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From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda
I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Daunte Wright for the loss of their son, father, brother and friend. I have also been praying for his eternal repose, for his family and for all those who loved him. Daunte was created by God in his image and likeness and for a “definite purpose,” as St. John Henry Newman wrote, and we grieve the loss of his young life.
I also am praying for the Brooklyn Center Police officer involved in the shooting, and for her family and friends. I suspect that they are grieving in a different way.
While early indications point towards the shooting being accidental, I encourage allowing investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to complete a thorough investigation before coming to any personal judgments as to what occurred. I hope that we as a community might be able to pause and pray, particularly during this time of already heightened tension due to the Chauvin trial. I am encouraged and inspired by the pleas for peace that have continued to come from the family of George Floyd.
As I did last month when the trial began, I ask that all of us take time daily to pray for justice, but also for peace in our families and in our communities.
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.
In this episode for Divine Mercy Sunday, Johan tells us about Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and her apparition of Jesus which inspired devotion to the Divine Mercy. He also shares details about our Merciful Jesus icon by Deb Korluka, which includes elements of the resurrected Jesus who appeared to Saint Faustina merged with the depiction of Jesus as he appeared to Saint Thomas in the Upper Room.
“How much the world is in need of the mercy of God today!”
- Saint Pope John Paul II
I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these challenging times.
Today I have four things I would like to mention. First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for their generous financial support of our parish on Easter. Your ongoing financial support enables us to continue to offer the many ministries, services and programs that are at the heart of our Basilica community. As your pastor, I want to thank you for your ongoing generosity. Please know it is greatly appreciated.
Second, while Governor Walz has relaxed some of the restrictions for public worship, the mask mandate and social distancing guideline of six feet is still in place. Given this, we anticipate maintaining our check-in protocols for the foreseeable future. If you are planning to attend any liturgies at The Basilica, we ask you to pre-register via our website, and enter through the doors on the ground level on the western side of The Basilica.
Preregistration helps us anticipate the number of attendees and makes the check-in process much faster. If you are not able, or don’t feel comfortable joining us in-person for any of our liturgies, we invite you to continue to join us via our livestream.
The third thing I want to mention is that a few weeks ago we began the 2021 Catholic Services Appeal. The CSA is an independent foundation. The money raised through the CSA helps fund many ministries throughout our Archdiocese. I strongly support the CSA and I invite you to make a pledge of support as well.
Finally, on a very happy note, Archbishop Hebda blessed our new Umbrellino at the 9:30am Mass on Easter. The Umbrellino is one of the symbols of a Basilica. Our old Umbrellino had served us well for many years, but it had deteriorated over the years and several tears had begun to appear in the fabric. The cost of our new Umbrellino was funded by a private donor. I invite you to join us for Coffee and Conversation next Wednesday at 9:30am when Johan Van Parys will join us to talk about the Umbrellino and its symbolism.
If you have questions or concerns about anything that is happening at the Basilica, please contact me at the parish office or send me an email. My contact information is available on our parish website.
Let me close today in prayer.
God of all,
we cry out to you for help.
In your mercy, hear our prayer.
Protect us, Lord, and be with us
especially those most vulnerable
during this coronavirus crisis.
Move us to reach out in love
to our neighbors near and far.
So that the humble may be exalted,
the hungry filled with good things.
Grant us the courage
not to rush back to our old ways,
but to rebuild our world together,
creating foundations of justice,
with equality and peace for all.
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Easter Sunday (April 4)
Dear Fr. Bauer and the entire Basilica community,
Temple Israel joins me in thanking you, our Catholic neighbors in the city of Minneapolis for this annual opportunity to address you during this Tenebrae service, this holy Easter season. The Jewish community throughout the world is in the midst of our Passover celebration, the holiday where we gather to retell the beginning of our story as a people, the Exodus from slavery and the start of our liberation narrative. Passover and Easter intersect more often than not, therefore both our calendars this time each year center on the unique miracles that began each of our sacred traditions. Throughout history Good Friday has not brought our communities together, as it has been a time of deep pain and violence towards the Jewish people. However, Fr. Bauer’s invitation to speak to you this evening is a beautiful act of reconciliation and healing. Words cannot express my deep appreciation and love for your congregation. I am not with you in person because of Covid, and because Temple Israel is not yet open, but my heart is with you as I have stood in your sanctuary so many times, being present for this beautiful service over the years. Thank you for the opportunity to lead this interfaith effort- because I truly believe that when we are in partnership, we have the power to triumph against those who wish to perpetuate hate in the name of religion. We know that our faith is in fact diminished when we speak against another religious community, G-d would not want that. Rather seeing the Divine spark in every person is the way forward. We share religious convictions of hope, justice, and righteousness, and yet we speak different languages in expressing those beliefs, may we learn to do Holy work by walking together in interfaith dialogue and understanding. Then we will create a world that we are proud to pass along to our children and our children’s children. Have a blessed Easter holiday.
In Peace - B’Shalom,