Wednesday, the 33rd week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Cecilia
Readings for today’s Mass
Officially beatification occured at the beginning of the liturgy when Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints, read the Latin text of an Apostolic Letter signed by Pope Francis decreeing that Salonus will be henceforth called Blessed. It is one very long sentence that can be condensed to this: We (The Pope, in the name of the Church) decree that the Venerable Solanus Casey henceforth be called by the name Blessed. With this reading, it was official. An image of the Blessed was unveiled and and first-class relics of Solanus were brought forward. In this case, the relics were bone fragments collected in August in anticipation of the beatification. This is the end of the beatification ritual and the Mass continues as usual.
Unofficially, one could argue that beatification occurred with the Pope's announcement in May that Solanus had met the requirements for beatification, that is, a confirmed miracle attributable to the intercession of the Blessed. In this case, it is said that a woman suffering from a painful skin disease was instantly cured while praying at the tomb of Fr. Solanus. Thorough investigation confirmed that the cure was inexplicable, instantaneous, complete and permanent.
Even more unofficially, in the very early Church, saints were made by public acclaim, by people who knew the person and who had firsthand experience of their holiness and heroic virtue.
The purpose of it all is simply to recognize someone's goodness and holiness, and to hold them up as someone on whose life we all might model our own.
The Diocese of La Crosse takes great pride in the beatification of this native son from Oak Grove, WI. If you would like more info about Blessed Solanus Casey, you might start with the official website.