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Holy Week 2021

Christmas and Easter are the two most important Christian Holy Days. On Christmas we celebrate the beginning of God’s salvific adventure with humankind namely that in Jesus God became human, one of us. On Easter we celebrate how Jesus made it possible for us humans to become more like God. In essence the mystery of salvation if this: God became human so that humans might become more like God.

We have been preparing ourselves during Lent to celebrate this great mystery through more intense prayer, greater charity and different ways of fasting from everything that distracts us from God and God’s plan for us.

Now we have reached Holy Week when we remember and give thanks for the greatest gift of all: Jesus self-sacrifice so that we might have eternal life. Let us enter this most Holy Week with great love and devotion.

We invite you to join us as much as possible either in person or via livestream for our many liturgies. We wish you all a very blessed Holy Week

In preparation of Holy Week:

  • Register for in-person participation in our liturgies: please visit www.mary.org to register for any of our liturgies and to find out which liturgies will be livestreamed.
  • Create a dedicated prayer area at home:  this can be as simple as a rug or a small table with a family bible. Add your favorite religious images and the cross you will venerate as a family on Good Friday. This prayer area can be the place where you pray during Holy week. It can even be the place where you participate in our livestreamed liturgies.
  • Prepare for the upcoming liturgies: If you are joining us from home, make sure you have everything you need to participate as fully as possible in the liturgies.
  • Pray for our Elect: during the Easter Vigil we will initiate several adults into the church. Please accompany them with your prayers during these last days of preparation.
  • Easter Baskets: Gather the necessary items to create Easter Baskets for members of your household and neighbors, especially those neighbors who are homebound.
  • Easter Food: Many of us grew up with special Easter Foods. Now is a good time to look for the recipes and to check your cupboards. Sharing recipes and cooking together, either in person or virtually is a great way to connect with one another.
  • Easter Gift: If you are able please help sustain our operations and empower our mission.  You can make your Easter gift to The Basilica at mary.org/eastergift.  If you are in financial need please do not hesitate to contact our St. Vincent de Paul ministry (612.333.1381).

 

Holy Week Liturgies

Palm Sunday:

  • We will celebrate 9:30am, 11:30am and 4:30pm Eucharist with Blessing of the Palms in The Basilica.
  • 9:30am Eucharist will be livestreamed on www.mary.org and www.facebook.com/BasilicaMpls.
  • Please remember to wear red, the color of the day whether you join us in person or via livestream.
  • Palms and Holy Communion will be distributed outside the Basilica following the 9:30am and 11:30am liturgies.

 

Monday of Holy Week:

Prayer at Home:

Prayer with our Basilica Community:

 

Tuesday of Holy Week

Prayer at Home:

Prayer with our Basilica Community:

Wednesday of Holy Week

Prayer at Home:

Join our Basilica Community:

 

Holy Thursday

What you will need in your prayer area for today:

  • Bowl, pitcher with water and a towel

Prayer at Home:

Join our Basilica Community:

  • 9:15am: Join us for Morning Prayer either in person or via livestream on www.mary.org or www.facebook.com/BasilicaMpls
  • Noon: Join us for daily Eucharist either in person or via livestream on www.mary.org or www.facebook.com/BasilicaMpls
  • 7:00pm: Join us for The Celebration of the Lord’s Supper either in person or on www.mary.org or www.facebook.com/BasilicaMpls. The livestream will begin at 6:45pm.
    • If you join us in person:
      • Please use the QR code in the narthex to find the booklet for the liturgy.
      • If you are joining us in person we invite you to wash the feet of the members of your household when you get home as you will not be able to do that in the Basilica.
      • Holy Communion will be distributed after the service ends and we ask you to leave church immediately after receiving Holy Communion.
      • Since we will not be able to observe the customary prayer time in Church after the liturgy we invite you to spend some time in quiet prayer at home.
    • If you join us from home:
      • Please turn off your phone and set this time aside for prayer.
      • You will find the music and prayers for this liturgy on your screen.
      • Please stand, sit, kneel when we do and join us in prayer and song. 
      • We invite you to wash one another’s feet at the time of the Washing of the Feet.
      • We will end the service with some music and time for silent prayer.

 

Good Friday

Today is a day of fasting and abstinence

What you will need in your prayer area for today:

  • Cross
  • Several candles

Prayer at Home:

Prayer with our Basilica Community:

  • 3:00pm: Join us for The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion either in person or via livestream on www.mary.org or www.facebook.com/BasilicaMpls. We will start livestreaming at 2:45am. Feel free to invite family and friends to virtually join you.
    • If you join us in person
      • Please use the QR code in the narthex to find the booklet for the liturgy.
      • We will not have a physical veneration of the cross this year, rather we will venerate the cross spiritually.
      • When you get home you may want to venerate the cross you have in your home.
      • Holy Communion will be distributed after the service ends and we ask you to leave church immediately after receiving Holy Communion.
    • If you join us via livestream:
      • Please turn off your phone and set this time aside for prayer.
      • You will find the music and prayers for this liturgy on your screen.
      • Please stand, sit, kneel when we do and join us in prayer and song. 
      • At the time of the Veneration of the Cross we invite you to venerate the cross you have in your prayer area.
      • We will end the service with some music while focusing on our Basilica Cross to allow for some quiet prayer.
  • 7:00pm: Please join us for Tenebrae either in person or via livestream on www.mary.org or www.facebook.com/BasilicaMpls. We will start livestreaming at 6:45am. Feel free to invite family and friends to virtually join you.
    • If you join us in person
      • Please use the QR code in the narthex to find the booklet for the liturgy.
      • We will not have a physical veneration of the cross this year, rather we will venerate the cross spiritually.
      • After the service ends we ask that you leave the church without lingering.
      • When you get home you may want to venerate the cross you have in your home.
      • You may also want to spend some time in quiet prayer.
    • If you join us via livestream:
      • Please turn off your phone and set this time aside for prayer.
      • You may want to dim the lights throughout your home.
      • Make sure you have your candles lit so you may extinguish them when they are extinguished during the service in The Basilica
      • You will find the music and prayers for this liturgy on your screen.
      • Please stand, sit, kneel when we do and join us in prayer and song. 
      • At the time of the Veneration of the Cross  you may want to venerate the cross you have in your prayer area.
      • We invite you to some silent prayer at the end of the service

 

Holy Saturday

What you will need in your prayer area for today:

  • Candles
  • Water and a brush for sprinkling one another

Prayer at home:

Prayer with our Basilica Community:

  • 7:00pm: Please join us for The Great Easter Vigil either in person of via livestream on www.mary.org or www.facebook.com/BasilicaMpls. We will start livestreaming at 6:45am. Feel free to invite family and friends to virtually join you.
    • If you join us in person
      • Please use the QR code in the narthex to find the booklet for the liturgy.
      • This year only Fr. Bauer will go outside for the blessing of the fire and the lighting of the Paschal Candle. Everyone else will still in their pews.
      • We will come around to light individual candles at the beginning of the service. Please take these candles home after the service.
      • One of the highpoints of this liturgy will be the initiation of several adult candidates into our Church.
      • Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of the service.
      • Once you have received Holy Communion please leave The Basilica.
    • If you join us via livestream
      • Please turn off your phone and set this time aside for prayer.
      • You may want to dim the lights throughout your home till at the time of the Gloria.
      • You will find the music and prayers for this liturgy on your screen.
      •  Please stand, sit, kneel when we do and join us in prayer and song. 
      • Make sure you have your candles ready to be lit at the beginning of the service. Keep them lit through the singing of the exulted.
      • During the sprinkling rite feel free to bless yourself and/or sprinkle others. You may also want to bless you home.

Other activities:

  • Prepare Easter Baskets
  • Enjoy a festive snack after the Easter Vigil

 

Easter Sunday

Pray at Home:

Pray with our Basilica Community

  • We will celebrate 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am and 4:30pm Eucharist.
  •  We will livestream 9:30am, 11:30am and 4:30pm Eucharist. You can join us on www.mary.org or www.facebook.com/BasilicaMpls
  • Holy Communion will be distributed outside after 9:30am and 11:30am Eucharist for those who joined us via livestream
  • Archbishop Hebda will celebrate 9:30am Eucharist and bless the new Basilica Umbrellino
    • If you join us in person
      • We invite you to wear festive Easter attire,
      • Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of the service.
      • Once you have received Holy Communion please leave The Basilica and enjoy the ringing of all Basilica bells outside.
    • If you join us  via livestream
      • Please turn off your phone and set this time aside for prayer.
      • We invite you to wear festive Easter attire, even at home
      • You will find the music and prayers for this liturgy on your screen.
      • Please stand, sit, kneel when we do and join us in prayer and song.  
      • During the sprinkling rite feel free to bless yourself and/or sprinkle others. You may also want to bless you home.
      • Following the 9:30am and 11:30am you are welcome to come to The Basilica to receive Holy Communion outside.

Other activities:

  • Enjoy a festive meal
  • Contact families and friends to wish them a blessed Easter
  • Go for an Easter walk

 

He is Risen. He is Risen, indeed. Alleluia!

Blessed Easter

 

Basilica Community,

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, 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. So, if you are planning to attend any liturgies at The Basilica in the next few weeks, 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.

Pre-registration helps us anticipate the number of attendees and makes the check-in process much faster. You can find a list of our liturgies for Holy Week and Easter on our website. If you are not able, or don’t feel comfortable joining us in-person for any of our Holy Week liturgies, we invite you join them via our livestream.

The second thing I would like to mention is that if you are not able to join us in person for Mass on Palm Sunday or Easter, we will distribute communion after the 9:30am and 11:30am Masses these days. As in the past, we ask you to stop in front of the rectory to receive a palm or prayer card, and then drive to the front of the school to receive communion.

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.

While I am on the subject of giving, I want to thank you for your financial support of our parish and like to invite your continued financial support for The Basilica this Easter. Your financial support enables us to continue to offer the many ministries, services and programs that are at the heart of our Basilica community. I thank you in advance for your generosity.

Finally, on a very happy note, I want to let you know that one of our parishioners, Michael Reinhardt, will be ordained a priest of our Archdiocese on Saturday, May 29 at the Cathedral in St. Paul. He will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at the 9:30am Mass at Basilica on Sunday, May 30. I ask your prayers for Michael and the other men who will be ordained that day.

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 pray for your love and compassion to abound as we walk through this challenging time.

We ask for wisdom for those who must make decisions with widespread consequences.

We pray for those who are suffering from illness or pain and all who are caring for them.

We ask for protection for the elderly and vulnerable.
We pray for misinformation to be curbed that fear may take no hold in hearts and minds.

And as we exercise the good sense that you in your mercy provide, may we also approach each day in faith and peace, trusting in your goodness and love.

We ask all this through Christ our Lord.

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

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.

 
In his encyclical Laudato Sì. On Care for Our Common Home, which is addressed to “everyone living on this planet” Pope Francis calls for a radical and urgent “Ecological Conversion” which he grounds in Scripture and adds to our body of Catholic Social Teaching.
 
Pope Francis references the fact that “dominion” over the earth was entrusted by God to humans as found in Gen. 1:28. He argues that this is often used to justify the relentless exploitation of our planet. As a corrective he then offers Gen 2:15 where God calls on humans to both “cultivate and care” for our planet. Too often, he says we have excelled at cultivating or tilling the earth but have failed miserably at caring for our planet. Now is the time to change that and to urgently start caring for our planet.
 
In terms of our Catholic Social Teaching Pope Francis points out that all decisions we make have an effect on the environment. At the same time he points out that poor people and poorer countries bare the brunt of climate change while they are victimized by the unbridled pursuit of money and possessions in richer parts of the world.
 
As we continue our Lenten journey we invite you to consider the following suggestions for the three Lenten disciplines of fasting, prayer and charity. These can either be in addition to our previous suggestions or you can start anew. 
 
Fasting from the use of plastic
• Pope Francis does not mince words when he says: “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.” 
• Inspired by Laudato Sì as well as by the great passion my late niece had for our planet I recently took stock of my kitchen and bathroom supplies and found so many one-time-use plastic containers. Granted, I am very diligent about recycling but even if all the recyclable plastic were recycled - which is not the case as much of it ends up in land fills at best and in oceans at worst – the energy it takes to recycle plastic contributes to the pollution of our planet. 
• In addition to fasting from food and drink this week lets consider fasting from the containers that are used to package these. Maybe we can consider alternatives to liquid cleaning products that so handily come in plastic containers. And we could investigate bamboo alternatives to plastic and paper made from wood. For many  practical and attainable suggestions please go to: https://ourcommonhome.org/media/docs/Lenten-Plastic-Fast.pdf
 
Praying with Pope Francis
Pope Francis ends Laudato Sì with  prayers which he invites us to pray often. During this fifth week of Lent let us offer the following prayer on a daily basis.
O God of the poor, 
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, 
so precious in your eyes.
 
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. 
 
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain 
at the expense of the poor and the earth. 
 
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, 
to be filled with awe and contemplation, 
to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature 
as we journey towards your infinite light. 
 
We thank you for being with us each day.
 Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace
 
Charity: purchase sustainably and ethically sources products
• In his encyclical Pope Francis praises St. Francis for lifting up the “inseparable bond between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.” Pope Francis then goes so far as to say that we need to respond to “both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” as both are profoundly connected.
• This seems like an enormous task. Besides we are not decision makers. We are subject to decisions made by others who have much more power and wield much greater influence than we do. Yet maybe the task is not for one person to make big changes but rather for a great number of people to institute small changes.
• This week maybe we can examine our buying behavior to make sure we know where any products we buy come from. The important question to ask is how these products impact the lives of others especially the lives of those making them.  In other words, let’s commit ourselves to buying products that were sustainably sourced and ethically produced.
 
 
And as I have mentioned since we began this series, please remember to be patient with yourself and others and don’t let yourself be overwhelmed.  Lent is neither an endurance test nor a time to prove our Christian heroism. Rather, Lent is a time to slow down and ponder what is essential to our faith and thus to our life as Christians. So please pace yourselves. Give yourself and others the necessary space. And above all be patient with yourself and others.

 

 

The fourth Sunday of Lent is also known as Laetare Sunday. This name is based on the first word of the introit or entrance chant for Mass that day which invites us to rejoice always.
 
Lætare Jerusalem: et conventum facite omnes qui diligitis eam: gaudete cum lætitia, qui in tristitia fuistis: ut exsultetis, et satiemini ab uberibus consolationis vestræ.
Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast.
 
As we embark on the Fourth Week of Lent we invite you to meditate on the Joy of Christianity and consider the following suggestions for the three Lenten disciplines of fasting, prayer and charity. These can either be in addition to our previous suggestions or you can start anew. 
 
Johan M. J. van Parys, Ph.D.
Director of Liturgy and the Sacred Arts
 
Fasting from sadness and ingratitude
• In a homily preached on May 23, 2016 at morning Mass in the Chapel of Casa Santa Marta where he lives, Pope Francis stated that “the Christian identity card is joy, the Gospel’s joy, the joy of having been chosen by Jesus, saved by Jesus, regenerated by Jesus; the joy of that hope that Jesus is waiting for us, the joy that - even with the crosses and sufferings we bear in this life - is expressed in another way, which is peace in the certainty that Jesus accompanies us, is with us."
• Practicing gratitude and joy, while choosing to fast from ingratitude and sadness is not only physically healthy but mentally, emotionally and spiritually enriching, too.  And after all, it is our only possible response to the mystery of God becoming one of us so that we may become more like God
• So this week, let us fast from sadness and ingratitude even though so much in the world invites us to do just that. And let us wholly embrace the Joy of Christianity so our hearts our heart, our homes, our city, our country and indeed our world may be aflame with the hope and joy of the Resurrection we are about to celebrate.
 
Centering Prayer
• Gratitude and joy flow from the assurance that God knows us, remembers us, accompanies us, loves us and awaits us. The reality of God’s covenant with us is expressed in prayer and is at the same time impressed on us during prayer, particularly in the quiet of contemplative prayer.
• One form of Contemplative Prayer is known as Centering Prayer. The goal of Centering Prayer is to open one’s mind, heart and soul completely to God who is the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions. In the silence of this prayer we are invited to an intimate encounter with God who is considerate, caring and compassionate. Our response to God’s love can be nothing but gratitude and joy which we are want to share with others.
• You can find more information at the following websites
 
Charity: Act with Courage
• The Joy of Christianity gives us the courage to speak and act on behalf of those in need without any fear. As we consider our society during these weeks of Lent let us commit ourselves to a better world, the kind of world God has dreamt for us.
• This week let us think about the many injustices and concerns that plague our world and ask ourselves how we can make a difference in terms of racial justice, adequate housing, mental health funding, the care for the unborn, health insurance for all, immigrants and asylum seekers, the death penalty, endless cycles of poverty, gun violence…
• We can’t tackle all of these at once but lets select one or two and see how we may occasion change by speaking up, donating money, volunteering, lobbying our legislators…
 
 
And as I mentioned the last three weeks, please remember to be patient with yourself and others.  Lent is neither an endurance test nor a time to prove our Christian heroism. Rather, Lent is a time to slow down and ponder what is essential to our faith and thus to our life as Christians. So please pace yourselves. Give yourself and others the necessary space. And above all be patient with yourself and others.
 
 

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