Thusday, the 31st 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 - Dedication of St. John Lateran
Readings for today’s Mass
Let’s start with the Lateranus family. In the 2nd century, they were landowners of a tract of land in Rome. They lost title to the land to the Emperor Constantine who later gave it to the early Christian Church. Lateran is now a reference to the neighborhood and several building projects found on the land once owned by the Laterani.
One of the buildings of the neighborhood is a basilica named for two Johns, the Baptist and the Evangelist. The Basilica of the two St. Johns, of the Lateran neighborhood, aka St. John Lateran, is the diocesan seat, or the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome. The bishop of the Diocese of Rome is whoever happens to be the pope - today it is Francis.
So why is its dedication noted on the Church calendar? The dedication of any church should be a celebration for all its parishioners. Since the pope holds the leadership of the world Catholic Church, and since St. John Lateran is the pope's cathedral, it could also be considered the parish church of all Catholics. So we celebrate its dedication.
Such a feast for the parishioners of the Roncalli Newman Center would be celebrated on May 24, the day of the first Mass ever celebrated in the new Student Chapel. It was 1964.