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Pastor's Letter

y Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The story of Jesus and the Roman coin is sometimes used to argue that Christians should not worry about how their religious duties and their political duties might conflict; one can repay to Caesar the things that are Caesar's without any worry that this might take away from the things that ought to be given to God. But matters are not really that simple because the division between the secular and the sacred is often a blurry one. The coin that was given to Jesus would likely have had an inscription on it -- divi filius -- that ascribed divinity to Caesar himself. That is why Jesus did not have one on his person: to carry such a coin would have been to be complicity in idolatry; it would have implied that he accepted not just Caesar's political authority but also his claim to be a divine being. In other words, as part and parcel of his political authority, Caesar claimed a status and an allegiance from his subjects that rightly belonged to God alone. So while Jesus commands us to give to political authorities what is their due, the whole context of the story implies that political leaders might expect more from us than they rightly should, demanding an absolute loyalty that rightly belongs only to God.

PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Once again, I ask that you please make your contribution to our 2014 ADA. Presently we are at 53% of our goal for 2014 which is $134,411.00. It is very important for our financial stability that we meet this goal along with our other financial obligations. There are blank forms in the back of the Basilica. Please keep our financial needs in mind so our debt does not increase.

My prayers are with all of you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Reverend Aquinas M. Nichols

Liturgy at the Basilica

The Source and Summit of Christian Life

t. John's parish seeks to be a model of renewed liturgy and a place of prayer for all who visit.
The Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, occupy a central role in the liturgical activity of the Basilica family. Through the public worship of the Church, visitors throughout the country (and lately the world), experience the presence of God in a profound way.
The worship of God truly forms the source and summit of the Church's life and the mission of the Basilica of St. John.

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Mass Information

  • Saturday: 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM (Vigil)
  • Sunday: 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM (Festive Sung Mass)
  • Holy Days: Mass are usually 12:00 PM (Noon), and 7:00 PM. Please call the parish office for any Mass schedule changes.
  • All Saints: Mass at 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m.
  • All Souls: Mass at 9:00 a.m.
  • Ash Wednesday: Mass at 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m. with distribution of ashes.
  • The following Holidays and Civic observances are the exceptions:
    • January 1st, Mary the Mother of God -9:00 a.m.
    • Memorial Day 9:00 a.m.
    • Independence Day 9:00 a.m.
    • Labor Day 9:00 a.m.
    • Thanksgiving Day 9:00 a.m.
    • Christmas Eve 4:00 pm.(Childrens Mass) and Midnight Mass
    • Christmas Day 10:30 a.m.
  • Weekdays: 12:00 PM (Noon)
  • First Saturday: 9:00 AM
  • Ash Wednesday 12:00 PM (Noon) and 7:00 PM
  • Friday during Lent - Stations of the Cross 7:00 PM

Reconciliation Information

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every Saturday afternoon from 2:45 PM until 3:45 PM, or by appointment by calling the parish office at 515-244-3101.
  • Communal Penance for Lent will be Saturday, April 5th at 10:00 a.m.

  • Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament

  • As a parish we adore Our Lord in the most Blessed Sacrament with Eucharistic Adoration on:
    • Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Please come and visit our Lord and if you can commit to taking an hour for us that would be of great assistance to us . Contact Rosemary at 244-3101 ext. 204 to become one of our Adorers.

Holy Week Schedule 2014

Palm Sunday, April 13th, 2014

  • 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM Mass

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week 2014

  • Daily Mass at 12:00 PM (Noon)
  • No Adoration on Monday, Wednesday & Friday of Holy Week — We will resume on Wednesday, April 23rd.

Celebration of the Lord's Supper, April 17th, 2014

  • No Adoration during the day
  • Office closed at 12:00 PM (Noon)
  • Seder Meal (in Mulvihill Hall) at 6:00 PM
  • Solemn Mass at 7:30 PM
  • Adoration until 10:00 PM

Good Friday of the Lord's Passion, April 18th, 2014

  • No Adoration during the day
  • Solemn Stations of the Cross at 3:00 PM, Chaplet of Divine Mercy-after
  • Solemn Liturgical Service (Veneration of the Cross) at 7:30 PM

Holy Saturday of the Lord's Rest, April 19th, 2014

  • 7:30 AM (RCIA meets in Hall)
  • RCIA practice in the Basilica at 8:00 AM
  • Church decorating begins at 9:00 AM
  • Altar Server practice in the Basilica at 9:00 AM
  • Instrumental Practice begins at 12:30 p.m.
  • Solemn Easter Vigil Mass 8:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 20th, 2014

  • (No Coffee and Donuts today)
  • Mass at 8:30 AM
  • Solemn Sung Mass at 10:30 AM

Easter Monday, April 21st, 2014

  • Office closed, No Adoration
  • Weekday Mass at 12:00 noon
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Music at the Basilica

Sacred Sound in Sacred Space

hether it is the beautiful sounds of our thirty-eight rank Casavant pipe organ, the grand piano, a guitar, a flute, or harp, the combination of musical instrument, superb acoustics and voice make the Basilica of St. John a musical experience. The Basilica OrganWith 1,998 pipes which range from a few inches to sixteen feet, the Casavant pipe-organ is considered one of the best "in-space" instruments in this region.

From its roots in the Old Testament temple worship, the sacred liturgy of the Church has always seen music as an integral part of our worship. This is no more evident than here at the Basilica of St. John. Whether your tastes run from traditional Gregorian Chant, to contemporary worship with our folk group, to our ethnic diversity with the beautiful music from our Vietnamese and Hispanic choirs, to the timeless classics of the bell choir and our outstanding Basilica Choir, we live to "make a joyful noise," at the Basilica of St. John. In the words of St. Augustine, "He who sings, prays twice."


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