In Your Midst


Fall 2001

In This Issue:
Dear Friends,

November is our month for remembering and we have much to remember this November.

We have our own loved ones who have gone home to God, but who are still very much with us in the Communion of Saints. How fitting that we continue to remember them prayerfully and commend them to God during this month.

We also have that wonderful group of deceased parishioners who remembered the Cathedral parish in their Last Wills. Their names are included on the cover of each Sunday bulletin during the month of November and I would hope that you would spend a little time looking at those names and remembering them in prayerful gratitude. I can assure you that we would never begin to be able to offer the programs and services we do as a parish were it not for their generosity.

This year, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, we have a whole new group of people to remember: those who perished in the rubble of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and on a field in rural Pennsylvania on that awful day. Some of us are personally connected to these people, perhaps quite closely as family members or friends. All of us are connected to them in the community of the human family. They are our brothers and sisters and their loss has diminished us. May we continue to keep them in prayer, and may we also keep in prayer their families whose burden of grief is great.

And, at the end of the month, we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day — an ideal time to do a different kind of remembering. How important it is, at Thanksgiving time, for us to remember with gratitude the blessings with which a loving God has showered on us beyond all measure. Even though we find ourselves trying to deal with a national tragedy of epic proportions, we still have countless reasons for giving thanks and I can think of no better way for us to do that than in our annual celebration of the Thanksgiving Day Mass. I look forward to being with you in the cathedral at 10:00 on the morning of Thanksgiving Day. This year, considering all the remembering we have to do — and all the thanks we ought to give — we should fill the cathedral to overflowing.


Father Michael G. Ryan

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