It is with these words at the 11:30 AM Mass on Sunday, July 12, 2009,
That His Eminence,Theodore Cardinal McCarrick
blessed our beautiful stained glass window.
we bless You for You alone are holy,
and because in Your compassion for sinners
You sent into the world Your Son, Jesus Christ,
the author and perfecter of holiness.
He sent the Spirit to sustain His newborn Church,
a voice that teaches us the secrets of holiness,
a breeze that strengthens and refreshes,
a fire that sears our hearts in love,
the seed of God that yields a harvest of grace.
Today we praise You for the gifts of the Spirit
bestowed on Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton,
in whose honor we dedicate this image.
May we follow in the footsteps of the Lord,
keeping before us the example of Mother Seton,
and grow to a maturity measured not by nature,
but by the fullness of Christ.
May we proclaim His Gospel by word and deed and,
shouldering our crosses daily,
expend ourselves for others in Your service.
May all who look upon this Jubilee Window learn,
—as did Mother Seton—
of Your abiding Presence among us
in the Breaking of Bread;
of the unity and strength we can enjoy by living
and believing in union with the successor of Saint Peter,
the Bishop of Rome, and the whole College of Bishops;
and of the maternal love of Mary most holy,
who, under her title
“The Immaculate Conception”
is patroness of the United State of America.
May Your blessing be upon James and Charlene Wilson,
who generously provided for this Jubilee Window
in memory of their sons, Gary and Tom;
may they rest in Your peace for ever.
And, as we carry out our earthly duties,
may we be filled with the Spirit of Christ
and keep our eyes fixed on the glories of heaven,
where You, Father, receive those who will reign
with Your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
On October 30, 1984, as the first Bishop of Metuchen,
Cardinal McCarrick created our parish;
in 1986 he became Archbishop of Newark
and in 2000 the Archbishop of Washington, D.C.;
on February 21, 2001 he became a Cardinal
and in 2005 participated in the conclave
that elected Pope Benedict XVI.
Though he‘retired’ in May 2006 - and turned 80 on July 7, 2010,
-His Eminence continues to travel the globe,
serving God and the Church on various papal committees
and by taking part in the everyday life
of the Churches he has served - in his native New York
and in the places he faithfully led as Bishop:
Metuchen, Newark and Washington - and in countless other ways.
We were truly blessed to have Cardinal McCarrick preside and preach
during our Jubilee Year of Grace, 2009!
[Google “Theodore Cardinal McCarrick” to learn more
about his life and dedicated service to the Church!]