Pastor's Desk: Third Sunday of Lent

Posted 2nd March 2013 in Pastor's Desk

Sede Vacante

sedevacanteWelcome everyone, and we are living through very strange and historic days in the life of the Church. Pope Benedict XVI has resigned the Office of Pontiff since Thursday evening and we are now without a Pope, the Chair of Peter is empty, we have a “Sede Vacante”. To indicate this, the emblem of the Vatican becomes an umbrella while the process of electing a new Pope begins.

That process is outlined in three documents: Universi Dominici Gregis (1996) promulgated by Pope John Paul II; an apostolic letter of Pope Benedict issued in 2007 which reinstates the requirement that the new Pope is elected when he receives 2/3 of the vote instead of a simple majority; and the Apostolic Letter issued by Pope Benedict during the past week that allows the College of Cardinals to call the date of the Conclave earlier than indicated in Universi Dominici Gregis which envisaged the Conclave being called after the death and funeral rites of the Pontiff rather than his resignation. The College of Cardinals will now meet each day in “General Congregations” to discuss matters important to the future of the Church. All Cardinals may attend these sessions, including those over 80 years of age who will not be taking part in the eventual Conclave. As I write there is no date for when the Conclave will begin but I urge all parishioners to pray for the Cardinals who will be involved in the Conclave, that they will be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Fr. Eoin

Novena of Grace

The Novena begins tomorrow, Monday 4th March. The Novena Mass will be celebrated at 7.30pm each evening Monday - Friday; 6.30pm on Saturday next and 11.00am next Sunday. Do bring your intentions to St. Frances Xavier over the next 9 days. Please see this post or church noticeboards for details of preachers each evening but note that the Papal Nuncio, His Excellency, Archbishop Charles Brown will celebrate the Mass on Thursday of this week. To mark this first visit by a Nuncio to our parish, refreshments will be served after the Mass so he may meet parishioners.

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