Fr. Peter's Post

Totus Tuus Next Week June 17-22

We are happy to be able once again to have the Catholic Summer program “Totus Tuus” available for our families.  A trained team of young people from the diocese put on this fun and faith-filled weeklong program at the Cathedral.  I encourage you to enroll your children and youth.

Tuck Pointing & Rectory/Tower Entrance Repairs

The Rectory and Tower Entrance stair areas will be repaired this summer and we will be looking at doing tuck pointing on the rectory parking area walls and other areas in the coming months.  If you are able to donate towards this work (we estimate will cost $20,000 to $25,000) you can drop a check in the collection marked “Tuck Pointing” or send one to parish office. 

Please Prayer for Our 11th Grade Youth

Our 11th Grade Youth are in their final weeks of preparation to be Confirmed on Sunday May 20th at a special 1:00 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral.  They have been completing their classes and service hours and are writing their letters to Bishop Sirba formally asking to be Confirmed.  Please pray for them that their hearts are open to the great gift of the Holy Spirit.

Please Keep Our 2nd Graders in Your Prayers 

Our 2nd Graders receiving their 1st Holy Communion this Sunday (May 6th) at the 10:30 Mass at the Cathedral.  Please pray for them and their families that their faith would continue to grow as they begin to receive the Lord Jesus in the awesome gift of the Eucharist.

Ecumenical Lutheran/Catholic Prayer Service April 29th

On Sunday April 29th at 3:00 PM there will be an Ecumenical Prayer Service marking the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation bringing together members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and St. Mary Star of the Sea parish.  Since the fire at Gloria Dei a couple of years ago St. Mary Star of the Sea has cooperated with Gloria Dei to provide their monthly breakfast to the Central Hillside neighborhood and we have gotten to know each other better.  The Prayer Service on Sunday April 29th will be an opportunity for us to recognize the progress that has been made in Catholic/Lutheran relations and to ask God to help us to give an effective common witness to Jesus Christ.  This event is open to the general public.

Divine Mercy Sunday Devotions

Divine Mercy Sunday will be marked by Adoration and Confessions beginning at 1:00 PM and the sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction at 3:00 PM Sunday at the Cathedral.  All are welcome!

Many Thanks for the Beautiful Music and Decorations

My thanks for out to Jenny Campbell and all her musicians and choir members for the beautiful music during Holy Week at the Cathedral.  My thanks go out as well to Greg Kriske and all his musicians and choir members for the beautiful Holy Week music at St. Mary Star of the Sea. 

I am also grateful to those who decorated our churches for this holy season.  Everything looks beautiful!

He is Risen Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is Risen, He is truly Risen!  The Lord who subjected himself to death on a cross has been raised up in glory.  Now all things are subject to him and every knee must bend in heaven, on the earth, and under the earth at the name of Jesus the Risen One.  On behalf of Bishop Sirba, Fr. Jeremy, Deacons Rodger, Dick, and Ted, I wish you a most blessed Easter. 

Confessions through Holy Week

I encourage everyone to make a good confession before Easter

ADDITIONAL HOLY WEEK CONFESSION TIMES:
St. Mary Star of the Sea:  Monday – Friday:  11:30 to Noon
Cathedral:   Tuesday: 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Holy Thursday:  Noon to 1:00 PM
Good Friday: Noon to 1:00 PM & 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Holy Saturday: 10:30 to Noon

Confessions Palm Sunday Evening from 6:00 - 7:30

Fr. Jeremy, Bishop Sirba, and I will be hearing confessions on Sunday March 25th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral.  I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to make a good confession before Easter. 

March Food Shelf Drive

A great way to give alms during Lent is through the state wide March Food Shelf Drive.  During the month of March donations to food shelves qualify for a matching grant so it is a great time to give.  You can bring canned and dried good to church or make a donation to our parishes marked “March Food Drive” and we will forward your donations. 

My Prayers for You for a Rich Experience of Lent

We have begun the Season of Lent: 40 days and 40 nights of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  In a personal way I am praying for all of you, that this Lent is filled with insight, growth in holiness, and many blessings.  As we have for the past several years we have Little Black Lenten Devotional books available at the entrances of church.  Please take one and let it feed your daily prayer.

Lent Begins This Week

To begin the penitential season of Lent we will have four Masses on Ash Wednesday:  8:00 AM (School Mass) as well at 7:00 PM at the Cathedral and 12:10 PM and 6:00 PM. Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea. 

Mark Your Calendars for Lenten Mission March 11-14

We will be having a Lenten Mission March 11-14th at the Cathedral and are pleased to have Fr. Glenn Sudano C.S.R. coming to preach it.  A Lenten Mission is like a retreat for Catholics of all ages with evening talks and opportunities for prayer and confession.  Fr. Glenn is a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s order) and is stationed in New York City.  Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for as much of this great experience as you can.

Catholic Schools Week

This is the annual “Catholic Schools Week” celebration.  We are so blessed to have a Catholic School education available in our parishes.  Stella Maris Academy and its Holy Rosary, St. John’s, and St. James Campuses offers a first rate academic formation imbued with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith.  Please join me in celebrating and supporting Stella Maris Academy and its fine faculty, staff, and volunteers!

Pancake Breakfasts Coming Soon

St. Mary Star of the Sea will have its monthly Pancake Breakfast on Sunday February 4th and the Cathedral Knights of Columbus will put on their annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday February 11th.  Mark your calendars and plan to join us for a delicious breakfast!

 Cold & Flu Season in Full Swing

With the Cold and Flu season in full swing I encourage you to stay healthy and to use good judgement when deciding whether to shake hands at the Sign of Peace or receive the Blood of Christ from the common cup at Communion time.  Let’s help each other to stay healthy during these winter months.