PRAY WITH THE CHURCH: Each Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel, a faithful group of parishioners gathers to pray the Official Prayer of the Church with evening prayer—a wonderful discipline of prayer, which give form to our prayer efforts by joining with the Universal Church. About twenty minutes duration, this is a beautiful way to develop a real HABIT OF PRAYER. Books, “Shorter Christian Prayer,” including the liturgical cycle of Morning and Evening Prayer, are available there $15.00. Please feel free to join us each Monday. (During Advent and Lent, this is celebrated with music and a greater solemnity, which befits those special seasons of grace).
JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY: Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has announced a special “Year of Mercy” for the Universal Church in which Cathedrals have a special role. Beginning on December 8th this year and extending until the Feast of Christ the King 2016, he has asked each Cathedral throughout the world, as a symbol and sign of unity and communion with one another and with himself as Supreme Pontiff, to designate a special “Holy Door” through which the people of the Diocese are invited to pass and with the usual celebration of Reconciliation and of Eucharist and Prayers for the Pope’s intentions will be occasions of special indulgences and blessings. Beginning on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, December 13th, this special “Holy Door” will be open to receive not only our parishioners, but the faithful of the entire Diocese. Invitations, according to a proposed schedule, have been sent to all our parishes of the Diocese of Yakima to join us for Mass on specific Sundays (either the 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. (Spanish Mass). With the creative talent of Sarah and Timm Wauzynski, special treatment will be given to our “Holy Door.” What else? We, as the Cathedral Family of Faith, will have a series of special intentions to pray for, each week favoring whatever parish has been designated and invited to join us. We will need to be especially conscious of our responsibility to be warm and hospitable to our visitors during this upcoming special Jubilee of Mercy. One final note at this time. We hope to be able to keep our Cathedral (vestibule) open 24/7 for the duration of this Year of Mercy, providing a special place of prayer and the opportunity for everyone to “drop in and pray” during this special time. More to follow….. As the Cathedral Parish, it is our privilege to have this active part in this special Year of Mercy!!