MINNEAPOLIS — A prominent local Catholic church is inviting people to a Mass on Tuesday in honor of the Notre Dame Cathedral community.
The Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis says that it wants to "share a message" with those affected by Monday's cathedral damage in Paris.
The special Mass is planned for noon in the Saint Joseph Chapel on the ground level of the Basilica.
Prayers will be offered for the first responders of the Notre Dame fire, the city of Paris and the cathedral's community.
The Mass will be followed by a rosary to Our Lady of Paris, the basilica said.
The basilica says that a book will be placed on its Altar of the Sacred Heart. Inside the book will be messages to the people of Paris.
The basilica plans to send the book to the Archbishop of Paris sometime after the Mass.
Officials of the basilica said in a statement, "During this Holy week, Catholics around the world are saddened by the destruction of the iconic cathedral. The loss of precious relics, irreplaceable art, striking architecture, rich history and culture, are simply devastating. "
The Basilica of Saint Mary can be found at 88 N 17th St. in Minneapolis.