St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on July 8th, 2011
Many of us did not receive our envelopes for July. Hopefully, by the time you read this, they will have arrived. I appreciate the those people who made a point to let us know that you did not receive yours on time. If that happens in the future, there are several options. You can use the extra envelopes which we always have in the pews. Just write your name on that envelope and your envelope number, if you know it. You can also just put a check in the collection basket. (If you know your envelope number, it is helpful if you will always write that on your check). This experience affords me the opportunity to ask you to consider using “electronic funds transfer” to make your contributions to the parish. This makes everything easier for you and for us in the parish office. If you would like more information about this or want to sign up, please contact Chris Warren in the parish office.
When we begin using the new translation of the Roman Missal in Advent, one of the most noticeable changes is the people’s response to the priest’s greeting, “The Lord be with you.” In the new translation, we will reply “and with your spirit.” This more adequately reflects the original Latin text, as well as the biblical language of St. Paul. But there is also a more theological reason for the change. At his ordination, a priest is configured to Jesus Christ in a new way by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is thereby commissioned to represent Christ the Head and Shepherd of the Church and to act in the person of Christ, especially at Mass. The response “and with your Spirit” is an acknowledgment of the activity of the Holy Spirit through the priest (or deacon) in the sacred liturgy. This dialogue, used four times during the Mass, is a more profound theological statement rather than a simple exchange of “hellos” between the priest and the congregation.
We have a seminarian with us for about six weeks this summer. Alex French is from St. Ann Parish in Morganfield and will be a college senior at St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. We welcome Alex to our faith community and assure him of our prayers as he continues his vocational discernment.
Love, Fr. John