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. This week's installment features a mosiac of Our Lady of Good Counsel made at the Vatican Art Museums and donated by Cathy and Jack Farrell. This mosiac hangs on the east wall of church near the chapel of Saint Therese.





Our Lady of Good Counsel


















Welcoming you back to The Basilica

The Basilica is our spiritual home--a place of welcome. We want each person who enters The Basilica to feel safe. We will open for weekday Noon Mass on a restricted basis starting Wednesday, July 15. The Basilica will follow all state health and safety guidelines. We are not yet open to the public for Mass on Sundays.

You will see new practices and policies when you return. The policies will continue to change as we monitor the official guidelines.

We will continue to livestream our both the weekday and Sunday liturgies and all prayer services. Archbishop Hebda's has continued the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass.



Registration for Mass

Please read the full protocol before registering to attend Mass. Your cooperation in these extraordinary times embodies our vision to seek the well-being of our community. 

Please consider refraining from Mass in-person if you:

1.) Experienced or have been near someone who experienced: cough, cold, flu, fever of 100°F +, shortness of breath, sore throat, or a loss of taste or smell.
2.) Have underlying medical conditions, including but not limited to: asthma, diabetes, heart condition, pregnancy, severe obesity, a compromised immune system, diseases of the lungs, kidneys, or liver, or are receiving cancer treatment.
3.) Live in a nursing home, long-term care, or congregant living facility.
4.) Are age 65 or over.

Registration Process

  • Registration for weekday Mass opens at 1:00pm on the day prior to Mass
  • Registration will close at 10:00am the day of Mass, or if we have reached capacity
  • You may only register for one weekday Mass at a time
  • Be sure to bring a face mask with you, which needs to be worn over your nose and mouth at all times at The Basilica

If you feel unable to follow these protocols or are concerned with interpersonal proximity, even with social distancing, please prayerfully reconsider attending Mass in-person at this time. To register by phone, please call our Director of Engagement at 612.317.3417.





JULY 12, 2020


Preparing to reopen for weekday Mass



Basilica Community,

I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these challenging times. I also hope you had a safe and happy 4th of July weekend.

Today I would like to speak with you about our plans to gradually reopen The Basilica for public worship. At this point, while we have encountered some technical issues in setting up our new livestreaming equipment, we still hope to begin inviting people to attend our Noon daily Mass beginning Wednesday, July 15.

In regard to daily Mass, if you are over the age of 65, or if you have some health issues, or if you fall into a vulnerable category for some reason, I would hope that you would not register to attend Mass at this time.

If you do wish to attend one of these daily Masses you will need to preregister the day before. You can do this on our website, the day before the Mass you want to attend. When you register, you will need to provide contact information, in the unlikely event that we need to do some contact tracing.

When you arrive for Mass you will need to wear a face mask and be checked-in by a member of our staff. The check-in point is at the accessible doors on the East side of The Basilica, between The Basilica and Cowley Center. After being checked-in you will then be shown to a seat. We ask that you continue to wear your facemask, and remain in that seat, until the Mass has ended. Communion will be distributed after the Mass has ended. To help explain these protocols we have prepared a brief video which will be available on our website.

I realize these protocols may seem excessive to some, but in an abundance of caution and with a concern for the common good, as your pastor, I am convinced that at this time, this is the best way to proceed. If you would like further information about these protocols or if you have questions or concerns, please contact me at the parish office or send me an email. My contact information is available on our parish website.

I also want to reassure you, that when we reopen The Basilica for public worship, we will continue to livestream our liturgies and services. Once we are up and running for daily Mass, and have worked out any kinks in our protocols, we hope to open The Basilica for public Sunday Mass. We hope to this beginning the first part of August.

Once we have reopened The Basilica for Sunday Mass, one Sunday a month we will also celebrate the sacrament of baptism for infants, and the Sacrament of Confirmation for those adults who were a part of our R.C.I.A program this past year. Later this summer we will also discuss how to celebrate First Communion and Confirmation with our elementary and high school students.

As I close today, I ask for your prayers for our staff, our parish leadership, our parish, and our community, that we might be open to the guidance of God’s good Spirit during these challenging times.


A Prayer for Our Uncertain Times
All Mighty God,
May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health and making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
And during this time when we may not be able to physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen.

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Grief in Our City: Can We Talk? 

Recorded Zoom Forum
Saturday, June 27, 2020 
We are only six months into the year 2020, and we have all been stretched emotionally: We are challenged to deal with the effects of a global pandemic and struggle to find solid ground after the unbearable murder of George Floyd and the subsequent unrest and global action. This is added to the grief we all normally experience from the sickness and loss of family members, friends and neighbors.
The staff at The Basilica has had many conversations with parishioners and community members about emotional impact of these extraordinary times.  
During this forum, we explored the role of grief in our lives individually and collectively. So much in our world has been uprooted, lost, turned upside down and taken away. 
We are grateful for all who joined us in this conversation—and we’re especially grateful for our presenters Jenny Schroedel, Don Samuels and Mara Stolee.
About our presenters:
• Jenny Schroedel: Hospice chaplain with Optage Presbyterian Homes & Services
• Don Samuels: former City Council member and respected leader in North Minneapolis
• Mara Stolee: Basilica of Saint Mary parishioner and resident of North Minneapolis
Jenny Schroedel
Don Samuels
Mara Stolee
Mara Stolee
For more information about Basilica grief services.

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. This week's installment features The Hospitality of Saint Julien, which hangs in our Saint Teresa of Calcutta Hall.