Weekly pastor’s post (March 17)

Dear friends,

Well, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted here on the website! Between being away on vacation and some unexpected office closures, it has been a crazy few weeks. Nonetheless, its is good to be back in the saddle – and just in time for Holy Week next week!

I hope you’ll take some time to look over the many services and prayer gatherings we will be having as Lent draws to a close and the Sacred Triduum begins. You can find the full schedule in this week’s bulletin – and consider also coming to the Chrism Mass this Thursday. It will be at Saint James Cathedral at 7pm – all are welcome! May these final days of Lent bring many graces we prepare for to meditate on the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus.

yours in Christ,
Father Maurer

March 17 – Though Sundays always trump other celebrations, Saint Patrick’s feast day nonetheless lands on this day – and is celebrated around the country in a variety of ways. Read more about him at the Vatican News website.

March 18 – A Doctor of the Church, Saint Cyril of Jerusalem was not always so revered. Accused of heresy, he spent nearly half of his episcopacy in exile before he was eventually exonerated at the Council of Constantinople. Read about him at Franciscan Media.

March 19 – Today is the solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of Mary. Though silent in the Scriptures, his presence as husband to Mary and foster-father to Jesus is a crucial part of the Holy Family. We venerate his role in God’s plan and ask for his intercession as we too seek to follow & serve the Lord. Read more at Patheos.

March 21 – This Thursday is the celebration of the Chrism Mass at Saint James Cathedral (7pm). At this Mass the archbishop will bless the holy oils used for baptisms, confirmations, ordinations, and anointings. The priests of the archdiocese will also renew the promises made on the day of their ordination. All are invited – consider coming to celebration. In the meantime, read more about the significance of the Christm Mass at Aleteia.