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Greetings once again from The Basilica of Saint Mary. I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to do well.

Today, I would like to talk about three things with you. First, I wanted to mention once again that as we re-open and renew our various ministries, services, and programs here at The Basilica, we are in need of volunteers to help us with this. 

In our weekly newsletter/worship aid we have created a space listing the various areas where we need volunteers. This list is also available on our parish website. If it has been a while since you have volunteered, or if you are looking for a way to get involved, please check out these various volunteer positions. 

Second, as always, I want to thank you for your ongoing financial support of our Basilica community. Your financial support, especially during the past couple of years has been especially important. Please know of my gratitude for your past support and for whatever financial support you are able to offer in the future. 

Finally, I wanted to thank you for your support and care these past 15 years. I have been blessed in ways too numerous to count these past 15 years. Thank you for being a part of these blessings. 

In addition to the blessings I have enjoyed, I will also take with me many fond memories of my time here. Please know of my great gratitude for the blessings and memories I will take with me. 

As we continue the transition to a new pastor, I want to let you know of my ongoing prayers for our community. The Basilica is indeed a very special place--made so by our parishioners and staff. 

 

As always, I would like to close today with a prayer. 

Lord God, help us never forget all that you have done and continue to do for us. 

Strengthen and sustain us with the hope you offer us and with the countless blessings you have given us.

Help us to strive to recognize your presence in our lives and to be open to your grace.

Through the witness of our lives, may your love be made known and experienced by those we encounter, those we serve, and those we love.

We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.

 

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Ukrainian Families in Need of Housing

In partnership with St. Constantine Church, The Basilica is seeking housing for families coming from the Ukraine.

St. Constantine parishioners are prepared to sponsor families from Ukraine to Minnesota. The families are ready and paperwork is complete, but they can’t come unless they have housing.

The Basilica is partnering with St. Constantine to support their parishioners, as they sponsor families. We hope to identify possible housing options for the families.

Right now there is a family of 5 waiting to come. 

If you have housing available that would work for a family, please fill out the Housing Form and contact Janice

 

Synod Update

Second Archdiocesan Synod

Our Archdiocese’s second-ever Synod was completed over three days during the recent Pentecost weekend. Archbishop Hebda, when he first came to the Twin Cities, identified his desire to utilize a Synod to identify pastoral priorities that can direct the Church in the coming years. He made clear that he wanted to use Pope Francis’ “listening Church” model. By utilizing this model, Bishop Hebda said he was reinforcing his “confidence that comes from believing that the Holy Spirit works in the faithful, and… we’re able to recognize the promptings of the Holy Spirit”.
 
Archbishop Hebda began this synodal process, with the assistance of Bishop Cozzens and Bishop Williams, by hosting 20 general public listening events in 2019- 2020 throughout the Archdiocese. These events resulted in over 35,000 comments on what was working well in the Archdiocese, challenges and opportunities for change. 
 
Following those public meetings, most parishes, including The Basilica, held six parish consultation meetings with various small groups during the fall of 2021 on topics raised. Scores of individuals from The Basilica attended these consultation meetings and provided their input. 
 
Approximately 10 members from The Basilica who participated in these fall consultations met again in early 2022 to further discuss and provide feedback on potential priorities for the Archdiocese. The Archbishop requested that each pastor select two members from this group to represent their parish to the Synod Assembly. 
 
Finally, Fr. Bauer, Chip Brink and Mary Gleich-Matthews attended the Synod representing The Basilica. Approximately 500 Catholics from parishes and representative groups in our Archdiocese prayed, discussed and provided input on 40 propositions for future Archdiocesan priorities. After fruitful discernment, discussion and voting, the final focus areas for future Archdiocesan priorities emerged. 
 
1) Parishes
a) Welcoming Parishes
b) Active Collaboration with the Lay Leadership
c) Liturgy
d) Sharing the Gospel in Word and Deed
2) Lifelong Learning and Universal Call to Holiness.
3) Youth and Young Adult Support to Keep the Church Forever Young.
 
Archbishop Hebda has promised to review and pray on all input he has received from delegates at the Synod and all participants in the synodal process over the past three years and anticipates publishing a pastoral letter by the Feast of Christ the King in late November, 2022 which will address the Synod’s topics and the pastoral plan to shape the Archdiocese in the next 5 to 10 years.
 
 
Chip Brink and Mary Gleich-Matthews, 
Synod Parish Delegates 

 

Last Call for Vatican Synod Survey

The Vatican Synod survey will close Tuesday, June 21 at 8 p.m. CDT. Please continue to encourage parishioners to take the survey at archspm.org/vaticansurvey. Find further information and resources below.

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Homelessness in our Community:
A Zoom Forum


Saturday, June 25 at 9:00am CST
An update to Basilica Strategic Area of Focus:
Homelessness—Responding to the needs of people experiencing or at risk of homeless. 

Homelessness is a reality in our community. As people of faith, we seek to learn from and support those experiencing homelessness. Together, we work to reduce its impact and make homelessness rare, brief, and a one-time experience.

Come to hear from people with lived experience of homelessness and from leaders in the state, county, and city. Learn about progress made through collaborative efforts to address homelessness in Minnesota. What has worked? What has not worked? How can we move forward to reduced homelessness in our community?

The Forum Panel will include:

  • MN State: Cathy ten Broeke, Director to Prevent and End Homelessness for the State of Minnesota—along with consultants with lived experience of homelessness
  • Hennepin County: David Hewitt, Director of Housing Stability
  • Minneapolis: Katie Dillon, Director of Align Mpls
  • Street Voices of Change: insight and wisdom from people with lived experience of homelessness

Register for the zoom credentials: Click HERE

For more information, call 612.317.3477.

 

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Farewell Fr. Bauer Ice Cream Socials

June 19, 25, & 26

Basilica West Lawn and Plaza

Join us in celebration and appreciation of Fr. Bauer. You are invited to thank Fr. Bauer and wish him well as his tenure as pastor of The Basilica comes to an end.

 

Sunday, June 19 - after the 7:30 and 9:30am Masses

Saturday, June 25 - after the 5:00pm Mass

Sunday, June 26 - after the 11:30am Mass

 

Farewell Fr Bauer

 

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