From the Rector, Second Sunday of Lent, 2/25/2024

From the Rector, Second Sunday of Lent, 2/25/2024

Reading the Cathedral, Part 6: In the Shape of the Cross Many large churches are designed to be “cruciform,” that is, in the shape of the cross. Our cathedral is built this way, though you can only tell from the inside. This shape and symbol is so important to our faith, for obvious reasons, that even …

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From the Rector, First Sunday of Lent, 2/18/2024

From the Rector, First Sunday of Lent, 2/18/2024

  Reading the Cathedral, Part 5: The Nave Walking from the narthex into the main body of the church can feel like a deep breath of air. From the small confines of the entry way, you can now see the high ceilings and feel the openness of the space. You are now in the nave. …

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From the Rector, Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2/11/2024

From the Rector, Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2/11/2024

Choosing Lenten Penances              Lent begins this Wednesday. Early as it is this year, we cannot let this season slip by, lest we lose the many chances for grace therein. With that in mind, I wanted to offer some practical tips for choosing your Lenten penances. Hopefully you have been prayerfully considering this before today! But …

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From the Rector, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2/4/2024

From the Rector, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2/4/2024

Reading the Cathedral, Part 3: The Facade of the Church Just like people, every church has a different face, or facade. This helps us to tell one person from another, and one church from another. And just as with people, the facade of a church can tell us a great deal about what lies within. Looking …

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From the Rector, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 1/21/24

From the Rector, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 1/21/24

Reading the Cathedral, Part 2: The Bell Tower From all over town, one can see the bell tower of the Cathedral. This is a constant reminder of the presence of God among us in His Church and in the church building. More than this, a bell tower, and the bells within, are visible and audible …

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From the Rector, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 1/14/2024

From the Rector, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 1/14/2024

Reading the Cathedral, Part 1: Three Principles            At various times throughout this year, I will be turning my theological church tour into written articles. These are meant to help teach you how to “read” our Cathedral, and so learn from this sacred building various aspects of our faith. I hope you find them helpful! …

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From the Rector, December 24 & 25, 2023

Pope Benedict XVI, Christmas Blessing Christ is born for us! Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to the men and women whom he loves. May all people hear an echo of the message of Bethlehem which the Catholic Church repeats in every continent, beyond the confines of every nation, language and …

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From the Rector, 12/17/2023, Third Sunday of Advent

Sunday and Christmas Mass Obligations Since Christmas falls on a Monday this year, I wanted to give the following instruction which could be helpful in planning for the double obligation for Mass attendance on Sunday and on Christmas.  Catholics have an obligation to participate in Mass on both Sunday, 24 December (Fourth Sunday of Advent) …

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From the Rector, 12/10/23, Second Sunday of Advent

From a report by Don Antonio Valeriano                At daybreak one Saturday morning in 1531, on the very first days of the month of December, an Indian named Juan Diego was going from the village where he lived to Tlatelolco in order to take part in divine worship and listen to God’s commandments. When he came …

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