St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on September 30th, 2011
I suspect that we will be moving next door to the Catholic Pastoral Center in a few weeks for our week-end liturgies. I hope you had a chance to read the insert in last week’s bulletin about this. I’m sure it will take us a couple of weeks to get our bearings, iron out any wrinkles in the space, procedures etc., but I am confident that we will make it. The Liturgy Committee, Parish Council, and others are working diligently to make the transition as smooth as possible. Some people are not aware that there is an elevator on the Cedar Street end of the building that can be used to access the bottom floor of the CPC. In the first weeks of the move especially, our ministers of hospitality/ushers are going to play an essential role in giving directions and coordinating our movements. Therefore, I urge those who are scheduled for this ministry to be zealous to be present and punctual at your assigned Mass. We are also going to need some extra folks to step up and help with this important ministry of hospitality on the weekends that we will be in the CPC.
I understand that there are still some people who are disappointed that the tabernacle will remain in its current location rather than be moved to the center of the sanctuary. We have addressed this issue on several occasions and tried to explain the rationale for the decision. In conversation with Bishop McRaith and Bishop Medley our committee has determined that this location actually makes the tabernacle more prominent than if it were farther removed from the congregation and placed in the rear of the sanctuary. The decision is certainly not any reflection of a lack of Eucharistic devotion. Church teaching makes it clear that there is a clear distinction between Christ’s presence in the actual Sacrifice of the Mass and His presence in the reserved species in the tabernacle. I think you will appreciate our new Blessed Sacrament Chapel located behind the tabernacle.
The annual “Life Chain” is scheduled for Sunday afternoon from 2:30 to 3:30 along Frederica Street. Our parishioners will gather in the area around Parrish Ave. I invite you to join me and other pro-life citizens as we give this prayerful and silent witness in defense of life, particularly the life of the unborn.
Love, Fr. John