There are many opportunities to share your voice here at The Basilica. Auditions are beginning rehearsals are quickly approaching. Check out the information below.


  • Cherub Choir
    • PreK-K. This choir meets Wednesdays from 5:30-6:00pm, in The Basilica School Choir Room. Tuition is $50 per child per season.
  • Children’s Choir
    • Grades 1-3. This choir meets Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00pm in The Basilica School Choir Room. Tuition is $50 per child per season. Children learn proper singing technique, liturgical participation, and sing for Mass approximately every other month. Space is limited.  Contact: Pat Arasim at


  • Cathedral Choristers: Grades 4-8 (or unchanged voice). This choir meets Wednesdays from 5:45-7:00pm in the St. Cecilia Room. Requirement: voice check. Tuition is $55 per season. 
    • Cathedral Choristers sing for Mass approximately twice a month and at Christmas and Easter. Space is limited. Visit for more information, or contact Teri Larson at 612.317.3426 or

SATURDAYS, AUGUST 8, 15, 22, 9:00AM-2:00PM
The Cathedral Choir rehearses on Wednesday nights, sings Sunday at 9:30am Mass and on high holy days. Requirements for audition: prepared aria or art song, sight-reading, vocal range check. Special appointments outside of the assigned dates may be available. Contact Teri Larson at 612.317.3426 or

Consider singing or playing an instrument in one of our many contemporary music ministry ensembles. 

  • Mundus—Contemporary and World Music ensemble
  • Juventus—Youth ensemble grades 8 and up
  • Contemporary Musicians Ensemble

Visit or contact Walter Tambor at 612.317.3506 or

Schola Cantorum is a semi-professional group, employed by The Basilica to sing vespers during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and other assigned liturgies. Audition requirements are a prepared aria/art song, sight-reading and pitch recognition. Please provide a resume. Auditions are by appointment on Saturday, August 8 from 9:00-10:00am and 11:30am-12:30pm and August 22, 9:00-10:00am and 11:30am-2:00pm. Please call Teri Larson at schedule an audition time. 


Please mark your calendars. Here are the dates of the first rehearsals for the new program year and the first date choirs return to sing on scheduled Sundays.

  • Cathedral Choristers
    • Rehearse: Wednesday, September 2, 5:45-7:00pm
    • Perform: Sunday, September 9, 9:30am
  • Cathedral Choir
    • Rehearse: Wednesday, September 2, 7:00-9:00pm
    • Perform: Sunday, September 12, 9:30am
  • Mundus
    • Rehearse: Tuesday, September 8, 7:00-9:00pm
    • Perform: Sunday, September 13, 11:30am
  • Cherubs
    • Rehearse: Wednesday, September 9, 5:30-6:00pm
  • Children’s Choir
    • Rehearse: Wednesday, September 9, 6:00-7:00pm
  • Juventus
    • Rehearse: Wednesday, September, 9, 7:15-8:30pm
    • Perform: Sunday, September 27, 4:30pm

The Basilica of Saint Mary aspires to be a home of spiritual nourishment, a beacon of hope, and an advocate of change. It takes the participation of all our parishioners, visitors, and friends to make this aspiration a reality.

But sometimes, we physical barriers make it difficult to actively participated in an organization, helping toward that aspiration can prove difficult.

Therefore, in order to continue to invite of visitors into full participation in our liturgies and services, we are working hard to break down the most common barriers.

Starting this summer, The Basilica has increased its number of listening/hearing devices from 17 to 24.

You may ask an usher for assistance on obtaining a listening device. 

In order to continue to provide this service to our community, we kindly ask that the devices are returned after each service. Devices can be given to any usher on your way out of the church.


Please be aware of the following changes to the Basilica's Liturgy Schedule because of the Basilica Block Party.

Friday, July 10
Mass will be celebrated at 7:00am only. There will be no Noon Mass.

Saturday, July 11
There will be no scheduled Sacrament of Reconciliation. There will be no 5:00pm Mass of Anticipation.

Sunday, July 12
Masses will be celebrated at their regularly scheduled times.


The Basilica Block Party is scheduled for July 10-11, which means visiting to The Basilica may require advance planning as we begin our preparations for the big event.

If you plan to visit The Basilica by car from July 7-10, please park in the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Parking Ramp located at 1420 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis. Entrance to the ramp is located off Laurel Ave. The ramp is on the east side of The Basilica. Parking fees are collected via "pay-as-you-enter" auto-cashiers ($5.00 per entry). 

This week also marks the beginning of the closures on I-394 between Hwy 100 and I-94 in Minneapolis.
Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, July 10 construction crews will close the mainline lanes on westbound I-394 between Hwy 100 and I-94 in Minneapolis. All westbound traffic will use the two HOV/Reversible Lanes on I-394.
This section of westbound I-394 will be closed for approximately two weeks.
If you would like more details on this project and how it may affect your commute, please visit this website


Reardon Rectory Construction Updates

Starting on the lower level of the church, the Saint Cecilia room is nearing completion as it will be ready to paint sometime this week. The first and second floors are currently having fire protection and ductwork installed in their southeast wings and temporary protection in the southwest wings as construction continues throughout the building.

On the north side of the third floor, all framing, drywall, taping, and mudding will be competed by the end of the week. While the south side is nearing completion, the construction team is currently looking for flooring samples to match the rest of the rectory.

The fourth floor continues to be transformed from an unused attic to adequate office space and gallery for The Basilica’s extensive art collection. The walls and the ceiling will be installed throughout this week.

The Basilica’s staff is excited for all the new changes and can’t wait for everything to get back to normal. A special thanks goes out to Mortenson Construction for working so diligently and respectively over the last few months. 

As a reminder, Basilica offices will be closed Saturday,  July 4. There will be Mass at 9:30am in The Basilica as well as the regular Mass of Anticipation at 5:00pm. Confessions regularly scheduled for Saturdays at 10:00am are canceled.

For more details about the holiday schedule, visit this site.

On Friday, July 3, there will be a Communion service celebrated at 7:00am in the Saint Joseph Chapel.
There will be no Noon Mass.

On Saturday, July 4, there will be no scheduled confessions that day.
There will be a Mass celebrated at 9:30am in The Basilica.

On Sunday, July 5, Alicia McQuerrey, on the flute and piccolo will be our summer soloist at the 9:30am Mass. She will play John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever as Postlude 

As our choirs take their break for the summer, we will welcome a variety of guest musicians in their stead. Please join us for the 9:30am Mass on Sunday morning's to hear these amazing musicians.

Summer Soloist Series for 2015

June 14: Patricia Kent, soprano; Kim Kasling, organ

June 21: Lynn Erickson, trumpet

June 28: Emily Gerard, harp

July 5: Alicia McQuerrey, flute and piccolo*
          *Featuring John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever as Postlude 

July 12: Daniel McIntosh, cello

July 19: The Schmitt Music Brass Ensemble, David Baldwin, director

July 26: Mark Seerup, oboe and English horn

August 2: Andrea Stern, celtic harp

August 9: to be announced

August 16: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (transferred) BASILICA DAY | The Basilica Cathedral Choir, Teri Larson, conductor; Christopher Stroh, organist

August 23: to be announced

August 30: to be announced 

September 6: to be announced


France Choir Tour 2015

Photos provided by Paul Bergstedt

Reardon Rectory Update

The crew from Mortenson Construction continues to plow through the remodel at the Reardon Rectory. This week, the drywall will be installed on the fourth floor by a custom drywall company. A floor below, on the south side, the recently drywalled office space and dining room will have trim and doors installed, followed by an intense cleaning.

The kitchen is nearing completion as it is being sanded and will be ready for paint by the end of the week. On the north side of the third floor, fire protection is being added and the second floor currently has ductwork being installed.