Herald Staff Report
Bishop Michael Pfeifer has asked for ringing of bells Sunday and will hold a special Mass on Monday to celebrate the news that Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SH of Argentina, has been elected Pope of the Catholic Church.
“On Sunday at noon, I ask that we ring all the bells of our churches throughout the diocese in honor of Pope Francis and take a moment of silence to pray for him and the Universal Church, God's Peace,” Bishop Pfeifer said in a statement released late Wednesday.
“In the next few days, I strongly encourage each pastor to have a special Mass with our people to pray for our new Pope. A suggested Mass ... is found in the sections: Masses and prayers for various needs and occasions in the Roman Missal. You may choose the appropriate scriptural readings, but I would suggest that we choose Matthew 16:13-19 as the Gospel, explaining how the Pope continues the mission of Peter on whom Christ said He would build His Church.”
The Bishop also announced a special Mass set for noon Monday at Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Angelo.
“All priests who are present are welcome to concelebrate, and please bring this Mass to the attention of all of our people,” Pfeifer said.
He added, “It is with great joy that I, as Bishop of the Diocese of San Angelo, received this news, and I know this is also a special joy among all the people of the diocese and throughout the Catholic world as for many other people on planet earth.”