St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on August 12th, 2011
On the 4th of August, the representatives from Granda Liturgical Arts, Inc. were here to meet with our Cathedral Restoration and Renewal Steering committee. It was a very productive encounter. They are as eager to begin their work as we are for them to do so. We finalized a few details and, as I write this, they are preparing the contract for us. Once we have signed that document, it will take thirteen months for them to fabricate, ship and install the altar, retablo, etc. The preparatory work in the interior of the Church should begin this fall. The bids are being prepared at this time, and once the contractors are chosen for the painting, plastering, electrical etc., we will move out of the Church and the work will begin. More specific details will be given as soon as we have them. As you know, while we are unable to use the Church, our weekend Masses will be celebrated in the basement of the Catholic Pastoral Center next door. Daily Mass will be at Blessed Sacrament on Sycamore Street.
I trust that many of you have followed a story concerning health care that has been in Our Sunday Visitor and other Catholic media. A new HHS “preventive services” mandate requires private health plans to cover female surgical sterilization and all drugs and devices approved by the FDA as contraceptives, including drugs which can attack a developing unborn child before and after implantation in the mother’s womb. At present, there is a bill before Congress (Respect for Rights of Conscience Act H.R. 1179) that would prevent mandates under the new health reform law from undermining rights of conscience. If the mandate of HHS becomes law without H.R. 1179, all insurance plans will be required to cover these controversial practices without a co-pay from recipients and Catholic hospitals would be required to provide services contrary to our moral beliefs. For more information, please check out the website for the Catholic Conference of Kentucky (http://www.ccky.org) where you can Take Action and notify our representatives of your support for the Respect for Life Conscience Act.
Monday, August 15th, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – ordinarily a holyday of obligation. Our American bishops have suspended the obligation to attend Mass on this feast when it occurs on a Saturday or a Monday. Therefore, we are not bound to come to Mass on Monday, but I certainly invite you to do so. We will have Mass at 7:00am and 12:05pm as usual.
Love, Fr. John