Welcome to the Cathedral of St. Peter
Most Reverend David J. Malloy, D.D., J.C.L., S.T.D.
Bishop of Rockford
Cathedral of St. Peter is a Roman Catholic Church whose mission is that of Jesus Christ: the conversion of sinners and the salvation of souls. This is accomplished by preaching the Gospel, celebrating the Sacraments and evangelizing the world around us.
The Year of Mercy Holy Door at the Cathedral of St. Peter
On Dec 8th Pope Francis will open the Holy Door at St. Peter Basilica in Rome, opening the celebration of a year of mercy. Pope Francis explained the purpose of this extraordinary year in this way:
“We want to live this Jubilee Year in light of the Lord’s words: ‘Merciful like the Father’. . . I present this Extraordinary Jubilee Year dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us.”“. . . to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us.” (from Misericordiae Vultus)
The designated Holy Door at the Cathedral of St. Peter is the main door on Church Street at the south end of the Cathedral. This entrance will be closed off on the weekend of the Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 21/22. The door will be solemnly opened for the Holy Year at the end of a Mass on 11:00 a.m. on Sunday Dec. 13th. This Holy Year is a strong call to repentance and to the experience of God’s grace in the sacraments, especially through Reconciliation. It is also a special time to live out the call to mercy and forgiveness in the Church, in our families, and in our society and world.
Prayer for Peace in our Communities
Lord Jesus Christ,
who are called the Prince of Peace, who are yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, "Peace to you," grant us peace. Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly love. Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace. Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace. May all peoples on the earth become as brothers and sisters. May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all.
Reflections For the Week
Based on the Gospel according to Luke 18:9-14
Jesus addressed this parable
to those who were convinced of their own righteousness
and despised everyone else.
“Two people went up to the temple area to pray;
one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself,
‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity --
greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’
But the tax collector stood off at a distance
and would not even raise his eyes to heaven
but beat his breast and prayed,
‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’
I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former;
for whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Thoughts about the Gospel: Pride, the first and basic sin of mankind and the root of evil. The Pharisees were so full of pride, that they could never seek forgiveness. In this parable, Jesus tells them that their pride will only lead them to be excluded from the kingdom of God. Because the Pharisees are so full of pride, they will not admit or repent of their pride and their lack of charity. Instead of thanking God for the many gifts He had given them, they almost demanded thanks from God for being such pious people. While God approves of no sin, His mercy and His forgiveness is available for all sinners except the proud. It isn't that God cannot or will not forgive the sin of pride but that the proud man will not ask for God's forgiveness. We must all beaware of this vice, because no true love of God can exist in a proud heart.
Something to think about this week: How do we know if we have to much pride? Ask yourself some tough questions, Do I like others to see and hear of my good works? Do I give as generously to charities when no list of benefactors is published? Do I take part in parish activities without being in charge? Do I criticize those who are not all they should be? Do I always have an excuse for my own faults? If you answer yes, then you should pray to God from the bottom of your heart for humility, and look for every possible occasion to practice it.