The Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, will be the principal celebrant and homilist when the heads of the seven Catholic dioceses of the State of Florida celebrate the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Sunday, December 2 at the Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine.
The visit of the bishops coincides with the Catholic Church’s Year of Faith as promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI. The observance, which began on October 11, 2012, will conclude in November 2013.
“Our Cathedral is truly the mother church of Catholicism in the State of Florida, let alone our nation,” Fr. Thomas Willis, the rector of the Cathedral, said. “It is a special joy to be able to welcome our state’s bishops for this pilgrimage of faith; we are uniquely blessed to have them here with us.”
The pope has called all Catholics to be renewed in their Christian faith and commit themselves to share that faith in their daily lives. The Florida bishops are making a pilgrimage to St Augustine’s Cathedral, home of America’s first parish, where the Catholic faith took root in what is now the United States.
Sunday, December 2 is the First Sunday of Advent in the Church’s liturgical calendar. The Cathedral’s Chancel Choir, under the direction of Dr. Bernie Sans and accompanied by organist Shannon McKay, will provide special music for the sacred liturgy.
The public is invited to attend.