Everyone is a participant in the Eucharist and thus should be conscious of what is happening; everyone is active in a very distinctive way and should be joyful that the Lord is “working” in the midst of the assembly.
We are in a year of Eucharistic Revival, a time of careful thinking and consideration about our love of the Eucharist, the summit and center of worship, and the backbone of our mutual charity. Let us remember our heritage, our history, our recent joys of adding new members, and our well-founded hope: Christ!
In Holy Week and Easter, all the activity, preaching, healing, Good News, and miracles of Jesus are synthesized and intensified in Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection. Jesus was and is always for His Father and for us — this service, this servitude, has reached its climax. The hour comes, and He enters it with complete freedom. He beckons us to follow.
This year, the Memorial of Saint Patrick falls on Friday, March 17. It is well known that Saint Patrick's Day is a day of friendly social celebration for many American Catholics. I, therefore, decree that on Friday, March 17, 2023, all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, no matter where they may be, and all other Catholics present in the Archdiocese on that day, are, by my authority, dispensed from the obligation to abstain from meat.
Following the sudden and shocking murder of Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell in late February, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo sent a message from Houston and extended his “sincere condolences and sorrow” to Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez, as well as the clergy, religious and laity of the Archdiocese, and said “be assured of my closeness in prayer to you and the local Church of Los Angeles.”
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