St. Mary's Basilica, PhoenixName of Church St. Mary’s Basilica

Address 231 North Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Phone number 602-354-2100

Website www.saintmarysbasilica.org

Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 & 11 a.m.  Monday – Friday, 12:05 p.m.  Holy days, 12:05 & 5:15 p.m.

Confessions Saturdays, 4 p.m.

Names of priests Franciscan Fathers Vincent Mesi, pastor and rector, and Micah Muhlen. The church has been staffed by Franciscan friars since 1895; Father Muhlen delivered a good homily on the Word of God when this writer was present. Years ago, Phoenix suffered from scandals that reached the office of the previous bishop, but today, the orthodox bishop is Thomas Olmsted is at the helm. He is celebrating his 10th anniversary of becoming bishop of Phoenix this year.

School No.

Special groups and activities Holy Hour and adoration, 11 a.m. & 5 p.m.; St. Mary’s Youth Group; Ministry to the Sick and Homebound; Ministry of Care (brings the Eucharist to shut-ins); Legion of Mary; St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Music The parish has a pipe organ; on weekends you’ll enjoy more traditional music.

Fellow parishioners The parish serves 750 families that drive in from all over the Phoenix area, as well as businessmen who come to Mass during the week. It also draws a significant number of visitors. All Masses are in English.

Parking There is a small parking lot beside the church, or underground parking under the chancery office.

Acoustics Good.

Cry room No, but children are welcome. Take them out into the courtyard if they become unruly.

Parish bulletin Available online.

Additional observations St. Mary’s Basilica is surrounded by hotels, offices and the convention center in downtown Phoenix and is about 50 yards away from the chancery office for the diocese. The parish was established in 1881; the current church completed in 1914. It is built in the traditional style.  One of its most notable features is its stained glass windows; in the rear, as you exit, is a particularly beautiful one featuring the Blessed Mother. It has a traditional altar, two side altars, an altar rail, tall white columns and statues of the saints.

Alongside the church is a large courtyard featuring statues of St. Francis, Mother Teresa, and Pope John Paul II. The entrance to the chancery is on the opposite side of the courtyard, but it is not the rectory of the church and is not where you should go for information. Take a look inside the chancery, as it has a nice chapel and exhibits featuring Pope John Paul II’s visit to Phoenix in 1987. (He celebrated Mass for 75,000 in Tempe’s Sun Devil Stadium; you can see the chair the pontiff sat in, and some of the items he wore, such as his mitre.)