It's also the Holy Father's "name day" (his baptismal name is Joseph), so here's a prayer to St. Joseph, patron of the Church, adapted by one by our Founder:
St. Joseph, protector of the universal Church,
look kindly upon the Pope, the bishops, the clergy, the religious and laity. Pray for the sanctification of all.
The Church is the fruit of the blood of Jesus, your foster Son. We entrust to you our prayers for the spread of the Church, for her freedom, for her unity. Defend her from errors, from evil and from the powers of hell as you once saved the threatened life of Jesus from the hands of Herod.
May the desire of Jesus come true: "That there be one fold under one shepherd."
And on to the tidbits:
This is encouraging! Our mission, seen (and lauded) by someone outside the community...
I'll be "outside" today, myself giving my third talk at St. Paul's Parish in Joliet after the 4:30 Mass. Tonight's topic: the Eucharistic Prayer. Then on Monday, it's back to Milwaukee (St. Josaphat's Basilica) for my second talk in the series on the Mass.
How is your parish preparing for the new Roman Missal? I heard of a family from one midwestern diocese (which shall go unnamed) where members working in parish and diocesan offices didn't have a clue that something new was coming. Has that been the case for you?