Laudato Si' Encyclical: On the Care of our Common Home

Pope Francis has recently released a new encyclical on the environment. An encyclical is a papal letter surrounding a particular topic - in this case, it is about care for our common home. Here are a few powerful quotes from the document:

"The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish."

"Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years."

"We are not God. The Earth was here before us and was given to us."

"The idea of infinite or unlimited growth, which proves so attractive to economists, financiers and experts in technology ... is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth's goods, and this leads to the planet being squeezed dry at every limit."

"Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start."

You can read the whole encyclical here

If you are interested in learning more about this encyclical, or leading a conversation with the parish, contact Janice Andersen.

Archdiocesan Update

It has been an eventful week in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. While we recognize there are still many unanswered questions in regards to the resignations and appointment of our apostolic administrator, the Archdiocese has provided parishes with a question and answer document to try and answer some of your questions. Please find this document below or in the back of church after Mass.


The Reardon Rectory continues to be updated as construction moves forward.

The third floor is coming along nicely as the south side offices and dining room are almost completely taped and sanded; painting is expected to start later this week. On the north side, the demolition has been completed and the ductwork should be installed within the next couple of days. The kitchen has been re-framed and the lights are currently being installed. 

Demolition of the second floor will start this week and we are expected to have a few rather loud days as the tile must be removed from the bathrooms. 

The fourth floor is currently being framed and the drywalling is expected to be finished by the week's end. 


Construction continues to plow through on the Reardon Rectory this week, with the third floor receiving most of the attention. Remodeling on the south end is coming to an end as the tile is being installed in the bathroom, and the dining room and offices are being sheetrocked and taped. Demolition of the north end of the third floor is complete and the ductwork will be installed soon. 

The demolition of the southwest end of the second floor will also begin later this week, with reinforcements put in below on the first floor to ensure safety. Stay tuned for more construction updates on our beloved Reardon Rectory through August.

As part of a recent capital campaign, Basilica of Saint Mary parishioners raised $700,000 for the development and construction of a new affordable housing unit in North Minneapolis. 

CommonBond Communities, the organization responsible for raising the additional funds for the project and the development and management of the building, partnered with the Basilica to make this a reality.

After breaking ground in 2012, CommonBond Communities is proud to announce the grand opening of the new Broadway Crescent location with an open house on June 9 from 4:00-6:00pm. Please RSVP to

Nearly 150 people gathered at the Basilica of Saint Mary with their bikes, rollerblades, wheelchairs, strollers and other personal, wheeled transportation for the Blessing of the Wheels May 31.

The blessing was to offer prayers for a safe year on the road as well as remember all those who have been hurt or killed while using their wheels. 

Photo provided by: 
Stacy Glaus
Photo provided by: 
Stacy Glaus

The staff of the Basilica of Saint Mary would like to congratulate John Harding, former operations manager at The Basilica, on his retirement effective today, June 1.

John wore many hats at The Basilica including managing sound technicians, assisting with evening and weekend events and security and much, much more. John worked at The Basilica from March 2005 and will be greatly missed!

Thank you so much for your work at The Basilica of Saint Mary and we will look forward to seeing you as a guest here soon.

John and his wife Leah, pictured below.

It is with heavy hearts but great faith that The Basilica of Saint Mary remind parishioners of Deacon Roger Carlson's funeral tomorrow, June 1 beginning at 11:00am at the Church of St. Michael, 611 S. Third St., Stillwater. Visitation at the church will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday.

Deacon Carlson served at The Basilica of Saint Mary, working frequently with engaged couples as they prepared for the sacrament of marriage.

Among other hobbies, Deacon Carlson was most known for his love of running. It was in that hobby where he also passed away. To read more about Deacon Carlson, please see this article in the Pioneer Press or his obituary here.

It has been a noisy last couple of weeks at the Reardon Rectory. The construction team continues their work on the Reardon Rectory's fourth floor as well as well as installing central air conditioning and a fire suppression system throughout the building. Many of The Basilica staff have needed to get creative with their space, as much of the original office space is currently being remodeled. The staff have filled all the available nooks and crannys, with many currently residing in the basements of the rectory and the school.

Every day brings about new projects, and this week has been no exception. Iron workers have been working to install the new staircase from the third to fourth floor and are starting on a structual reinforcement for the fourth floor. The walls on the third and fourth floor have also started to be framed for new rooms and office space; once this is finished, the work on the ceiling can begin. The team continues to work on the old elevator shaft and the floor should be removed by the end of the week.

Amongst some of the bigger projects, two previously private bathrooms have been removed from the third floor, and there is a great deal of drilling and concrete removal in the basement.

We are thankful for the construction team that works diligently as we update the Reardon Rectory. 

Photo provided by: 
Mortenson Construction
Photo provided by: 
Mortenson Construction

The employment ministry class "Relationship Building" scheduled for May 14 has been cancelled due to the Twin Cities One Mile happening in the area. For more information, or to find out about the next employment ministry class, contact Janet or call 612.317.3508.