60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEDICATION
OF SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL
SACRED CONGREGATION FOR THE SACRAMENTS
AND DIVINE WORSHIP
The rite for the dedication of a church and an altar is rightly considered among the most solemn liturgical services. A church is the place where the Christian community is gathered to hear the word of God, to offer intercession and praise to him, and above all to celebrate the holy mysteries, and it is the place where the holy sacrament of the Eucharist is kept. Thus it stands as a special kind of image of the Church itself, which is God’s temple built from living stones. And the altar of a church, around which the holy people of God gather to take part in the Lord’s sacrifice and to be refreshed at the heavenly meal, stands, as a sign of Christ himself, who is the priest, the victim, and the altar of his own sacrifice.
The above passage explains the importance of the dedication of a church and an altar. The dedication of a Cathedral takes on an added importance as it is the Mother church for the whole Diocese. In the Diocese of Gallup, we will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the dedication of Sacred Heart Cathedral on Friday, June 19, 2015. The celebration will begin with Solemn Vespers at 5:15 p.m. and then a special anniversary Mass celebrated by Bishop James Wall at 7:00 p.m. The anniversary of the dedication of the Diocese’s Cathedral is considered a feast day to be celebrated. Come celebrate with us. We look forward to seeing you there.
All are invited to attend an “Ice Cream Social” to be held in the Family Center immediately following the Mass.