Greetings once again from The Basilica of Saint Mary. I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these challenging times. 

Today I would like to talk with you about our response to the Omicron variant here at The Basilica. As I hope you know, the city of Minneapolis has again instituted a mask mandate. Given this, we people are once again required to “mask up” at The Basilica and in any of our campus buildings. 

We will have masks available at the entrances to The Basilica if you forget to bring one with you. We also have individual sanitizing packets available for those who would like one. And, 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 livestream our 9:30am Mass on Sunday and our Noon Masses during the week.

Also given that the Omicron variant is so easily transmissible, we have temporarily gone back to virtual learning for our faith formation classes, and we are encouraging our staff to hold meetings via Zoom whenever possible. We are doing all these things in an abundance of caution and a desire to protect the safety and wellbeing of our parishioners. 

Now, it goes without saying we had hoped that at this point in the pandemic we would be back to more normal operations at The Basilica, but sadly this is not the case. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions that will protect the safety and well-being of all those who come to The Basilica. 

I’d like to shift gears now and talk about our Parish Finances. At the half-way point of our fiscal year, The Basilica’s year-to-date revenue is down five percent. While we are tightening our belts wherever we can, we still need your help. I’d like to ask for your financial support our parish and all its programs. 

I ask you to consider a gift to the 2022 Basilica Fund, whether you are participating in our community in person or through livestreaming masses and virtual programming. You can give online at

It would be especially helpful if you could let us know if you will be able to give regularly (weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually). This information allows us to budget more accurately for the year ahead. Also, Electronic recurring gifts through your credit card or checking account mean less paper and lower administrative costs. Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

As I have mentioned previously, if you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry. We may be able to help you. 

I’d also like to invite you to join us for a presentation by Dr. Liz Lev on Sunday January 30 at 1:30pm in the lower level of The Basilica. Her presentation is entitled, Women Who Rocked Rome: Saints, Sinners Artists and Influencers in the Eternal City. Dr. Lev is a well know and engaging speaker, so this promises to be a great presentation. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns I invite you to contact me at the parish office. My contact information is available on our parish website. 


I’d like to close today with a prayer. 

Oh God, we are frightened, 
Worried for our loved ones,
Worried for our world.
We feel Vulnerable and confused,
And so we turn to You
Seeking comfort, faith and hope.

Teach us God, to turn our anxiety into patience,
And our fear into acts of kindness and support.
Help each one of us to do our part to halt the spread of this virus.

Send strength and courage to the doctors and nurses
In the frontlines of this battle,Fortify them with the full force of their healing powers.
Send wisdom and insight to the scientists
Working day and night across the world to discover healing treatments.
Bless their efforts, God.
Fill our leaders with the wisdom and the courage
To choose wisely and act quickly.
Help us, God, to see that we are one world,
One people, who will rise above this pandemic together.

Send us health God,
Watch over us,
Grace us with Your love,
Bless us with Your healing light.
Hear us God,


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Occasionally or even often, when I am reading or listening to the radio or a podcast, I am intrigued or challenged; I learn something or perhaps question what I presumed I knew. The limit though is, I just listen, just take it in, through my own lens; sitting in my car, or listening on my walk; there is no follow up to it, no other perspectives than that of the speaker. If I am listening with someone else, I learn more, reflect more, remember more. If something really impresses or intrigues me; if I think something is consequential or perhaps wrong, sharing it, getting another perspective, really peeling it apart, helps me immensely.

This is also very true for my spiritual journey. I do need time in quiet prayer. And I need time in community. I have found there are so many resources available, so many gifted and intelligent people in our Basilica community, many on our staff. A few small groups have been meeting for years through book clubs, Bible study, Ministry groups, and prayer groups. It is though a relatively small number of people in a very large community.

Forced through the necessary practices employed during the Covid pandemic we have learned many things, among them, we need each other, we need community, we long for meaningful interaction.


Small faith communities are relational groups that gather regularly to pray, learn, reflect and share faith.

The Basilica is inviting more of us to give Small faith communities a try. We have already a growing library of topics and resources, based on interest more will be added. Here are a few to consider as we begin.

Reading the Gospels with the Church: From Christmas through Lent by Raymond E Brown

On Retreat with Henri Nouwen: Engaging Life’s Big Questions

Commonweal Conversation Starter Series Mental Health and Solidarity

Liturgy of the Ordinary: sacred practices in everyday life by Tish Harrison Warren

In This Together Film series, 5 films on Loving Our Way Forward” The Work of The People


Our Basilica small faith communities may meet in homes, on campus and/or remotely. We can set up demographic specific groups of neighbors, parents, retired persons, and random groups based on schedules. You may have an existing group or an idea of one, you may be ready to meet new people or both.   

In an Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis speaks of Fraternity. “Fraternity between all men and women…here we have a splendid secret that shows us how to dream and to turn our life into a wonderful adventure. No one can face life in isolation… We need a community that supports and helps us, in which we can help one another to keep looking ahead. How important it is to dream together…By ourselves, we risk seeing mirages, things that are not there. Dreams on the other hand are built together.”  

For more information on joining, hosting, or facilitating a Small Faith Community, contact Cathy Edwards at, or call the Learning Office at 612.317.3414.


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This Sunday: Sunday,  January 30, 2022 |  Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Face masks are now required at Mass. City of Minneapolis has reinstituted a face mask mandate.  Mask will be available at the entrances. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe. 

5:00pm Saturday Mass of Anticipation:
Celebrant: Fr. Peter Brandenhoff
Music: Cantor, Organ

7:30am Sunday Mass: 
Celebrant: Fr. Harry Tasto
Music: Cantor, Organ

9:30am Sunday Mass: Livestream | ASL Interpreted
Celebrant: Fr. Harry Tasto
Music: Cantor, Organ, The Basilica Cathedral Choir

11:30am Sunday Mass: 
Celebrant: Fr. Harry Tasto
Music: Cantor, Contemporary Ensemble), Piano

5:00pm Sunday Mass: 
Celebrant: Fr. Joseph Gillespie, OP
Music: Cantor, Juventus (Young Adult Choir), Piano

Assumption Statuary on Basilica Pediment

Facemask Requirement

Facemask are now required in The Basilica. City of Minneapolis has reinstituted a facemask mandate.

Masks will be available at the entrances. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe. 


City of Minneapolis mandate           



Core to The Basilica’s vision is a commitment “to seek the well-being of the city” around us. If we’ve learned anything in the midst of a global pandemic, we have learned how interconnected and interrelated we are to our sisters and brothers worldwide. In this sense, seeking the well-being of our city isn’t defined by local or national boundaries. We must seek the well-being of all of God’s children in order to find our own.

In 1970, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis began a mission in the Diocese of Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela. Over the past four decades, many priests from the archdiocese have served in various parishes and capacities in the Venezuela Church. Since 1983, priests from our Archdiocese have been pastoring the parish of Jesucristo Resucitado in San Felix. The mutual interchange of peoples, cultures, gifts and faith between the parish of Jesucristo Resucitado and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is the goal of the Venezuela Mission Partnership.

This weekend, The Basilica will have a second collection at all Masses to support the Venezuela Mission Partnership. An estimated 65,000 people live in the 11 distinct barrios (neighborhoods) of the Jesucristo Resucitado parish, and this diocese suffers from 70% unemployment with lack of healthcare and basic nutrition. 

Here are some of the ways our archdiocesan efforts and donations minister to the physical and spiritual needs of our sisters and brothers in Venezuela:

  • Every weekend there are seven Masses celebrated in the parish – two Masses in the church and five in the barrio chapels. Building more barrio chapels would allow us to provide Masses for the people in their own neighborhoods.
  • The Jesucristo Resucitado parish center has space to address medical needs of our people with a medical clinic, dentist office, and medical laboratory.
  • The parish center also provides space for a computer center, youth room, and classrooms. A variety of classes teach catechesis and the basic skills to start their own businesses, including classes on baking, cake decorating, cutting hair, basic accounting, basic computer skills, and pharmacist assistant among others.
  • Additionally, the daycare center is under remodel to serve as a study center with access to the internet for the youth in the barrio of Campo Rojo.
  • The soup kitchen prepares 150 lunches Monday through Friday for mostly children and elderly. Around 70 people eat at the soup kitchen and the rest of the food is delivered to people’s homes.
  • The parish collaborates with a neighboring Salesian parish to run a home for abandoned and homeless boys. This home located in the parish, is currently home for 12 boys ages 11 to 18 years old.


Most of us aren’t able to travel around the world as missionaries. But we can all answer the call to be missionary disciples by supporting those who so desperately need our assistance, prayerfully accompanying them and helping them reach their fullest potential.

Thank you in advance for your support of our mission collection, in addition to your generosity to The Basilica’s regular collection.
Donations can also be sent to:

Archdiocesan Center for Mission
Attn: Venezuelan Mission
777 Forest St.
St. Paul, MN 55106-3857

Or you are invited to donate online at