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Pastor's Letter

y Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Lent calls our attention to a fresh start. After forty day of rain, creation began anew with Noah. During forty days in the desert Jesus showed himself to be God's beloved Son by withstanding temptation. Lent offers us forty days to prepare for a fresh start at Easter, when we renew the covenant vows of our baptism.

Remember our Fish Fry Suppers during the Fridays of Lent followed by Stations of the Cross and Benediction. It is a good spiritual practice to be added to our Lenten observance.

The Pastoral Council will meet today after the 10:30 a.m. Mass and the Finance Council will meet next week at the same time. Our finances are holding stable, thanks to your generosity. Please keep the needs of the parish in mind.

Let us continue our efforts to grow in holiness and to become more pleasing to the Lord. This is a season to help us reflect on our lives and to see where we are spiritually. Let us make the necessary adjustments in our lives where they are needed. God bless!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Reverend Aquines 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 9:00 a.m. (this year 2014)
  • All Souls: Celebrated at the Sunday Masses . (this year 2014)
  • 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 Advent will be Saturday, December 13th 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 2015

Palm Sunday, March 29th, 2015

  • 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM Mass

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week 2015

  • Daily Mass at 12:00 PM (Noon)
  • No Adoration on Monday, Wednesday & Friday of Holy Week — We will resume on Wednesday, April 8th.

Celebration of the Lord's Supper, April 2nd, 2015

  • 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 3rd, 2015

  • 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 4th, 2015

  • 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 5th, 2015

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

Easter Monday, April 6th, 2015

  • 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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