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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

Apr 28
2019
Sunday
at
10:30 AM
As part of our celebration of 150 years as a parish community, The Basilica re-commits itself to peace and re-dedicates itself as an International Peace Site. A Peace Site empowers communities to...
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Apr 28
2019
Sunday
at
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
NO to War, YES to Peace: The Possibilities of Just PeacemakingChristians have responded to the possibility of war in two typical ways: just war theory or pacifism. These responses,...
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Apr 30
2019
Tuesday
at
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Our Archdiocesan response to the sexual abuse crisis: Is it enough?A conversation with Tim O’Malley, Archdiocesan Director of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment, for the neighboring parishes...
May 4
2019
Saturday
at
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Gather with us for a morning of reflection with volunteer ministers who offer support to, and accompany others throughout the Christian Life Department.Anecdotal stories and research concur that...
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May 14
2019
Tuesday
at
1:00 PM
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...
Sofas and Spokes Bicycles
May 18
2019
Saturday
at
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Don’t miss the annual Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH) furniture and bicycle drive! Bring your gently used furniture and bicycles to the parking lot of the Hennepin Avenue United...
May 19
2019
Sunday
at
10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Join us to help bridge the hunger gap for kids this summer. On Sunday, May 19th the Basilica community will come together to pack thousands of snack packs that will be delivered to children attending...
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Lessons from South Africa
May 26
2019
Sunday
at
11:00 AM
Saints Ambrose and Teresa Room, Ground Level Rev. Edwin Louw is pastor of a congregation outside of Cape Town. His wife Edwina Louw works as a personal assistant for an official in the Western Cape...
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Jun 11
2019
Tuesday
at
1:00 PM
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...
Jul 9
2019
Tuesday
at
1:00 PM
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...