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Celebrate Sunday Mass With Bishop Strickland - Laetare Sunday

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Church may be closed, but you don't have to miss out on Sunday Mass for Laetare Sunday

The Holy Mass is available online here (English). Also available in Spanish, El obispo Strickland celebra la misa domingo de Laetare.

Join Deacon Keith Fournier and Bishop Strickland in this recorded Mass for Laetare Sunday.

Join Deacon Keith Fournier and Bishop Strickland in this recorded Mass for Laetare Sunday.

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Dear Catholic Online Community and Catholic Online School students,

I AM TRULY HAPPY TO OFFER EACH OF YOU AN INVITATION

This Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent, called Laetare Sunday. Laetare is the Latin word for REJOICE. The Entrance Antiphon for the Mass on Sunday is taken from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah "Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning." (Is. 66:10,11)

Bishops, Priests and Deacons will wear Rose Vestments. Rose is the liturgical color of rejoicing and hope. In our cycle of readings for Holy Mass, we will hear the powerful Gospel story of the Healing of the Man Born Blind (John 9: 1-41).

As the whole world continues through the difficult days associated with the effects of the COVID 19 or Corona Virus, and millions are unable to physically participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, I will have the honor of serving as Deacon to my Bishop, Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler, as he offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in private, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The Holy Mass is available online here (English). Also available in Spanish, El obispo Strickland celebra la misa domingo de Laetare.

We invite you to join together, virtually, with the faithful throughout the world in prayer and worship in an online experience of Holy Mass.

Let us pray that the Lord, in His Mercy, reach out from heaven to heal those afflicted with the virus - and intervene by the Power of the Holy Spirit - to bring an end to its devastation.

Let us pray for the Church - and for all of her clergy and faithful - that she would be a witness to the Power of Living Faith in Jesus Christ and share the Good News of Jesus Christ to a world steeped in fear and darkness.

Let us pray for those in Civil leadership, that the Lord would give them the wisdom they need to make right decisions for the health, safety and welfare of people in every Nation.

Let us pray for those in the scientific and medical community, that they would be inspired by the Lord to find a cure for this virus.

Let us pray for one another.

And finally, let us REJOICE, because Jesus Christ is Lord.

The Father hears our prayers as we turn to Him, in the name of His Son and Our Savior. He sends forth the Holy Spirit to heal, inspire and give us hope in this time of despair. The Lord will intervene to help us.

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May the Lord bless you, your families, the Church and the Nations of the world.

Deacon Keith Fournier
Dean of Catholic Online School
Chaplain of Your Catholic Voice Foundation

The Holy Mass is available online here (English). Also available in Spanish, El obispo Strickland celebra la misa domingo de Laetare.


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