Bishop's Mass


A diocesan bishop normally celebrates the greatest feasts of the liturgical year in his cathedral church. Before St. Raphael Cathedral was destroyed by arson, Bishop Morlino was also celebrating Sunday Mass there regularly.  Lacking a cathedral church at present, Bishop Morlino celebrates these Masses at St. Patrick.

Bishop Morlino celebrates the liturgies of the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday) and the Midnight Mass for Christmas at St. Patrick.

The Bishop makes a point of celebrating the morning Mass (11:00 am) at St. Patrick on the Sundays of Advent and Lent. On other Sundays of the year, Bishop Morlino celebrates this Mass at St. Patrick when his schedule permits. In the Bishop’s absence, Msgr. Holmes celebrates the Mass. Whether Bishop Morlino or Msgr. Holmes is celebrating, the homily of the Sunday 11:00 am Mass is recorded and posted on this website. The homilies can be found here.

The Bishop also usually celebrates Mass at St. Patrick on Holy Days of Obligation. On Holy Days that are not civil holidays, these Masses are at 12:10 pm.

The Bishop’s schedule for each week is published in the diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Herald. This schedule should note the Masses the Bishop will celebrate at St. Patrick (though late changes are sometimes necessary).

Because neither St. Patrick nor Holy Redeemer is very large, major diocesan celebrations (Chrism Mass and ordinations) are held elsewhere pending the completion of our new cathedral.