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The Minor Basilica


Established 1728. Consecrated as a Cathedral 1854. Elevated to the Status of Minor Basilica 2010. 

Sunday Mass Saturday at 4p and Sunday at 9a, 11a & 5p. Sunday Vespers 4:30p.
Weekday Mass Monday - Friday 6:30a, Saturday 8a.
Confessions 30 minutes before all Masses.

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The Minor Basilica


Established 1728. Consecrated as a Cathedral 1854. Elevated to the Status of Minor Basilica 2010. 

Sunday Mass Saturday at 4p and Sunday at 9a, 11a & 5p. Sunday Vespers 4:30p.
Weekday Mass Monday - Friday 6:30a, Saturday 8a.
Confessions 30 minutes before all Masses.

What is a Minor Basilica?

A Minor Basilica is a Church of historical and architectural value which has "particular importance for the liturgical and pastoral life" of some place. In essence, it is the Pope's Church in some place around the world. Minor Basilicas are specifically tasked with celebrating the feasts of the liturgical year with great care and attention. "The word of God is to be diligently proclaimed either in homilies or in special sermons. The active participation of the faithful is to be promoted both in the eucharistic celebration and in the celebration of the liturgy of the hours."

On numerous days of the year, "The faithful who devoutly visit the basilica and within it participate in any sacred rite or at least recite the Lord's Prayer and the profession of faith may obtain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions."

In addition to excellence in the fostering of the Sacred Liturgy, Minor Basilicas are to be places of instruction in the Catholic Faith and evangelization.  

All of these mammoth tasks are certainly beyond any priest. They are the universal work of the Church! For this reason, all the faithful of the parish are encouraged to be an active part of the mission of the Minor Basilica.

* Citations taken from the official text governing Minor Basilicas, Domus Ecclesiae.  

So why a "Minor" Basilica?

Well, there are only four Major Basilicas: St. Peter's, St. John Latteran, St. Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls. These four Churches are particularly connected to the Pope in history and in practice. All other Basilicas are thus "Minor" Basilicas.

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The New Evangelization


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The New Evangelization


I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church’s energies to a NEW EVANGELIZATION and to the mission ad gentes. No BELIEVER IN CHRIST, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to ALL peoples
— Pope St. John Paul II

The New Evangelization is simple. It requires every Christian to use his or her gifts and talents and apply them to the work of evangelizing everyone. In the past, we assumed that every Catholic was already evangelized. In the past, we assumed that all we needed to do was catechize (educate). In the past we thought that the nuns and the priests would take care of all that work. It's plain enough to see that plenty of people in the pews on Sunday don't know, love and serve God as they ought. Something hasn't worked as it should... And so a NEW EVANGELIZATION is in order.

So "What is Evangelization?"  There's an ancient Greek idea used to describe it: Kerygma. Put simply, it's the path from disbelief to belief through the preaching of Jesus.

Now, one can't be pressured and it can't be forced - but the journey can be made, with God's help, by anyone who is willing to take the first step. It's hard, but not complicated. 

While some saints break it up differently, we at the Minor Basilica see five steps:

  • Acceptance of Personal Sin
  • Reception of Divine Mercy
  • Interest in and Study of the "How" of Faith (also called Mystagogia)
  • Interest in and Study of the "What" of Faith (also called Catechesis) 
  • Integration of these things into a life oriented toward heaven and open to the commands of God (also called Vocation) 

Every Christian is called constantly to deepen his own love for God through these steps and to help others to do the same. Some will be called to do that in a more intellectual way. Others will be called to do it in a more nurturing way. Whatever the call, it goes out to all the Earth. 

YOU ARE CALLED to be an evangelist. YOU ARE CALLED to be a part of the NEW EVANGELIZATION! 


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Into Heaven

The Sacraments and Religious Instruction

Students at St. Mary's study in a safe, nurturing environment permeated with daily prayer, weekly Mass, monthly Confession and plenty of opportunities to think on the Eternal Things.

St. Mary's students are encouraged to bring the Lord into every classroom and to seek out the links between all things which are true.

Into College

Academics, Athletics and ExtraCurricular Opportunities

Students at St. Mary's have broad opportunities for advanced classes both in our school and utilizing our technology-equipped distance learning classrooms. The small school environment assures students the opportunity to participate in athletics and club activities that would be far more limited in a larger school environment.