St. Stephen Cathedral Mass

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Pastor’s Perspective

Published on January 2nd, 2011

Dear Parishioners,

Happy New Year! I’m sure many of us are wondering what happened to 2010. As we enter this new year of grace, I thank God for all the blessings of the past year. While each of us can probably find things to regret or to mourn, remembering the many blessings of the past twelve months gives us hope as we begin another year of grace.

As you know, each year the Holy Father proclaims New Year’s Day as a special day of prayer for peace. In his message this year, Pope Benedict says that religious freedom is the path to peace and he goes on to say that “religious education is the highway which leads new generations to others as their brothers and sisters.” Personally, I am happy that in the last days of the year, Congress ratified the Start Treaty between the United States and Russia. Our pontiffs have repeatedly called for the elimination of nuclear weapons as one avenue toward world peace and stability. On the other hand, it is regrettable that the same legislators did not approve the Dream Act that would have opened a door to legal status to thousands of young immigrants who have received an education or served in our military. Our bishops had strongly advocated for this bill’s passage and will continue to work for it in the new year.

I want to say a special word of thanks to Chuck Payne who has served as the president of our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society for the past six years. Chuck will continue as the Diocesan Council President of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Chuck has worked tirelessly to help parishes throughout the diocese to establish and maintain their St. Vincent de Paul Societies. Steve Wathen has been chosen as our new parish president. Heart-felt thanks to both Chuck and Steve.

Today, we will select the new members of our Parish Pastoral Council. Thanks to all those who expressed a willingness to serve.

Love, Fr. John

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