St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on September 9th, 2011
As you well know, today (Sunday) marks the tenth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on the United States of America and one of the deadliest days ever on American soil. Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued A Pastoral Message: Living With Faith and Hope After September 11. The message remains extremely relevant as we reflect on what happened ten years ago today. Visit www.usccb.org and search on “9/11” to re-read, reflect on, and pray with the bishops’ statement, for only with God’s help can we have the strength to forgive and the ability to live in hope instead of fear and hatred.
This weekend is also Disciples’ Response Sunday throughout the diocese. Most of you have already received a letter from Bishop Medley in the mail and will have heard his message read at the weekend Masses. I urge you to respond to this invitation. Even if you are unable to respond financially, every one of us can promise to pray. Please take a moment and return your commitment card to Bishop Medley.
People occasionally ask, “When does RCIA begin?” Although some parishes do have an annual process that usually begins in the fall, here at St. Stephen we have a year-round process that enables an inquirer to join at any time. It has been my experience that people seldom knock on the door and say “I want to be Catholic,” but usually, they call or come by because someone has personally invited them. When was the last time you invited a relative or friend to consider becoming a Catholic? RCIA meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:00. For more information, you may call me or Sr. Therese Francis (683-6525).
Remember: Picnic is only a week away!
Love, Fr. John