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Pastor’s Perspective

Published on September 23rd, 2011

Dear Parishioners,

On Sunday afternoon, I will go to Hardinsburg to participate in the 200th anniversary celebration of St. Romuald Parish.  Years ago when I was the pastor of the neighboring parish, St. Rose, I taught in St. Romuald High School and got to know many members of that parish community.  Here at St. Stephen our parish roots are not quite that deep, but we will celebrate our 175th anniversary in 2014.  We need to begin preparing for that wonderful occasion.

There was an interesting article in last week’s Our Sunday Visitor about the Church in England and Wales returning to the mandatory abstinence from meat on every Friday of the year.  There are two motives behind this legislation.  The first is sacrifice.  Although refraining from meat (those who seldom eat meat are required to give up something else) is usually a minimal sacrifice for most, at least the law does encourage the practice of some form of self-denial.  The second motive is Catholic identity.  The bishops feel the need for some practice that will unite Catholics in their common witness to the larger society.  I have not heard of any such discussion among the bishops of the United States, but I will not be surprised if it occurs.  Years ago, when our nation’s bishops decided that abstinence from meat would not be mandatory on every Friday, they reminded us that we are nonetheless obliged to observe some form of penance each Friday.  I suspect that most of us have neglected or forgotten that obligation.

Our review of the contract from Granda has led us to ask them for a couple of slight tweaks.  Therefore, it has not yet been signed, but I anticipate that it soon will be.

As I write this, the final details of the picnic are being completed.  What a beautiful day we had!  Once again, many thanks to all of you who contributed in any way to the success of that day.

Love, Fr. John

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