St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on April 29th, 2011
Congratulations to our eighteen young parishioners who make their first Holy Communion today. This is a wonderful time for them and their families but also for our parish family as we welcome these young folks to sit at the “big table.” In speaking with their parents on Monday evening, we had the opportunity to discuss various aspects of Eucharistic reverence. May I remind everyone once again of the importance of genuflecting? – unless one’s knees will not permit. I have observed that most parents genuflect when entering or leaving the Church, but often they are in front of their children and do not notice or instruct their children to do so. I suggest that such attention will help children grow into a deeper appreciation of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
Have you had a chance to visit the current exhibit entitled “The Divine in Art” at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art? All the works are from regional artists or churches which have loaned the artifacts to the Museum. Our own paining of St. Stephen is one of the 150 pieces on display. The exhibit will be available until May 31st, and I encourage you to visit it, if you have not done so already.
I am looking forward to our Wednesday night meeting sponsored by our Adult Faith Formation Committee. This will not be a formal program, but an opportunity for us to discuss our faith and to ask questions about the teachings of the Church. It may be especially helpful to anyone who has been away from the Church for awhile. Join us and bring a friend.
In addition to our First Communion, today is also “Divine Mercy Sunday,” a feast given to the Church by Pope John Paul when he canonized St. Faustina in 2000. How appropriate that Pope John Paul’s beatification is today.
Love, Fr. John