My Place in the Sun

My Place in the Sun, February 22: Rite of Election

   On Sunday, February 18, I celebrated the Rite of Election at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. It was a joyous celebration for all of us and most especially for the 40 catechumens who will receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. Eighteen parishes participated in the…


My Place in the Sun, February 15: Ash Wednesday Homily

   Editor’s note: Bishop Cunningham celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Feb. 14. The following is the prepared text of the homily he delivered at that Mass, which serves as his column for this week’s issue. With familiar words and quiet gestures, the Church beckons…


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My Place in the Sun, February 8: A Lenten message

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. Bishop Cunningham’s column this week is his Lenten message to all the faithful. My Dear Friends in Christ,    As I sit at my desk writing my Lenten message to all of you it is snowing and the temperatures are cold. The forecast…



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My Place in the Sun, January 25: Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

As we approach the last week of January, the celebration of Catholic Schools Week begins. Sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association, Catholic Schools Week gives us an annual opportunity to acknowledge the vital purpose of our Catholic schools and celebrate their accomplishments. The theme for the week, Catholic Schools:…


My Place in the Sun, January 18: Love Saves Lives

When you receive this week’s Catholic Sun, I will be in Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life. More than 500 people from across the diocese are scheduled to arrive by bus, car, or plane. They are dedicated and enthusiastic “pilgrims” who are eager to promote and defend human…


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My Place in the Sun, January 11: National Migration Week

On January 7, the Solemnity of the Epiphany, I celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Sunday also marked the beginning of National Migration Week and the occasion to reflect on the circumstances of migrants, including immigrants and refugees and others who live on the fringes of society….



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My Place in the Sun, December Advent Companions

Advent is passing quickly! This is often the case, but this year the four weeks of Advent are actually three weeks plus one day with the fourth Sunday of Advent coming on Christmas Eve.    I always find the Scripture readings during this sacred time rich and beautiful. They call…