St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on October 28th, 2011
Today is observed as Priesthood Sunday throughout the United States. This is not so much an occasion to be nice to your priests (you always are), but to draw our communal attention to the gift that is the Priesthood in the Church and in the world. It is also a call to pray and to do whatever we can to encourage vocations to the Priesthood. It has been eleven years since we have had a priest ordained from St. Stephen (Fr. Mark Buckner), and we currently do not have any parishioners in the seminary. This should be the concern of all of us. One of the reasons I went to the seminary is that I was encouraged by some people, other than my parents. Look around. Which of our parishioners do you think has the requisite gifts that could be used as a priest? All that being said, Fr. Brandon and I are very grateful for your daily kindness and for the special recognition you give us today. We are always in need of your prayers.
Last Monday, I attended the annual “Excellence Rally” at Catholic High. At this yearly event, students receive various awards for their academic and leadership accomplishments. We can all be very proud of our numerous parishioners who received awards for being one of the top ten students in their class, for their participation on the academic team, the magazine drive and many other non-athletic activities. Congratulations to all the recipients from St. Stephen Cathedral. I’m afraid to try to mention them by name, lest I omit someone. I was not given a list of those receiving awards. I do want to name one student, however. Luke Riney received special recognition for his involvement in the parish. We are proud of Luke and thank him for his varied contributions to St. Stephen Cathedral. Our parishioner, Hunter Gough, a senior, was one of the Masters of Ceremony. He looked sharp in his black tux.
Thanks for your prayers during our retreat last week. Unfortunately, Archabbot Lambert was ill and unable to preach the retreat, but Fr. Noel Mueller, O.S.B. filled in for him and gave us some wonderful conferences.
Love, Fr. John