Due to the death of a priest and arrangements for his funeral, the day of prayer and penance for harm done to survivors and the faithful by past incidents of clergy sexual abuse will be postponed by one week. The Mass will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland on Tuesday, April 5th, at 12:15.
Reverend Joseph W. Arps, Jr., 63 died on Saturday, March 26, and as is customary for the death of a priest, Bishop Richard Malone will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. The funeral Mass is taking place tomorrow at 11:00, March 29th, at St. John Church, St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Bangor.*
The bishop will also celebrate the Mass for the day of prayer and penance.
“Each year, I ask the clergy to join me by marking a day of atonement for past offenses,” said Malone.