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Monsignor Woy's Message for the Week: June 11, 2021

Dear Friends, 

We settle into the Ordinary Time of the Church year this weekend, now that the great feasts of Trinity Sunday and Corpus Christi are behind us. Couples celebrating wedding anniversaries during June are invited to renew their wedding vows after Masses this weekend. Couples wishing to do so should gather in the lower sanctuary. 

Fr. Ewing and I want to congratulate Frs. Lou Bianco and Justin Gough on being appointed our successors. We will be meeting with Fr. Bianco this week to discuss the parish and begin the transition. It is a blessing that Fr. Lou knows the parish well from his prior ministry as the associate pastor. Fr. Kevin and I wish them every success and happiness in their ministry as your parish priests. Please pray for the four of us as we begin this transition in our lives as priests. Fr. Ewing and I will officially conclude our assignments here on June 30th.  

Next weekend, both Fr. Kevin and I will be away attending the ordination of Deacon Scott Kady to the priesthood. Deacon Kady is the lone ordinand to the priesthood this year and Archbishop Lori will ordain him in his home parish of St. Peter, Westernport in Allegany County. St. Peter’s is also my home parish, and Archbishop Borders ordained me a priest in the parish church nearly 42 years ago. Covering the parish for the weekend will be Paulist Father John Hurley. Father Hurley is a national figure in the field of evangelization. He lived at the Cathedral for a number of years when he served in the administration of Cardinal Edwin O’Brien. Do welcome Fr. Hurley next weekend and pray for more vocations to the priesthood. 

Next weekend is also Father’s Day. As usual, there will be a novena of Masses celebrated for fathers, living and deceased, beginning June 20th. Mass cards for enrollment into the novena are available online, on the tables at the doors of the Cathedral, and in the Parish Center.

The weekend of June 26/27 will be the final weekend for Fr. Kevin and I. There will be food trucks (donuts & waffles) on Sunday morning after all the Masses. We will be available on the Cathedral’s south plaza to share breakfast with you and to say “farewell.” I hope you can join us so we can express our gratitude for the honor of serving you as priests during our time at the Cathedral. 

Now that we have begun “The Year of the Eucharist,” you will find resources on the tables in the narthex as well as on the parish website to assist you and your family in making this a year of spiritual renewal and appreciation for the gift of the Eucharist. 

Finally, remember in your prayers the repose of the soul of Robert Adams, whose funeral Mass was celebrated last Monday. Mr. Adams died after a lengthy illness and is survived by his wife Virginia.

Have a Good Week!
Msgr. Woy

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