St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on January 18th, 2013
Tuesday marks the sad 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion here in the United States. Our US bishops have legislated that in the United States this date shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and a day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion. There will be a special Pro-life Mass at 12:05 on Tuesday, to which you are all invited.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity began last Friday and runs until this Friday, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Even though we are not hosting an ecumenical prayer service this year, it is incumbent that we take seriously our obligation to be concerned about this issue. This year’s theme, taken from the prophet Micah, is “What does God require of us?” (6:6). What God requires is that “all may be one (John 17:21). This was Jesus’ prayer the night before He died, and it is the serious obligation of the Church to strive for this goal. Here at the Cathedral, we want to look for ways to cooperate with other Churches in our community and to pray for them and with them, when appropriate. Though there are some significant differences between us, we have much in common that can be built upon and enjoyed.
Thanks to all of you who helped us put away the Christmas decorations last Sunday. With so many, the work did not take very long.
Fr. Brandon and I appreciate your prayers for us while we were at our annual Convocation last week. It is always good to be together with our brother priests – and it is always good to get back home too!
Love, Fr. John