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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Friday of week 15 in Ordinary Time, or...


When the perfect union with God and the Church has been ruptured by an act of sin, a Catholic Christian is to be reconciled with God and the community through the sacrament of reconciliation. The early Church referred to this sacrament as a mini-baptism because it returns a person to full union with the Church.


First Reconciliation preparation for families with children age 7 (second grade) or above is offered once a year.

Preparation is accomplished through home activities and two parent-child preparation sessions. Children must be active participants in faith formation or Catechesis of the Good Shepherd programs or enrolled in a Catholic school. Parents are required to attend an education meeting in October. Contact Christine at 612.317.3435 for more information.

History and Theology of Reconciliation

Learn more about the history and theology of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

© Sacrament of Reconciliation »
Though no longer used, eight confessionals are built against the east and west walls of the church, four on each side. They are made of Tavernelle marble with interior wood trim. The sacrament of reconciliation is now celebrated in two beautiful reconciliation rooms in the chapel in the undercroft. People may confess anonymously or face to face with the priest. – Photo by Michael Jensen. [Close]
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