St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on July 15th, 2011
I have just scheduled myself to have my picture taken for our new parish directory. I made the reservation on-line, and it took about two minutes to read the directions, choose the date and time and type in the requested information. If you have not done so, please schedule a time for yourself and your family. We want the directory to be as complete as possible, so we need the cooperation of everyone.
Wednesday of this week is the 37th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. Where has the time gone? I am grateful to God for these years and for the fact that I have been blessed to spend so many of them with you here at the Cathedral. As I thank God at Mass on Wednesday, you will have a special place in my heart and prayer.
One of the upcoming changes of phrase in the Mass that has been frequently discussed is the move from saying “one in being with the Father” in the Profession of Faith to saying “consubstantial with the Father.” While it is true that we seldom (if ever) use the phrase “consubstantial” in our normal speech, the new translation is more in keeping with the ancient Latin text and is a more accurate translation. “Consubstantial” has an ancient history in the Church and, since the fourth century, has been the word used to express the relationship between Jesus and His Father. They are of the same substance.
On Saturday evening, I witnessed the wedding of one of my nephews, our parishioner, Charlie Shoulta. Over the Labor Day weekend, I will be privileged to preside at the wedding of his younger brother, Bradley. At the end of June, I had the wedding of another nephew, Aaron, at St. Joseph Parish in Mayfield. I baptized all these young men and feel blessed to be able to celebrate their wedding days with them, their spouses and families. It has been a busy summer for our family.
Love, Fr. John