St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on March 22nd, 2013
Habemus papam! Of course, by the time you are reading this, it is old news, but as I type this message Pope Francis walked out on the balcony of St. Peter’s two hours ago. To be honest, I am surprised that the election did not take another day or two, but I am very happy that we now have the 265th successor to St. Peter. We look forward to the days and years ahead, and pray that our new Holy Father will teach us well and inspire all of us to be more fervent disciples of Jesus Christ and committed members of His one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church.
Our great week has begun. The last five weeks of Lent have been preparing us for this truly blessed and holy week. I pray that you will unite yourself to the Church’s liturgy, as we enter into the Sacred Triduum beginning next Thursday evening. Even if you are not able to be here in person, these days call each of us to deep prayer and reflection. So, wherever you are, take some extra time this week to read the Bible, say the Rosary and reflect upon the love of God we celebrate at this sacred time.
Although not part of the Triduum, our Chrism Mass is on Tuesday evening at the Sportscenter. I am always happy that so many of you participate in that annual liturgy. Other than the Jubilee Mass which we celebrated on December 8th, this is the only time of the year when the entire diocesan Church is called together. Bishop Medley, Bishop McRaith, virtually all the priests, and people from every parish in the diocese, will be there to celebrate the Mass and bless the holy oils which will be used in the sacramental rites throughout the year. Please, join us at the altar on Tuesday night.
Love, Fr. John