The Basilica of Saint Mary
July 22, 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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Recent Publications
· Weekly Newsletter
  January 16, 2014
· Parish Bulletin
  December 27, 2013
· BASILICA Magazine
  December 6, 2013
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There are many ways to assist others in our community who are hungry. For information or to volunteer please contact Julia Buege Freeman at 612.317.3413.


Basilica volunteers partner with Meals-on-Wheels to bring meals to residents of the Loring Park area of downtown who are not able to prepare a meal for themselves. For information or to volunteer, contact contact Greg Halbert or 612-927-4284 or Brittany at 612-532-1023 or

Loaves and Fishes

Looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of our hungry neighbors? In partnership with the local non-profit “Loaves and Fishes”, the Basilica funds, cooks and serves one meal each month on the fourth Friday. Location varies between even and odd numbered months:

4th Friday of every odd month
River of Life Church, 2200 Fremont Ave N, Minneapolis
Cook and serve a meal for 200 people on the fourth Friday of every odd month. Volunteers needed at 4:00pm to prepare the meal and 5:00pm to serve. We will go out afterwards to Elsie's. Contact Terry for details or to volunteer.

4th Friday of every even month
Faith Lutheran Church 499 Charles St, St. Paul (Frogtown area)
Cook and serve a meal for 200 people on the fourth Friday of every even month. Volunteers needed at 4:00pm to prepare the meal and 5:00pm to serve. Contact Debby 651.423.6344 for details or to volunteer.

Higher Ground Shelter Meal

Basilica volunteers serve a hot meal for 200 people five evenings each month at Higher Ground, a downtown Minneapolis shelter for men.

Sandwich Ministry

Each day the rectory is open, sandwiches and coffee are offered to visitors who are hungry, often neighbors who are homeless and staying in shelters or camps by The Basilica. Help prepare sandwiches for our guests, with the Wednesday morning team or at home.

Opportunity Center Meal

Basilica volunteers pick up food and prepare and serve a hot meal for 200-250 people on the second and fourth Saturdays each month at Catholic Charities Opportunity Center (formerly Branch III) on the corner of 17th and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis.

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The Basilica sandwich ministry is greatly appreciated by our neighbors who are homeless. – Photo by Julia Buege Freeman. [Close]
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