My Dear Friends,
This weekend, Catholic Christians celebrate the 2nd Sunday of Lent. In the Gospel passage of today (Mark 9: 2-10), we hear the Transfiguration story. In the story, we see Jesus taking Peter, James, and John up to a mountain to pray. While they were praying, Jesus was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah, representing the Law and Prophets of the Old Testament respectively, appeared with Jesus. Then, a cloud came over everyone and God the Father said, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” When the cloud lifted, Moses and Elijah were gone, leaving only Jesus with the disciples. The moral of this story is that the Old Testament Law and Prophets are gone, and all we need now is Jesus.
I’m delighted to report that St. Mary parishioner, David Miller, is scheduled to become ordained as a transitional deacon on April 7th at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, and he will assist in his first Mass as a deacon at the 11 a.m. Mass on April 8th here in the basilica – the same Mass in which he served as an usher. I’ll keep you updated on this joyful event in the coming weeks. Unlike a permanent deacon, a “transitional deacon” is a man who is “passing through” the diaconate on his way to priesthood ordination.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
– Father Bob