The Basilica of Saint Mary
July 25, 2017
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The Basilica of Saint Mary
We are located on Hennepin Avenue between 16th & 17th Streets in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Phone: 612.333.1381
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Weekly Musings Blog
Our pastor and staff directors share their thoughts, insights and inspirations.
Recent Publications
· Weekly Newsletter
  January 16, 2014
· Parish Bulletin
  December 27, 2013
· BASILICA Magazine
  December 6, 2013
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Celebrate Advent

Prayer, Concerts and more:

Morning Prayer for Advent 

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:15am
St. Joseph Chapel, Basilica's ground level

Solemn Vespers for Advent

Sunday, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 3:00pm
Basilica Choir Stalls


Sunday, December 1 , 8:00pm
The Basilica Church
Featuring Minnesota Compline Choir 

Centering Prayer

Wednesdays - 7:30am - 8:00am
Fridays 10:00am - 11:00am
Saint Basil the Great Room, Basilica’s ground level

Call Cathy at 612.317.3474.


La Guadalupana - The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Presented by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater

Saturday, December 7, 1:30pm
Basilica Church

A story of Inclusion and Generosity – Interactive, bi-lingual.  Features giant puppets and children as birds, soldiers, flowers, suns and moons, with music and dance.  Purchase tickets here .

Celebrating the Season Concert
Saint John's University and College of Saint Benedict

Saturday, December 7, 8:00pm
The Basilica Church

Celebrate Christmas with CSB/SJU Chamber Choir, CSB Women's Choir, SJU Men's Choir, Saint John's Boys’ Choir, CSB/SJU Brass Choir and the Amadeus Chamber Symphony for their celebration of Christmas.
Tickets: Call 320.363.5777 or online here .


A Light No Dark Can Overcome
National Lutheran Choir Christmas Festival

Friday, December 13, 4:30pm and 8pm
Saturday, December 14 8:00pm

The Basilica Church

Carols, anthems and poetry combine to create a journey in time and space with Midwest premieres by Kevin Siegfried and Tom Trenney.
Tickets: Call 612.722.2301 or visit The National Lutheran Choir  website.

Handel's Messiah

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Friday, December 20 8:00pm
Saturday, December 21, 1:00pm

The Basilica Church

Rising young British maestro Jonathan Cohen.  Jonathan Cohen conducts.  With Soprano: Keira Duffy, Countertenor: John Holiday, Bass: Michael Kelly, Artistic Director of the SPCO Chorale: Dale Warland, SPCO Chorale, chorus.

Concert tickets and dinner/reception packages for Friday may be purchased here .
Concert only tickets for the Saturday matinee are available through the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra .

And Glory Shone Around The Rose Ensemble - An Early American Christmas

Saturday, December 21, 8:00pm

Basilica Church

Shaker hymns, Colonial country dances, Kentucky harmonies, and joyful seasonal carols.  
Tickets: Call 651.225.4340 or visit the Rose Ensemble site.



Exhibits and Cultural Events:


O Holy Night:  Crèches From Around the World

December 1 - January12
Pope John XXIII Gallery and Teresa of Calcutta Hall, The Basilica's Lower Level

Dozens of Nativity scenes representing every continent are on display.

Fair Trade Market 

Sunday, December 8, 8:30am–6:30pm
Basilica’s lower level

Unique art and gifts for your family, friends and co-workers.  Make a difference in the lives of artists and farmers around the world.  Fair trade coffee, weavings from Guatemala and 10,000 Villages items from artists in over 40  countries worldwide.



We will celebrate the Vigil of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with Mariachi Flor y Canto, The Banderas and traditional Aztec dancers with a bi-lingual Eucharist. Procession and dance begins on the plaza at 3:45 pm. A fiesta will follow Mass in the Teresa of Calcutta Hall, located in The Basilica’s lower level.

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