St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on May 6th, 2011
Happy Mother’s Day to all our moms! Know that you have a special remembrance in our prayers today. May your families treat you as special as you are.
As I have done previously, I again encourage you to read the articles we periodically print regarding the Revised Roman Missal and the newly translated Mass prayers we will begin using in November. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to grow in our understanding of and to deepen our appreciation for the Eucharistic Liturgy.
Next Sunday, May 15th, is the annual Day of Prayer for Vocations. In his message for this day, Pope Benedict XVI underscores the responsibility of everyone in the local Church to foster vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Here in St. Stephen (and many other parishes) we try to keep a focus on this responsibility with our Vocation Statue that we present to various families at every Sunday Mass. Personally, I think it is sad that a parish of our size has had no one enter religious life or the priesthood in more than ten years. Are we praying seriously for this intention? What have you done to encourage your child or others to consider such a call?
The death of Osama bin Laden was a cause for much jubilation in many places in our country and throughout the world. The Holy See has reminded us that this event should prompt serious reflection about our responsibility before the Lord, and not rejoicing. Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, released a brief written statement reacting to the news. “Osama bin Laden, as we all know, bore the most serious responsibility for spreading divisions and hatred among populations, causing the deaths of innumerable people, and manipulating religions to this end,” Father Lombardi said. “In the face of a man’s death, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibilities of each person before God and before men, and hopes and works so that every event may be the occasion for the further growth of peace and not of hatred.” Let us continue to pray for peace in our troubled world.
Love, Fr. John