St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on February 15th, 2013
Pope Benedict’s announcement of his resignation at the end of the month caught me by surprise, as it did most people. While not unprecedented, it has been almost 600 years since this has occurred, when Pope Gregory XII gave up the papacy in 1415. Pope Benedict was seventy-eight when he was elected eight years ago. I think he has held up remarkably well during this time, and his tenure has been a blessing to the Church. Let us pray for him as he prepares himself to meet the Lord. Let us also pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit upon the Cardinals who will choose the next successor to St. Peter in the next few weeks. Jesus remains with His Church forever, and the Spirit continues to guide us.
We welcome Fr. Louis Caporiccio to St. Stephen. He is here to lead our parish mission this week. What a great opportunity to inaugurate the season of Lent. Please try to join us each evening as we gather in prayer and adoration and reflect upon the Word of God that Fr. Lou will bring to us. He will also be available for confession each evening. The mission will conclude with the celebration of Mass on Thursday night.
Next Saturday evening, the Glenmary Sisters are sponsoring their “Men Who Cook” event. Garry Pierce and I are each preparing a delicious morsel. I encourage you to purchase a ticket from Sr. Sharon or Richard Remp-Morris. It will be an enjoyable evening and supports a worth-while cause: the missionary apostolate of the Glenmary Sisters.
Don’t forget, “The Light is on for You” in the confessional every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:00 during Lent, in addition to our other scheduled times for confession. Our parish communal penance service is March 17th at 3:00pm.
Love, Fr. John