We celebrate this weekend the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Both are beloved to us, but particularly Saint John Paul II who raised our church to a Basilica in 1989. Many blessings have come to us, particularly in the last 25 years that we have been a Basilica. I feel it has been a great privilege for me to have served this parish for nearly 15 of these 25 years.
On this happy feast of Divine Mercy and the canonization of these two holy men, let us give thanks to God that in our lifetime we have seen such holiness manifested in these great men. Let us also strive for a greater sense of mercy and forgiveness as we celebrate the love of God and His forgiveness of this feast of Divine Mercy.
We welcome Father Joe Pins today as preacher for this special feast. We are happy to have him with us.
May the Lord continue to bless and guide you in these holy days of Easter!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
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From its roots in the Old Testament temple worship, the sacred liturgy of the Church has always seen music as an integral part of our worship. This is no more evident than here at the Basilica of St. John. Whether your tastes run from traditional Gregorian Chant, to contemporary worship with our folk group, to our ethnic diversity with the beautiful music from our Vietnamese and Hispanic choirs, to the timeless classics of the bell choir and our outstanding Basilica Choir, we live to "make a joyful noise," at the Basilica of St. John. In the words of St. Augustine, "He who sings, prays twice."
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