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In our weekly video series "Art That Surrounds Us," Johan van Parys, Ph.D., our Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts, shares information about a piece from The Basilica of Saint Mary's art collection. In honor of the Feast of Christ the King on November 22, Johan discusses the Christ the King stained glass window in our sacristy and tells us the background of this newer Feast, established by Pope Pius XI in 1925.
We recently asked our Basilica staff to elaborate on how their ministries have had to adapt, adjust, and pivot during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In our weekly video series "Art That Surrounds Us," Johan van Parys, Ph.D., our Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts, shares information about a piece from The Basilica of Saint Mary's art collection. Johan films this week's installment from one of the two reconciliation chapels that flank our Saint Joseph Chapel in the lower level of The Basilica. Here, our sinful human condition meets divine grace. Please join us for a socially distant Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am.
I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these very challenging times.
As I mentioned earlier, I am happy to report that Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization Units has been installed in the Church and the Saint Cecilia room. These units will purify the air in The Basilica.
Additionally, the tuck pointing on the exterior western wall of The Basilica continues. This work was interrupted by the snow and cold in October, but it has now been resumed, and hopefully will be completed within the next week or so. We are very blessed and fortunate that both of these projects are being paid for by The Basilica Landmark.
On another topic, I’d like to invite you to join us either live or via live stream for Mass on Thanksgiving morning. Mass that day will be at 10:30am, and with all of our liturgies we ask that you pre-register if you wish to attend in person.
We have begun working on Christmas at The Basilica. No, we haven’t started playing Christmas music, but barring any unforeseen issues or circumstances, we anticipate having our usual schedule of Masses for Christmas.
We are also developing a combination lottery/pre-registration system to accommodate the numbers of people who want to attend Mass during the Christmas season. We hope to have this lottery/pre-registration system available for people to preview by the end of November. However you won’t be able to sign up until the first week of December. We also plan on live-streaming several of our Mass during the Christmas season. I will have more details for you about our Christmas schedule in the next couple of weeks.
Finally, I want to thank all of those who have made a commitment of financial support to our Basilica Annual Fund. Your contributions to the Annual Fund allow us to offer the many programs, services and ministries that are at the heart of our Basilica Community.
If you have already made a commitment of reoccurring financial support for our Basilica community, please know of my gratitude. I hope you will continue it and if possible increase it. Your commitment of financial support, no matter how small or how large, enables us to continue to do those things that fulfill our vision here at The Basilica.
Finally, as always, if you have questions or concerns about anything that is happening at The Basilica, please contact me at the parish office or send me an email. My contact information is available on our parish website.
Loving God, Your desire is for our wholeness and well being.
We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time.
We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened.
We ache for ourselves and our neighbors, standing before an uncertain future.
We pray: may love, not fear, go viral.
Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common good.
Help us to practice social distancing and reveal to us new and creative ways to come together in spirit and in solidarity.
Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence,
You, the God who never abandon us. Amen.
November 11, 9:00am
Join our parish online gathering. An opportunity to talk about different aspects of our parish life with Fr. Bauer.
November 15, 1:30pm
This service is characterized by mantra-like singing of simple, beautiful songs.
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In our weekly video series "Art That Surrounds Us," Johan van Parys, Ph.D., our Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts, shares information about a piece from The Basilica of Saint Mary's art collection. In this week's installment, in honor of the Solemnity of All Saints (November 1) and the Feast of All Souls (November 2), Johan discusses sacred artistry and tradition of icons. He also shares ideas on how you can honor the saints and remember your beloved deceased family members and friends at home throughout the month of November.