Fr. Peter's Post

ASH WEDNESDAY MASS SCHEDULE: Lent begins with Ash Wednesday this coming week. Masses for Ash Wednesday are as follows: 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral and 12:10 and 6:00 p.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea. Ashes will be distributed at each of these Masses and the school children and youth will be attending the Cathedral Masses, but everyone is welcome! 

ASH WEDNESDAY COLLECTION FOR THE POOR: The collection at Ash Wednesday Masses will be for outreach to the poor. At St. Mary Star of the Sea it will go to our “Helping Hands Fund” and at the Cathedral to the “Cathedral Cares Fund”. 

MASS @ WOMEN’S CARE CENTER TUESDAY: Mass will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday February 25th. 

WE HAVE ROOM FOR YOUR MASS INTENTIONS: It is an ancient Christian practice to pray for the dead. In fact, we do it at every celebration of Holy Mass. The priest is also happy to offer his Mass for a particular intention and you hear that intention mentioned at the beginning of daily Mass or at the end of the Intercessions on Sunday. If you would like a Mass offered for a deceased loved one or for a special intention, please call the parish office and our secretaries will be happy to arrange that. We currently have openings in the coming months. 

LENTEN MISSION: I am happy to announce that we will again be able to provide a Lenten Mission this year. Fr. Glenn Sudano who was with us two years ago will be returning and preaching on how God’s grace works in our lives. Save the dates for this Lenten retreat: March 23-25th. 

PRAYER FOR A NEW BISHOP: We have begun to pray for a new bishop at the end of the Intercessions at Mass. This will take the place of the Vocations Prayer until a new bishop has been selected for our diocese. It will probably take about a year for the selection process to unfold.

KC BREAKFAST BUFFET TO BENEFIT STELLA MARIS ACADEMY:I would like to thank my brother Knights for putting on a delicious Breakfast Buffet today (Sunday February 2nd). Please join us for some great food from 9:00 a.m. to Noon in the Gymnasium at Holy Rosary. All proceeds will go to support the important mission of Stella Maris Academy! Thank you, Cathedral KCs for putting on this breakfast for our school!

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK JANUARY 26TH-FEBRUARY 2ND: Catholic Schools Week begins next weekend with a “Kick-Off Mass” on Sunday January 26th at the Cathedral featuring our students assisting in roles during the Liturgy. WE ARE SO BLESSED TO HAVE A CATHOLIC SCHOOL! So many great things happen at Stella Maris Academy’s three campuses!

Did you know that we have students not only from the Cathedral but from St. Mary Star of the Sea at Stella Maris Academy and that both our parishes are committed to providing financial and other support for SMA? Thank you for supporting our Catholic School!

WE CELEBRATE THE SAVIOR’S BIRTH THROUGH JANUARY 12TH: We celebrate Christ’s birth not just on December 25th but throughout a whole season of Christmas feasts that includes the Feast of the Holy Family, Mary Mother of God, Epiphany, and the Baptism of the Lord.  This last Christmas feast will take place on Sunday January 12th.    

The Child born of Mary came to save us from our sinful isolation and share His Divine life with us.  Let the Savior touch your heart.  Give him your burdens.  I pray that you allow Him to enter your life in a new way this Christmas. 

FR. PAUL ON VACATION JANUARY 9-16TH: Fr. Paul will be away on a long-scheduled vacation January 9th through the 16th.

FR. PETER TRAVELS TO ROME JANUARY 10-20TH: Fr. Peter has been asked by the Diocesan Administrator to accompany him to Rome for the “Ad Limina” visit being made by the Bishops of our region. Bishops visit the Holy Father every five years to pray at the tombs of the Apostles Peter and Paul and to meet with the Holy Father. With the unexpected death of Bishop Sirba, Fr Jim Bissonette (Diocesan Administrator) will represent our diocese and has asked me to make the trip as well. It is customary for Bishops to bring a priest with them.

THERE WILL BE A LIMITED WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE JAN 9-20TH: There will be weekdays without Mass in our parishes during this time. While Deacon Ted will do Communion Services at 12:10 at St. Mary Star of the Sea when he is able there will be not 7:00 a.m. morning Mass at the Cathedral January 10 or January 13-16th.  HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE A REGULAR SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE while Fr. Paul and Fr. Peter are away.

MASSES FOR SOLEMNITY OF MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD (JAN 1ST): The Solemnity of Mary The Mother of God occurs every January 1st.  We will mark this feast day with a Vigil Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea December 31st at 6:00 p.m. and with Mass on New Year’s Day at the Cathedral at 9:00 a.m. 

MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE OUR LITURGIES SO BEAUTIFUL: I would like to thank all of our talented musicians and choir members for the beautiful music they provide us at Christmas time.  Their work and the work of all those who so beautifully decorate our churches help us honor and worship the Divine Christ Child!  Thank you for sharing your talents with us! 

TUESDAY HOLY HOURS MOVE TO 6:00 P.M. IN THE NEW YEAR: We will continue to have Adoration/Holy Hours on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month at the Cathedral of Our Lady.  However, starting in January they will occur a half hour earlier to allow better for other activities afterwards.  So, beginning January 7th Adoration will take place from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.