Photos from the Triduum

Sorry these took so long to get up here. We will be adding a photos section to the website. Feel free to contact us if you have photos old or new of the Cathedral that you would like to share.  The Cathedral is very blessed to have such beautiful Holy Week liturgies.  Click the link above the slideshow for full screen.

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.

Divine Mercy Sunday

This weekend members of our PCCW will take up the annual second collection for the support of our Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. There was an envelope for this collection in your envelope packets for April with the wrong date (April 17). You may use these and any cash received during the second collection will also go towards this cause. Because May 1 falls on Sunday this year, we celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Joseph the Worker, the principal patron saint of our parish and of our diocese, on Monday, May 2. On Saturday, May 7, we celebrate the Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral. We began our Novena to Saint Joseph the Workman on Thursday, April 28, which we are praying at the end of each Mass through Friday, May 6. Certainly the Carpenter of Nazareth, who was chosen by God to be the guardian of the Redeemer and of Mary, his Mother, is a fitting patron for us, too. May his prayers obtain God’s blessing upon all our endeavors as individuals, as a parish and as a diocese.

This year we will observe the second weekend of May as our parish patronal weekend. Our Cathedral Men’s Club is putting on a steak and hamburger dinner on Saturday evening, May 7, serving from 5:00 to 7:00. This gives us an opportunity to spend some time together to celebrate our identity as a parish. Steak dinners will include a baked potato, coleslaw, roll, beverage and dessert. Hamburger dinners will include potato chips, beverage and dessert. The women of the PCCW are providing the dessert. The cost of the meals will be $8.00 for the steak dinner and $4.00 for the hamburger dinner. We look forward to seeing you there.

As part of this observance we will also 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 will also invite people who attend Mass here regularly but have not registered as parishioners to do so. Finally we will have a Habitat for Humanity “timber signing” after all the Masses–an appropriate event in honor of St. Joseph the Carpenter.

Pray the rosary this week for the young people of our parish receiving their First Holy Communion this Sunday, or the Sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday. Pray for the needs of our parish and our diocese in honor of Saint Joseph. Saint Joseph the Workman, pray for us!

May God bless his people with peace.
Father Gorman

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