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St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Coin Banks are available in the church throughout Lent. Your financial gifts truly make a difference in people’s lives and 100% percent of every dollar you donate goes back to help someone in need locally. During Lent, please take a coin bank, fill it, and bring it back on Holy Thursday.


Last year alone, your donations to SVdP Ministry:

  • Helped 286 families keep their housing and prevented them from homelessness.
  • Provided bus cards or gas vouchers to more than 4,000 people to help them get to work, school, or appointments.
  • Offered a meal and practical and spiritual support to 900 participants in our Pathways life-skills programs. 

 

More information on our St. Vincent de Paul Ministy.

Currently, nearly two million young people who qualify as Dreamers are anxiously waiting for lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to come up with a bipartisan bill ahead of the March 5 deadline, when protections for DACA youth expire.  

Archbishop Hebda has asked all people of good will to call their federal lawmakers on Monday, February 26, and urge them to move forward with debate on legislation to provide relief to Dreamers – those young people who were brought to the U.S. by their parents without proper documentation.  For more information, vistit the Archdiocesan website.

 

The season of Lent is a time for reflection and meditation on the meaning of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. The sacred Psalms offer a beautiful, prayerful Lenten devotion in word and song.

Join us Fridays in Lent for Mass at 6:00pm and Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm.

 

 

Thank you to those who shared their gifts to create the video:
Johan van Parys: Director of Liturgy & Sacred Arts Liturgy
Walter Tambor: Contemporary & World Music, Piano
Julia Vikesland: Cantor, Parishioner 
Jonathan Vikesland: Video Filming/Editing, Parishioner 

 

 

The Basilica of Saint Mary is honored to host Transfer of Memory, an exhibition of portraits and stories of Minnesota Holocaust survivors, on display February 7-March 11, 2018, presented in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC).
 
Each Holocaust survivor in Transfer of Memory (transferofmemory.org) shares a story of survival during exceedingly difficult circumstances, yet as a collection, these images focus on life and hope. From Europe to Minnesota, survivors built their dreams, futures, and families—their lives are a constant reminder of the value of freedom and the enduring human spirit. Photographer David Sherman and writer Lili Chester, in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, created this photography exhibition.
 
“The Basilica is committed to serving the community as a center for the arts and a leader in interfaith dialogue,” said Johan van Parys, director of liturgy and sacred arts at The Basilica. “We welcome all to visit this powerful exhibit.”
 
“We thank our friends at The Basilica of Saint Mary for their leadership, creativity, and commitment to interfaith relations as they host Transfer of Memory,” added Steve Hunegs, JCRC executive director.
 
Transfer of Memory: Exhibit Opening Reception
Sunday, February 11, 2018 
1:00-3:00pm, program 1:30pm
Basilica of Saint Mary, 1600 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
Lower Level, John XXIII Gallery and Teresa of Calcutta Hall
Free of charge. Includes walking tour of the exhibition.
 
Photo/Interview Opportunities:
• Reva Kibort, Holocaust survivor
• David Sherman, exhibit photographer
• Susie Greenberg & Laura Zelle, curators and Steve Hunegs, JCRC 
 
 
About the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.
 
 

Immediately upon hearing Jesus’ call, Andrew, Simon Peter, James, and John left their boats and nets to follow Him. But in modern times it can be more confusing for us to heed Jesus’ call. We are surrounded by more distractions, more messages, and more noise. In the cacophony of texts, emails, advertisements, and social media posts which make up our daily lives, it is hard to find enough stillness to hear and discern God’s call.

Yet we must remember “God is not the wind or the earthquake or the fire. God is the gentle blowing” (1 Kings 19:12). It is our human challenge to be still and attentive enough to hear God. Basilica Young Adults group member Sunoh Choe recognizes to this challenge, saying “we live in a time with diversity of thought, differing lifestyles, competing priorities, and plenty of distractions. Life has more purpose when we incorporate ‘spiritual food’ into our lives.”

BYA Basilica Young Adults with Archbishop Hebda_Easter 2017 Spring

ENGAGEMENT OF YOUNG ADULTS

A 2014 Religious Landscape Study by Pew Research Center study shows growing rates of religiously “unaffiliated” people, most noticeably in the young adult demographic.  Some estimates state US Catholic confirmation rates (typically between ages of 16-18) are less than half that of baptisms (often at birth or early childhood).

Because The Basilica is a recognizable landmark in the midst of a bustling urban center, it has long been a popular parish for young adults. Currently 21% of our parish members are between the ages of 23 and 37, commonly known as Generation Y or Millennials.

The Basilica intentionally reaches out to members in this age group to deepen engagement for many reasons. Young adults are constantly reshaping and redefining our secular world. Their perspectives and needs must be considered in our parish community as well. To paraphrase our vision statement from the prophet Jeremiah, in their well-being we will also find our own.

Basilica pastor Fr. John Bauer cites Saint John Paul II’s urging to “open wide the doors for Christ” as a reason The Basilica dedicates resources toward ministry for young adults. In his invitation to World Youth Day, Pope Francis recently told young people, “God is also watching over you and calling you, and when God does so, he is looking at all the love you are able to offer.”

 

BASILICA YOUNG ADULTS

Basilica Young Adults (BYA) is a Basilica group for social activities and service for people in their 20s and 30s. A visit to their web page or their social media page shows a dizzying array of opportunities each week varying from bible studies, speaker events, and sandwich making for our neighbors in need to sand volleyball and happy hours. The group’s coordinator and Basilica staff member Ben Caduff says there is intentionally “a spectrum of opportunities with something for everyone and a wide variety of on-ramps to participation.”

Rooted in the variety of BYA activities is a focus on religion and spirituality. “The Basilica attracts a diverse group of people in backgrounds, careers, skills, personalities, and stages of faith,” Choe observes. “The group recognizes the personal faith journey each person is on, and everyone is welcome,” adds Caduff. “People can feel comfortable getting more involved.”

Members say authentic relationships are a key difference between BYA and other non-religious social groups. BYA member Grace Kane explains, “within our one triune God we can see how relationship is integral to faith.” Core to all BYA events is the invitation for attendees

to grow in their faith and their relationship with God and Jesus. Participants share a common yearning for authenticity and actively living out their faith, even if they are still seeking answers. Kane defines relationship in this context as “being open, receptive, attentive, and loving.”

This focus creates a unique sense of welcome, community, and belonging because, as BYA member Kyra Knoff notes, "two or more are gathered." In one another they find a group of people intentionally building strong relationships with each other, with God, and with their Catholic faith. Despite modern technology which can promote impersonal communication, BYA members heed the Gospel call to real face-to-face relationships.

 

Full article BASILICA Magazine, Fall 2017, page 22

by Melissa Streit

www.mary.org/sites/default/files/assets/files/2415-2482-basilica-magazine-fall-2017.pdf

 

The award-winning BASILICA magazine is sponsored by The Basilica Landmark, a 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is the preservation and restoration of the historic Basilica of Saint Mary and it campus. BASILICA is published twice a year (spring and fall) with a circulation of 20,000. 

For advertising information please contact Peggy Jennings.

 

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Bold Hope in the North

You are invited to an Interfaith Gathering to Celebrate Unity and Shared Purpose January 28, 2018, at 2:00 pm.

Westminster Presbyterian Church at Nicollet Mall and 12th Street, Minneapolis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bold Hope in the North

In partnership with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, this celebration will showcase Minnesota’s national leadership in multi-faith dialogue and cooperation, and will raise money to prevent homelessness through the Interfaith Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The celebration will feature music, testimonies from people helped by the Emergency Rental Assistance Program...and a few surprises!

 

Free shuttle from Hennepin Methodist to Westminster Presbyterian Church starting at 12:30pm.

 

For more information, contact Westminster at 612.332.3421

To donate to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program go to www.dceh.org/give

 

 

Minnesota faith leaders included in the video:
 
1.       Rev. Dr. Tim Hart-Andersen 
2.       Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman            
3.       Rev. Dr. Laurie Pound-Feille
4.       Rabbi Alexander Davis
5.       Rev. David Breeden        
6.       Rev. Ralph Galloway
7.       Rabbi Morris Allen
8.       Imam Asad Zaman           
9.       Rev. John Bauer
10.   Archbishop Bernard Hebda
11.   Rev. Paula Northwood
12.   Rev. Kelli Clement
13.   Rev. David Shinn
14.   Sri Ronur Murali Bhattar
15.   Imam Hamdy El-Sawaf
16.   Rev. Albert Gallmon
17.   Imam Makram El-Amin 
18.   Rabbi Jill Crimmings 
19.   Dr. Carmel Tinnes
20.   Imam Adnan Khan           
21.   Rabbi David Locketz

 

104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 

January 14, 2018  

Message from Pope Francis  

“You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:34).

Throughout the first years of my pontificate, I have repeatedly expressed my particular concern for the lamentable situation of many migrants and refugees fleeing from war, persecution, natural disasters and poverty.  This situation is undoubtedly a “sign of the times” which I have tried to interpret, with the help of the Holy Spirit, ever since my visit to Lampedusa on 8 July 2013.  When I instituted the new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, I wanted a particular section – under my personal direction for the time being – to express the Church’s concern for migrants, displaced people, refugees and victims of human trafficking.

 

Full message

https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/migration/documents/papa-francesco_20170815_world-migrants-day-2018.html

The Catholic Bishops of Minnesota have designated January 7, 2018 “Immigration Sunday MN” and encourage people to take action in response to Pope Francis’ Share the Journey (sharejourney.org) campaign, to support those who have left or been displaced from their home countries.

The Archdiocese is working with the Minnesota Catholic Conference to provide resources to learn about action they can take in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

Post cards to send to your legislators will be available at The Basilica January 6 and 7. The postcards and information are also available online at:
www.mncatholic.org/advocacyarea/immigration-sunday-mn/
 

DACA postcard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plan to celebrate this joyous time of year at The Basilica of Saint Mary. The music, liturgy, and community create a special Christmas experience for all who pass through our doors. 

Please plan accordingly for parking and accessibility.  There is ample free parking in the lot under I-94 and in the MCTC ramp. 

 

Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 24
3:00pm  Vigil Eucharist organ, cantor, Cathedral Choristers, Children’s Choir and Cherubs, oboe*
5:30pm  Vigil Eucharist Mundus & Juventus
8:00pm  Vigil Eucharist piano, cantor, flute, cello
10:30pm  Prelude Music for Christmas harp
11:00pm  Choral Music for Christmas  Cathedral Choir, organ, harp, flute
11:30pm  Vigil of Lights organ, Cathedral Choir
Midnight  Solemn Eucharist organ, Cathedral Choir, brass, harp 
                                              
Christmas Day
Monday, December 25
7:30am  Eucharist at Dawn organ, cantor, violin
9:30am  Solemn Eucharist organ, choir, brass, strings, Celebrant: Archbishop Hebda
Noon      Solemn Eucharist organ, choir, brass, strings
4:30pm   Eucharist music from around the world

 

Please Note: The 7:30, 9:30, and 11:30am Masses on Sunday, December 24 are for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. These Masses do not fulfill your Holy Day of Obligation for Christmas. The Vigil Masses for Christmas do not fulfill your Sunday Obligation for the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

 

*The Archbishop has given permission to celebrate the Vigil Masses starting at 3:00pm.

Gift Deadlines for 2017 Tax Credit 
In order to receive tax-deduction credit for 2017, checks must be postmarked by Sunday, December 31. Online credit card gifts need to be received by midnight on December 31. Online direct debit gifts will not be processed in time, they will be processed January 2.
 
The Basilica offices are closed on Friday, December 29 and Monday, January 1.
 
If you need assistance with a year-end gift:
• December 25-28 contact Char Myhre at 612.317.3498 or cmyhre@mary.org.
• December 29-31 contact Audra Johnson at 612.328.3486 (cell) or ajohnson@mary.org.
Please note:  All gifts intended for 2017 must be received by December 31, 2017 or have an envelope post dated for December; if not, it will be recorded in 2018.
 
Ways to Give
Christmas envelopes in the church
Stock Gift-contact information above

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