afternoon Mass from 4:30 to 5:00pm.

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 our livestream.

If you have any questions or concerns about these changes I invite you to contact me at the parish office. My contact information is available on our parish website.

Let me close today in prayer. 


We pray for your love and compassion to abound
as we walk through this challenging time
We ask for wisdom for those who need to make decisions with widespread consequences.

We pray for those who are suffering with sickness
and for those who care for them.
We ask for protection for the elderly, the vulnerable, and those who are alone.

We pray that fear may take no hold in our hearts and minds.
And we pray that we might exercise the good sense you have given us, and that we may approach each day in faith and peace,
trusting in the truth of your goodness and love.


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Peace Be With You

As we approach Pentecost 2021, and as we remember the solemn anniversary of the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, let us reflect on the Pentecost homily preached by Fr. John Bauer on May 31, 2020.
As we recognize the brokenness in our community due to racial injustice: We cannot turn away. We cannot ignore it. We cannot stand aloof from the injustices in our community.
“Peace is only possible if we pursue justice…Let us ask God that as individuals, as a community, as a city, that we might know the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace—and let us pray that we might be bringers of that peace to all those we encounter.”

For the safety and well-being of those who come to The Basilica, but have not yet been vaccinated, we ask that people continue to wear a facemask while in The Basilica.

Please continue to register in advance for all liturgies. 

Our parish leadership will continue to monitor and revise  our protocols. 


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