St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on June 8th, 2012
Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord. As we announced last week, exposition will occur at Blessed Sacrament Chapel beginning at the ten o’clock Mass until three o’clock. At that time, we will have an Eucharistic Prayer Service, a procession and Benediction. Please spend some time in prayerful adoration and join us at three o’clock.
Now that summer is here some people are inclined to dress a little more casually than is appropriate for Mass. Choose clothing that will not be distracting to you or to others. Appropriate clothes for picnic or golf course are generally out of place at Church, even in our temporary worship space. Shorts, T-shirts, flip-flops, as well as tank tops, spaghetti straps, etc. are too casual for Sunday Mass. Too often, modesty is ignored or forgotten. Let’s remember where we are going, what we are doing and who it is we will meet.
As our nation prepares for the November elections, I will periodically publish some statements from our American bishops. The Church does not support individual candidates, nor is it her job to tell us how to vote. Rather, the Church’s job is to form our consciences, and it is our responsibility to allow our consciences to be formed. The bishops state: “As Catholics, we are led to raise questions for political life other than ‘Are you better off than you were two or four years ago?’ Our focus is not on party affiliation, ideology, economics, or even competence and capacity to perform duties, as important as such issues are. Rather, we focus on what protects or threatens human life and dignity.” (#89 “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship”) I encourage you to read the Bishops’ document on faithful citizenship which can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/index.cfm.
Love, Fr. John