St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on February 22nd, 2013
Thanks to all of you who participated in the Mission last week – a very special thank you to Fr. Lou Caporiccio for sharing his faith and priestly ministry with us. I hope that you found the Mission a spiritually enriching experience that helped you to get Lent off to a good start.
Pope Benedict XVI will leave the Apostolic Palace and the papacy on Thursday. There are some good articles in this week’s Our Sunday Visitor regarding his eight years as pontiff, his abdication, etc. Let us pray fervently to the Holy Spirit as the Cardinal electors prepare to enter the Conclave to choose the next successor to St. Peter. At the time of this writing, a date for the conclave has not been announced, but I am confident that we will know soon and that we will have a new Holy Father before Easter.
I want to draw your attention to this week’s insert “Life, Marriage, Religious Liberty.” This is a statement from our US bishops calling American Catholics to prayer, penance and sacrifice for the sake of renewing a culture of life, marriage and religious liberty in our country. As you know, serious threats to each of these goods have raised unprecedented challenges to the Church and to the nation.
Several weeks ago, I told you about the attractive history book of the diocese entitled, “Freely You Have Received, Freely Give.” We have a number of these books available for purchase in the sacristy and in the parish office.
Remember, The Light is On For You in the confessional on Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:00. This week, we also have confessions on Thursday from 4:00-500pm, in addition to our regularly scheduled Saturday confessions.
Love, Fr. John