The Basilica is Open for Masses
We began offering public Masses on Sunday, May 31st. Those attending Mass are required wearing masks and, if possible, please bring hand sanitizer with you.
For those at high risk, the elderly, those with preexisting medical issues, and those who are anxious about being in a gathering are encouraged to remain home and view the mass online. A video of our weekly Sunday Mass will continue to be offered on our website.
Monday-Friday: 7:00am and 12:10pm
Saturday: 8:00am and 12:10pm
Sunday Masses (Reduced Schedule Effective June 6th Until Further Notice)
Saturday Vigil: 4:00pm (English)
Sundays: 9:00am (English), 11:30am (Spanish), 2:00pm (Haitian Creole)
The church will be closed in between Masses and outside of the Mass times for areas to be cleaned and sanitized. Acknowledging the fluid situation, we may make changes to the schedule. Updates will be provided here and on social media.
Father Joseph Tizio, Father Anthony Michalik and Father Pierre Desruisseaux will be the only priests providing ministry to the parish. Our senior clergy will not be available for appointments and ministry. We appreciate your understanding.
Confessions will be available by appointment. The Healing Service, parish events and meetings remain canceled until further notice.
We have released new guidelines for performing Baptisms that factor best safety practices during this pandemic period. Details and registration forms can be found here:
Watch the Mass
We will be adding video in English and Spanish of our Sunday Masses each week.
A Reflection from the Pastor
September 13, 2020
Virus Spirituality: Week Twenty Six
There is one image from the civil rights marches of the 1960’s which has always stayed in my mind. It is the image of African American men calmly marching with a large sign around their necks with the words written in large print: I Am A Man. The power of the sign is in its simplicity, men who had been denied their full humanity, who were not being given their rightful human dignity, were simply reminding everyone of their humanity. Those simple words were a stark reminder to everyone that regardless of race or culture, we are all human beings, we are all equal. It took great courage for those African American men to calmly claim their rightful dignity while others were verbally and physically abusing them.
It is amazing that after so many years, the struggle for equality, the struggle of some human beings to claim their rightful dignity continues. Lately, the struggle for equality throughout the country, the upheaval and anger has brought me to reflect on St. Paul’s Letter to Philomen; it is a very brief letter (only 25 verses) and many people are unfamiliar with it but it is powerful in its message. This is a deeply personal letter written to a well-to-do Christian named Philomen from Colossae who was the leader of a Christian community and a personal friend of Paul’s. Philomen had a slave named Onesimus who apparently had stolen from his master and escaped. Eventually, Onesimus was imprisoned and it is believed that he met Paul and Timothy there; Onesimus immediately grew close to Paul and eventually converted to the Christian faith. Paul wrote this letter from prison; in it he describes Onesimus as my child who was begotten during my imprisonment (Vs. 10). Now the reason for the letter is that Onesimus is being returned to Philomen and, as you might imagine, he is frightened of being severely punished. Paul gives this letter to Onesimus to give to Philomen on his return. In this letter Paul asks Philomen to do something extraordinary, he asks him not to see Onesimus as a slave but as a beloved brother, especially dear to me, and how much more to you, since now you will know him both as a man and in the Lord (vs.15-16). In other words, Paul is asking Philomen to see Onesimus with the eyes of Christ now that he is a Christian, to regard him as an equal, as a beloved brother. Paul is asking Philomen to make a radical change of vision, not only to forgive Onesimus but to see him as a brother. To make his point even more clearly, Paul writes: Confident of your compliance, I write you, knowing, knowing that you will do more than I say (vs. 21).
Perhaps, right now, Christ is asking us to make the same leap that he asked of Philomen – to see one another as beloved brothers and sisters, to see one another as equals and fellow human beings. Paul writes to Philomen: If then you regard me as a partner, welcome him as you would me (vs. 17). Perhaps, in this time of struggle, Christ asks us to welcome and embrace one another as we would welcome and embrace him.
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Adult Faith Formation
We welcome Martin Ngo, S.J. to the Basilica through Spring 2021. Martin will be ordained to the transitional diaconate on September 19th. Part of his ministry to the parish will include an adult faith formation program. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this short survey so we can get a sense of the best meeting time and topics.
Virtual Walk for the Poor
On September 26, 2020, our local conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) will be hosting the 8th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk, a fundraising effort held across the United States to change for the better the lives of families living in poverty. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our fundraiser will be held as a virtual event. Many of our neighbors are struggling in this economy and in these unprecedented times to make ends meet. SVDP provides food, clothing, bedding, holiday meals, furniture, and assistance with utility payments, rent, and security deposits. Helping needy families can’t be done without the help of generous donors. Come join us and be a part of our fundraiser. You can walk on your own free time for (3-5 miles) sometime during the month of September and solicit donation for SVDP from your own friends and family. Our goal is for each person to raise $100 for SVDP. If each person can collect $10 from 10 people that would amount to $100. We appreciate any amount that can be donated by October 01, 2020, and 100% of the donations will go towards helping needy families that come to Mission Church for assistance.