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 “Singing is praying. When one sings one prays twice – so said the great Saint Augustine. While singing in the front of the Lord, we are in touch with the deepest center of our heart. Whatever moves there, comes out before our Creator as a loving offering to Him. The emotions of joy, grief, anger and frustration pour out in the presence of the Lord in loving trust and total self-surrender. Singing together is praying together – brothers and sisters in deep communion with each other in the overflowing love of God.”  (quote found at

LECTOR: Proclaiming the Word of God at Mass:
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The mission of the ministry of Music here at the Basilica is to proclaim the good news of the Gospel and inspire and encourage our worshipping community to offer their praise to God through song.  From the traditional hymns to songs of contemporary musical settings and lyrics, the music chosen for each liturgy is intended to enhance the message of the scripture readings of the day as well as provide easy to sing melodies that will touch the hearts of the worshippers singing it.

There are a variety of opportunities for those who wish to offer their gift of voice to God and serve the Basilica community.  Cantors serve at each Mass, leading the community in joyful praise through song.  Our choir serves at the 10:45 Mass, blending their voices in harmonies and accompanying the cantor to enrich the liturgy.  The great dome of the Basilica affords a unique acoustical effect in which the music resonates throughout the entire church.  The choir provides musical support at the great feasts of Christmas and Easter and at Holy Week liturgies.

Another facet of our music ministry is the weekly concert series.  Each Wednesday after the 12:10 Mass, the community is treated to a concert performed by students at the Peabody Institute of Music.  Musical artists of various instruments, including the organ, harp, violin and cello, perform a 20-30 minute program of an assortment of styles.  This program runs from October until May.  This year we hope to expand the program to include a wider variety of artists and instruments.  In addition to this concert series, choirs and choral groups from all over the state frequently ask to perform at the Basilica because of its outstanding acoustical capacity and stunning environment.  Concerts of this nature will be announced throughout the year in the parish bulletin.

Weddings are frequent joyful affairs at the Basilica and happy couples exchange their vows nearly every weekend of the year in our sanctuary.  Our talented soloists are eager to extend their services to provide memorable music for every wedding.

Psalm 100 exhorts us to “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord”!  The Basilica Music Ministry is committed to assisting each person who offers their praise to God at each Mass to do just that.  If you would like to become a member of the choir or minister as a cantor, if you are planning a wedding or want more information about our concert series, please  contact the parish office who can then put you in touch with Josh Diaz, the Basilica interim Music Director.   And the next time you come to Mass, lift your voice in joyful song  – God loves to hear it!


Responsible for preparing the sanctuary for the liturgy and assisting the clergy during the Mass:

Contact Deacon Sean Keller at


Greets and welcomes parishioners attending Mass, as well as assisting them with seating and attending to special needs.  They are also responsible for taking up the collection during Mass.

 Contact Jim Goldbeck at



Assists Pastoral Leader in achieving the cooperation of the parishioners and staff in the task of carrying out the mission of the Church on the parish level.   The Basilica Pastoral Council meets four times a year.  For more information please contact Kathy Wandishin at X220 or


The Basilica Parish takes an active role in reaching out to our less fortunate brothers and sisters in Baltimore City.  This includes assisting My Sister’s Place in the serving of the nightly meal, adopting families for Christmas, and a weekly poor box proceeds designation to a local outreach center.  The Basilica Council Knights of Columbus assists the parish with a weekly food donation to support the Assisi House in stocking their food pantry. But much more work needs to be done!  If you are interested in volunteering some time to help those in need please contact Kathy Wandishin –


Visits and brings the Word of God to those who are incarcerated in   Maryland prisons.  Contact:  Deacon Bob Shephard –


Visits and brings comfort to those who are ill in hospitals or homebound.  Contact:  Deacon Sean Keller –


BASILIBRATION is the parish’s major fundraiser.  This annual festive event includes a raffle, dinner, silent auction and other games of chance.   Those on this committee will help plan and execute this event.  Contact:  Kathy Wandishin –

THE BALTIMORE BASILICA KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL has recently formed.  For more information contact: Jim Goldbeck at

YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES – Focuses on prayer, outreach and activities geared toward the interests of our parishioners age 18-35.  Contact Deacon Sean Keller –

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