Ten candidates become Acolytes

Ten deacon candidates were instituted into the Ministry of Acolyte Dec. 2 during a special Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.

Deacon candidates receive the ministries of Lector and Acolyte before being ordained as permanent deacons. 

As acolytes, the candidates can now assist the priest and deacon at the altar during the Eucharistic Liturgy, principally in preparing the altar and the sacred vessels and, if necessary, distributing the Eucharist as an extraordinary minister.

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral’s original Tabernacle refinished and returned to prominent position on center high altar

At the request of Bishop David Talley, the original main tabernacle of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral has been restored and returned to its prominent position on the center high altar.

Father Jim Ferguson, rector of the Cathedral, blessed the refinished tabernacle during the 4 p.m. Mass Dec. 2. 

Bishop's message for December: Does Christmas = the Nativity of the Lord?

I can imagine a response to this column as I am writing it.  Someone reading the title is saying… this new Bishop is off his rocker! Lord help us. Of course Christmas is the same as the Nativity of the Lord, the birthday of Jesus of Nazareth. Didn’t you go to seminary?

Well, yes…OK….they seem to refer to the same event….in a way. But let’s see how they are very different holy days.