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The Rector’s Report: April 2013

Dear People of Holy Family Cathedral,

As I sit down to write this letter for our Cathedral News, history is in the making. Today is the first day of the Pontificate of our new Holy Father Francis. I extend to him our warmest greetings and prayers. Not only have we experienced an historic moment in the resignation of Benedict XVI but now the election of a man from South America, history in the making.

We, as a parish, also are opening our year in celebration of our own history. Our beloved Cathedral celebrates its 99th birthday on April 1, 2013. One hundred years ago this square block between 8th and 9th, Boulder and Cheyenne was being prepared for the foundations of the parish church that was to become Holy Family Cathedral. Horses and mules pulled the dirt from this square block in the wagons of parishioners to prepare the ground for the foundations of the new church. The parishioners themselves shoveled the dirt onto their wagons. Our foundations are set in the love and dedication of a very strong and faithful people who erected a Domus Domine, a House of the Lord.

April 1, 2013 falls on the Monday after Easter and therefore during the Octave of Easter.  We have chosen to open our Year of Celebration on the Sunday following Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.  We will open the year in a very special way with the celebration of a Solemn High Mass in the traditional manner. We will celebrate this Mass in the same manner as it would have been celebrated in 1913. We therefore open our year of celebration acknowledging our great history as well as the history of the Church. The Mass will be followed with a reception in the “basement of the Church” which has become known as the Monsignor Heiring Auditorium.

The year of Celebration will conclude on May 4, 2014. The actual date, April 1, falls on the third Sunday of Lent and May 4 is the first opportunity to have an appropriate celebration. I am looking forward to this year and the many events our Centennial Committee is planning for our commemoration.

May the Lord bless and protect our new Holy Father Francis as he begins his pontificate and may he likewise bless us as we commemorate and celebrate our Domus Domine, our beloved Holy Family Cathedral.

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