Fr. Damian continues to invite ideas and comments about the proposed changes to our worship space. We are inviting everyone to attend one of three meetings to discuss it. They will be held in the church itself so it is easier to visualize. At this point the only design element committed towards are six stained glass windows for the clerestory. The meetings will be:
6:30 p.m. Sunday, December 4
2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 6
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 6
Feel free to pick the time that works best for you, then come talk.
Tomorrow night we will ask those who attended NCYC to share with the rest of our youth the stories of how their hearts were stirred and faith strengthened by their time at NCYC.This was a fantastic experience!We will start at 7 with a meal in the Steinhausen Center and end at 8:30.
This is one of six images which will be in the new stained glass windows. You may have noticed this image on the bulletin last weekend, the Advent Newsletter and the parish website.
In most churches, a dove in a stained glass window represents the Holy Spirit but in this case it represents St. Columbkille. Columb means “dove” in Gaelic and kille is “church,” so he came to be known as the “church’s dove.”
This is one of the six stained glass windows that have been ordered to give us a better sense of what it would look like to finish off the clerestory.
Instead of his typical Advent Bible Study, Fr. Damian is offering the new video series on "Catholicism" by Fr. Robert Barron. Each session will include video from Fr. Barron as well as group discussion and a question and answer time with Fr. Damian.
After the four weeks of Advent, the series will continue in mid January until Lent. Then we will host a series of talks on Judaism and Islam.
It all starts tomorrow (Monday) in the Steinhausen Center. You can attend the morning (9 a.m.) or evening (7 p.m.) sessions.
November 28: Amazing and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man
December 5: Happy Are We: The Teaching of Jesus
December 12: The Ineffable Mystery of God
December 19: Our Tainted Nature's Solitary Boast: Mary, the Mother of God
St. Cecilia is the name of our cathedral and the patron saint of our Archdiocese. Because she was so highly venerated by the ancient Roman Church, she is listed in the Canon of the Mass. Over the site where her home had stood a church was built in the fourth century. (Next year, John Norman should have his first Mass as a deacon in this church.) Her martyrdom probably occurred during the reign of Emperor Alexander Severus, about the year 230. In 1599 her grave was opened and her body was found incorrupt. Cecilia is the patron saint of Church music.
In an era when women were thought to be marital property, when Cecilia and many of the other early virgin martyrs made vows of lifelong virginity, they were really early feminists. It is said that she converted many to Catholisim, including the pagen who was to marry her. This led to her martyrdom.
Paul Simon, of Simon and Garfunkel fame, wrote the song "The Coast" which references her when a family of musicians taking refuge in the Church of St. Cecilia, which seems proper since she is the patron saint of musicians.
A group of 17 teens and their chaperones from St. Columbkille are in Indianapolis for the National Catholic Youth Conference! They are with 24,000+ other teens and adults from around the country to spend 3 days learning about and celebrating their Catholic faith!!