St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on July 1st, 2011
I have wonderful news to share with you! Last week, we received word from Bishop Medley that we have formal approval to sign the necessary contracts with Granda Liturgical Arts and other contractors so that the work on the Cathedral may begin. As I write this, we have not yet done so, but I am confident that we will soon. Granda has told us that it will take approximately one year for them to fabricate, ship and install the altar, tabernacle, reredos, etc. It is too early for us to set a date for the dedication, but I think we can expect to have all the work completed and to be back in the church sometime in the summer of 2012. We want to minimize the time we will have to be out of the Church, so the actual work in the interior may not begin for a few months. We will certainly keep you posted as decisions are made.
We will be receiving some financial assistance from the diocesan campaign, and we have assured Bishop Medley that we will continue our efforts to raise the money needed to complete our Restoration and Renewal. I am sure that you will be hearing from our Campaign Committee in the near future. Thank you for your continued support of this project. I am confident that when completed, you will judge the Church truly beautiful and will be very proud of our parish Church and diocesan Cathedral.
On Wednesday, I attended the ordination of Bishop Charles Thompson in Evansville. Bishop Thompson is a Louisville priest who is a good friend of Bishop Medley. He accompanied Bishop Medley as one of his chaplains at his ordination last year. I have known the new bishop for many years and am delighted that Pope Benedict has chosen him as the bishop of our neighboring diocese.
I pray that you have a happy Fourth of July celebration, and I invite you to attend Mass on Monday. Our national holiday celebrating our independence is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the blessings we enjoy as citizens of the United States. It is also an invitation for us to pray for our nation, our people and leaders. We need to pray for a greater reverence for life in our land, for a national commitment to a just peace, and for the courage to stand up in defense of the dignity of marriage as a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman.
Love, Fr. John