Kirk Washington, Jr., a well-known Minneapolis artist, was killed in a tragic motor vehicle accident on I-94 April 4. Kirk was an integral part of the Basilica's Spirit and Soul concert, which is held annually with students from the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where he served on the planning committee and as a performer. 

A memorial service in his honor will be held on Thursday, April 14, at 11:00am at the Harrison Neighborhood Community Gymnasium located at 503 Irving Avenue North. The public is welcome to attend the service.

Please keep Kirk and his many family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

The Basilica held a lively interfaith event on Sunday, April 3rd: Building Bridges--Confronting Islamophobia. Parishioner Nick Hansen shares highlights of the event. 

            “It takes some courage to do this in this day and age,” said Dr. Todd Green to over a hundred people of different faiths in the lower level of the Basilica on Sunday afternoon. Dr. Green presented as part of the program, “Building Bridges: Confronting Islamophobia.”

            Green, an associate professor of religion at Luther College in Iowa, has researched and spoken on the topic of Islamophobia for many years.

            He began his talk by speaking on the main factors driving Islamophobia: political factors related to the history of imperialism, ignorance towards the Islamic faith, and the narrow scope of reporting on Muslims in the mass media.

            This phenomenon has real consequences: hate crimes towards Muslims happen at a rate five times higher today than prior to 9/11.

            Dr. Green implored those in attendance, especially those of the Christian faith, to build relationships with people of the Muslim faith and to speak out against islamophobia.

            For the second part of the program, Mohamed Ali Hassan of the Somali American Peace Council addressed the audience. He spoke about his organization’s work in Minneapolis (which is home to the largest Somali community in the U.S.). Hassan also talked about SAPC’s program, Sports 4 Peace, which aims to connect Somali youth with sports in order to help build community and promote peace.

            The audience was then invited to discuss the presentations with their tables, which were filled Catholics, other Christians, members of the Jewish faith, and Somali Muslims.

            The session ended with a question and answer session with both Dr. Green and Mr. Hassan.


To find out more about the SAPC, please visit

Dr. Green’s latest book is, “The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West”



Archdiocesan Update

This page hosts information regarding the Archdiocesan update surrounding potential lawsuits at parishes within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. 


PDF iconLetter from Archbishop Hebda_April 2016

Join the Pack!

More than 200 volunteers needed to help feed hungry children in North Minneapolis

Volunteers of all ages are invited to join our assembly line to pack snack packs for hungry children attending the Summer SLAM (Science, Language, Arts, and Math) program at our sister parish, the Church of the Ascension in North Minneapolis. These food packs will help bridge hunger gaps over the summer break, especially for those who rely on lunches at school throughout the year.

These one-hour volunteer shifts will also include placemat decorating, a fun activity for even the youngest volunteer. Logistics and coordination volunteers are also needed. Please register for a time slot after your preferred Mass time. This event is sponsored by The Basilica’s St. Vincent de Paul ministry and Hands on Twin Cities.


On Holy Thursday, March 24, Pope Francis formally named Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda as the new leader of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. 

Archbishop-Designate Hebda has been serving as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese since June 15, 2015. During that time, he has also been serving the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, as Coadjutor Archbishop, and was scheduled to replace Archbishop John J. Myers when he is expected to retire in July.

The son of Bernard and the late Helen Clark Hebda, the Archbishop-Designate Hebda was born on September 3, 1959 in Pittsburgh, PA. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 1, 1989 in St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. His Episcopal ordination took place on December 1, 2009. 

In addition to serving the Archdioceses of Newark and Saint Paul and Minneapolis, he was Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan and has served at the Vatican and in parishes in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Archbishop-Designate Hebda’s Installation Mass is scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. An evening prayer service will be held at The Basilica on Thursday, May 12 at 7:00pm in The Basilica.

To learn more about this exciting announcement, please visit and

For many years now at the conclusion of Lent on Good Friday, we have held a Tenebrae Service. We have also invited one of the Rabbis from Temple Israel to join us for this service. The reason for this is that in the history of our Church, Christians have been especially cruel to Jews, often blaming them for the death of Jesus. If not actively encouraging this erroneous belief, the Catholic Church often kept silent in the face of it. This attitude continued until the church Fathers of the Second Vatican Council produced a document called Nostra Aetate (in our age), which dealt with the relationship between Catholics and other religions. One of the most important statements in the document is the declaration that “the Jews” are not to be blamed for the death of Jesus. On the contrary, Christians are to respect Jews as their elders in the faith. They are one ones with whom God entered into the Abrahamic Covenant in which we share. 

Given the above, we invite a rabbi from Temple Israel to speak to us on this most sacred day in our Christian liturgical calendar so that we might emphasize that Jews and Christians both claim Abraham as our father in the faith and both of us enjoy a covenant with God. We differ greatly in our faith, but we are profoundly united in that we all worship the Creator of the Universe. 

At the Tenebrae service each year we also take up a collection. The proceeds from this collection help fund the interfaith efforts and activities of the Downtown Clergy and Congregations.       

If you've never attended a service at The Basilica between Palm Sunday and Easter, we encourage you to get to know each service and why you'll want to attend each one.

Planning your arrival
Throughout Holy Week, traffic on 17th Street will flow North only to ease congestion and provide more space for those parking on the street. Please watch for pedestrians crossing and use slower speeds on this road.

There are plenty of places to park but we encourage you to plan for extra time to find parking. 

Holy Thursday - Good Friday
Free parking
Free parking is available on 17th Street on both sides of this one-way street. Parking may also be available in the lots to the west and north of The Basilica school and on the north side of Laurel Ave. 

Free parking is also available for all evening services during Holy Week in the parking lot under the freeway. Please note: all spots marked "24 Hour Reserved" or "Reserved" are reserved for nearby businesses and residents, not guests to The Basilica. 

Handicapped Parking
Available in the Cowley lot off 16th Street and throughout The Basilica campus, as marked. Please display your permit.


o    Minneapolis Community & Technical College Ramp (east side of church, entrance located off Laurel Ave) 
      o  $5.00 for all-day parking; accepts credit cards

Holy Saturday - Easter Sunday

Free parking
o    Free parking is available on 17th Street. This street will be available for one-way, northbound traffic only beginning on Good Friday, March 25 through Easter Sunday, March 27. 
o    Parking may also be available in the lots to the west and north of The Basilica school.
o    Parking lot under the freeway (west side of church, entrance located off 17th Street) 
o    Minneapolis Community & Technical College Ramp (east side of church, entrance located off Laurel Ave) 

Handicapped Parking
Available in the Cowley lot off 16th Street and throughout The Basilica campus, as marked. Please display your permit.

Click on the icons on this interactive map to see exact details on parking locations and costs.

Did you remember to pick up and fill a coin bank to support our St. Vincent de Paul Outreach ministry during this Lenten season? If so, don't forget to return them to The Basilica on Holy Thursday. If you forget, simply drop off your bank to any usher who will place it into the collection.

If you were unable to get a bank but would still like a chance to donate, you can make a pledge to help those most in need in our city.

Five days a week at The Basilica, more than 70 St. Vincent de Paul Outreach volunteers welcome people from our neighborhood. They carry out this ministry by visiting with people and listening to their concerns and needs. We offer help in many ways, and when we can’t assist financially, these volunteers offer a listening ear, a warm welcome, and help connecting people to community resources. 

If you'd like to get involved, visit our volunteer section to learn more about how you can help us seek the well-being of this city to which we have been called to serve.

Rehearsals for The Basilica Children's Choir and Cherubs Choir are cancelled for tonight, March 9. For more information, please contact your individual choir director.

Not singing in one of our choirs but would like to join? Click here to learn more!


Mass Bags Now Available

Our ministry to parents of young children is now just over a year old and we are grateful for what we have learned about helping and improving this ministry. One of our newest initiatives is Mass bags with activities for children ages 1-4. After getting many suggestions from parents and other sources, we are excited that these Mass activity bags are now available in the back of The Basilica (signs will be posted so you know where to get them).

You will find books, photos, activity sheets, and more to help our youngest disciples learn a little about their faith as they come week by week. You will be able to take a bag with you as you enter the church, and return it when Mass is over. We are grateful to our parents who brought the suggestion to us, and our hope is that we will be able to have seasonal supplements and activities to help keep the bags fresh over time. This outreach to families is a nice compliment to our recent beginning of our Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 11:30am Mass, also brought to us by some of our active parents. Any suggestions on how to improve the bags and/or information about our ministry to parents of young children can go to