Wednesday May 23, 2018
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Everyone is welcome to come to a special Mass at 11 a.m., Sunday, February 2, at St. Paul Cathedral, 1206 W. Chestnut Ave. in Yakima, celebrating the World Day for Consecrated Life. The Mass will honor all Catholic religious and clergy.

The Mass, which will begin with a procession of local religious and clergy who have consecrated their lives to God in service to the Church, will be celebrated by Bishop Emeritus Carlos Sevilla, S.J., in thanksgiving for his 25 years as a bishop.

Bishop Sevilla and San Jose Bishop P.J. McGrath were ordained to the episcopacy together on January 25, 1989, for service as auxiliary bishops in San Francisco.  They celebrated their 25th anniversaries together at a special Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of  St. Joseph in San Jose on January 25 of this year.

During the February 2 Mass at St. Paul Cathedral, all religious and clergy attending will have the opportunity to renew their vows. Afterwards, there will be a reception in the Assembly Place next to the Cathedral.

The World Day for Consecrated Life was begun in 1997 by Pope John Paul II, as a day of prayer in conjunction with the February 2 celebration of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. This is also known as “Candlemas Day” – the day on which candles are blessed, reminding us that Christ is the light of the world.

Click on the attachment for a Prayer for Consecrated Persons provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.