Reverend Lewis Hejna, Rector

Fr. Lewis E. Hejna-1937 (1)

lhejna@saintagnescathedral.org

From the Pastor’s Desk,
The Feast of Corpus Christi which we are celebrating this weekend had been celebrated on the Thursday after
Trinity Sunday to solemnly commemorate the institution of the Holy Eucharist. In some countries it is a Holy Day of
obligation, but not here in the United States.
St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon, Belgium, from her early youth, had a great veneration for the Blessed Sacrament,
and always longed for a special feast in its honor. This desire is said to have been increased by a vision of the Church
under the appearance of the full moon having one dark spot, which signified the absence of such a solemnity. She made
known her ideas to Robert de Thorete, the Bishop of Liège, to the learned Dominican Hugh, later cardinal legate in the
Netherlands, and to Jacques Pantaléon, at that time Archdeacon of Liège, afterwards Bishop of Verdun, Patriarch of
Jerusalem, and finally Pope Urban IV. St. Juliana would not take no for an answer. Bishop Robert after some study was
impressed, and at this time in history individual bishops had the right of ordering feasts for their dioceses, in 1246 he
ordered the celebration to be held in the following year.
Bishop Robert died on October 16, 1246 before the feast was first celebrated but the feast was celebrated by
the canons of St. Martin at Liège. The new bishop of Liège, requested the pope to extend the celebration to the entire
world. Pope Urban IV, was an admirer of the feast and published the Bull “Transiturus” on September 8th, 1264. The
Pope extolled the love of Our Saviour as expressed in the Holy Eucharist, and ordered the annual celebration of Corpus
Christi on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. The early decree does not call for a procession as a feature of the
celebration. The Corpus Christi procession, already held in some places, was added by Popes Martin V and Eugene IV.
I want to give everyone an update to the area between the rectory and the parking lot. This has been in a
developing process over the last 9 months. Working with the Vietnamese Council we are going to turn the area into a
prayer garden in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of La Vang. We will level the area with a stone retaining
wall, a large statue of Mary, small shrubs, walkway out of flagstones and a decorative wrought iron fence. I am excited
with this summer project moving forward.

Easter Vigil 2018

 

Good Friday 2018

Chrism Mass 2018

Palm Sunday 2018

 

Confirmation February 18, 2018

Christmas 2017

Easter Vigil  April 15, 2017

 

Confirmation 2017

 

 

 

 

 

First Reconciliation 2016

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