Forty years to the date, the Archdiocese celebrated the 40th anniversary of the dedication of our Cathedral, the first mother church built after the Second Vatican Council. It was a noon mass overflowing with hundreds of students from catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese.
In a homily addressing the students, Bishop-elect Daly spoke of how God calls us not by what we can offer. Rather, God calls us for what we lack, so that God may fill it. He exhorted on how we are to build our lives on the foundation which is Christ the Lord. The Cathedral which stands as a symbol of unity, a world within a world, may look physically complete, but is still being built. The Church is being built up and we use Mary, the woman who assumed into heaven and patron of the mother church, as our model. Where she has gone we hope to follow.
God our Father,
You summon us and all the saints and angels to recall the dedication of the Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption as mother church of the Archdiocese.
We remember and give thanks for the faith and generosity of those who have come before us.
We ask that you deepen our unity with your faithful throughout the Archdiocese and the world, and build us up into a house of prayer for all nations.
We as this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
Jenn & I at her Spring Concert at SHCP. Photo taken by http://www.eluisphoto.com