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
August 2, 2020
Virus Spirituality: Week Twenty
This past Wednesday, the first reading for the daily liturgy was from one of my favorite passages of the Prophet Jeremiah. It is the midpoint of Jeremiah’s ministry and he has fallen into deep depression, in a profound sense of hopelessness and despair he prays: Woe to me, mother, that you gave me birth! (Jeremiah 15:10). This is the prophet speaking to God from the heart, freely and intimately pouring out to God his despair and hopelessness. Why is my pain continuous, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? (15:18). God promised to protect Jeremiah, to be with him yet now Jeremiah has met nothing but opposition, cursing, and rejection, he has been arrested and beaten and he wants to know where is this God who promised to protect him? You have become a treacherous brook, whose waters do not abide! (15;18). God has become a brook whose waters suddenly change course and cause danger and drowning. What I so love about Jeremiah is the intimacy of his prayer, his passionate love for God is clear, he speaks to God like a lover who has been betrayed by his beloved.
God’s response to Jeremiah is equally intimate, this is one lover speaking to another, God does not directly address Jeremiah’s complaints; God says to him: If you repent, so that I restore you, in my presence you will stand. (15:19) In a sense God is almost saying to him “That’s enough!” God then reassures him: For I am with you, to deliver and rescue you…I will free you from the hand of the wicked and rescue you from the grasp of the violent. (15:21) God and Jeremiah speak, lover to lover; God with firm love lifts Jeremiah from his hopelessness and strengthens him to finish his ministry.
I recently read an article entitled “Feeling Hopeless? Embrace It” in which the writer spoke of his own struggle with feeling hopeless in the midst of the pandemic, massive unemployment, and the struggle for equality. He found that in embracing his sense of hopelessness and slowly working thorough it, he emerged with a new energy, a new sense of purpose. This is what he wrote: This is the strange gift of COVID 19 and the protests in the streets – they’ve got much of the world thinking about death every day. Life gets more precious when you live in the presence of death. As death became more real for him, the beauty of life also became more real and he decided to do his best to create a better world. He writes: I’m now more alert for ways to love my loved ones, and everyone else, with as much grace and beauty as I can. I’m noticing the needs that arise around me, through direct requests from my family and friends and from complete strangers. He has now become more involved in his local community, working on conservation projects, engaging in discussions on injustice and racism, and mentoring young men and women.
We all struggle with hopelessness at one time or another and sometimes like the Prophet Jeremiah and others, we must embrace it and slowly allow the painful process to help us emerge empowered and ready to create change. The writer describes emerging from his hopeless And I know that the joy and the sense of purpose I feel now would not be possible without first experiencing hopelessness.
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