Meditation ~ June 1st Daily Mass

Brothers and sisters,

Pentecost, which celebration marks the end of Easter time, reminds the pouring of the Holy Spirit upon us gave us full access to the Mystery of God. And Now we start the second circle of Ordinary time. In fact, today is the Monday of the ninth week on ordinary time. When party is over, we resume and go back to our work.

Easter has prepared us to remember who we are; that we are marked by the seal of Christ to be called Children of God with the consequence of becoming salt of the earth and light of the world… And we start it in very strange and disruptive circumstances ( first of all the pandemic we have been dealing with for months now with the anxiety of not knowing when it will be over…And now as we face the events that are results of a society in deep crisis, a world wounded by sin; but let us say it, a society and world that calls us to act with urgency as New people, born of the Spirit and challenging our own interest and passions to be at service of others.

Our bishop is reminding us the urgency of this mission saying WITH THE GUIDENCE OF THE SPIRIT, THIS WELLSPRING OF STRENTH AND COURAGE MUST MOVE US TO ACT. (I am paraphrasing him, but we are invited to read his full message).

When things become difficult, that is the time we show the quality of our faith, we must become people who make a difference. We have to stand firm in our mission of continuing to love and heal.

And we know how difficult it is, our Lord who, from the Top of the cross, ( the sign of till where sin has led us) knows about… looking at the cross we may contemplate the misery of a wounded society bitten by the bit of evil.

That is why, passing from this world to His Father, Christ does not leave us orphans; he gives us a mother; he leans towards His Mother and Humble Servant and proclaims, “Woman, this is your son.” (the one who has served Him the way only a mother does for her child, and did so from birth to the cross, uniting her whole life to the life and mission of her Son.) Then he said to the Beloved disciple, “This is your mother.” MARY BECAME MOTHER FOR THE SECOND TIME, Mother of the disciples of Christ, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH.

You remember when we entered New year, when we started our journey by contemplating Mary Mother of God? (Celebration that fall on New year), The same way we start this second round of ordinary by celebrating The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH.

Sunday April 26

Dear Parishioners ~Estimados Feligreses

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Joseph Cathedral Parish:

I want to continue to reach out to the parish community during this time of “sheltering at home” and social distancing.  Even though we are not able to gather as a community physically, we remain a community of disciples united in faith.

We continue to live-stream masses Sundays at 10:00 am in Spanish and 11:30 am in English.  We also celebrate daily Mass at 9:00 am Monday through Friday.  A link to the live-stream is on our website (stjosephcathedral.org).  I am most grateful to Julie Wind and Fr. Victor for their creative work and facilitation in this project. 

I also want to thank the generous support of many of our parishioners.  Those who have mailed in their Sunday envelopes, used our online giving (WeShare and PayPal links are also found on our website), and made direct donations have eased the financial crisis we continue to face. 

Because of the financial impact of this pandemic I have had to reduce staffing at the Cathedral.  Remaining staff has been reduced to half time.  Priests throughout the diocese have also taken a salary reduction.  While this has been very painful it is necessary to ensure financial viability.  Because of reduced staffing levels the parish office is open for essential activities Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.  Though access to the office is limited we are answering telephone calls and will do everything we can to assist you. 

Sunday May 10 is Mother’s Day.  As in previous years masses will be offered for Mothers.  If you would like to have your mother or grandmother (living or deceased) remembered in those masses, please let the parish office know.  If you would like a card for your mother or grandmother, we can mail one to you.  They are available in English and in Spanish.  A donation would help offset the cost. 

Please know that you remain in my thoughts and prayers during this challenging time.  I look forward to the day when we can again physically gather as a parish community.

Sincerely,

Fr. Joseph M. Benedict, Pastor

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Estimados Feligreses y Amigos de la Parroquia Catedral de San José:

Quiero seguir comunicándome a la comunidad parroquial durante esta temporada de “albergue en hogar” y distanciamiento social. Aunque no estamos reunidos físicamente en comunidad, seguimos siendo una comunidad de discípulos unidos en la fe.

Seguimos transmitiendo en vivo las misas dominicales a las 10:00am en español y las 11:30 en inglés. También celebramos la misa del día de lunes a viernes a las 9:00am. El enlace a nuestra página cibernética es stjosephcathedral.org.  Me siento muy agradecido a Julie Wind y al P. Victor por su creatividad y por facilitar este proyecto.

También quiero agradecer el generoso apoyo de muchos de nuestros feligreses. Gracias a todos aquellos feligreses que han enviado por correo sus sobres Dominicales, usado nuestros enlaces para donar en línea (WeShare y PayPal también se encuentran en nuestra página cibernética), y han donado directamente para alivianar la crisis financiera que seguimos enfrentando.

Debido al impacto financiero de esta pandemia, he tenido que reducir el cuerpo laboral en la Catedral. Los empleados que quedan están a tiempo parcial. Los sacerdotes en toda la Diócesis también han asumido una reducción de salario. Mientras que sea doloroso es necesario para asegurar la viabilidad financiera.  Debido al recorte de personal la parroquia está sólo abierta para las actividades esenciales de 10:00am a 2:00pm de lunes a viernes. A pesar de que el acceso a la oficina es limitado, estamos contestando el teléfono y haremos lo posible por atenderle.

El domingo 10 de mayo es el Día de la Madre. Como en los años anteriores, se ofrecerán las misas para las Madres.  Si usted quiere que recordemos a su madre o abuela (viviente o fallecida) en las misas, tenemos tarjetas en la oficina que con todo gusto le podemos enviar a Ud.  Un donativo de su parte ayudará a cubrir el costo.

Sepa que permanece en mis pensamientos y oraciones durante este período tan desafiante. Tarde se me hace que llegue el día cuando nos podemos reunir físicamente como comunidad parroquial.

Atentamente,

P. Joseph M. Benedict, Párroco

March 24, 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Joseph Cathedral Parish:

I want to take this opportunity to reach out to all parishioners and friends during this time of unprecedented uncertainty.  The Corona Virus pandemic has disrupted our lives and the social structures upon which we depend.  The disruption has created a sense of apprehension and even fear.  As a community of faith, we are challenged to recognize that God remains ever present, even in darkness.

The Cathedral Parish remains committed to pastoral care, appropriate opportunities for worship, and outreach to those who are most affected by this crisis.  While pastoral visits have been suspended, the staff will begin calling each registered parishioner to assure families of our presence and concern for all.  Sunday Mass will be live-streamed from the Chancery office http://www.djs.org at 10:00 am in English and 11:00 am in Spanish.  The Cathedral, beginning Sunday, March 29, will transmit 8:30am and 10:00am Masses. Daily Mass will be live-streamed from the Cathedral at 9:00 am Monday through Friday.  Links for each can be found on the parish website http://www.stjosephcathedral.org/.  Priests are available to celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick if an individual is seriously ill. 

The parish office remains open Monday through Friday only with essential staff.  If you need assistance, please contact us.  We will endeavor to assist in any way possible. 

On a practical level, we remain dependent on your financial support.  With the suspension of Sunday masses there have been no collections.  I am appealing to your generosity to continue your Sunday offerings.  We will not be able to maintain critical staff and operations here at the parish without your support.  Offerings can be mailed to the parish office, made online through the parish website through the “WeShare” and “Paypal” links, or dropped off in person. 

Please know that I continue to pray for all of you and look forward to the day when we can again assemble as a parish community in worship, service, and friendship.

In Christ,
Rev. Joseph M. Benedict, Pastor

March 24, 2020

Estimados Feligreses y Amigos de la Catedral de San José:

Quiero aprovechar esta oportunidad para alcanzar a todos los feligreses y amigos durante este período de incertidumbre sin precedente.  La pandemia del Coronavirus ha interrumpido nuestras vidas y las estructuras sociales sobre las cuales dependemos.  Esta interrupción ha creado un sentido de aprensión y aun miedo.  Como comunidad de fe, enfrentamos el desafío de reconocer que Dios permanece siempre presente, aun en las tinieblas.

La Parroquia Catedral permanece comprometida al cuidado pastoral, las oportunidades apropiadas para orar y el alcance a todos aquellos más afectados por esta crisis. Mientras que las visitas pastorales han sido suspendidas, los empleados estarán llamando a cada feligrés registrado para asegurar a las familias de nuestra presencia y preocupación por todos. La Misa dominical se está trasmitiendo en directo desde la Cancillería http://www.djs.org a las 10:00am en inglés y las 11:00am en español. La Catedral, empezando el domingo, 29 de marzo, transmitirá las misas de las 8:30 y 10:00. La misa entre semana será trasmitida en directo desde la Catedral a las 9:00am de lunes a viernes.  Los enlaces para todos se pueden encontrar en el sitio web de la parroquia. http://www.stjosephcathedral.org/. Los sacerdotes estarán disponibles para celebrar el Sacramento de los Enfermos para los que están gravemente enfermos.

La oficina parroquial permanece abierta sólo de lunes a viernes con empleados esenciales.  Si ocupa ayuda, por favor comuníquese con nosotros. Haremos lo posible por ayudarle de cualquier manera disponible.

A nivel práctico, seguimos dependiendo de su ayuda financiera.  Con la suspensión de las misas Dominicales, no ha habido colectas.  Pido de su generosidad para continuar con sus ofrendas Dominicales.  No podríamos mantener a los empleados críticos no las operaciones aquí en la parroquia sin su apoyo.   Las ofrendas pueden ser enviadas por correo a la oficina parroquial, trasmitidas en línea mediante nuestro sitio web con los enlaces “WeShare” y “Paypal” o entregadas en persona.

Sepa que sigo orando por todos ustedes y miro hacia el día cuando podemos nuevamente reunirnos como comunidad parroquia para orar, servir y convivir.

En Cristo,
Rev. Joseph M. Benedict, Párroco