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The 9:30am Mass on June 19 concluded with a parish blessing on Fr. John M. Bauer as he completes his tenure as our pastor after more than fifteen years. We share the remarks and blessing given by Johan van Parys and a hymn sung by our Cathedral Choir with director Teri Larson.
 
"You, Lord, have given so much to me. Give me one thing more. A grateful heart. Not thankful only when it pleases me. But a heart whose pulse may always give you praise." - George Herbert
 
 

All Mass recordings can be found at Mass Recordings.

Monday, June 20
Our offices were closed in observation of Juneteenth; no noon Mass.

Tuesday, June 21

Wednesday, June 22

Thursday, June 23

Friday, June 24

 

Synod Update

Second Archdiocesan Synod

Our Archdiocese’s second-ever Synod was completed over three days during the recent Pentecost weekend. Archbishop Hebda, when he first came to the Twin Cities, identified his desire to utilize a Synod to identify pastoral priorities that can direct the Church in the coming years. He made clear that he wanted to use Pope Francis’ “listening Church” model. By utilizing this model, Bishop Hebda said he was reinforcing his “confidence that comes from believing that the Holy Spirit works in the faithful, and… we’re able to recognize the promptings of the Holy Spirit”.
 
Archbishop Hebda began this synodal process, with the assistance of Bishop Cozzens and Bishop Williams, by hosting 20 general public listening events in 2019- 2020 throughout the Archdiocese. These events resulted in over 35,000 comments on what was working well in the Archdiocese, challenges and opportunities for change. 
 
Following those public meetings, most parishes, including The Basilica, held six parish consultation meetings with various small groups during the fall of 2021 on topics raised. Scores of individuals from The Basilica attended these consultation meetings and provided their input. 
 
Approximately 10 members from The Basilica who participated in these fall consultations met again in early 2022 to further discuss and provide feedback on potential priorities for the Archdiocese. The Archbishop requested that each pastor select two members from this group to represent their parish to the Synod Assembly. 
 
Finally, Fr. Bauer, Chip Brink and Mary Gleich-Matthews attended the Synod representing The Basilica. Approximately 500 Catholics from parishes and representative groups in our Archdiocese prayed, discussed and provided input on 40 propositions for future Archdiocesan priorities. After fruitful discernment, discussion and voting, the final focus areas for future Archdiocesan priorities emerged. 
 
1) Parishes
a) Welcoming Parishes
b) Active Collaboration with the Lay Leadership
c) Liturgy
d) Sharing the Gospel in Word and Deed
2) Lifelong Learning and Universal Call to Holiness.
3) Youth and Young Adult Support to Keep the Church Forever Young.
 
Archbishop Hebda has promised to review and pray on all input he has received from delegates at the Synod and all participants in the synodal process over the past three years and anticipates publishing a pastoral letter by the Feast of Christ the King in late November, 2022 which will address the Synod’s topics and the pastoral plan to shape the Archdiocese in the next 5 to 10 years.
 
 
Chip Brink and Mary Gleich-Matthews, 
Synod Parish Delegates 

 

Last Call for Vatican Synod Survey

The Vatican Synod survey will close Tuesday, June 21 at 8 p.m. CDT. Please continue to encourage parishioners to take the survey at archspm.org/vaticansurvey. Find further information and resources below.

SURVEY RESOURCES

SURVEY LINK

 

 

Living Through Change

Change is an inevitable part of life. Some people dread change while others relish it. Both The Basilica and The Basilica Landmark are facing many changes, navigating transitions from the old to the new.

Over the past two years, the pandemic has presented The Basilica with one of our biggest challenges. Pivoting to livestreaming services and virtual programming required thinking outside the box and an all-hands-on deck approach. Likewise, The Basilica and The Basilica Landmark events have gone through a number of transitions. The Basilica Block Party was cancelled in 2020, as was the Landmark Spark gala. 2021 shifted the Block Party to September and Spark to a virtual format. Last year also brought the 25th and final Basilica Ascension Golf Tournament. 2022 has produced even more change:  hiatus and reimaging of the Block Party and back to an in-person celebration of Landmark Spark.

Staff and volunteer departures and arrivals have prompted shifting relationships and job responsibilities. Mara Stolee Cable knows all about change. She leaves the Parish Council after four years of service as the Development Representative. Mara has gone through many transitions at The Basilica. She joined The Basilica Young Adult group after college, participated in Bible Study and volunteered with Christian Life outreach but was unsure how to transition from being a Basilica “young adult” to being a Basilica “adult.”  Serving on the parish council was a big step, but Mara says she has always tried to discern what steps God is calling her to take. God is now calling Mara to move to Boston to pursue a PhD program.

Meade Arseniadis, while not new to The Basilica, is a most recent addition to The Basilica Landmark Board. Meade witnessed her mother’s and friend’s involvement in The Basilica community, in particular the golf tournament. This motivated her to become involved. She would like to pass down that passion for what The Basilica stands for to her own children. She is excited to be part of The Basilica Landmark Board with all its knowledge and passion. “There is a lot of transition in the works for both The Basilica and The Basilica Landmark. We can create a new story with a lot of strategic direction behind it.”

Of course, one of the biggest changes we all face is Fr. John Bauer’s departure for Our Lady of Lourdes, after fifteen years as pastor of The Basilica and Fr. Daniel Griffith’s installation as our new pastor. Mara is happy for Fr. Bauer and pleased with how much confidence he has that Fr. Daniel will carry The Basilica into the future. “God gives us the courage to move forward,” states Mara. “Prayer is a resource in our faith. We need to invite God to walk with us through changes like this.” Likewise, Meade says, “While Fr. Bauer’s stepping aside is sad, Fr. Daniel brings a whole new chapter. This change is an opportunity for growth. We are ready for this transition.”

As Fr. Bauer’s tenure comes to a close, many parishioners and community members have been asking what they could do for him before he departs. You can follow Fr. Bauer’s example of commitment to The Basilica by making a tribute gift to The Basilica Fund. Fr. Bauer’s steady leadership has set a foundation for The Basilica’s future and your gift can support our beloved Basilica in delivering on our mission as we welcome our new pastor. You can make a gift online at mary.org/tributegift or by calling Nicole at 612.317.3472.

 

Homelessness in our Community:
A Zoom Forum


Saturday, June 25 at 9:00am CST
An update to Basilica Strategic Area of Focus:
Homelessness—Responding to the needs of people experiencing or at risk of homeless. 

Homelessness is a reality in our community. As people of faith, we seek to learn from and support those experiencing homelessness. Together, we work to reduce its impact and make homelessness rare, brief, and a one-time experience.

Come to hear from people with lived experience of homelessness and from leaders in the state, county, and city. Learn about progress made through collaborative efforts to address homelessness in Minnesota. What has worked? What has not worked? How can we move forward to reduced homelessness in our community?

The Forum Panel will include:

  • MN State: Cathy ten Broeke, Director to Prevent and End Homelessness for the State of Minnesota—along with consultants with lived experience of homelessness
  • Hennepin County: David Hewitt, Director of Housing Stability
  • Minneapolis: Katie Dillon, Director of Align Mpls
  • Street Voices of Change: insight and wisdom from people with lived experience of homelessness

Register for the zoom credentials: Click HERE

For more information, call 612.317.3477.

 

Ending Homelessness

Resources and more information

 

All Mass recordings can be found at Mass Recordings.

Monday, June 13

Tuesday, June 14

Wednesday, June 15

Thursday, June 16

Friday, June 17

 

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

 

Farewell Fr Bauer

 

Please take time to vote. The Parish Council represents you—our parishioners. The Council plays a key role in working with the pastor to ensure that The Basilica of Saint Mary community continues to live out our mission and vision.

We are in need of two parishioners to serve on our Parish Council—one to represent our Learning ministries and the other to represent the Liturgy and Sacred Arts ministries. By voting, you will help elect two members to the Council. 

We are pleased to announce our candidates, who are well qualified and exhibit the spirit of stewardship, volunteerism, and leadership that make The Basilica of Saint Mary such a special place. 

Please take a few minutes to read the biographies included, written in each candidate’s own words and chronicle their personal commitment to The Basilica and its vital programs. 

Thank you in advance for your participation and your continued support of The Basilica. Every registered adult parishioner in each household is entitled to vote once. 

The deadline for voting is 5:00pm on Monday, June 13.

 

 

 Click Here to Vote

https://mybasilica.mary.org/page.aspx?pid=656

 

To vote, log into your MyBasilica account.

If you need assistance contact Lucy at lsorensen@mary.org

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