Sixth Sunday of Easter

I wish to congratulate all students graduating from universities and colleges, from high schools and middle schools, and moving up from elementary to middle schools. “Graduation,” from the Latin gradus, meaning “step,” is literally taking another step on life’s path. May God bless all, both in their achievements and in what lies ahead.

This week we celebrate Memorial Day. It is kind of a national All Souls’ Day. Originally a day to remember those who died during the Civil War, the holiday eventually included a remembrance of all who died in service to our country and later all deceased veterans. By extension it has become a day to visit cemeteries and remember all deceased relatives and friends. There is no better way for American Catholics to do this than by participating in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and praying for the departed. Masses here at the Cathedral will be offered at 6:30 and 8:00 on Monday morning. Weather permitting, an outdoor Mass will also be celebrated in the veterans’ section of the Catholic Cemetery at 11:15 a.m.

Last Sunday afternoon we had a large crowd for the final dedicatory organ recital with James Christie. Aside from the excellent performances–which I am not qualified to judge–I have to say the series could not have been better. Thanks to Dr. Brian Luckner for organizing it and to Jean McDonnell, Pat Perlock and Colleen Nugent, assisted by members of our PCCW, for the fine receptions afterwards. Our corps of ushers also did a fine job of welcoming and guiding our guests.

Many of us emerged from the reception in the Undercroft to a driving rainstorm. Little did we know that a tornado was tearing through our city. Fortunately there were no injuries and the scale of destruction was nothing like that in Joplin, Missouri. For the past few weeks I have indicated ways to donate to the Red Cross and Catholic Charities to support their efforts to assist people far away. Now these organizations have been called to action here at home, too. The generosity of the people in our community helping neighbors near and far has been outstanding. May God reward all who are helping in any way.

Pray the rosary this week for students who are graduating from any level of schooling, that they may always put to good use what they have learned. Pray for all who are working to help people recover from damaging storms both here and throughout our country. Pray also for good weather for the spring planting and growing season. As always, pray for peace.

May God bless his people with peace.
Father Gorman

Photos from the Triduum

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Good Friday

Easter Vigil

Fifth Sunday of Easter

The colleges and universities have held their commencement exercises for this academic year, and now it is time for the high schools. This Wednesday evening the Baccalaureate Mass for the seniors at Aquinas High School will be held here. The dinner and awards will follow the Mass in the Aquinas gym. The seniors will also wear their caps and gowns during the Mass. The Mass is the most important event of the evening, as it is always the most important action we can perform, and deserves this special attention and preparation. For the same reasons the Graduation Mass for the Aquinas Middle School will be celebrated here on Tuesday, May 31.

The last of our four dedicatory organ recitals is being held this Sunday afternoon, May 22, at 2:00. James David Christie, La Crosse native and world-renowned organist, will be the performer. There is no cost to attend and a freewill offering will be taken up. Don’t miss it!

Your April envelope packets contained an envelope for our diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Times. Since it was dated April 24, which was Easter Sunday, I did not promote it at that time. Some have already used that envelope to defray our cost of providing subscriptions to the Catholic Times for our parishioners. At this time I encourage anyone else who wishes to contribute for our Catholic Times subscriptions to do so. You may use either the envelope from your April packet, if you still have it; or there are some Catholic Times collection envelopes in the church entryways for any who want them. You may also put your donation in any plain envelope and note that it is for the Catholic Times. Just drop it into a collection box and we will take care of the rest. A contribution of $20 is suggested, but give whatever you can. Higher donations help pay for those who cannot.

Many people in the southern part of our country are experiencing devastation resulting from severe tornadoes, storms and floods. I know many of us are wondering how we can help in their recovery. The Red Cross is one reputable agency which is receiving donations of various kinds. Catholic Charities USA is also accepting donations for disaster relief. Donations can be made on line through our diocesan web site www.dioceseoflacrosse.com or by mailing a check to Catholic Charities of La Crosse, P. O. Box 266, La Crosse, WI 54602-0266. Put “Disaster Relief” on the memo line. All funds donated go completely for disaster relief.

Pray the rosary this week for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, for our diocesan seminarians and for all who are in the process of formation and discernment. Pray for students who are graduating from any level of schooling, that they may always put to good use what they have learned. Pray also for good weather for the spring planting and growing season. As always, pray for peace.

May God bless his people with peace.
Father Gorman

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Thanks to the Men’s Club and PCCW for serving up a wonderful steak dinner last Saturday evening. Everyone who came enjoyed the food and camaraderie.

Last year our pastoral council inaugurated a “Parishioner of the Year” Award to be given on our patronal weekend. This year the council decided to honor two parishioners, a man and a woman. The “Woman of the Year” is Lilly Lecheler and the “Man of the Year” is Bernard “Ned” Noelke. Both awards were given last weekend. More about these recipients will be given in the July issue of The Worker.

On this World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Benedict XVI reminds us that we all must pray for vocations. Little green prayer cards in the pews this weekend are yours for the taking. Say the prayer alone anytime or together with your family. Pray especially that the young people of our parish will ask whether God may be calling them to a church vocation.

Two members of our parish are in the process of vocational formation and discernment. Leslie Gonia, daughter of Gene and Sandy Gonia, is currently a postulant with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Tom Skemp is in the permanent diaconate formation program for our diocese. Please keep their intentions in your prayers as well.

Many people in the southern part of our country have experienced devastation resulting from severe tornadoes, storms and floods. I know many of us are wondering how we can help in their recovery. The Red Cross is one reputable agency which is receiving donations of various kinds.

Catholic Charities USA is also accepting donations for disaster relief. Donations can be made online through our diocesan web site www.dioceseoflacrosse.com or by mailing a check to Catholic Charities of La Crosse, P. O. Box 266, La Crosse, WI 54602-0266. Put “Disaster Relief” on the memo line. All funds donated go completely for disaster relief.

Pray the rosary this week for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, for our diocesan seminarians and for all who are in the process of formation and discernment. Pray also for good weather for the spring planting and growing season. As always, pray for peace.

May God bless his people with peace.
Father Gorman

Third Sunday of Easter

In 2005 we began observing the first weekend of May–the weekend between our May 1 patronal feast day and the May 7 anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral–as our parish patronal weekend. This year, because of the late date of Easter and the need to celebrate First Holy Communion last Sunday, we delayed this observance one week. The Saturday-evening steak and hamburger dinner by our Cathedral Men’s Club gives us a chance to spend some time together enjoying a meal and one another’s company. We also want to invite parishioners to become more involved in parish life. For this purpose we have displays in the Gathering Area with information about various parish councils, committees, clubs and ministries, and invite you to indicate an interest in getting involved in any of them. We also invite people who attend Mass here regularly but have not registered as parishioners to do so. Finally we have a Habitat for Humanity “timber signing” after all the Masses–an appropriate event in honor of Saint Joseph the Carpenter.

Today we celebrate Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day roses are being sold after the Masses this weekend for a suggested offering of $2.00 apiece. Proceeds go to Wisconsin Right to Life.

In case you haven’t noticed, a “May Altar” has been set up in the Holy Family Shrine of the Cathedral. A beautiful statue of Our Lady has been placed there for Mary’s month. Stop by there alone or with your family to offer a prayer seeking our Blessed Mother’s intercession for your intentions.

Many people in the southeastern part of our country have experienced devastation resulting from severe tornadoes and storms. I know many of us are wondering how we can help in their recovery. The Red Cross is one reputable agency which is receiving donations of various kinds. Catholic Charities USA is also accepting donations for disaster relief. Donations can be made online through our diocesan web site www.dioceseoflacrosse.com or by mailing a check to Catholic Charities of La Crosse, P. O. Box 266, La Crosse, WI 54602-0266. Put “Tornado Relief” on the memo line. All funds donated go completely for disaster relief.

Pray the rosary this week for mothers, living and deceased. Pray for Holy Mother Church, for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and for those from our parish who have recently received their first communion or confirmation. Pray also for good weather for the spring planting and growing season. As always, pray for peace.

May God bless his people with peace.
Father Gorman

Final Organ Concert

Two new organs built by the highly distinguished Noack Organ Company of Georgetown, Massachusetts were delivered to the Cathedral during the summer of 2010. The installation and voicing of the instruments took place over a period of several months. The small organ (14 stops, two manuals), located in the chancel (sanctuary), became operational just in time for the Installation of Bishop William P. Callahan on August 11. The voicing of the main organ (58 stops, four manuals), located in the recently extended choir loft, was completed in October. The magnificent main organ was blessed and dedicated by Bishop Callahan at the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, November 7, 2010. That afternoon at 2:00, the first of four dedicatory recitals was performed by Olivier Latry, principal organist at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and professor of organ at the Paris Conservatory.

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