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During the summer, The Basilica features instrumental and vocal soloists at our 9:30am Sunday Eucharist. On Sunday, July 20, classical guitarist Christopher Kachian will provide special music during the Prelude, Offeratory and Communion.
A University of Saint Thomas faculty member since 1984, Mr. Kachian has directed one of the largest guitar music programs in the US. He has performed in concert throughout North and South America, Europe and the Far East. In 2012, he won recognition as a National Arts Associate and Distinguished member from Sigma Alpha Iota Internationl Music Fraternity.
Created by local artist Deb Korluka, The Basilica's newest icon will be dedicated on Sunday, June 29 at our 9:30am and 11:30am Masses.
The icon is of St. Dymphna, the patron saint of those with mental illness. There will be a special blessing for all those in attendance, and Fr. John Bauer will preside. Following Mass, all are invited to an ice cream social on The Basilica's west lawn, sponsored by the Mental Health Ministry.
KIPP Stand Academy is moving to a new North Minneapolis location this week. A Minnesota public charter School serving 5-8 grade students, KIPP has been the Basilica's School tenant since 2008. We send our best wishes to KIPP's students, faculty and staff as they move and get settled in their new school home.
All Church entrances are open, but repairs are being completed on the west ground level entrance. Serious water leakage was uncovered during repairs, resulting in a caulking project on the front Church stairs to help control moisture problems. Painting and repairs to interior walls and ceilings begin this week at the ground level entrances. Handicapped access is available through the West ground level entrance, and also on the Church's upper east side, by Cowley Center with handicapped parking available in both locations.
Church restoration continues. Old, wet insulation is being removed from above the ceiling to allow the interior walls to dry out. Removal is being done in stages and completion is critical in advance of any planning for an interior restoration. Initial removal will be completed this week, with additional work planned for next year.