Dominican Sisters of St. Cecelia at Nashville

61eiluMcKxL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_It was such a blessing hosting the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecelia on Sunday and Monday. Sister Mary Michael and Sister Mary Emily were delightful and spirit-filled. Sister Mary Michael spoke with all our school children on Monday. As you can imagine, the children had many questions for the sisters. One of my favorite was “What are those chains hanging down from you?” (The full-size rosaries as part of their habits.”) It surprised me that the boys had as many questions as the girls. Our hope is that the sisters sowed seeds of curiosity and admiration of their dedication to Christ and His Church. I loved how sister encouraged all the children to “Keep listening for God.”

Thank you to everyone who showed the sisters such gracious hospitality during their brief stay.

Those who set up the refreshments for their evening talk, the Ramos family for hosting the sisters at dinner and Mrs. Lori LaPlante for arranging their itinerary, lodging and transportation. Thank you to those families who made a sacrifice to attend the presentation on Monday evening and to those who purchased one of the books.

Parish Sunday Mini Office To Open This Weekend

OfficeA trial run of our Sunday Mini Office will happen after the 10:30 AM Mass this weekend. Mass cards (the new calendar year will be open), Memorial Candles, Parish Registration forms along with information about scheduling a Baptism or Wedding at Holy Cross Church will be available along with a staff member and a volunteer to help you.

Look for the setup in the North Transept cry room with its new St. Francis windows.



First Friday Mass at 7:15 AM

Just a reminder (including to myself!) that there is an early morning Mass tomorrow in addition to the regularly scheduled 9 AM Mass.

The immediate purpose of the early morning mass is to allow families to attend mass together before the work and school day begins.

Its timing also follows in the strong tradition of the traditional First Friday devotions to the Sacred Heart. This devotion was promoted by the private revelations of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque who spoke of twelve promises relayed to her by Jesus during apparitions. The tradition of  making nine First Fridays probably stems from the use of that number for special novena prayers.



The Annunciation Window at Chartres Cathedral


Annunciation Window at Chartres
Annunciation Window at Chartres Cathedral



We celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation nine months before Christmas on March 25th. This year because the solemnity fell on Good Friday, the celebration was moved to April 4th.

Advent is an appropriate time to recollect what began 9 months ago with the announcement of the Angel Gabriel - the virginal conception of Jesus.

Next week we will celebrate the Immaculate Conception on December 8th - the Immaculate conception of the virgin Mary who was spared from Original Sin from the first moment of her existence.