Father Hansen's Letter to Parishioners

Dear Parishioners, 
Some people have reported that they have received an email from me, asking for money.  Please do not respond to this email…my email account has been hacked, and this has happened at other parishes in our area as well. If you receive one of these emails, please let me or the Parish Office know. The only email address that I will use to correspond with Cathedral and St. Mary’s parishioners is:      There will not be a 7:00 PM Rosary live-streamed from Cathedral this Saturday, May 30th.  However, the Holy Father will have a Rosary live-streamed at 10:30 AM on Saturday.  We will post the link later this week on our website at 
Sincerely,  In Christ, through Mary, with Sts. Joseph and Peter,  Fr. Steve Hansen 

Dear Parishioners,
Please see liturgical updates form the Diocese at:

Suspension of Public Masses is being lifted with social distancing in St. Joseph. We are all thankful. This, however, does not mean that all should be coming to Mass on Sunday (or Saturday), yet. The Bishop clearly states that coming to Mass now may not be prudent for those not feeling well, the sick with underlying condition, and the elderly; we must exercise prudence. The Bishops in Missouri have unanimously suspended the Sunday obligation and the Easter duty at this time. If you are not feeling well, are sick with an underlying condition or sixty or older, you are advised not to come back yet.

We will continue to livestream a Mass (open to the public) at 10am on Sundays so that you can prayerfully unite with the parish from your homes.  Other live-streamed Mass times will be announced soon.

There will NOT be 8 am Confessions or 9am Mass tomorrow due to the 10am Ordination.

Masses this weekend: Saturday 4pm at Cathedral and 5:30pm at St. Mary’s. Sunday 8:30am, 10am (also livestreamed), and 11:30am at Cathedral, and 8am and 10am at St. Mary’s.

For those attending Mass in person, please see for the April 30th guidelines. You will need to bring a mask (or scarf or bandana – according to the CDC). You will need to wear it when entering church (keeping six feet from the person in front of you) and into the pew. Then you can take your mask off. We have some masks for those who don’t have them. You’ll be instructed on mask use during Mass (at Communion) when you get there.

You are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer with you. You’ll enter through one of the side doors of the Cathedral and the door by the rectory at St. Mary’s. At both parishes (unless need limited walking), exit will be through the front doors guided by the ushers.

See the website for updates on times. sometime today. Notice the 8am Mass times during the week at Cathedral have gone to 9am at least for the summer and the Tuesday Mass will be at 6:15am. St. Mary’s has resumed Masses Tuesday-Thursday at noon. Again, see for the updated schedule.

Sunday 10am livestreamed Mass will continue - the link also will be under “Mass Times” at

The emergency phone line for seriously ill is (816) 205-6888.  You may be aware that even priests can’t go to nursing homes or hospital unless the patient is “in danger of death” at this time.

Tomorrow’s Priests Collection – mailing went out. If you can help, please do! No collection for this year for this important fund. This supports the seminarians’ education, the largest expense of the Diocese, and an important one. You can give through your mailing or at this link:


Two Prayer Requests for everyone from Pope Francis during May:

First Prayer

O Mary,

You shine continuously on our journey

as a sign of salvation and hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,

who, at the foot of the cross,

were united with Jesus’ suffering,

and persevered in your faith.

“Protectress of the Roman people”,

you know our needs,

and we know that you will provide,

so that, as at Cana in Galilee,

joy and celebration may return

after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,

to conform ourselves to the will of the Father

and to do what Jesus tells us.

For he took upon himself our suffering,

and burdened himself with our sorrows

to bring us, through the cross,

to the joy of the Resurrection.


We fly to your protection,

O Holy Mother of God;

Do not despise our petitions

in our necessities,

but deliver us always

from every danger,

O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.


Second Prayer

“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.

In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.

Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.

Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.

Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.

Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.

Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.

Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.

Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.

Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.

To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

You may consider praying the novena to the Holy Spirit. This is from: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Picayune, MS

Novena to the Holy Spirit


On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body, to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring his opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak, Lord, for Your servant heareth." Amen 


Christ Jesus, before ascending into heaven, You promised to send the Holy Spirit to Your apostles and disciples.

Grant that the same Spirit may perfect in our lives the work of Your grace and love.

Grant us the Spirit of Fear Of The Lord that we may be filled with a loving reverence toward You.

the Spirit of Piety that we may find peace and fulfillment in the service of God while serving others;

            the Spirit of Fortitude that we may bear our cross with You and, with courage, overcome the obstacles that interfere with our salvation;

            the Spirit of Knowledge that we may know You and know ourselves and grow in holiness;

            the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten our minds with the light of Your truth;

            the Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the surest way of doing Your will, seeking first the Kingdom;

            Grant us the Spirit of Wisdom that we may aspire to the things that last forever;

            Teach us to be Your faithful disciples and animate us in every way with Your Spirit.



FIRST DAY (May 22nd) Creation Awaits Fulfillment 

Holy Spirit, Lord of light! From Your clear celestial height, Your pure' beaming radiance give! 

Almighty and eternal God, send forth Your Spirit, who brought order from chaos at the beginning of the universe, and peace to the Lord's disciples.

Grant that I, as your creation, baptized in your Spirit, may be filled with the seven gifts so that I may forever do your will and renew the face of the earth.  Amen. 

Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be

Pray: Act Of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer For The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 

 SECOND DAY (May 23rd) Christ's Promise To Send The Paraclete 

Come, Father of the poor! Come, treasures which endure! Come, Light of all that live!  Come, O Blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, fill me with devotion to God alone.

In the Risen Christ, I welcome You, O Spirit of truth, whom the Father sends in Jesus' name.

Wash clean the sinful soul, and rain down your grace that we may be one with the Church in fidelity to our Lord Jesus, Christ. Amen. 

Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be

Pray: Act Of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer For The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 


THIRD DAY (May 24th) The Soul Of Christ's Body, The Church 

Thou, of all consolers, best, Visiting the troubled breast Dost refreshing peace bestow. 

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart.

God, our Father, may I, through the grace of your Spirit, be forever filled with filial affection for you.

Grant that I may be inspired to love and respect all members of your family as brothers and sisters of Jesus, who, together with him, call you Abba, Father. Amen. 

Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be

Pray: Act Of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer For The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 


FOURTH DAY (May 25th) The Dignity Of The Christian 

Thou, in toil art comfort sweet; Pleasant coolness in the heat; Solace in the midst of woe. 

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity. O, Divine Trinity, grant that we may be strengthened to see in ourselves and each other the dignity that is ours as temples of Your Holy Spirit, to be loved by one another as each of us is loved by Jesus.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen. 

Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be

Pray: Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 



FIFTH DAY (May 26th) Gifted To Serve and Build Others Up 

Light immortal! Light Divine! Visit Thou these hearts of Thine, And our inmost being fill! 

Come, 0 Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father.

Father, through Your Spirit, You invite us to participate in the fullness of Creation.

Help me to see that all gifts are from You and intended for your Glory.

For there are many different gifts, but always the same Spirit, many ways of serving, but 'always the same Lord. Amen. 

Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be

Pray: Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 


SIXTH DAY (May 27th) Human Weakness and Sinfulness 

If Thou take Thy grace away, Nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turned to ill. 

Come, 0 Blessed Spirit of Understanding, enlighten our minds so that we may appreciate and see more fully what we know by faith.

Come to us in our weakness and give voice to our petitions, for "the prayers that the Spirit makes for God's holy people are always in accordance with the mind of God."

Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be

Pray: Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 


SEVENTH DAY (May 28th) Growth in the Freedom That Love Gives 

Heal our wounds - our strength renew; On our dryness, pour thy dew; Wash the stains of guilt away! 

Come, 0 Blessed Spirit of Counsel. Make my thoughts holy, my love pure, and my works pleasing to God.

Father, guided by Your Spirit, may I strive to make loving choices and respect all life. May we be aware of our dignity as Your sons and daughters, redeemed with the Blood of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. 

 Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be

Pray: Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 


EIGHTH DAY (May 29th) Gifted Through The Spirit 

Bend the stubborn heart and will; Melt the frozen, warm the chill; Guide the steps that go astray!  

Come, 0 Blessed Spirit of Wisdom, strengthen my faith, increase my hope, perfect my charity.

Father, enlighten us each day, in the silence of our hearts, to discern the voice of Your Spirit, to do what He asks of us and to understand the gifts He freely gives us.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be

Pray: Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 


NINTH DAY (May 30th) Sent With The Power To Reconcile 

Thou on those who evermore, Thee confess and Thee adore, In Thy sevenfold gifts, descend; Give them comfort when they die; Give them life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen. 

Father, through Jesus, Your Son, You sent the Paraclete to be at our side, to reconcile all Creation to you.

Grant that I may be forever open to Jesus' invitation to "Receive The Holy Spirit!" Father, open our hearts to accept Your forgiveness for our sins and to offer that same forgiveness to those who we feel have offended us.

For merciful forgiveness is the essence of Your love revealed in Your Son.

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Your Heavenly Fruits - Your charity, joy, peace patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness and temperance, that I may, by

faithful submission to your Inspiration, merit to be united eternally with You in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen. 

Pray: Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be

Pray: Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit & Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 

A novena is a practice where a prayer or groups of prayers are recited for nine consecutive days for special intentions and petitions.  The praying of a novena draws its origin from the practice of the disciples who prayed in the upper room for the nine days between the ascension of our Lord and the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.


My favorite prayer to the Holy Spirit (written by St. Josemaria Escriva) goes like this:

Come, O Holy Spirit!

Enlighten my mind to know your commands; strengthen my heart against the snares of the enemy; inflame my will…

I have heard your voice, and I don’t want to harden myself and resist, saying “Later…, tomorrow.”

Nunc coepi! Now I begin! In case there is no tomorrow for me.

O Spirit of truth and wisdom, Spirit of understanding and counsel, Spirit of joy and peace! I want whatever you want. I want because you want, I want however you want, I want whenever you want.


                        in Christ, through Mary, with Sts. Joseph and Peter,

                                    ~ Fr. Steve Hansen

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