Monsignor Woy's Message for the Week: June 4, 2021
This Sunday's feast marks the beginning of the “Year of the Eucharist” in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The Church teaches that the Eucharist (Mass) is the “source and summit” of the Church’s life. As the Church emerges from “pandemic mode,” Archbishop Lori hopes that this year-long observance will help everyone “grow in their love and appreciation of the Eucharist.” Most importantly, it is hoped that over the next year, people will find their way back to active participation at Sunday Mass. Please visit the parish website for a host of materials to help you and your family enjoy this special year of spiritual renewal. If you have not been attending Mass in person, I invite you to return if your health permits.
As many of you already know, the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass will be lifted on the weekend of June 26/27. At that time, all restrictions related to social distancing will also be removed. Mass registration is no longer needed. We have all been waiting for this “return to normal.” By next weekend, I hope that the pews will be cleaned, polished, and restocked with hymnals. Printed Sunday bulletins may now be found on the tables at the doors of the church.
Father’s Day is just two weeks away. As usual, there will be a novena of Masses celebrated for fathers, living and deceased, beginning June 20th. Mass cards are available online, on the tables at the doors of the Cathedral, and in the Parish Center.
The School of the Cathedral concludes the academic year on Thursday, June 10. It has been a school year like none other! My deepest thanks to Dr. Michael Wright, principal, Mrs. Rosanna Czarnecki, assistant principal, and the entire faculty and staff for all they did to ensure a successful and safe year for the children. I wish the entire school community a great summer vacation.
Finally, THANKS to all who have taken time to express their gratitude and support for Fr. Kevin and me as we conclude our time as your parish priests. We will be here through June 30 and we look forward to our final weeks together. Let us keep each other in prayer during this time of transition.
Have a good week!
What is the darkest area in the Cathedral?
- Crypt (downstairs)
- Narthex (back of the church as you face the altar)
- St. Joseph Chapel (south side of the Cathedral / left, as you face the altar)
Good luck! The answer is found below.
Fun Friday answer: The darkest area in the Cathedral is the Narthex, entered via the Charles Street doors. Its low ceiling and comparative dimness are by design. In traditional Catholic architecture, the narthex is not only the entranceway but also a symbolic transition which contracts the fundamentally sinful nature of humans with the sublime verticality and glory of the God’s being. We move from darkness into light.
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