Sunday, November 9, 2014

Bulletin for the Week of November 9, 2014 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

Last weekend, we celebrated the feasts of All Saints and All Souls.  Because All Souls day fell on a Sunday this year, we celebrated the liturgy for it instead of our usual Sunday liturgy.  This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of the Dedication of the basilica of St. John Lateran, one of the four major basilicas in Rome.  For your information, the four major basilicas are St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major, St. Peter, and St. Paul Outside the Walls.  They are all stunning works of beauty, and if you are ever able, it would be quite enriching to visit them.  The Dedication of St. John Lateran is a major feast and also replaces the Sunday liturgy this weekend since November 9 falls on a Sunday.  We might ask the question, "Why do we celebrate the dedication of St. John Lateran in the place of our usual Sunday liturgy when other feasts are either passed over or moved to another day?

Obviously, the Church considers the feast of this dedication to be very important.  It is not important because of the church building so much as what it represents.  The Basilica of St. John Lateran is the Pope's cathedral as Bishop of Rome.  The feast of the dedication represents our understanding of the primacy of the Chair of Peter as well as our unity with it.  The Pope is a bishop just like any other bishop in some respects, and therefore is one with them, and thus all of us.  At the same time, however, we recognize the Pope's special place in unifying us in one Faith and one Truth as taught to us by Jesus.  This is the pillar of our Church and Faith:  that we can be sure of being on the right path to Christ in being given the Church to lead and guide us to the Truth.  It underpins our Faith, and gives us confidence in living it.  Without this unity, we could easily deteriorate into different beliefs than the Truth and lose the confidence to live in the right Faith.  Without it, we would not have our peace in Christ.  For this gift of a unified Faith we thank God today.

On another note, there are a couple of odds and ends about which I want to keep you posted.  First, on the Sanctuary Project Campaign work, the tile for the sanctuary floor has been received in New Orleans, so everything is going according to plan so far.  An issue did come up with having to install the altar prior to laying down the flooring, which we are working out now.  Some of what we had planned may have to change depending on when we receive the new altar.  Also, we will begin construction on the bathrooms this week, beginning with the outside bathroom.  Once it is completed, we will then begin work on the inside bathroom, so that at all times we will have at least one working bathroom.

Regarding the brick sign on the south side of the parking lot, we have ordered the granite, and it is in line for production.  We hope that it will be ready for installation some time in November or early December.

Thanks to all whose help and support have made these projects possible.

      God Bless

      Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of November 09, 2014 has been posted. Click here to see it.

The calendar on the website has been updated with all events for the coming week along with prayer intention information and information on the second collection for all of the masses. Take some time to look at our calendar here.

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