Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Peter and Paul


It's not the day we celebrate as "our" Feast of St. Paul (that would be June 30), but Peter and Paul's shared feast is a solemnity: as big as a feast day can get. They are the co-patrons of the city of Rome, and you see them everywhere (including, of course, St. Peter's Square: here you see Peter, from the back). On this day in 1932, the first Pauline sisters arrived in the United States, and they wept that this day, which in their homeland would have been a holy day (and a big holiday) was just another day of the week. Not for us here in Chicago! That's because, through divine Providence, we have our community day on Thursday and this week one of the Paulists will come to celebrate Mass in the convent chapel. In fact, it will be the newly appointed pastor of Old St. Mary's. So we will meet the pastor and celebrate our shared patron, and send Father home with some fresh brownies so his community has something to celebrate with, too!

3 comments:

Lisa said...

Blessed feasts!! I posted my wishes for the Daughters today on the combined feast, just to get things started :)

RAnn said...

What is a community day?

xaipe said...

Community day is the one day a week we try to spend pretty much together. The employees cover for us in the bookstore so we can have our Hour of Adoration together, a well-prepared noon meal together (usually we have only supper together) and Mass in the convent chapel (usually we have to go out--to St. Peter's, mostly). We also have our communitarian meeting, which covers aspects of our life, schedule, events, and whatever is coming from the motherhouse that we are supposed to "discuss and synthesize" for feedback....