• Welcome
      As Pastor of the Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, I am excited with the introduction of our new website.  It has taken a considerable amount of effort and energy to get it up and running.  Now that it is operative, I do hope that it will meet the needs, answer questions and provide the information sought.  I invite you to take some time and browse our website for I am certain that it will be beneficial to you in all your inquiries.

      Welcome and God Bless

      Fr. Charles Kelly
    • Lent
      Spiritual Activities

      The following are some of the spiritual activities which could help us as we journey through Lent together:
       
      • Ash Wednesday:  Gather with the community for Mass at 12:10 pm or 7:00 pm on Ash Wednesday to receive the Blessed Ashes.
      • Weekday Mass during Lent will be celebrated at 12:10 pm in the Main Church.
      • Eucharist:  Gather with the community for Sunday Eucharist, and when possible, the weekday Eucharist.
      • The Way of the Cross will be prayed each Friday in the Marian Chapel after the 12:10 Mass.
      • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:  Wednesday at 12:40 pm for one hour in the Marian Chapel.
       
      Forms of Penance:  Abstinence - Fasting - Almsgiving

      Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years and older on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
      Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59.
      Almsgiving:  These are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbours in their spiritual and bodily needs. Giving alms to the poor is a witness to fraternal charity.  It is also a work of justice pleasing to God.  In our parish, food or money may be donated to Emmaus House to help the needy.  Each Sunday of Lent we ask the community to bring specific food items (non-perishable) for Emmaus House.  On Holy Thursday, the day of the Lord`s Supper, the Church asks us to remember the needy by bringing offerings of our choice of non-perishable food or money. We will also have a Lenten Tree at the entrance of the Church with suggestions of different items for the needy.
    • Easter Triduum (2014)
      HOLY THURSDAY

      The Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord's Supper. Adoration in the Marian Chapel until 11:00 p.m.

        7:30 p.m.    -    Mass of the Lord's Supper
      11:00 p.m.    -    Night Prayer (Marian Chapel)

      GOOD FRIDAY

      The Paschal Fast is observed everywhere today and is continued (where possible) on Holy Saturday. In this way the people of God will receive the joys of the Lord's Resurrection with responsive and uplifted hearts.

      10:00 a.m.    -    Office of Readings and Morning Prayer*
      11:00 a.m.    -    Stations of the Cross - Families with young children
        3:00 p.m.    -    Celebration of the Lord's Passion
        7:30 p.m.    -    Stations of the Cross

      HOLY SATURDAY

      10:00 a.m.    -    Office of Readings and Morning Prayer.  Members of the Polish
                               Community will bring their food to be blessed for Easter.
        8:30 p.m.    -    Easter Vigil

      EASTER SUNDAY

        8:30 a.m.    -    Mass
      11:00 a.m.    -    Mass

      *We respectfully request that you refrain from making the Stations of the Cross during the celebration of Morning Prayer which is an official liturgical prayer of the Church.
       
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