The Basilica Block Party is scheduled for July 10-11, which means visiting to The Basilica may require advance planning as we begin our preparations for the big event.

If you plan to visit The Basilica by car from July 7-10, please park in the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Parking Ramp located at 1420 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis. Entrance to the ramp is located off Laurel Ave. The ramp is on the east side of The Basilica. Parking fees are collected via "pay-as-you-enter" auto-cashiers ($5.00 per entry). 

This week also marks the beginning of the closures on I-394 between Hwy 100 and I-94 in Minneapolis.
Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, July 10 construction crews will close the mainline lanes on westbound I-394 between Hwy 100 and I-94 in Minneapolis. All westbound traffic will use the two HOV/Reversible Lanes on I-394.
This section of westbound I-394 will be closed for approximately two weeks.
If you would like more details on this project and how it may affect your commute, please visit this website


Reardon Rectory Construction Updates

Starting on the lower level of the church, the Saint Cecilia room is nearing completion as it will be ready to paint sometime this week. The first and second floors are currently having fire protection and ductwork installed in their southeast wings and temporary protection in the southwest wings as construction continues throughout the building.

On the north side of the third floor, all framing, drywall, taping, and mudding will be competed by the end of the week. While the south side is nearing completion, the construction team is currently looking for flooring samples to match the rest of the rectory.

The fourth floor continues to be transformed from an unused attic to adequate office space and gallery for The Basilica’s extensive art collection. The walls and the ceiling will be installed throughout this week.

The Basilica’s staff is excited for all the new changes and can’t wait for everything to get back to normal. A special thanks goes out to Mortenson Construction for working so diligently and respectively over the last few months. 

As a reminder, Basilica offices will be closed Saturday,  July 4. There will be Mass at 9:30am in The Basilica as well as the regular Mass of Anticipation at 5:00pm. Confessions regularly scheduled for Saturdays at 10:00am are canceled.

For more details about the holiday schedule, visit this site.

On Friday, July 3, there will be a Communion service celebrated at 7:00am in the Saint Joseph Chapel.
There will be no Noon Mass.

On Saturday, July 4, there will be no scheduled confessions that day.
There will be a Mass celebrated at 9:30am in The Basilica.

On Sunday, July 5, Alicia McQuerrey, on the flute and piccolo will be our summer soloist at the 9:30am Mass. She will play John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever as Postlude 

As our choirs take their break for the summer, we will welcome a variety of guest musicians in their stead. Please join us for the 9:30am Mass on Sunday morning's to hear these amazing musicians.

Summer Soloist Series for 2015

June 14: Patricia Kent, soprano; Kim Kasling, organ

June 21: Lynn Erickson, trumpet

June 28: Emily Gerard, harp

July 5: Alicia McQuerrey, flute and piccolo*
          *Featuring John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever as Postlude 

July 12: Daniel McIntosh, cello

July 19: The Schmitt Music Brass Ensemble, David Baldwin, director

July 26: Mark Seerup, oboe and English horn

August 2: Andrea Stern, celtic harp

August 9: to be announced

August 16: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (transferred) BASILICA DAY | The Basilica Cathedral Choir, Teri Larson, conductor; Christopher Stroh, organist

August 23: to be announced

August 30: to be announced 

September 6: to be announced


France Choir Tour 2015

Photos provided by Paul Bergstedt

Reardon Rectory Update

The crew from Mortenson Construction continues to plow through the remodel at the Reardon Rectory. This week, the drywall will be installed on the fourth floor by a custom drywall company. A floor below, on the south side, the recently drywalled office space and dining room will have trim and doors installed, followed by an intense cleaning.

The kitchen is nearing completion as it is being sanded and will be ready for paint by the end of the week. On the north side of the third floor, fire protection is being added and the second floor currently has ductwork being installed.

Laudato Si' Encyclical: On the Care of our Common Home

Pope Francis has recently released a new encyclical on the environment. An encyclical is a papal letter surrounding a particular topic - in this case, it is about care for our common home. Here are a few powerful quotes from the document:

"The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish."

"Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years."

"We are not God. The Earth was here before us and was given to us."

"The idea of infinite or unlimited growth, which proves so attractive to economists, financiers and experts in technology ... is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth's goods, and this leads to the planet being squeezed dry at every limit."

"Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start."

You can read the whole encyclical here

If you are interested in learning more about this encyclical, or leading a conversation with the parish, contact Janice Andersen.

Archdiocesan Update

It has been an eventful week in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. While we recognize there are still many unanswered questions in regards to the resignations and appointment of our apostolic administrator, the Archdiocese has provided parishes with a question and answer document to try and answer some of your questions. Please find this document below or in the back of church after Mass.


The Reardon Rectory continues to be updated as construction moves forward.

The third floor is coming along nicely as the south side offices and dining room are almost completely taped and sanded; painting is expected to start later this week. On the north side, the demolition has been completed and the ductwork should be installed within the next couple of days. The kitchen has been re-framed and the lights are currently being installed. 

Demolition of the second floor will start this week and we are expected to have a few rather loud days as the tile must be removed from the bathrooms. 

The fourth floor is currently being framed and the drywalling is expected to be finished by the week's end.