In light of recent events in the Church, our parish is offering Mass and prayer opportunities as requested by Pope Francis and Bishop Zinkula.
In a recent letter (below), Bishop Zinkula has joined Pope Francis in asking us to pray and do penance on each Friday during the month of September:
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
On August 20, 2018, the Holy Father sent a letter to the whole People of God. "With shame and repentance" he acknowledged the failings of the Church in light of the new revelations of sexual abuse and misuse of power by clergy in Pennsylvania, and at the highest levels of the hierarchy.
Acknowledging the efforts that have been made to address this crisis, he went on to say that "[t]ogether with those efforts, every one of the baptized should feel involved in the ecclesial and social change that we so greatly need. This change calls for a personal and communal conversion that makes us see things as the Lord does."
In other words, Pope Francis is telling us that truth is the first step of healing. And he is calling us to a deeper solidarity with those who have suffered abuse at the hands of the Church; to truly "see" them and their suffering; to not turn a blind eye. So, how do we open our eyes and hearts? The Pope calls us to the time-honored disciplines of prayer and penance. Such is the path to holiness.
In that light, I am joining with the Holy Father in calling all of us to devote ourselves to prayer and penance in a particular way on the Fridays of September.
On September 7 and 28, I ask that parishes celebrate the Mass for the Forgiveness of Sins.
Bishop Thomas Zinkula
August 22, 2018
Here is the schedule of Mass and prayer opportunities offered in our parish on Fridays during September. Please join us in prayer and penance.
Friday, Sept. 14
Noon: Stations of the Cross
Friday, Sept. 21
7:00 a.m.: Mass for the Feast of St. Matthew
6:30 p.m.: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Evening Prayer of the Church
Friday, Sept. 28
7:00 a.m.: Mass for the Feast of St. Wenceslaus
7:30 a.m.: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
11:30 a.m.: Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Noon: Mass for the Forgiveness of Sins