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.
This year I asked God to give me a particularly difficult and challenging Lent. Let’s just say he has been answering my prayer continually since Ash Wednesday. Numerous times in the past few weeks I have found myself entering into a new challenge (or a new chapter in a continuing challenge) wishing I could do something to resolve things as quickly as possible. Of course if I could make that happen, I would be missing incredible opportunities for grace and growth in my spiritual life.
How many times have we tried to “wish away” the more challenging and uncomfortable times in our life? We wish for quicker healing from illness or injury, we wish the week-end or retirement would come faster, we wish we could graduate sooner, we wish winter was over, etc., etc. Then one day we arrive at the point we were wishing for and we look back at “the good old days” and wish we were back there now.
Patience is a gift not easily obtained. At some time or other we recognize the need for patience but we want it to happen at the snap of our fingers. In other words, we want to be able to turn patience on and off like the kitchen faucet. Of course we all know that is not how patience happens. It happens, well, by being patient.
In the midst of my personal Lenten challenges I was reminded of a prayer I ran across several years ago. This prayer has helped me through many rough spots in my life and I want to share it with you. I hope you will find it helpful at some time in your life as well.
Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability – and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you. Your ideas mature gradually – let them grow, let them shape themselves, without undue haste. Don’t try to force them on, as though you could be today what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will) will make of you tomorrow. Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ
Let’s not wish away the blessings of Lent. Let’s bask in the challenges it offers and praise God for the gift of patience.
Deacon Bill Radio
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.
“An evangelizing community (parish) is supportive…and gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives…standing by people at every step of the way … concerned with fruit, because the Lord wants us to be fruitful.” -Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, n.24
As we celebrate CATHOLIC FAMILY SHARING APPEAL this Sunday, we are reminded of the many ministries in our Diocese which build up the Body of Christ and bear fruit in our Catholic faith: the education of seminarians – future priests of our Diocese; the outreach to families through programs that help form them in virtue, chastity and respect-life; the formation of our teens and adults through a myriad of faith-based experiences like discipleship camps; the providing of social outreach for the elderly and homebound (like the TV Mass, close to the heart of the Cathedral); the assistance given to military families in need; the funding provided for Newman Centers on university campuses that help keep our young adults grounded in the faith; the counseling and help for grieving families, pregnancy/adoption counseling; and the list goes on. These vital ministries can only be made possible through our generosity and support. As members of the Catholic Church, we are called upon to ensure the religious, ministerial and charitable efforts vital to Catholic people within our Diocese, or what we call the “Local Church.” It is a sign of our “Catholicity,” the universal dimension of what we profess, to share our gifts with the entire Catholic community.
Today in the Gospel Jesus tells us that we cannot serve two masters, for the illusionary one will always obscure the true one. Ultimately the choice of who is our master boils down to two, says Jesus: “God or mammon.” What is “mammon?” “Mammon” stands for “material wealth” or “possessions” or whatever tends to control our appetites and desires. Christ wants us to be freed from our attachment to mammon because it can rule our lives, even unconsciously. Perhaps no better example is Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.” The character Gollum, who finds the One Ring is drawn to its mastery over man and nature. The desire to possess his “preciousssssss” is so powerful that he is willing to do anything to have it, even if it means damnation. His heart belongs to it. In reality, as we know, the pursuit of the One Ring does not bring wealth or happiness or power; it has just the opposite effect: it brings enslavement, misery and envy. Tolkien portrays Gollum’s downfall not only in his character, but through his evolutionary physical appearance as well. The more the Ring is his master, the more wretched and ugly a figure he makes.
There is one master alone who has the power to set us free from the enslavement of sin, fear, pride, and greed, and a host of other hurtful desires. That master is the Lord Jesus Christ, who alone can save us from all that would keep us bound up in fear and anxiety. So let us be counted among those bearing fruit for the Kingdom by serving our master through the sharing of our goods!
During our 2009-2011 restoration project, a virtual tour was made to highlight the spectacular beauty and richness found inside our Cathedral.
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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, …
Cathedral of Saint Joseph
521 N Duluth Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104