Shop ethically this Christmas and ensure your purchases provide fair wages and safe working conditions for the artisans and farmers producing the items. Join us in the Teresa of Calcutta Hall on The Basilica's Lower Level this Sunday, December 7, from 8:30am - 6:30pm to shop our annual Fair Traded Market.  Local vendors who work with global communities will be on hand with soup, olive oil, coffee, weavings, mittens, scarves and much more.

The Basilica of Saint Mary strives to provide excellence in ministry by providing ministries that are inspired by the Gospel and are relevant in our day. During the unique season of Advent in which we observe a spirit of patience and waiting for the coming of the Messiah, The Basilica hosts many events to encourage prayer and participation, some of which are listed below. All advent events can be found here.

Morning prayer
Tuesdays and Thursdays starting December 2 through Christmas, 9:15am in the choir stalls, The Basilica

Eucharist with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
Sunday, December 6, 10:30am on The Basilica’s ground level, in the Saint Joseph Chapel
Joy to the World: Crèches from Around the World
This Nativity scene exhibit runs December 6-January 15, on The Basilica’s lower level in the John XXIII gallery and Teresa of Calcutta hall. Discover the uniqueness of our universal Church through various representations of the manger scene.

Advent Learning Series
Sundays, December 7, 14, and 21, 11:00am-12:30pm in the Wagner room of the Cowley Center
Program led by Dr. Charles Bobertz and Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman. During Advent, we celebrate in joyful hope the coming of the Jesus Christ into our lives. Historically, Jesus came into our midst two thousand years ago, and now as we live out our lives, we encounter Jesus frequently in many forms. However, as we live each day, we wait for Jesus to come again at the end of time. Our Jewish brothers and sisters are also waiting for the Messiah. Their prayers and way of life reflect the virtue of waiting. This series explores this patient virtue and the ties between faiths. Register online by December 4 or call 612.317.3414. Scholarships are available for this $20 series.

Solemn Vespers for the Season of Advent
Sunday, December 7, 14, and 21, 3:00pm in the Basilica choir stalls
Led by The Basilica Schola Cantorum, come and pray for the arrival of the Messiah with us at the close of day.
Taizé with Opportunity for Individual Confessions
Tuesday, December 16, 5:30pm, The Basilica’s lower level

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving

The Basilica offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28.  

Thursday, November 27, 2014:

  • Eucharist will be celebrated at 8:30am in the main church.  
  • An Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will take place at Temple Israel (2324 Emerson Ave S, Minneapolis) at 10:00am.  The Reverend Dr. Jim Gertmenian of Plymouth Congregational Church will preside.

Friday, November 28, 2014:

  • Eucharist will be celebrated in the Saint Joseph Chapel at 7:00am and 12:00nn.
  • Volunteers will ready the church for Advent.

The Basilica Staff would like to wish you all a blessed and thankful holiday.

We are coming again to Advent, when we wait with great anticipation for the coming of the Lord, and Christmas, where we celebrate Emmanuel – God with us.

At The Basilica during Christmas, the scent of evergreen fills the air, gold ribbon glitters in midnight candlelight and flowers adorn this holy place.

We ask your help in creating a sacred space where joy dances in the eyes of young and old, where memories of loved ones past and present are evoked and well up in our hearts, where Christ – God with Us – dwells. 

Help enhance the beauty of the church this Christmas with a gift of Christmas flowers. Tribute gifts received by December 12 will be listed in the Christmas leaflet.

Visit this link for more information.

After Spanish merchants and missionaries delivered the Gospel and Catholicism to Vietnam in the 14th century, and superseding many centuries of political struggles, Our Lady of Lavang remains a powerful and graceful intercessor, and a help to suffering Christians.

Just before the turn of the 19th century, in hopes of fleeing government installed persecution but aware of the realities of death and martyrdom, a group of faithful Vietnamese Catholics hid themselves in a dense and dangerous jungle, where they were met with disease, hunger, beasts and terrible weather. In their suffering, these Catholics continued praying, most memorably, a rosary, each evening, with the powerful hope that faith would save them.

To their joyful surprise, Our Blessed Mother appeared to them during their prayer, clothed in light and traditional Vietnamese garments, accompanied by two angels and carrying her child Son, Our Lord. To those gathered in awe, Our Lady of Lavang spoke, instructing them to boil leaves as a remedy to their ailments. What’s more, she promised that to any and all who prayed on that spot, their prayers would be heard and answered. Not long after her hope-giving visit, many anti-Catholic restrictions were lifted, the hidden returned to their homes and the news of the Blessed Mother’s visit spread.

Much like how this apparition site began and remains as a place of refuge, worship, and peace, we too here at The Basilica also strive to create a community of such character. For this reason, our namesake parish protects and gives hope to those who suffer in religious, physical and desperate ways, and we house a likeness of Our Lady so we remember her and those she helps.

The Basilica of Saint Mary invites you to Grill the Presenters: The Burden of Truth on Monday, November 24 at 7:00pm at Breck School.

Grill the Presenters is part of an ongoing series presented by the Minneapolis Multi-Fatih Network.

The MMN is committed to promoting all religious communities and affiliations in the downtown senior clergy network equally, within and outside of the existing network. 

The Voices of Faith Events, MMN's flagship program, features Ted-talk style speaking events. These events focus on honest appraisals of the religious tradition of the speakers, with a casual, personal and sometimes self-critiquing perspective that will be very relatable to those feeling that organized religion may not speak to them entirely.

Grill the Presenters: The Burden of Truth
Photo provided by: 
Minneapolis Multi-Faith Network

Dine out for The Basilica

Parishioners, visitors, and friends can "Dine out for The Basilica" Sunday, Nov. 16, at various participating restaurants.

A portion of the proceeds from the day will come back to support The Basilica. 

Dine of for The Basilica
Photo provided by: 
Leah Fogelberg

The Basilica church and offices will close at 2:30pm on Monday, November 10, 2014.

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014:

  • Basilica Church - Open
  • Basilica Offices - Open
  • City House - Meeting
  • DCEH Direct Service Providers - Meeting
  • Docent Training - Cancelled (will be rescheduled)
  • Lector Practice - Meeting
  • Masqueray Ball - Meeting
  • MUNDUS - Rehearsing
  • RCIA - Cancelled
  • Saint Vincent de Paul Outreach - Taking place
  • The Basilica Landmark FC Meeting - Meeting
  • Voices for Justice - Meeting

The Basilica of Saint Mary hosts the Bible and the Qur'an two-part series Nov. 9 and 16 following the 9:30am Mass on the lower level of The Basilica.

Cost to attend is $10. Tickets can be purchased here.

Adam, Noah, Abraham, Solomon, Mary and Jesus—all figure prominently in the Qur’an. This series will compare the accounts to give participants a greater appreciation of the holy book revered by a billion of our fellow humans and enable Christians  to gain a greater understanding of their own traditions. 


The Icon Festival Turns 20

The Annual Icon Festival began 20 years ago to educate parishioners and the community about the history and significance of Icons. The Greek work "Icon," meaning "image" is used in Christianity to denote a Holy Image.  Icons have profound historical and spiritual significance in the setting of the Orthodox liturgy, in private daily prayer rituals, and in the art world. The Festival provides opportunities to learn more about each other through art and music.

Photo provided by: 
Stacy Glaus