Johan's Blog

It has been five months now since we were able to celebrate the Eucharist together, in person.


I longingly remember the time when we greeted one another as we made our way into church. Sometimes with a simple nod, a handshake, a hug or a kiss and some friendly chatter. 


I longingly remember The Basilica filled with our beloved community. I long for our grand processions; our wonderful music; the Word of God proclaimed so well by so many; the singing by the assembly unusually robust for a Catholic community.


I longingly remember joining fellow parishioners for after Mass hospitality when we commented on the homily, the choice of music, the liturgical décor, our lives and together we rejoiced in being part of our very energetic faith community.


I miss all of this and I wonder if this is coming back any time soon. Even as we gradually re-open for the celebration of the Eucharist everything is different. Our rich liturgical encounter that touched all the senses has been replaced with a highly sanitized version of what once was. 


And yet, there is nothing that nourishes us Catholics more than the Eucharist and there is no better place to build up the Body or Christ, our community than in the Eucharist, even when we are limited to gather in a virtual way or in a highly sanitized physical way.


To augment the sense of community some people have set up “watch parties” to be present at the livestreamed Mass together. After Mass they sometimes stay for the traditional doughnuts and coffee, albeit in a virtual way.
The comment section on our Facebook page during the livestream of our Liturgies has proven to be a very welcome tool for people to interact and create community. Now, this electronic gift can also become a burden. Maybe we can use this tool more judiciously and hold off on commenting during certain parts of the Mass as the consecration on occasion seemed buried under the many comments.


We have also discovered that our parishioners not only miss our people, our liturgies and our ministries, they also The Basilica itself. Because we are not able to go to The Basilica we have decided to bring The Basilica to you. So we have created a new initiative called Art that Surrounds Us with weekly video vignettes about some of our most beloved works of sacred art and sacred shrines. 


There is no text book that tells us exactly what to do. All of this is so new to us and things keep changing and evolving but we are doing the best we possibly can. 


This is a challenging time but it is also a time to think outside the box. While taking health protocols seriously we strive to nourish the souls of our parishioners and we work hard to assure that our community stays connected through our liturgies. Never hesitate to let us know what we can do better.

 

 

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 three separate art pieces about Saint John Vianney (whose Feast Day is August 4) and the Pelican of Mercy.

 

 

 

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 our riveting Homeless Jesus sculpture by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz and installed outdoors along Hennepin Avenue.

 

 

Homeless Jesus Summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo provided by: 
Mae Desaire
Homeless Jesus dedication 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 icon of Saint Mary of Magdala in honor of her Feast Day on July 22. Made by iconographer Deb Korluka, it was installed at The Basilica on July 22, 2018.

 

 

 

Mary Magdalene Icon 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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 our icon of, commissioned by pastor Fr. John M. Bauer and made by Stillwater iconographer Deb Korluka.

 

 

 

 

Mary Untier of Knots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more: BASILICA magazine Spring 2019

Mary, Untier of Knots 

New icon commissioned for the 150th anniversary 

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 our icon of Saint Dymphna, commissioned by our Mental Health Ministry and made by Stillwater iconographer Deb Korluka.

 

 

Saint Dymphna Icon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ring Out for Justice

Ring Out for Justice:  Bells across Minnesota will ring out for 10 minutes on Juneteenth, Friday, June 19th, at 6pm in honor of George Floyd and in support of a society of justice and peace.

In partnership with City of Bells.

Join us in prayer,

God of Mercy and Love, 
we implore you,
incite a revolution of love and tenderness,
further a culture of inclusion and encounter,
and shape a society of justice and peace.

God of Wisdom and Understanding,
we beseech you,
inspire wisdom and courage in all religious leaders, 
foster honesty and compassion in all elected officials,
and bolster righteousness and virtue in all those who serve and protect us,

God of Justice and Peace,
we supplicate you,
hasten an end to the evil and sin of racism that permeates our society and our institutions,
inspire laws and regulations that assure justice and equality for all,
and convert the heart of all those who perpetuate fear, promote supremacy and cultivate hatred. 

We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

Johan van Parys, Ph.D., Director of Liturgy and the Sacred Arts, introduces the newest Basilica icon, Saint Josephine Bakhita.

 

 

Saint Josephine Bakhita Icon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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