St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on June 22nd, 2012
Today, the Church celebrates the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, one of only three birthdays liturgically celebrated during the Church year and one of very few feasts that takes priority over the usual Sunday liturgy (today would otherwise be the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time). I claim John the Baptist as my patron saint, and this also happens to be the anniversary of my birth – many years ago!
As I mentioned in last week’s bulletin, Fr. Titus will be preaching at all the Masses this week-end as part of our diocesan “Mission Cooperative Plan.” The purpose of this plan is not only to raise money for a specific missionary need but, perhaps even more importantly, to raise our missionary awareness. It is necessary that we remember that the entire Church is missionary and that our baptism and confirmation empower each of us to “go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.”
As many of you know, I am away at this time participating in a pilgrimage to Ireland sponsored by the Glenmary Sisters. Following an overnight flight from Chicago we arrived in Dublin on Saturday and visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Book of Kells exhibition at Trinity College. Today we are visiting the Hill of Tara and Monasterboice and celebrating Mass at St. Peter’s and Paul Church. Unfortunately, the International Eucharistic Congress which was held in Dublin was last week. It would have been a special grace to have been able to participate in it.
The “Fortnight of Freedom” began on Thursday and lasts until July 4th. I trust that you have read the information we have been putting in the bulletin, and that you are praying daily for our nation and for the protection of the constitutional rights of all citizens. The First Amendment protects the right to exercise one’s religion without government interference. This means much more than simply allowing us to worship as we wish on Sunday; it also guarantees that religious institutions will not be coerced to act against their faith.
Love, Fr. John