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St. Joseph Cathedral, the favorite early day stop for many devout Catholics who work downtown or live in the waterfront apartments and condominiums, soon will begin an early morning series of lectures, prayer experiences, discussion groups and inquiry sessions to lift the faithful's spirits and give them the strength to deal with the day ahead.

"We are calling the series 'A.M. Catholic' for people who want to explore Catholic issues and deepen their spirituality but find it difficult to attend evening sessions," said Monsignor James F. Campbell, rector of St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.

Highlighted in the early morning series is the 7:30 a.m. daily Mass with Bishop Henry J. Mansell in the Cathedral Chapel.

Other A.M. Catholic events will include a Monday morning scripture study with the Rev. Paul Stellar, a Tuesday morning prayer series, Wednesday morning inquiry sessions for people thinking about becoming Catholic, a Thursday morning lecture series and a men's spirituality group.

Bishop Mansell will launch the Thursday morning lecture series Oct. 1 in the Cathedral social room with a talk entitled, "What being Catholic means to me."

Lectures will begin at 8 a.m. with a break at 8:25 a.m. for those who have to leave for work. A question and answer period will follow until 8:45 a.m. coffee, juice and doughnuts will be served.

"People have told us that they like the early morning sessions because it is a good way to integrate their spiritual life with their daily life without sacrificing family time in the evening," Monsignor Campbell said.

A free brochure that describes all the early morning activities at St. Joseph Cathedral can be had by calling 854-5855.

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