As a faith community we are currently monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
We are following all of the recommendations from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and CDC.
The CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses such as Coronavirus, flu, and the common cold.
For those Participating in our Liturgical Celebrations
When you feel ill, or someone in your home is sick, please stay home. Your Sunday obligation does not hold in case of illness. While at home feel free to pray for our community and for all those who are sick.
Holy Water will not be available in the usual places at this time. If you are in need of Holy Water we have a closed Holy Water tank in the sacristy.
We invite you to make use of the hand sanitizing stations that are available throughout The Basilica. We also encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer so you can use it before receiving Holy Communion or after coughing or sneezing.
Please don’t feel obliged to use physical contact when greeting people upon arrival at church or during the Sign of Peace. A friendly nod with the head or a smile are equally effective in communicating your greeting of peace.
During the Lord’s Prayer, please refrain from holding hands. The fact that we all pray the Lord’s Prayer together is in itself a sign of our deep unity in Christ.
When receiving Holy Communion, we strongly encourage you to receive the Precious Body reverently in the palm of your hand. Reception on the tongue is discouraged as saliva may be a vehicle for the transmission of the virus. While the likelihood of spreading germs or viruses while receiving the cup is very small, we have suspended distribution of the cup at least until Holy Week. If you do not prefer to receive Holy Communion at all you may come forward and receive a blessing. Just present yourself to the Minister of Holy Communion with your hands folded across your chest. We have asked our Ministers of Holy Communion to use hand sanitizer before distributing Holy Communion.
At The Basilica we have also enhanced our regular cleaning practices.
We invite everyone to pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus or any other illness.