Holy Trinity Sunday

Thanks to all who responded last week to Father Robert Flock’s mission coop appeal on behalf of La Santa Cruz Parish in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Contributions are welcome this weekend, too. Please use the envelopes provided for this purpose or put “Mission Appeal” on the memo line of your check. Checks should be made payable to the Cathedral.

Come along next Saturday on our parish pilgrimage to some interesting holy sites in Iowa. Jack White, a native of Iowa, together with Dr. Art Barbier, are organizing the pilgrimage. This time we will have to stop somewhere to buy lunch, so please keep that in mind. We will also celebrate Mass together at one of the churches. Further details are elsewhere in the bulletin; but please let us know early this week, if you want to join us.

The month of June is quickly passing by and the year will soon be half spent. Our parish’s fiscal year ends on June 30. Pledges to the Diocesan Annual Appeal must be received at the bank in Milwaukee by that date to be credited for this fiscal year. Please honor your pledges.

Pray the Rosary this week for fathers, living and deceased. Pray also for couples who are preparing for marriage. Pray for the needs of our mission parish in Bolivia. Pray for our fellow countrymen dealing with or recovering from tornados, fires or floods and, as always, pray for peace.

May God bless his people with peace.
Father Gorman

Solemnity of Pentecost

The celebration of the Solemnity of Pentecost brings the Easter season to an end. However the first two Sundays after Pentecost are solemn feasts: the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity and the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. These celebrate two fundamental mysteries of our faith: that the one God is a Trinity of persons; and the mystery of the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of the Church’s life.

This weekend we welcome Father Robert Flock for this year’s mission coop appeal. Father Flock is a priest of our diocese serving as pastor of Holy Cross (La Santa Cruz) Parish in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. As you know the parish is in need of a new church, a model of which is on display in the Gathering Area. Please welcome him and respond with your characteristic generosity to his appeal. A second collection will be taken up at this weekend’s Masses for those who wish to make a contribution today. Envelopes are available in the pews and can also be returned next weekend. Checks should be made payable to the Cathedral.

At this Saturday’s 5:10 Mass our parish’s Family Life Committee is sponsoring a special celebration in honor of the couples in our parish celebrating 25, 40, 50, 60 and 65 years of marriage this year. The names of the couples are listed elsewhere in the bulletin. We will also bestow our second annual Married Couple of the Year Award to Bob and Clara Topinka. We honor the witness these couples give to the loving fidelity that is at the heart of the marriage covenant, which also enriches our community and the whole Church. May God continue to bless them. Some highlights from this celebration will appear in the July issue of The Worker.

The month of June is quickly passing by and the year will soon be half spent. Our parish’s fiscal year ends on June 30. Pledges to the Diocesan Annual Appeal must be received at the bank in Milwaukee by that date to be credited for this year. Please honor your pledges.

Pray the Rosary this week for the needs of our mission parish in Bolivia. Pray also for those in our parish who are celebrating special wedding anniversaries this year, and for all married couples. Pray also for those who are preparing for marriage. Pray for the safety of those who are serving in the armed forces and, as always, pray for peace.

May God bless his people with peace.
Father Gorman

Ascension Sunday

This week, from Monday through Wednesday, the priests of our diocese will gather at Holy Cross Diocesan Center for our annual Priest Unity Days. The topic of the formal presentations is, “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.” This was the topic of the last World Synod of Bishops held in the Vatican October 5-26, 2008. However I am sure the topic of conversations among the priests attending will be the recently-announced transfers of 45 priests, myself included, effective July 1. The full list appears in this week’s Catholic Times along with Bishop Callahan’s article explaining the reasons for so many transfers.

As I announced last weekend, the next Cathedral rector will be Father Charles Stoetzel, currently pastor of Saint John the Baptist Parish in Marshfield and Christ the King Parish in Spencer. Father Stoetzel is no stranger to the Cathedral. Ordained in 1980, his first assignment was as associate pastor of the Cathedral and religion instructor at Aquinas High School. After four years here he transferred to St. James the Less Parish while continuing to teach at Aquinas. From 1986 to 1995 he served as principal of Regis High School in Eau Claire. Father Stoetzel has been pastor of St. John’s since 1995 and of Christ the King since 1996. I am confident that he will serve this parish well with his pastoral experience. His degree and experience in school administration will also be an asset in his support of our Aquinas Catholic Schools.

Next weekend we will welcome Father Robert Flock, pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, for this year’s mission coop appeal. As you know the parish is in need of a new church, a model of which is on display in the Gathering Area. I am sure you will find his message inspiring.

At next Saturday’s 5:10 Mass we will honor and pray for the couples in our parish celebrating 25, 40, 50, 60 and 65 years of marriage this year. We will also bestow our second annual Married Couple of the Year Award.

Please pray the rosary this week for the safety of children on summer vacation and for families who are traveling. Pray for people who are unemployed, that they may find jobs. Pray for all who are working to help people recover from damaging storms both here and throughout our country. Pray for the safety of those who are serving in the armed forces and, as always, pray for peace.

May God bless his people with peace.
Father Gorman

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

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

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