On Thursday of this week, we will celebrate the feast of St. John Vianney, Cure´ of Ars, patron saint of all priests. He was born near Lyons, France on May 8, 1786. His early general education was limited and he found the studies for the seminary quite difficult. With tutoring and perseverance he was ordained on August 13, 1815.
In 1818 he was assigned as the parish priest in the village of Ars where he became known throughout France and the Christian world for his wisdom and spiritual guidance, particularly as a confessor. He was instrumental in healing, particularly of children. His devotion to the Blessed Sacrament is recognized in our own Blessed Sacrament Chapel. His statue is one of six that form the frame for the back drape in the chapel. His statue is on the lower right.
He is quoted: When we go before the Blessed Sacrament let us open our heart; our good God will open His. We shall go to Him; He will come to us, the one to ask, the other to receive. It will be like a breath from One to the other.
The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. Pray for our priests. Pray for vocations.
This window pane is the bottom pane in the first history window on the west side of the nave. The title is taken from Romans and the narrative is from Mark.
“Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ…‘Their voice has gone forth to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.’” (Romans 11:17-18)
“...He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits...” (Mark 6:7-13)
On Monday of this week we celebrate the feast of St. James, one of the Twelve and the first to be martyred around the year 42 spreading the Word of Christ.
Today we celebrate the legacy of Christ and his apostles in a special way. Bishop William P. Callahan, OFM, Conv. will install the twentieth rector of our Cathedral Parish, Father Charles Stoetzel, during the 10:30 am Mass. There will be a reception to greet Father Stoetzel after Mass in the gathering area. Please join us in welcoming him.
The first reading and the Responsorial Psalm for Monday of this week are depicted in the sanctuary window entitled Sanctifier. The windows in the sanctuary are not readily noticeable because of the cathedra and grill work of the choir stalls. Take a moment to look at their beauty and significance. They are themed Ruler, Sanctifier, Teacher and Healer. In general they are attributed to Christ and his works. They still maintain the elements of scriptural readings from Old and New Testament with the top pane taken from the Book of Revelation.