Let us take your prayers with us on Pilgrimage
As we travel to the sites and shrines of France over these next few days, please know that with us we bring all of our friends and parishioners back home by remembering you all fondly in our prayers, and we have a way for you to share your prayer intentions with us as we travel, via our website! You can find the the link on our parish website home page or go directly to:SUBMIT PRAYER REQUESTS HERE
We also hope to post videos and pictures of our trip daily so that you can travel with us as we visit the shrines and burial sites of St. Joan of Arc, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine Labore and St. Therese the Little Flower of Lisieux. We will also visit sites of famed apparitions of Our Blessed Mother at Rue Du Bac where the Miraculous Medal was given to St. Catherine and Lourdes where Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous and gave us the healing spring were thousands of miraculous healings have been reported. We will remember you all in our prayers as we travel!
Did you know… about Saturday Vigil Masses?
As we know, all Sundays are Holy Days of obligation along with other special days of the year. Here in the United Sates those days are: January 1, Mary Mother of God; The Ascension of Our Lord (celebrated on Sunday in Florida); August 15, the Assumption of Our Lady; November 1, All Saints; and December 8, the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Celebrated on Monday the 9th this year).
In order to make all Holy Days, including Sundays, more accessible to people who otherwise could not attend Mass and meet their obligation, in 1953, Pope Pius XII gave permission for Vigil Masses to be celebrated the evening before. The Pope tells us: “If the circumstance calls for it as necessary, We grant to the local Ordinaries the right to permit the celebration of Mass in the evening, as we said, but in such wise that the Mass shall not begin before four o’clock in the afternoon, on holy days of obligation still observed.” (Christus Dominus) The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Divine Worship makes reference to Puis XII in its News letter from February 2017 in its assessment “4:00 PM as the earliest time when anticipated Masses may be scheduled.” Church directives seem clear that unless there are exceptional circumstances, Vigil Masses should not begin before 4:00PM.