The Basilica of Saint Mary
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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 Newsletter
  January 16, 2014
· Parish Bulletin
  December 27, 2013
· BASILICA Magazine
  December 6, 2013
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The celebration of the Eucharist is at the heart of the life of the Church. The Christian community gathers to celebrate the mystery of God’s love as it is revealed in the sacred Scriptures and in the sacrificial meal. Those who gather are fed by the Word and by the Body and Blood of Christ.

Archbishop Nienstedt  has stipulated that celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation needs to precede the celebration of Eucharist. We ask that all families who will be enrolling a child in preparation for First Eucharist also enroll in preparation for First Reconciliation. Children in Second Grade or older are invited to participate in preparation for this sacrament.

Preparation for First Eucharist is accomplished through a combination of home activities and parent-child sessions. Children in 2nd grade and age 7 and older are invited to prepare for First Eucharist.  Children must be active participants in children's Learning Programs for at least one year before preparation can begin.  Parents are required to attend an education meeting in January. Contact Christine Moore 612.317.3435 for more information.


Children celebrate the sacrament in its fullness and receive Communion for the first time at a special celebration of the Eucharist during the season of Easter.

Learn more about the history and theology of the Eucharist.

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Children gathered to celebrate their First Communion. About 60 children celebrate this sacrament every year. – Photo by Michael Jensen. [Close]
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