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Angels Unawares - Coffee and Conversation with Johan van Parys, Director of Liturgy and the Sacred Arts

 

 

 

Please note: the MCTC parking ramp east of the church is $5 during special events in Loring Park including Pride, Loring Art Festival and others. 

  • 1420 Hennepin Ave S. (north side of Hennepin Ave).  A "pay-as-you-enter" mechanical system requires payment before entering the ramp.
  • Credit cards accepted

There are free spaces available in the parking lot on the west side of the church under the highway.

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Basilica Community,

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

Today I want to talk with you about where we are currently, and the challenges that face us at The Basilica, as we move forward after the pandemic. As I hope all of you know, at the beginning of July we started our new Mass schedule. Masses are Saturday at 5:00pm; Sunday morning at 7:30am, 9:30 and 11:30; and Sunday afternoon at 5:00pm. It is heartening for me to see so many people back at The Basilica after many months.

In welcoming people back to worship, one of the challenges we face is reinvigorating, renewing, and in some cases rebuilding our liturgical ministerial teams. In this regard, we are in the process of contacting all of our liturgical ministers. If you have been not been contacted or if you are interested in becoming involved please contact Travis Salisbury.

As always, if you are not able, or don’t feel comfortable joining us in-person for any of our liturgies, we invite you join them via livestream. We will continue to livestream the 9:30am Mass, and have begun livestreaming the 11:30amMass. We are looking for volunteers to help with this, so if you are interested in volunteering, please let us know. During the coming weeks, we will be looking at bringing back more of our ministries. I will keep you informed as this progresses.

One thing in particular I wanted to mention is that during the month of August The Basilica will be hosting the sculpture Angels Unawares. This sculpture will be on our front plaza along Hennepin Avenue. Since it will be hard to miss, I wanted you to be aware of it.

Angels Unawares depicts 140 almost life size migrants from all times and places aboard a boat. It was created by Canadian Catholic sculptor Timothy Schmalz, who also created our Homeless Jesus sculpture. The name Angels Unawares comes from Hebrews 13:2, which reminds us to “show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."

Finally, I want to thank everyone for your ongoing financial support for The Basilica. As we begin to resume more activities on our campus, your financial support will be critical as we resume the many ministries, services and programs that are at the heart of our Basilica community. As your pastor, I want to thank you for your ongoing generosity. Please know it is greatly appreciated.

In closing, as I have mentioned previously, as we move forward, our primary concern, as always, will be the safety and security of those who come to our campus. I will continue to keep you informed as we move forward into our new normal—whatever that may be.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about these changes I invite you to contact me at the parish office. My contact information is available on our parish website.

 

Let me close today in prayer. 

Loving God, we pray today for our parish community. Deliver us from simply desiring to get “back to normal," and give us instead the grace to be open to the opportunities that your Spirit is offering us at this time.

Grant that we may come out of this pandemic with eyes more able to see the needs of those most vulnerable and those who lives have been so severely impacted by the pandemic.

Give us creative minds and hearts to embrace and carry forward the new ways we have found to connect with one another; and bring us safely back together as a people renewed in the sure knowledge of your faithfulness and abiding love, and strengthen us for the work ahead. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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In our 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.
 
The Basilica will host the sculpture Angels Unawares throughout August on our front plaza along Hennepin Avenue. Angels Unawares depicts 140 almost life size migrants from all times and places aboard a boat. It was created by Canadian Catholic sculptor Timothy Schmalz, who also created our Homeless Jesus sculpture.
 
The original sculpture was dedicated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on September 29, 2019, the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The name Angels Unawares comes from Hebrews 13:2, which admonishes Christians to “show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."
 
Catholic University in Washington D.C. was given a second cast of the sculpture. Before its permanent installation this fall, Angels Unawares has been traveling to several cities in the United States at the request of the artist. On Sunday, August 1 we will unveil and bless the sculpture after the 9:30am Mass. That afternoon at 3:00pm we will have a festive welcome ceremony with speakers, music, and dance; we will bid goodbye to the sculpture on
 
Thursday, August 26. There will be lots of programming around Angels Unawares between those to dates. More details are on our website at www.mary.org
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Basilica Community,

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

Today I want to talk with you about where we are currently at and where we are going at The Basilica in regard to the pandemic. As I hope all of you know, a few weeks ago when the city of Minneapolis dropped its mask mandate, we also dropped our mask mandate for people coming to The Basilica. We do encourage people, though, to wear a mask if they feel more comfortable doing so.

We also encourage social distancing, and have removed the tape from the pews to give people more room to do this. Additionally, we are still asking people to sanitize their hands before receiving communion.

As have mentioned previously, beginning the first weekend in July we will resume our normal Mass schedule. Mass will be held at 5:00pm on Saturday and 7:30am, 9:30, and 11:30 Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon Mass will be held at 5:00pm.

As always, if you are not able, or don’t feel comfortable joining us in-person for any of our liturgies, we invite you join them via livestream. We will continue to livestream the 9:30am Mass, and beginning the first weekend in July we will start livestreaming the 11:30am Mass. We are looking for volunteers to help with this, so if you are interested in volunteering, please let us know.

I also want to thank everyone for your ongoing financial support of our Basilica community. Your financial support enables us to continue to offer the many ministries, services, and programs that are at the heart of our Basilica community. As your pastor, I want to thank you for your ongoing generosity. Please know it is greatly appreciated.

Finally, we have started to resume some activities on our campus, and will continue to do so throughout the summer. Our primary concern, as always, will be the safety and well-being of those who come to our campus.

I will continue to try to keep you informed as we move forward into our new normal. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about these changes I invite you to contact me at the parish office. My contact information is available on our parish website.

Let me close today in prayer. 

 

Ever loving God,
Font of harmony and source of unity
We ask for the grace to face the sin of division in our society;
We beg for mercy and forgiveness for the harm we have done;
We implore that you open our hearts and minds to way that will bring about justice, equality, healing, harmony and peace;
And we prayer for the conversion of heart of all those who perpetrate fear, promote supremacy, and cultivate hatred.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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