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Advent Evening Prayer

Basilica Staff Christmas Greeting




Basilica Community,

I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these very challenging times.

Today I have three things I would like to mention. First, at this point, barring any unforeseen issues or circumstances, we anticipate having our usual schedule of Masses for Christmas and the weekend after. While our 3:00pm and Midnight Masses on Christmas Eve are both full; people will still have the opportunity to register to attend any of the other Masses on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. You can do this through the registration link on our website. Registration will be open until Monday evening December 21.

We also will be livestreaming several of our Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, for those who don’t feel comfortable attending Mass in person. I also want to remind people that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days continues to be suspended. Given this, if due to age, health issues, or other concerns, please know that you don’t have to attend Mass, and that we encourage you to join us for one of livestreamed Masses.

The second thing I want to mention, is that after the 9:30am Mass on Christmas Day, we invite those who have participated in Mass via livestream to come to The Basilica to receive Communion.

The process will be very simple, and there is no need to pre-register. You just come to the rectory on 17th Street, where you will receive a prayer card. You will then proceed to the front of our School building to receive Communion while you remain in your car. We will distribute communion from approximately 10:30am to 11:00am.

The third thing I want to mention is that this Sunday December 20 after the 11:30am Mass until about 1:00pm, we invite you to bring the baby Jesus from your Nativity set to the Basilica to be blessed. The blessing of the Bambinelli will take place in-front of the parish office building on 17th Street.

I will bless the baby Jesus from your Nativity set while you remain in your car. We will also give you a home blessing kit so that you can bless your home at the beginning of the New Year. Again, this blessing will take place after the 11:30 Mass on Sunday December 20th in front of the rectory on 17th Street.

Finally, I want to thank all of those who have continued to support The Basilica financially during the pandemic. Your contributions to our Annual Fund allows us to offer the many programs, services, and ministries that are at the heart of our Basilica Community.

I also ask you, though, to start thinking now about your Christmas contribution to The Basilica. The Basilica, like all parishes, relies on its collections at Christmas and Easter to balance its budget. Your financial generosity at this time will be greatly appreciated.

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.



Dear God:
We pray for your love and compassion to abound
as we walk through this challenging season.

We ask for wisdom for those who bear the load
of making decisions with widespread consequences.

We pray for those who are suffering with sickness
and all who are caring for them.

We ask for protection for the elderly and vulnerable
to not succumb to the risks of the virus.

We pray for misinformation to be curbed
that fear may take no hold in hearts and minds.

As we exercise the good sense that you in your mercy provide,
may we also approach each day in faith and peace,
trusting in the truth of your goodness towards us.

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O come, little children, from near and from far, 
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J.P.A. Schulz




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Advent Evening Prayer

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 anticipation of the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, on December 12, Johan discuss the history and symbols associated with this apparition of Our Lady. Like Our Lady of Guadalupe, may we share a message of love and compassion especially, people who are poor and most in need.