Catholic parishes, schools gearing up for Super Bowl

| January 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Multiple Catholic parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have made plans with the Super Bowl in mind as the Feb. 4 game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis approaches.

Those plans include participation in one of the more than 30 events during the weeks before the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Other parishes and schools have their own events, and a couple of downtown Minneapolis parishes have adjusted Mass schedules to accommodate visitors.

  • Ascension Catholic School in Minneapolis will have 80 students participate in the Land O’Lakes Farm Bowl 1-3 p.m. Feb. 1. The event involves professional football players competing in farm-related activities to educate attendees about farming.
  • St. Mary in St. Paul will offer booya for takeout Feb. 3 starting at 9 a.m. for $15 per quart. The parish is also offering parking for the Giant Snow Slide at CHS Field, one of the many attractions across the city coinciding with the Winter Carnival and Super Bowl lead-up.
  • St. Bonaventure in Bloomington hopes to draw many out-of-town Massgoers with its location 2.4 miles and eight minutes away from the Mall of America. It posted an invitation to Super Bowl visitors on its website.
  • Our Lady of Lourdes in Minneapolis has changed its Mass times for Super Bowl weekend Feb. 3-4 with the permission of Archbishop Bernard Hebda. The parish will have Mass at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Feb. 3, and will not offer a 7 p.m. Mass Feb. 4. Morning Mass times remain the same.
  • On Super Bowl weekend, the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis will have new Mass times for Feb. 3 — 3 p.m and 5 p.m. — and no evening Masses Feb. 4. The parish will have free street parking near the Basilica, but the MCTC ramp will have a $20 charge for the weekend. Parking under the I-94 overpass adjacent the Basilica remains free during Masses.
  • Basilica of St. Mary rector Father John Bauer will be among Catholic clergy attending the Bold Hope in the North interfaith gathering at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis Jan. 28. The event will bring together Minnesota religious leaders to raise money to tackle homelessness.
  • St. Olaf in Minneapolis will host homeless people from First Covenant Church’s shelter the week of the Super Bowl. First Covenant couldn’t house people at its shelter due to its close proximity to U.S. Bank Stadium, which will have high security that week.
  • A “Souper” Bowl benefit will take place at St. Matthew in St. Paul to support Community of Saints Regional Catholic School in West St. Paul 6-9 p.m. Feb. 3. The evening includes food, games, a silent auction and a food drive.
  • Lumen Christi in St. Paul will take donations of gift cards until noon Jan. 29 to help human trafficking victims. Experts say the problem might increase during the Super Bowl. Donations will go to Minnesota nonprofit Breaking Free, which helps sex-trafficking victims.

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