The Initiation Sacrament of Confirmation

Did you miss the Sacrament of Confirmation? Bishop Stika will celebrate a Diocesan-Wide Confirmation Mass on Sunday June 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Any adult (18 and over) who has had the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Reconciliation, but has not been confirmed, can receive the sacrament on this date. …

The Easter Vigil

A lot of things are being called “the mother of all __” these days, usually bad things like battles, bombs, lies, etc. But over fifteen centuries ago, Saint Augustine of Hippo in Africa used the phrase with great joy to describe the Christian Passover Vigil as the “mother of all the holy vigils”. This most holy night includes the singing …

Mother of God Mass Schedule

Merry Christmas! Our Mass schedule for the Solemnity of the Mother of God (Octave Day of Christmas) will follow the usual weekend schedule: Saturday, December 31st at 5 pm; Sunday, January 1st at 8 am, 10 am and noon (2 pm in Spanish). Please welcome our past pastor Father Bill Gahagan, celebrant for the first three Masses on Sunday.

The Direction of Liturgical Prayer at Saint Mary Church

“Why does the priest traditionally turn his back on the congregation during Mass?”   Until the 1960’s, the priest faced whomever he was addressing.  If he was speaking to the congregation, then he faced the congregation.  If he was speaking to God, then he faced the symbol of God: the altar cross.  The sermon, for example, was always delivered facing …

Daily Mass Notice

Please be aware that there will be no 6:30 am Mass Tuesday through Thursday of this week. The 8 am Mass remains as usual.

Liturgical Singing and Our Parish School

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Lord be with you! On school days, we are privileged to have at Mass the added participation of students from our school. Rather than taking a break from their education, our students are at Mass on these days precisely for the educational purpose of learning full, conscious and active participation in the Sacred …