November 16, 2012

Events connected to Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin’s installation as new shepherd are announced

Criterion staff report

Installation Mass

Archbishop Joseph W. TobinArchbishop Joseph W. Tobin will be formally installed as the sixth archbishop of Indianapolis during a 2 p.m. Mass on Dec. 3 at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis.

Seating for this Mass will be by invitation only, and attendees will need a ticket to enter the cathedral.

This is due to the large number of bishops, priests, family members and friends of Archbishop Tobin expected to attend.

Also participating in the installation Mass will be priests and deacons ministering at archdiocesan parishes and schools, and parish life coordinators and representatives of religious orders that minister in central and southern Indiana as well as representatives of other area faith communities and civic leaders.

Two tickets to the Mass have been offered to each of the archdiocese’s 147 parishes. The pastor or parish life coordinator of each faith community has been asked to submit the names of the people who will receive these tickets by Nov. 20.

The installation Mass can be viewed live online at

Evening Prayer

At 5 p.m. on Dec. 2, a Solemn Evening Prayer for the First Sunday of Advent will be prayed at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis.

Like the installation Mass, seating for it is by invitation only. Those planning to attend need to RSVP. Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, apostolic administrator, will be the homilist.

Participating in this liturgy will be guests of Archbishop Tobin, archdiocesan clergy and parish life coordinators, religious priests living and ministering in central and southern Indiana, other members of the men’s and women’s religious communities in the archdiocese, and representatives of Catholic groups and fraternal organizations that have a special relationship with the archdiocese.

During the Dec. 2 liturgy, Archbishop Tobin’s miter, crosier, ring and pectoral cross will be blessed.

Other Events

Other events connected to Archbishop Tobin’s installation are open to the public.

“A Mission of Prayer: A Year of Faith with Archbishop Tobin” will take place on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Our Lady of the Greenwood Parish, 335 S. Meridian St., in Greenwood.

Although the event is geared especially for archdiocesan youths and young adults, Catholics of all ages are welcome to attend.

Exposition and eucharistic adoration will begin at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30 and continue until 3 p.m. on Dec. 1. A holy hour with praise and worship music and witness talks will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 30.

A holy hour for vocations organized by the archdiocesan vocations office and seminarians will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Nov. 30. At noon, Bishop Coyne will lead the praying of the “Angelus,” and offer a reflection on Mary and the vocation to do God’s will.

A light lunch will follow in Madonna Hall. A rosary rally organized by the Archdiocesan Youth Council will take place from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., followed by praise and worship music from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Archbishop Tobin will be the principal celebrant of a 4 p.m. Mass on Dec. 1 for the First Sunday of Advent.

On Dec. 12 at a time and place in the archdiocese to be determined, Archbishop Tobin will celebrate a Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

During late January and early February, Archbishop Tobin will visit each of the archdiocese’s 11 deaneries. The times, dates and places of these events have yet to be determined.

Catholics across central and southern Indiana will have an opportunity to meet Archbishop Tobin at these events. †

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