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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.
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.
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.
I hope this message finds you and your family staying well during this challenging time. I want to assure you of my prayers for a blessed Holy Week and Easter. May it be a time of grace and blessing for all of us.
As I mentioned in my previous video, while we are not having any public gatherings at The Basilica, we continue to connect with people via conference call, Facebook and Zoom.
We have been sent out over 500 check-in emails to parish volunteers. People seem very appreciative of this outreach and often reply with good wishes for our staff. If you or someone you know would like to receive one of these emails, please let us know.
Our downtown Minneapolis interfaith community leaders shared a message of one voice and shared hope in virtual prayer service.
Last Friday, we sent an email to all of our parishioners with ideas about ways to celebrate Holy Week at home. We have compiled tools and resources for you to plan and prepare for Holy Week in your home.
During Holy Week we will be livestreaming all of our services on mary.org and facebook.com/BasilicaMpls including Mass at 9:30 on Easter Sunday with Archbishop Hebda. Easter Mass will also be broadcast on 830 WCCO Radio.
We would like to hear from you, though, 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.
We know this is a challenging time financially for everyone. If you are able to continue to support The Basilica financially, particularly this Easter, we thank you. You may make a gift online at mary.org/donate.
If you find yourself needing financial support, we invite you to connect with our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry.
Let us pray: Father, your beloved Son Jesus brought your healing love to our world. We pray that Christ, the light of the world, will sustain us always in faith, hope, and love. And may the light of faith guide and comfort us at this time. And may we pray for and with each other, that together, we might find our way though these challenging times. Amen.