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Sanctuary Supporting Congregation

Sanctuary Supporting Congregation 

One of the values we strive to live every day at the Basilica is compassion.  As such we become aware of our shared brokenness, and we deeply respect all of God's people, and gratefully welcome-as we would Christ-all those who come to our door.  We embrace these people as our brothers and sister in Christ, and we share with them hospitality, love, acceptance and care.  We are a community serving the needs of our neighbors. Every day we provide basic tangible and physical resources such as sandwiches, clothing, toiletries, shoes, bus cards, help with I.D. cards and assistance with transportation.

For almost a year, our parish leadership has been learning about and discussing the possibility of The Basilica becoming a Sanctuary Supporting Congregation.  At the April meeting of our Parish Council, the decision was made to become a Sanctuary Supporting Congregation.  In making this commitment we will continue to do what we currently do for those who come to our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry, many of them from Ascension, our sister parish in North Minneapolis.  We would also continue our advocacy work and our prayerful support particularly for those who are on the margins and in need.  The major difference would be that we would be named as part of a network of congregations that are committed to supporting this work.  

It is perhaps most important to note, though, that becoming a Sanctuary Supporting Congregation is very different form being a Sanctuary Congregation.  Being a Sanctuary Congregation requires additional commitments that could put the Basilica at some legal risk.  As your pastor, I cannot do that.   Being a  Sanctuary Supporting Congregation has significantly fewer commitments and would serve as a way to continue to compassionately serve a community in need and as a way of living our faith. 

Now admittedly in today’s world, the word “Sanctuary” comes with some baggage. It may be helpful to note, though, that it shares the same root as the Latin word: “Sanctus,” which means holy.   Jesus has told us that “whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, you do for me.”  Additionally, in his trip to Colombia this past September Pope Francis called on Catholics to “promote the dignity of all our brothers and sisters, particularly the poor and the excluded of society, those who are abandoned, immigrants and those who suffer violence and human trafficking,” Responding without judgement to the needs of those who come to our doors is what we are called to do as followers of Jesus Christ.  

I would encourage anyone who has questions or concerns about this issue to take them to prayer.  If, after praying about them, you would like to share them with me, please contact me.
 

Fr. John M. Bauer
Pastor
The Basilica of Saint Mary

 

 

FAQs
Answers to the most frequently asked questions. 

 

Timeline of Discernment 

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Basilica Publications on becoming Sanctuary Supporting Congregation

Pastor's Column

 

A QUESTION ON OUR HEARTS AND MINDS

January 28, 2018 - Mary Gleich-Matthews, Parish Council Chair

 

CALL TO COMPASSION

April 11, 2018 - Janice Andersen, Director of Christian Life

 

Upcoming Events

Hello Butterflies
Oct 27
2019
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Following the 9:30 and 11:30am LiturgiesCome learn about resources and organizations in the Twin Cities to help those with disabilities.Teresa of Calcutta Hall 
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Oct 27
2019
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Oct 29
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Harvest Pack Volunteers 2016
Nov 10
2019
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Help us pack more than 20,000 meals for our neighbors in need. Join us after the 7:30, 9:30, or 11:30am Masses to volunteer for an hour. Every meal we pack will be donated to a local food shelf....
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Nov 12
2019
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Whipple Federal Building1 Federal Drive, St. Paul Join members of the Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM) on the second Tuesday of every month. Raise your voice in prayer and protest about the...
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Nov 17
2019
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Nov 24
2019
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Saint Ambrose RoomWhat is it like to be a Christian in the Middle East today? How does one live out one’s faith, among grave challenges and threats. Did you know the Arabic word for “witness” and “...
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Dec 8
2019
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Fair Trade MarketSunday, December 8, 8:30am-3:00pm Teresa of Calcutta Hall, Basilica Lower LevelEnjoy holiday shopping by purchasing fair trade merchandise at a fair price. Support artisans in...
Dec 10
2019
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