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Farewell Fr. Bauer Ice Cream Socials
June 19, 25, & 26
Basilica West Lawn and Plaza
Join us in celebration and appreciation of Fr. Bauer. You are invited to thank Fr. Bauer and wish him well as his tenure as pastor of The Basilica comes to an end.
Sunday, June 19 - after the 7:30 and 9:30am Masses
Saturday, June 25 - after the 5:00pm Mass
Sunday, June 26 - after the 11:30am Mass
From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda
In the aftermath of Tuesday’s horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the Catholic bishops of Minnesota have asked Governor Walz and legislative leaders from both parties to call for a special session to pass Safe Schools legislation that stalled during the recently-ended 2022 Session. When we Catholic bishops met with lawmakers and the governor earlier this year, we were told there was bipartisan support for a legislative proposal on this topic: H.F. 4005/S.F. 3380. Although no legislation can stop the manifestation of evil, this Safe Schools legislation is an important, common-sense first step to establishing an ongoing funding source for schools to increase security staff, enhance building security, and strengthen violence prevention programs and mental health initiatives.
Passing this legislation now will allow public and non-public schools to take time this summer break to evaluate security measures and services to keep our kids safe and then begin the implementation process. If anything, the $44 per student funding allocation in the bill is too modest, and should be a starting point to ensure school security measures are adequately funded. Please contact Governor Walz and House and Senate leadership to call for special session for this Safe Schools legislation.
At the same time, please join me in seeking the intercession of Mary, who is both Our Lady of Sorrows and Queen of Peace, as we pray not only for the innocent children and school staff who were murdered Tuesday but also for peace for their families and their community.
Wherever you are on this Memorial Day weekend, we welcome you!
In spring 2021, Pope Francis announced that the Catholic Church would engage in a synodal process that includes listening to "all the baptized” in every diocese around the world.
What would you like to share with Pope Francis? Now is your chance to say what you think the Catholic Church needs to focus on today.
The Archdiocese launched a survey to collect feedback as Pope Francis encouraged when announcing the Vatican Synod on Synodality in spring 2021.
The survey can be found at archspm.org/vaticansynod.
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 three things. First, I wanted to mention once again that as we re-open and renew our various ministries, services, and programs here at the Basilica, we are in need of many volunteers to help us with this.
In our weekly newsletter/worship aid we have created a space listing the various areas where we need volunteers. This list is also available on our parish website. If it has been a while since you have volunteered, or if you are looking for a way to get involved, please check out these various volunteer positions. Any time you give volunteer to help at the Basilica will be greatly appreciated.
Secondly, I wanted to say just a few words about the transition process and change of pastors. While change can be difficult, Fr. Griffith and I have tried to be very intentional in this transition process. Both of us have had the opportunity to meet with the leadership and staff of our new parishes. And these meetings have gone very well.
I think I can speak for Fr. Griffith in saying that while we both will be very sad to leave our current parish, we are both very excited about our new assignments. As we continue to transition to a new pastor, I want you to know of my ongoing prayers for our community. The Basilica is indeed a very special place—made so by our parishioners and staff. As we move forward, I ask you to please remember to keep Fr. Griffith and me in your prayers.
Finally, I want to thank you once again for your ongoing financial support of our Basilica community. Your financial support of our community makes it possible for us to continue to offer the many ministries, services, and programs that are at the heart of our Basilica community. Please know your ongoing financial support is both needed and greatly appreciated.
As always, I would like to close today with a prayer.
God of Love,
You are with us in every transition and change.
As we enter into this new era with excitement and even some anxiety,
we recall your deep compassion, presence, and abounding love.
We thank you for the gifts, talents and skills with which you have blessed us.
We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this moment.
We thank you for the work of others that gives breadth and depth to our own work.
Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with you and supporting one another.
We ask this in your Holy Name