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Thanksgiving Preparations

The Basilica of Saint Mary Employment Ministry and Our Lady of Grace Catholic School student council worked hard today to distribute 29 bins of food to guests in our employment ministry today.  Our Lady of Grace School student council worked with parent volunteers and teachers to put together the bins of food - complete with tablecloths, napkins, recipes, cooking ware and turkeys.  The children were here from 11:30am – 2:30pm setting up, attending Noon Mass, checking people in, serving them refreshments, bringing the food to their cars, and then cleaning up.  

We are extremely grateful for the gift of this community and the opportunities provided through the employment ministry. Thank you!

Prayer for Peace

The Basilica of Saint Mary held a Prayer for Peace service Sunday, November 15 at 3:00pm in The Basilica.

In response to the recent attacks in France, Lebanon, Egypt, Nigeria, and many other countries, individuals from all faiths were invited to this important service.

Nearly 800 people came together for the service, which was following the Memorial March for Parish beginning at the Alliance Française building in downtown Minneapolis.

Speakers at the service included:

Vespers:  Congressman Keith Ellison

Vespers for Peace and Justice

Reflection:  Christina  Selander Bouzouina, Honorary Consul of France

Jewish Prayer for Peace:  Rabbi Morris J. Allen from Beth Jacob Congregation, Mendota Heights

Christian Prayer for Peace:  Fr. John M. Bauer, Pastor, Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis

Muslim Prayer for Peace:  Dr. Hamdy El-Sawaf from Islamic Community Center of Minnesota

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    Terri Ashmore
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    Terri Ashmore
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    Terri Ashmore
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    Terri Ashmore
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    Terri Ashmore

The Basilica of Saint Mary kicked off its 21st Annual Icon Festival during Mass November 1 at the Basilica. Icons are borrowed from various locations throughout the Twin Cities and displayed in the sanctuary during the month of November. For more details about the Icon Festival, visit us here

  • Cross and candles enter the Basilica.
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    Stacy Glaus
    The cross and candles enter the Basilica, leading the Icon procession Nov. 1, 2015.
  • Volunteers wait in the narthex of the Basilica before the Icon procession.
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    Stacy Glaus
    Volunteers wait in the narthex of the Basilica before the Icon procession Nov. 1, 2015.
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    Kim Vrudny
    Icons adorn the altar during the Icon Festival, Nov. 1, 2015.
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    Stacy Glaus
    Icons are carried in during Mass Nov. 1 marking the beginning of the 21st annual Icon Festival.

2015-2016 RCIA Retreat

The Basilica's 2015-2016 RCIA class held their annual fall retreat October 24-25 for a weekend filled with faith formation, discussion, and dialogue. The retreat was held at the Mount Olivet retreat center in Farmington, MN.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a collaborative process of study, exploration, faith sharing, and faith formation for people who wish to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church. This is done through the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. You can be non-baptized or a previously baptized Christian.

For more information about RCIA at The Basilica, visit us online.

Hundreds gathered during the Blessing of the Animals service at the Basilica of Saint Mary Oct. 4. Animals of all shapes, sizes, and domesticity gather together to celebrate all of God's creation and ask for God's blessing on our animals.

  • A dog poses on the steps of The Basilica before processing in to the Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4, 2015.
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    Stacy Glaus
    A dog poses on the steps of The Basilica before processing in to the Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4, 2015.
  • Dogs peak through the aisles during the Blessing of the Animals service Oct. 4, 2015.
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    Stacy Glaus
    Dogs peak through the aisles during the Blessing of the Animals service Oct. 4, 2015.
  • A dog looks over the shoulder of her owner during the Blessing of the Animals service Oct. 4, 2015, at The Basilica.
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    Stacy Glaus
    A dog looks over the shoulder of her owner during the Blessing of the Animals service Oct. 4, 2015, at The Basilica.
  • Dogs lay in the aisles during the Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4, 2015, at the Basilica.
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    Stacy Glaus
    Dogs lay in the aisles during the Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4, 2015, at the Basilica.
  • Fr. Joe Gillespie sprinkles holy water on pets during the Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4, 2015, at The Basilica.
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    Stacy Glaus
    Fr. Joe Gillespie sprinkles holy water on pets during the Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4, 2015, at The Basilica.
  • Johan van Parys, director of liturgy and sacred arts at the Basilica of Saint Mary prays over a pet during the Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4 at the Basilica. The blessing is an opportunity for pets and their owners to gather together and give thanks for all creation.
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    Stacy Glaus
    Johan van Parys, director of liturgy and sacred arts at the Basilica of Saint Mary prays over a pet during the Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4 at the Basilica. The blessing is an opportunity for pets and their owners to gather together and give thanks for all creation.
  • Travis Salisbury, coordinator of liturgical celebrations, blesses a therapy dog Oct. 4, 2015, during the Blessing of the Animals at The Basilica.
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    Stacy Glaus
    Travis Salisbury, coordinator of liturgical celebrations, blesses a therapy dog Oct. 4, 2015, during the Blessing of the Animals at The Basilica.
  • Kathy Mellin Grubbs holds her parrot during the Blessing of the Animals service at the Basilica of Saint Mary Oct. 4. Grubbs had her parrot blessed following the service to prayer for good health and to give thanks for all our animals.
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    Stacy Glaus
    Kathy Mellin Grubbs holds her parrot during the Blessing of the Animals service at the Basilica of Saint Mary Oct. 4. Grubbs had her parrot blessed following the service to prayer for good health and to give thanks for all our animals.

The Basilica of Saint Mary's 2015 Annual Report features the many good things happening here. Our talented volunteers, parishioners, and friends make us a vibrant community of faith; we are excited to highlight just a few these things in this annual report. 

And it is now ready to view online. 

The annual report is focused on providing comprehensive and relevant information to all patrons of the Basilica of Saint Mary. It highlights our community’s work, resources, and financial impact throughout the past year.

If you'd like a printed copy, please contact Stacy to have one mailed to you.

Pope Francis has emphasized the importance of dialogue in the life of the Church. And in the spirit of speaking and listening in charity, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is hosting a series of listening sessions. Archbishop Hebda will lead the sessions to hear your input on our strengths, our challenges, and what characteristics are important in a new archbishop. Feedback gathered during these sessions will be shared with those responsible for advising Pope Francis as he makes this important choice and with the new Archbishop whenever he is named. Summaries will be published in The Catholic Spirit.

Monday, October 5:
1 – 3 p.m., Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine, St. Catherine University, St. Paul
7 – 9 p.m., St. Stephen, Anoka

Tuesday, October 6:
1 – 3 p.m., For women and men in consecrated life, Carondelet Center, St. Paul
7 – 9 p.m., Pax Christi, Eden Prairie

Monday, November 2, 7 – 9 p.m., Saint Peter, Forest Lake

Tuesday, November 3, 7 – 9 p.m., Divine Mercy, Faribault

Wednesday, November 4, 7 – 9 p.m., Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul
 
Additional listening sessions are being scheduled for Latino Ministry parishes (in Spanish) and priests.
 

There will be no 7:00am or Noon Mass celebrated at The Basilica of Saint Mary. Mass will be celebrated at our sister parish, The Church of the Ascension, 1723 Bryant Ave. North, Minneapolis.

Basilica offices will also be closed.

Would you like to learn more about becoming a Catholic?

Each year The Basilica welcomes a number of new Catholics into the Church at the Easter Vigil. Prior to their reception into the church, those who are interested spend several months meeting weekly on Tuesday evenings to learn and discern their call to the Catholic Church. RCIA begins September 1! If you are interested in learning more about Catholicism, please contact Paula at 612.317.3473 or pkaempffer@mary.org.

Additionally, many sponsors from our parish will be needed to journey with the group. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Paula. Sponsor training will be held in August. Background check and sponsor training required. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015 marked one hundred years since the dedication of The Basilica, which also happened to be the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. With special permission from the Archbishop, this year, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary was transferred to Sunday, August 16, allowing us to once again celebrate the Assumption and our 100th Anniversary since our Solemn Dedication on the same day. Nearly 900 people joined us for after Mass hospitality, delicious ice cream, and activities for children and adults. Here are a few pictures from the event!

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    Altar adorned with flowers from the Feast of the Assumption and the celebration of 100 years since our Solemn Dedication.
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    A parishioner prays the rosary before the Mass at The Basilica Aug. 16. The feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the 100th Anniversary of the Solemn Dedication were celebrated together on this day 100 years ago.
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    A procession begins the Mass Aug. 16 at the Basilica of Saint Mary. The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the 100th anniversary of the Solemn Dedication were celebrated on this day 100 years ago.
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    The Basilica Brass Ensemble returned to the Basilica Aug. 16 to help celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the 100th Anniversary of the Solemn Dedication.
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    Father John Bauer, pastor of The Basilica, celebrates Mass Aug. 16 to celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the 100th Anniversary of the Solemn Dedication of the Basilica.
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    Anne Courtney-Eighmy
    Choirs returned from their summer break Aug. 16 to sing for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the 100th Anniversary of the Solemn Dedication at the Basilica.
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    Guests enjoy ice cream, crafts, and activities during after-Mass hospitality Aug. 16. It was on this day 100 years ago that the Basilica was solemnly dedication.

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