Sunday, October 21, 2012

Kateri Tekakwitha’s canonization is a moment of joy

By Bishop Gerald Barnes
Diocese of San Bernardino

I ask the Catholic faithful of our diocese to join me in giving thanks to God for the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, which takes place this weekend. Bishop del Riego is representing me at the ceremony and I send with him my prayers and blessings for the many from our diocese who join him there.

Our Native American brothers and sisters and those who minister at their side have been praying for this moment for decades and we share their joy in its arrival. While Kateri’s life serves as a model of holiness for all it is especially meaningful for Native American Catholics to see someone from their culture reach sainthood for the very first time. We are indeed a “communion of communities” and each one offers us rich and inspiring examples of holy life.

I celebrate, in a special way, with the faithful of Beaumont and Banning, whose parish bears Kateri’s name. A Mass of celebration will be held at St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish’s Beaumont church on Nov. 3. Our diocese will celebrate Kateri’s canonization with a Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral on Nov. 24.

May God bless you.

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