Monday, August 20, 2018 at 9:54 AM
Installation Mass for Fr. Michael Novajosky - August 26, 2018 - 9:15 a.m.


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Sunday Parish Bulletin 





 Fr. Novajosky’s Note


    Dear Members of the Cathedral Parish,

    I would like to use my space this week to update you about the Masses offered at the Cathedral Parish and also to review the information for RCIA and sacramental preparation as registration begins on Monday.

    One area that saw a lot of change during Fr. Ringley’s time as pastor was the liturgy. I am grateful for the beautiful worship we have at the Cathedral parish. While I know that not all fully agree, (I recognize that there is disagreement out there and I always welcome a conversation with anyone about anything, not just liturgy, you will always find an open ear) we are very fortunate to have the gift of liturgy that we have here at the Cathedral Parish.

    There is no plan to change the Mass schedule, however I wanted to bring everyone up to speed as to the types of Masses offered, in the event that you visit a different Mass so that you are not caught off guard. I have not changed the Masses in any way. They are offered in the same manner as when I started on June 30. Monday Friday at 7 AM at St. Patrick Church, Mass is in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. It is the same Mass as offered through the 1960s until the reform following the Second Vatican Council. There is nothing wrong with offering it and, in fact, many are being drawn to it. Pope Benedict XVI reminded the church of the valid use of the Extraordinary Form. You can read his document in our bulletin from July 1, 2018 for more information.) Although I was never exposed to it, since I was born in 1983, I appreciate it and I love to offer it more than anything. I hope many of you will come to experience its beauty, especially when we offer an occasional Missa Cantata (Sung Extraordinary Form) and Missa Solemnis (Solemn High Mass in Extraordinary Form). There will be much more to come in order to inform and invite those who wish to learn more and pray the Mass in a different way. MondayFriday at 12:10 PM at St. Augustine Cathedral, the daily Mass is offered in the main church with a combination of Latin (much of the Mass) and English (presidential prayers, readings, preface, antiphons) and includes a fair amount of chanting. The Sunday Masses are mostly the same with a couple differences among them. The 4 PM on Saturday at St. Patrick is sung but without a cantor or organist. 7 AM at St. Augustine has neither music nor incense and is a “low” or quieter, simpler Mass. 11 AM is in Spanish and the 2:30 PM is in Vietnamese, both at St. Augustine. The 5:30 PM is offered at St. Augustine ad orientem (the priest faces the same direction as the people looking toward the Lord) with the Gloria and Creed both chanted in Latin, in addition to the regular Sunday Mass routine.

    The other major change that Fr. Ringley implemented was a restructured sacramental preparation program. The Cathedral Parish will continue a program founded upon his structure and approach with some adjustments as the program continues to evolve and we, as a community, seek to share the faith and love of the Lord and his Church. The weekly Tuesday gatherings will start in September. The evenings will begin at 7 p.m. with a communal devotion, separate into language groups for a presentation and then move into small groups for further discussion and activities connected with the week’s topic before concluding at 8:30. There are a few points to keep in mind:

  • The full program lasts two years and a catechumen/candidate will only receive the sacraments when he or she is ready
  • Children and young adults under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent for the evening in order to help share his or her faith and teach the child
  • Weekly attendance at Mass is necessary because the foundation of the spiritual life is worship and a right relationship with the Lord God
  • The sacraments and grace are free gifts from the Lord, offered to us out of love and to assist us to grow in holiness. We do not charge for sacramental preparation and celebration.
  • Each person enrolled in sacramental preparation and RCIA needs to take a bulletin each week in order to stay informed about the program, have the worksheet for the classes and to verify Mass attendance. Once the program begins officially in September, each person seeking the sacraments must have his or her bulletin signed by one of the priests or deacons at the end of Mass.

    I am excited to be involved with the program this year and to be a part of the journey for all the men, women, girls and boys who are seeking to enter into full communion with Christ and his Church. The newness will lead to adjustments during the year, so I ask for continued patience, but many areas of difficulty or potential trouble were worked out last year or since the conclusion of last year. Please pray for all those involved: catechumens (those who are not baptized), candidates, catechists, staff and clergy.

    Have a great week and see you again soon. Saint Augustine and Saint Patrick, our patrons, pray for us!

Fr. Novajosky



Quotations of St. Pius X

If there were one million families praying the Rosary every day, the entire world would be saved.

If the Angels could envy, they would envy us for Holy Communion.

I was born poor, I have lived poor, I wish to die poor.


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