Friday, January 30, 2015

New Method of Imposing the Pallium Explained

In a letter sent to all the apostolic nunciatures and dated 12 January, 2015, the Master of Papal Ceremonies, Msgr. Guido Marini, made public the Pope's decision to modify the method of imposing the pallium on the new metropolitan archbishops.

The strip of white wool, symbolising the sheep on the shoulders of Jesus the Good Shepherd, will be delivered and no longer “imposed” by the Holy Father, according to tradition on 29 June, Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Instead the imposition of the pallium upon the new archbishops will take place in their dioceses, by the hand of the local apostolic nuncios.

Msgr. Marini explained the meaning of the Pontiff's decision, indicating that on 29 June the archbishops, “as is customary, will be present in Rome, will concelebrate with the Holy Father and will participate in the blessing of the pallia, but the imposition will not take place. Each archbishop will receive his pallium from the Holy Father in a simple and private way. 
The imposition will occur in the diocese of origin.... in the presence of the local Church and in particular the bishops of the suffragan dioceses, accompanied by their faithful”.

This is intended to “emphasize the relationship between the newly appointed metropolitan archbishops and their local Church, therefore enabling more faithful to be present and this rite that is so important for them, and especially for the bishops of the suffragan dioceses, which in this way will be able to participate in the moment of the imposition. This maintains the significance of the celebration on 29 June, which underlines the relationship of communion, including the hierarchical communion between the Holy Father and the new archbishops, but at the same time adds, with a meaningful gesture, the bond with the local Church. … It is a beautiful gesture which accompanies the other [the imposition of the pallium, Ed.], which remains with all its entirety and depth”.

Vatican City, 30 January 2015 (VIS)

Pope Francis' prayer intentions for February

 The Holy Father's universal prayer intention for February is:
 “That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity”.

His intention for evangelization is:
 “That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community”.
Vatican City, 30 January 2015 (VIS)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

February Calendar

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pope's Message for Lent 2015

Pope decrys globalization of indifference in Lenten Message

Full text of the Pope's lenten Message is on the English version of Vatican Radio 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pope Confirms Visit to the United States and answers Journalists' questions

At the end of his seventh apostolic trip, on return flight from Manila to Rome, the Pope  confirmed that he will travel to Philadelphia to attend the World Meeting of Families, to New York, where he will visit the United Nations, and Washington. He commented that he would like to travel to California for the canonisation of Junipero Serra, but time restrictions make this unlikely.

During the flight,  the Pope also answered questions of the journalists who accompanied him.
The questions related to
Religious freedom and freedom of expression
Corruption throughout the world and in the Church
Responsible parenthood 
and on the
Pope's remark that the World needs to weep

The Pope's response to the questions is summarized on the website of Vatican Information Services.
Here is a link to the English language version.

Friday, January 16, 2015


VALE atque AVE

Father Krempa has announced the retirement of  long time staff member JoAnn Blaker, Parish bookkeeper for Sacred Heart and St, Bridget's Chapel.
In his announcement, Father praised JoAnn as a conscientious, discreet  staff member dealing with the mountain of paperwork and reports that pass through the rectory.. He noted that she also was "our corporate memory and dispenser of good cheer in the office"

Renee Maines will succeed  JoAnn as our new bookkeeper, taking on all of Joann's responsibilities.
Father Krempa said, "Like JoAnn, Renee brings competence and a great disposition to the rectory office. May she have a long and productive tenure with us"

Thursday, January 01, 2015