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Cathedral’s Scripture study series examines Evangelists’ Holy Week accounts
the Inland Register
(From the Feb. 26, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes hosts a five-part Lenten series this year, a Scripture study with Father Rory Pitstick.
The series is described as “an appreciation of the Gospel’s record of Holy Week.”
The series begins Thursday, March 4, and continues Thursday evenings through April 1, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium in the lower level of the Cathedral church.
Father Pitstick is calling his series “A Polyphonic Presentation of the Passion of Christ.” Throughout the course of the study he will compare, contrast, and harmonize the four unique compositions by the evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The series will open with “Duel or Duet? Why One Gospel Isn’t Enough.” He will focus on St. Matthew’s account of the Passion — “Fulfillment of All Scripture” — on March 11; St. Mark’s narrative, “The Son of God,” on March 18; St. Luke’s presentation, “All those known to him saw these things from afar,” on March 25; and St. John’s Gospel, “The Man in Command,” April 1.
Cost of the series is $20, or $35 for a couple, payable in advance at the Cathedral office, 1115 W. Riverside.
Father Pitstick grew up in the Cathedral Parish, where he taught religious education classes and served on the altar. He celebrated his first Mass at the Cathedral after his 1994 ordination to the priesthood.
Father Pitstick studied theology at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and at the Gregorian University, Rome. After priestly ordination he returned to Rome to finish his post-graduate licentiate degree in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. He now serves as pastor of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Okanogan, and offers Scripture lessons during The Northwest Catholic Hour, heard Saturday mornings at 10 on KGA, 1510-AM.
In addition, his daily Scripture reflections are posted on Immaculate Heart Retreat Center’s web site: http://ihrc.net.
For information, call Carol Pelo at the Cathedral: 358-4293.