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The Employment Ministry class, Financial Decisions during Job Transition, has been cancelled for Thursday, March 5 from 6:30-8:30pm. If you have any questions, please contact email Janet at jgrove@mary.org or call 612.317.3508.

Downtown Choral Festival

Seven downtown Minneapolis church choirs and nearly 400 combined voices joined together February 15 for the ninth biennial choral festival.

Entitled, "May we be your Music," the festival was woven around the sections of the Mass.

A new commissioned piece, "All the Beautiful Names," by Minnesota composer Timothy Takach with text by Michael Dennis Browne served as the Credo of the Mass. 

Participating choirs included the Basilica of Saint Mary, Central Lutheran, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist, Plymouth Congregational, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Saint Olaf Catholic, and Westminster Presbyterian. 

Take a look at the photos.

Photo provided by: 
Elyse Rethlake
Photo provided by: 
Elyse Rethlake
Photo provided by: 
Elyse Rethlake
Photo provided by: 
Elyse Rethlake
Photo provided by: 
Elyse Rethlake

Join us to explore our faith Fridays in Lent at The Basilica.

Mass will be celebrated at 6:00pm in the Saint Joseph Chapel. Stations of the Cross will begin at 7:00pm in The Basilica.

Ash Wednesday services will be held at The Basilica at 7:00am, Noon, 5:30pm, and 7:30pm. A soup supper will be available at 6:30pm on the lower level.

There are plenty of places to park but please allow yourself extra time to find parking.

Free parking
Free parking is available on 17th Street. This street will be available for one-way, northbound traffic only. Parking may also be available in the lots to the west and north of The Basilica school.

Handicapped Parking
Available in the Cowley lot off 16th Street and throughout The Basilica campus, as marked. Please display your permit.

Pay-to-Park
o    Parking lot under the freeway (west side of church, entrance located off 17th Street) 
      o  $4.25 charge on weekdays before 5:00pm and $2.00 after 5:00pm; cash only
o    Minneapolis Community & Technical College Ramp (east side of church, entrance located off Laurel Ave) 
      o  $5.00 for all-day parking; accepts credit cards

Click on the icons on this interactive map to see exact details on parking locations and costs.

The Basilica of Saint Mary has cancelled the employment ministry "Tell me about yourself - Why should I hire you?" class scheduled for February 10 from 6:00-8:30pm due to weather. 

Check back here for additional updates and information.

An exciting new ministry has begun at The Basilica, one we hope and pray will continue for many months and years.  We offer many wonderful opportunities for families here; one can see children actively involved with their parents in some of our liturgical ministries (has a child welcomed you to Mass on a Sunday morning helping out with our hospitality ministry?)  They also can be involved in our youth choirs or our faith formation programming that can start as early as age 3 or 4.  

One thing we have noticed is that when parents have a new baby, after their baptism preparation and sacrament, there can potentially be a sense of isolation in our faith community. New parents’ energy understandably has to be focused on their new little one, but how do they continue to work on their spiritual lives and form community within the parish?  This January we began a new ministry for this particular group of parents, primarily with children ages 0-4.  Our goal is twofold: Help parents grow spiritually themselves and in their families, and to help develop community among them.  We have already had one speaker on a Sunday morning, and we are planning for another on February 15 from 10:00-11:00am in The Basilica school.  We plan to mix up the programming with events such as speakers presenting helpful information along with giving parents a chance to meet and build relationships with others in the parish.  For more information or if you have interest in being part of a planning committee for the group, you can email Ben.    

The Basilica of Saint Mary and the Notre Dame Club of Minnesota have joined together for our next Sunday Night Live presentation this Sunday, February 8, following the 4:30pm Mass. SNL will feature Dr. Cindy Bergeman presenting on “How Might Faith Make You Well?”

There is no cost to attend and registration is not needed. All ages are welcome.

 

Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, Bishop and martyr may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and any other illness. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Blaise, a 4th C. bishop and martyr with the traditional blessing of the throats.

The tradition of the blessing of throats on the feast of Saint Blaise began after he saved the life of a boy who had a fishbone stuck in his throat by ordering the child to cough it up. He is the patron saint of wild animals and those with throat ailments.

The Basilica of Saint Mary will have the blessing of the throats following Noon Mass on the ground level, Saint Joseph Chapel.

The Basilica of Saint Mary and the Cathedral of Saint Paul are hosting the 2015 Cathedral Ministry Conference January 12-15.

People from 78 Cathedrals, 38 states, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have come together along with members of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians (CRCCM) and Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space (ACLS).

This biennial national conference brings together rectors, pastors, staff, and volunteers to strengthen, improve, and appreciate cathedral ministries nationwide.

This year’s conference features keynote speeches by Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ; Sr. Dianne Bergannt, CSA, Ph.D.; and Fr. Jan Michael Joncas. Stunning liturgies featuring the Saint John’s Bible exhibit from Collegeville, Minn., as well as choral and brass ensembles will also be incorporated into the week-long conference.

Due to snow and slippery conditions, the following Basilcia progrmas have been cancelled for Thursday, January 8:

  • BYA Bible Study
  • Mental Health Ministry Film Festival showing of Running From Crazy
  • Employment Ministry "Discover your Best Skill"

Pathways and Employment Ministry's Discover Your Best Skill class will continue as scheduled.

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