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Basilica Community,

I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during this challenging time. We will continue to livestream our daily Masses, Monday-Friday at Noon and Sundays at 9:30am for the foreseeable future. 

I’m pleased to announce The Basilica will receive a Payroll Protection Loan to continue our vital operations during this challenging time. While this is good news, our parish continues to need your on-going support. 

We know this is a challenging time financially for everyone. If you are able, please continue to support The Basilica. However, if you find yourself needing financial support, we invite you to connect with our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry. 

While we are not having any public gatherings at the Basilica, I hope you were able to connect with us via conference call, Facebook and Zoom. Join us for our next Coffee and Conversation via Zoom Wednesday, April 29 at 9:00am.

We would like to hear from you, if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions to better serve you. We may not be able to implement all your suggestions, or respond to all your questions and concerns, but we will do our very best. 
 

 

Lord Jesus, during your time on earth, you healed the sick and comforted the afflicted. We pray for your help now during this time of the coronavirus pandemic.

Guide the minds and hearts of medical personnel, researchers, essential workers, and government leaders to take the necessary steps to answer the challenges of this moment.

Bring swift recovery to those who are ill, and give comfort to those who have lost loved ones. Calm the minds of those who experience fear and anxiety and help us all to act prudently to reduce the spread of this virus.

Most of all, remind us of the hope and promise of eternal life where there will be no harm that can come to us. Amen.

 

News and Events 

Zoom: Laborem Exercens Discussion
April 26, 11:00am
The Basilica Voices for Justice team invites you to read and reflect on the 1981 papal encyclical, Laborem Exercens (Through Work), which St. John Paul II published during the midst of a global recession. Please register for Zoom link.

Volunteer Appreciation Week Video
To the 1,300 people who help in volunteer ministry at The Basilica - Thank you! 

Children’s and Youth Ministry Registration
Online registration for 2020-2021 faith formation classes for children ages 3 through 10th grade. While we all wait to see what next fall will look like, we are preparing for both in-person and online classes. Early Bird tuition rates are available. Scholarship assistance available. Student tuition fees waived for volunteer Catechists or Room Assistants.

BYA Virtual Retreat
May 2, 9:00am
Basilica Young Adults Spring retreat. Email bya@mary.org for Zoom link.

Talking Through Our Fears
As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads through our region, nation, and world, and we follow the governor’s and various health care experts’ advice to practice social distancing, we realize that anxieties, fears, and a rollercoaster of emotions around the Coronavirus follow. Contact Wendy to speak by phone to a trained Emmaus Listening Minister.

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To the 1,300 people who help in volunteer ministry at The Basilica
Thank you!

 

 

 

Our staff wanted to share their deep gratitude this Volunteer Appreciation Week. We look forward to when we can gather together again; until then, please stay home, stay safe, and stay connected with our spiritual family here at The Basilica.

 

A body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also is Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12)

 

Basilica Community,

 

Greetings once again from The Basilica of Saint Mary. I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during this challenging time. I also hope you had a very blessed Easter. 

 

We did miss you at The Basilica during our various Holy Week services. All these services are available on our website. I encourage you to look for them. On Easter Sunday we reached over 25,000 people in some way via Facebook and QwikCast livestream.

For me, one of the more moving moments of our Easter Sunday celebration was when Archbishop Hebda walked down the center aisle of The Basilica with the monstrance and blessed the city of Minneapolis. With the snow falling all around it was a poignant reminder for me that God is present at all times and in all the circumstances of our lives.
 
 
 
Easter City Blessing Archbishop 2020
Photo provided by: 
Mae Desaire
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
While we are not having any public gatherings at The Basilica, I hope you were able to connect with us at The Basilica via conference call, Facebook and Zoom. From the responses we received in regard to our livestreaming efforts, people seem very appreciative of this outreach–and often replied with good wishes for our staff.

Earlier this morning our downtown ministerial group gathered via Zoom to talk about how our congregations are doing. It is clear that we all missed being able to gather with our people during this time. As I mentioned last week, our downtown ministerial group put together a virtual prayer service.

We will continue to livestream our daily Masses and Mass on Sunday on mary.org and facebook.com/BasilicaMpls for the foreseeable future.

We would like to hear from you, if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions to better serve you. We may not be able to implement all your suggestions, or respond to all your questions and concerns, but we will do our very best. 

Next Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00am, Johan Van Parys and I will host Coffee and Conversation via Zoom. 

Finally, I want to thank all those who supported The Basilica financially, especially at Easter. Please know of my gratitude for all those who are able continue to support The Basilica financially. 
 
If you find yourself needing financial support, we invite you to connect with our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry.
 
 
 
Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger, to whom we turn in our distress, in faith we pray: Look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying, strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders, and the courage to reach out to all in love, so that together we may give glory to your holy name. Amen. 

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