Ash Wednesday Mass Times
February 14th – 6:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Dec 7th – 6:30 p.m. Vigil Mass
Dec 8th – 6:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass
6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass
12:00 a.m. Christmas Eve – Mass at Midnight
7:30 a.m. Christmas Mass
9:15 a.m. Christmas Mass
11:00 a.m. Christmas Mass
St. Josephine Bakhita Mass at 1:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper
12:00 p.m. Confessions in Cathedral
3:00 p.m. Passion of the Lord
7:00 p.m. Tenebrae
The Cathedral Men’s Schola will lead the singing of Tenebrae at 7:00 PM on Good Friday. Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”) is the name traditionally given to Matins and Lauds (from the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours), on each of the last three days of Holy Week. As Tenebrae is no longer an official part of the post-Vatican II Liturgy of the Hours, our Cathedral will combine psalms, readings, and musical responses from these three days in one 50-minute devotional service on April 3rd.
Tenebrae has a penitential tone, with a special emphasis on the Passion of Christ, and is famous for its interplay of light and dark, as candles are gradually extinguished after each reading, lesson, or psalm. The Men’s Schola prepares beautiful music for Tenebrae each year—this is a wonderful opportunity to close Good Friday with a meditation on the Passion.
8:30 p.m. Easter Vigil
Masses at 7:30, 9:15 & 11:00 a.m.
St. Josephine Bakhita Mass at 4:00 p.m.
Beauty. We long to gaze upon it. We long to be “beautiful” ourselves. I googled: “What is true beauty?” And you know what I found? Nothing about a person’s virtue, nothing about the goodness of the human heart, nothing about one’s per- sonality or attitude, and surely nothing about the Transfigured Christ. What I found were descriptions of cutting, waxing, col- oring, clipping, plucking, straightening, dressing, shaving, curling, and of course the latest styles. What I found was how much time we are supposed to spend in front of the mirror. What I found was: Vanity. Appearances. Idol worship of the human body. Supposedly, that is “true beauty.” We judge the book by its cover. It’s of course untrue and unwise, but we place a great weight of importance on first impressions. In truth, first impressions offer a fast – and mostly visual – assumption of someone. Appearances can be all that we see and it becomes our Achilles’s heel; we fail to see beauty in another person.
So where does true beauty come from? Where can it be found? I can assure you it isn’t hidden in the words of any diet or fitness magazine. It’s not adorned with perfect hair or adulated by exposing skin. It doesn’t come included with jewelry or clothes. You won’t find it on a treadmill or in the weight room. It seems our goal in life, consciously or unconsciously is attempting to stop time and the inevitable progress of nature. It is a fight no human being, man or woman, can win. My beauty, your beauty isn’t dependent upon “appearances” – who we would like to be, or how we are perceived by others.
It’s dependent solely upon what God wants us to be. And when we see that beauty, we want to act beau-ti-ful … not in appearances, but living fully in the image and likeness of God. True beauty is the extent of how much we internalize the life of Christ within our being.
St. Thomas Aquinas long ago provided the definition for “beauty.” Three conditions or elements are necessary for something to be beautiful. These conditions are present at Christ’s Transfiguration. First, there must be integrity. Second, there must be proportion. And third, there must be radiance or clarity. Together, they make the Transfiguration a preeminent moment of beauty that proclaims the divinity of Christ in a manner that readies us for the Resurrection by way of the Passion. We need this experience of eternal beauty in order to become transfigured ourselves, so that our souls can communicate worthily with God, knowing in advance about what is to come. The only means to resurrection is via the Passion. The Transfig- uration, then, fortifies us to see “the beauty of Jesus” in all the trials and struggles of the 40 days of Lent. During Lent, may we recognize that the beauty of our spiritual life demands integrity, proportion and clarity that flow uniquely from our union with the mind of God.
During our 2009-2011 restoration project, a virtual tour was made to highlight the spectacular beauty and richness found inside our Cathedral.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW to see our Cathedral in hi-resolution – 360-degree views.
I lit a candle for my mother this summer at the cathedral in Sioux Falls. And then another for my father. And then another for my grandfather, although he died before I was born. And then another, …
The “dog days” of summer are upon us. And with them is the usual dry weather during the month of August. Let’s continue to pray for rain to satiate our lawns, gardens and fields.
While many are still enjoying what is left of summer vacation, it has been business as usual for the Cathedral staff, parish council and finance councils. The summer has been a busy one for us. We have been attempting to identify some goals for both the present and the future, and identifying strategies to accompany them. A few are essential to the success of Cathedral Parish I feel.
As our school building becomes aged and more decrepit, we will need to ensure adequate class room and meeting space for our religious education and formation programs. Perhaps a new education center with a multi-dimensional use will be the outcome. Regardless, we will need to put together a plan of sound financial planning – both in the areas of parish contributions for operations, and in the area of planned giving (estates and wills). If you haven’t thought about the Cathedral as a beneficiary in an insurance policy or as a part of your will, perhaps now is the time to check into the benefits it can provide for both you and the Cathedral Parish.
The big question that parish council has been grappling with is harnessing our greatest resource – people – in order to create and sustain the vibrancy of parish life. How do we get more people involved in parish ministries, social outreach and parish event volunteerism? In a couple of weeks we will be meeting to determine a ministry/ volunteerism check list, and then discussing the mechanism by which people can respond and sign up. Perhaps a ‘stewardship fair’ would bring families together to do more than just sign up, but share insights and ideas, and create the essential bond for a community approach to ensuring parish life vitality.
Additionally, this Fall we will host town hall meetings for parishioners at various times to accommodate different schedules in order to present the plans/drawings for the new monastery for the Perpetual Adoration Sisters. Perhaps you have already seen Bishop Swain’s statement in the July issue of the Bishop’s Bulletin regarding the new monastery. We want our parishioners to be informed since it will affect our campus landscape, and the future restoration of the original rectory. My hope is that it will renew our parish commitment to not only the Sister’s health and welfare, but also to their vital prayer ministry that aids our parish and diocese. The hope is that once again we will have public Perpetual Adoration in their new chapel.
An emphasis on the stewardship way of life today will ensure the vibrancy of the life of our parish for the future. And so, I invite you and encourage you, as rector, to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ by being a true steward of your time, talent and treasure. As Jesus tells us today:
Where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.
Fr. James P. Morgan
May is Cathedral’s month to support the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration! Please consider making a donation and dropping it in the bins near the North (handicap) and West (Chapel) doors. Large envelopes will be near each bin. Draw a slip out of the envelope and then return your item to the bin next week!
Thank you for supporting the Sisters! They are a vital resource to the physical upkeep of our Cathedral and powerful prayer warriors for our parish family.
Cathedral of Saint Joseph
521 N Duluth Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104