Weekly Musings

Basilica in winter

Noon Mass

There are several ways you can support our community this Advent and Christmas season.

Make a Gift to our St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Ministry
Our St. Vincent de Paul Outreach has resumed their work on Tuesday and Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30am in Teresa of Calcutta. We have reopened with limited services of ID vouchers, gas card and bus cards. Thanks to our staff and the volunteers returning to do this important work. The Basilica’s St. Vincent de Paul Ministry provides much needed support to the vulnerable in our community. To make a gift to our St. Vincent de Paul ministry, please visit mary.org/svdpgive.

 

Make a Christmas Gift to The Basilica
Please consider making a special Christmas gift to support our ministries and programs. Make your gift at mary.org/give.

 

Ascension’s “Be a Santa’s Helper” 
Church of the Ascension’s “Be a Santa’s Helper” drive last Advent delivered nearly 200 Christmas bags and 400 food boxes to families in need. They are trying to double that this year with a goal of: Every child in need receives a present this Christmas. We would like all toys to arrive on or before December 9. 

Buy a toy from the Amazon.com wish list; it will ship to Ascension. 
Visit  tinyurl.com/86fu58c9 to see the list.

We also need volunteers to help with wrapping, packing and distribution. Please visit this form on Sign-Up Genius to see days and times available. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D44A9A829A4F5CE9-beasantas


Volunteer at Catholic Charities
Volunteer to help serve meals at Catholic Charities during the Advent and Christmas season. 
More information at cctwincities.org.

 

 

Icon of Hope

Noon Mass

Saint Joseph Chapel

Noon Mass

Basilica in winter

Noon Mass

Saint Joseph Chapel

Noon Mass

During our recent small group meetings for the Archdiocesan Synod, it became abundantly clear that The Basilica community, like so many communities, in so many places, for so many generations, values listening and values being heard. We met new people; we gained new perspectives; and we deepened relationships. We agreed and disagreed, we were affirmed at agreements and stretched and challenged by opposing views. Those connections and encounters gave many of us new ideas to ponder, new faces  to smile at in greeting, new people to care about..

 “To speak of a culture of encounter means that we, as a people, should be passionate about meeting others, seeking points of contact, building bridges, planning a project that includes everyone. This becomes an aspiration and a style of life….Implanted deep within us is the call to transcend ourselves through an encounter with others.” Pope Francis Fratelli Tutti

Encountering others can be a bit of a challenge in our large Basilica, especially in our COVID world; yet never have we been more aware of our need for each other and our need for real connection and deep conversation. 

Recently, I was in a small group discussion with other staff, talking about situations of racism that permeate our culture, our cities, and our churches. We talked about that awful feeling of misjudging someone, making assumptions, often incorrect, based on race or appearance. A new voice spoke, “It is so hard to have it happen over and over again…even at your church.” In that moment, I was transcended, listening to a new voice, a very different lived experience. That small group experience created a new lens for me, an important new lens; the lived experience of my Latino colleague. 

In his 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.” 

Our Basilica is a community that supports and helps us; at The Basilica there is an energy for meeting and gathering in small faith communities, for dreaming together. Are you interested in being a part of a small faith community? Would you like to meet regularly, in person or remotely, to dig into Scripture or Catholic Social Teaching, Parenting, or Prayer practices? Are you already a part of a group through a book club, a prayer group or other Basilica ministry? For information on Basilica Small Faith Communities, beginning January 2022, contact the Learning Office at cedwards@mary.org or 612.317.3414.

 “Together we can seek the truth in dialogue, in relaxed conversation or in passionate debate. To do so calls for perseverance; it entails moments of silence and suffering, yet it can patiently embrace the broader experience of individuals and peoples…The process of building community, be it local or universal, can only be undertaken by spirits that are free and open to authentic encounters.” Pope Francis

 

 

Cathy Edwards
Coordinator of Small Faith Sharing Groups
The Basilica of Saint Mary

 

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