Fr. Peter's Post
Cold & Flu Season
Now that we’re into the Cold & Flu season I ask you to use good judgement about exchanging the Sign of Peace and receiving from the Cup at Mass. If you’re not feeling well, please refrain from these and help keep your fellow parishioners well this winter.
Adoration/Holy Hour Starts This Week
We will begin having Holy Hours with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and guided prayer in this week at the Cathedral. These Holy Hours are open to anyone and I invite you to attend as you are able. This new time of prayer at the Cathedral is the fruit of an extended discussion with a group of parish leaders who are continuing to pray and discern God’s will for us as a community of faith. I invite you to join them in asking God’s direction for both our parishes. The first Tuesday Holy Hour will take place is this week from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.
Michael the Archangel Prayer at the End of Mass
With the New Year we will begin praying the St. Michael the Archangel Prayer at the end of each Mass after the blessing and before the closing hymn. With everything going in our troubled world and with scandals in the Church I think it a good idea to invoke the intercession of St. Michael as we battle against many forms of evil. “St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the Devil”.
Masses for New Year's Feast of Mary, Mother of God
We will celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God with Mass New Year’s Eve (Monday) at 6:00 PM at St. Mary Star of the Sea and New Year’s Day (Tuesday) at 9:00 AM at the Cathedral.
Many Thanks to Our Musicians & Decorators
My thanks go out to the many musicians and choir members who have prepared beautiful music for our Christmas liturgies. I am also grateful to everyone who helped decorate our churches for Christmas. Thank you all for your talent and generosity!
There will be an additional time for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Sunday December 23rd from 4:00 to 5:30 at the Cathedral so that you can more easily make a good confession before Christmas comes. Confessions will be heard this coming week at the regularly scheduled times as well.