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Dear Parishioners,


This Friday 9am livestreamed all school Mass (all are welcome) – the link will be under “Mass Times” on Cathedral’s website at https://cathedralsj.org/

This Sunday 10am livestreamed Mass, again - the link will also be under “Mass Times” on Cathedral’s website at https://cathedralsj.org/

On Cathedral’s website, the church bulletin will be posted Friday afternoon.  After going to https://cathedralsj.org/, click on the “bulletins” tab on top right of the page.  It will take you directly to “bulletin page”.  Click on “Download bulletin for March 29, 2020”. The insert: “Sacrifice of Praise – Week 4”, will be attached to the bulletin.  Hard copies of the bulletin (and insert) also will be available in church on Friday afternoon.




Suspension of Public Masses is also hereby extended from the previously announced date of April 3 now through April 24, 2020, unless retracted.

We will livestream Holy Week liturgies so you can prayerfully unite in your homes.  The means of live streamed broadcast on Sunday was well accepted. More time details later.


Pope Francis has invited everyone to pray the Lord's Prayer at the same time on Wednesday, March 25, (12 noon Rome time; 6am our time), for an end to the pandemic. He will also give an extraordinary "Urbi et orbi" blessing on Friday, March 27, outside St. Peter's Basilica. More details below:

Two Prayer Requests for everyone from Pope Francis:

  1. March 25, 6 am praying of Our Father

Pope Francis has called on all Christian leaders and every Christian community around the world to recite the Our Father in union with him at noon [6 am local time] on Wednesday, the Feast of the Annunciation, as “humanity trembles at the threat” of the coronavirus pandemic “in these days of trial.”

Addressing the faithful through the media from the apostolic palace after reciting the Angelus, March 22, the Pope said that as the prayer will take place “on the day when many Christians remember the annunciation to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word, may the Lord hear the unanimous prayer of all his disciples preparing to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ.”

  1. URBI et ORBI Blessing:  Friday, March 27, 12 Noon; plenary indulgence

In this time of emergency for humanity, the Holy Father Francis invites Catholics from all over the world to join spiritually in prayer with him next Friday March 27th at 18.00. [12 noon, local time]

The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication.

All those who spiritually join this moment of prayer through the media will be granted the plenary indulgence according to the conditions provided for in the recent decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary.


If you can’t get to Confession or believe it not prudent to:

To help in this, the Holy See, through the Apostolic Penitentiary, has offered two recourses for the faithful:

  1. “Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC, no. 1452).”

perfect contrition requires

• the love of God

• the sincere desire for forgiveness

• the ardent commitment to receive the sacrament of reconciliation when available


  1. “The gift of special Indulgences is granted to the faithful suffering from COVID-19 disease, commonly known as Coronavirus, as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them.”

•  This is a time of suffering, especially for those who have contracted COVID-19. As such, it may be a time for us to “rediscover ‘the same redemptive suffering of Christ’ (Salvifici doloris, 30).”

•  Trusting in Christ, a Plenary indulgence is “granted to the faithful suffering from Coronavirus, who are subject to quarantine by order of the health authority in hospitals or in their own homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord's Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfil the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father's intentions), as soon as possible.”

•  “Health care workers, family members and all those who, following the example of the Good Samaritan, exposing themselves to the risk of contagion, care for the sick of Coronavirus according to the words of the divine Redeemer: ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’ (Jn 15: 13), will obtain the same gift of the Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions.”

o    An indulgence is “the expression of the Church's full confidence of being heard by the Father when - in view of Christ's merits and, by his gift, those of Our Lady and the saints - she asks him to mitigate or cancel the painful aspect of punishment by fostering its medicinal aspect through other channels of grace” (John Paul II, General Audience, September 29, 1999).

  • A plenary indulgence removes all the temporal punishment due to sin (CCC, 1471).

These and other updates can be seen at: https://kcsjcatholic.org/coronavirus-updates/


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

                                    ~ Fr. Steve Hansen