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Novena to Saint Joseph
Pope Francis marked the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX with an Apostolic Letter entitled Patris Corde or With a Father’s Heart. The Holy Father’s stated goal was “to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.” The letter contains several short segments in which Pope Francis meditates on the many virtues of Saint Joseph: a beloved and loving father; an obedient and accepting father; a creative and courageous father; a working father; and a father in the shadows.
In addition, Pope Francis declared a Year of Saint Joseph to be celebrated between December 8, 2020 and December 8, 2021. Archbishop Hebda expressed the hope that “the Year of Saint Joseph will be a source of renewal in our local Church, most especially as we continue our preparations for the Synod of 2022.”
One of the highlights during this Year of Saint Joseph is the celebration of his Solemnity in March 19. To prepare ourselves we invite you to join us in a Novena, or nine days of prayer, to Saint Joseph. We propose that we use the prayer suggested by Pope Francis at the end of his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde for this Novena. Please add this prayer to your daily devotions as together we prepare to celebrate Saint Joseph and truly increase our love for this great Saint.
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became human.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.
- Contemplative Outreach
- Minnesota Contemplative Outreach
- The Basilica Centering Prayer Group
- Or if that seems too much, you may just want to go on a gratitude walk. While you walk about your neighborhood be attentive to your surroundings and give thanks for what you see around you.
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 preparation for the beginning of the third Christian Millennium, The Basilica of Saint Mary commissioned mono-prints of the fifteen Scriptural Stations introduced by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1991. We explicitly requested an abstract rendition of the Stations, which Johan will discuss in this video.
Please join us on the Fridays of Lent for the celebration of the Stations of the Cross at 5:30pm (central time), either in person or via livestream. This year we will be praying a different version of the Stations each Friday and will meditate on different art.
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Today I have three things I would like to mention. First, just a reminder that during the Season of Lent, in addition to our usual Sunday and weekday liturgies, we also have Stations of the Cross on the Fridays of Lent and Vespers at 3:00pm on the Sundays. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:15 you are invited to join us via Zoom for Morning Prayer. If you are not able, or don’t feel comfortable joining us in-person for any of our liturgies, we invite you join via our livestream.
The second thing I want to mention is that after the 9:30 and 11:30am Masses on Palm Sunday you are invited to come to The Basilica to receive a palm and Holy Communion. We ask you to stop at the rectory to receive the palm and then drive to the front of the school to receive communion. In regard to the other liturgies of Holy Week, I will have more information in a couple of weeks.
The third thing I want to mention is that a couple of weeks ago we began the 2021 Catholic Services Appeal. The CSA is an independent foundation. The money raised through the CSA helps fund many programs, services and ministries throughout our Archdiocese. I strongly support the CSA and I invite you to make a pledge of support as well.
Finally, as always, 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.
Loving God, we ask you…
If we are ill, strengthen us.
If we are tired, fortify our spirits.
If we are anxious, help us to remember your abiding presence with us.
Don't let fear cause us to overlook the needs of others more vulnerable than ourselves.
Fix our eyes on You and our hearts on your grace.
Help us always to hold fast to the good, and to strive to see the good in others.
Give us generous hearts, resilient love, and enduring hope.
In Jesus we make our prayer,
The one who suffered, died and was raised to new life,
In whom we trust these days and all days,
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