Triduum/Easter Schedule

Triduum/Easter Sunday Schedule

Holy Thursday, April 2
Noon - Midday Prayer                  
7:00pm - Celebration of the Lord’s Supper                 
9:00pm - Quiet Prayer until 10:00pm in the Choir Stalls

Good Friday, April 3
Noon - Stations of the Cross    
3:00pm - Celebration of the Lord’s Passion   
7:00pm - Tenebrae 

Holy Saturday, April 4
Noon - Midday Prayer, in the Choir Stalls
7:00pm - Celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection     
        Cathedral Choir, Organ, Flute, Brass & Timpani

Easter Sunday, April 5
7:00am - Eucharist at Sunrise
       Cantor, organ, soprano & violin
9:30am - Solemn Eucharist       
       Cathedral Choir, organ & brass
Noon - Solemn Eucharist       
       Cathedral Choir, organ & brass
4:30pm - Eucharist                    
       Mundus & Juventus
There is no 6:30pm Mass.

Additional details on all these services can be found here

Triduum/Easter schedule at The Basilica

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Basilica of Saint Mary will celebrate Palm Sunday of Our Lord’s Passion and the beginning of Holy Week March 29.

Liturgies begin with fanfare and festivity to model Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, where he was greeted warmly by followers who laid palms in his path. Hundreds of people will gather on the Basilica’s plaza prior to the 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Masses to process into the Basilica with their own palm branches. 

After processing, the liturgy transitions from solemn to somber as we start Holy Week – the week leading up to Easter.

The most important days of Holy week, known as the Sacred Triduum, begin with Holy Thursday on April 2 and continue with Good Friday April 3, Holy Saturday April 4, and Easter Sunday April 5. Nearly 5,000 people will join in this sacred celebration at The Basilica.

Basilica parishioners toured a new affordable housing complex located off West Broadway Crescent in North Minneapolis March 22 following the 9:30am Mass.

The Basilica donated $700,000 from a recent capital campaign to help support CommonBond's iniative to build affordable housing on the north side of Minneapolis. This initial investment helped CommonBond leverage an additional $12 million to complete the facility. 

The 54-unit complex opened to residents in December and has already started a waiting list for future tenants. 

The complex will be managed by CommonBond, which is the midwest's largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing with services. Services, or better known as advantage services, can include anything from homework help to social events for residents. To learn more about their organization, visit their website. To volunteer to help at this location, contact Janice.

Below are a few pictures from the event.

Ann Ruff, CommonBond's Vice President of Resource Development, speaks to Basilica parishioners during the open house for the new CommonBond location on West Broadway Crescent in North Minneapolis.

Fr. John Bauer, pastor of The Basilica, speaks during the open house at the new CommonBond location at West Broadyway Crescent.


Basilica parishioners tour a brand new apartment located within CommonBond's newest location at West Broadway Crescent.



Volunteers and staff from The Basilica joined together March 12 to clean up and move out of portions of the Reardon Rectory as they prepare for renovations in the spring and summer of 2015.

The construction is funded by The Basilica Landmark and will renovate the fourth floor of the rectory for office and art/archival storage. Construction will also be seen throughout the rectory with the addition of central air conditioning and a new sprinkler system. 

We are extremely grateful for all those who helped in the clean up!

Photo provided by: 
Stacy Glaus

Downtown Choral Festival

Seven downtown Minneapolis church choirs and nearly 400 combined voices joined together February 15 for the ninth biennial choral festival.

Entitled, "May we be your Music," the festival was woven around the sections of the Mass.

A new commissioned piece, "All the Beautiful Names," by Minnesota composer Timothy Takach with text by Michael Dennis Browne served as the Credo of the Mass. 

Participating choirs included the Basilica of Saint Mary, Central Lutheran, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist, Plymouth Congregational, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Saint Olaf Catholic, and Westminster Presbyterian. 

Take a look at the photos.

Photo provided by: 
Elyse Rethlake
Photo provided by: 
Elyse Rethlake
Photo provided by: 
Elyse Rethlake
Photo provided by: 
Elyse Rethlake
Photo provided by: 
Elyse Rethlake

Join us to explore our faith Fridays in Lent at The Basilica.

Mass will be celebrated at 6:00pm in the Saint Joseph Chapel. Stations of the Cross will begin at 7:00pm in The Basilica.

Ash Wednesday services will be held at The Basilica at 7:00am, Noon, 5:30pm, and 7:30pm. A soup supper will be available at 6:30pm on the lower level.

There are plenty of places to park but please allow yourself extra time to find parking.

Free parking
Free parking is available on 17th Street. This street will be available for one-way, northbound traffic only. Parking may also be available in the lots to the west and north of The Basilica school.

Handicapped Parking
Available in the Cowley lot off 16th Street and throughout The Basilica campus, as marked. Please display your permit.

o    Parking lot under the freeway (west side of church, entrance located off 17th Street) 
      o  $4.25 charge on weekdays before 5:00pm and $2.00 after 5:00pm; cash only
o    Minneapolis Community & Technical College Ramp (east side of church, entrance located off Laurel Ave) 
      o  $5.00 for all-day parking; accepts credit cards

Click on the icons on this interactive map to see exact details on parking locations and costs.

The Basilica of Saint Mary has cancelled the employment ministry "Tell me about yourself - Why should I hire you?" class scheduled for February 10 from 6:00-8:30pm due to weather. 

Check back here for additional updates and information.

An exciting new ministry has begun at The Basilica, one we hope and pray will continue for many months and years.  We offer many wonderful opportunities for families here; one can see children actively involved with their parents in some of our liturgical ministries (has a child welcomed you to Mass on a Sunday morning helping out with our hospitality ministry?)  They also can be involved in our youth choirs or our faith formation programming that can start as early as age 3 or 4.  

One thing we have noticed is that when parents have a new baby, after their baptism preparation and sacrament, there can potentially be a sense of isolation in our faith community. New parents’ energy understandably has to be focused on their new little one, but how do they continue to work on their spiritual lives and form community within the parish?  This January we began a new ministry for this particular group of parents, primarily with children ages 0-4.  Our goal is twofold: Help parents grow spiritually themselves and in their families, and to help develop community among them.  We have already had one speaker on a Sunday morning, and we are planning for another on February 15 from 10:00-11:00am in The Basilica school.  We plan to mix up the programming with events such as speakers presenting helpful information along with giving parents a chance to meet and build relationships with others in the parish.  For more information or if you have interest in being part of a planning committee for the group, you can email Ben.    

The Basilica of Saint Mary and the Notre Dame Club of Minnesota have joined together for our next Sunday Night Live presentation this Sunday, February 8, following the 4:30pm Mass. SNL will feature Dr. Cindy Bergeman presenting on “How Might Faith Make You Well?”

There is no cost to attend and registration is not needed. All ages are welcome.