St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on November 11th, 2011
How many times have you asked, or have you been asked, “When are they going to start working on the Church?” I am happy to tell you that the interior restoration will commence on the Monday after Thanksgiving, November 28th. From that date, we will be unable to use our building for at least six months. Once again, I want to inform you of our interim plans. Our week-end Masses will be in the basement of the Catholic Pastoral Center next to our parish office. You may enter through the door near Locust Street or through the door off our parking lot on the Cedar Street end of the building. There is also an elevator on the west (Cedar St) end of the building. Our Sunday Mass schedule will remain the same.
Our week-day Masses (7:00 a.m. & 12:05 p.m.) will be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Chapel 602 Sycamore Street. Saturday confessions (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.) will also be held at Blessed Sacrament. I have been informed that some people have expressed reluctance about going to Blessed Sacrament Chapel. It is a small but very nice church, and there is no reason for hesitancy about going there for Mass or confession. Veronica Wilhite, the Parish Life Coordinator there, and all the parish community of Blessed Sacrament, are very happy to welcome us.
I wish I could assure you that we will have no funerals during the time we are out of the Cathedral, but we know that would be unrealistic. Our intention is to celebrate funerals at Blessed Sacrament (they have a nice hall for the bereavement dinner) if the church will accommodate the expected crowd for a particular funeral. However, if it is judged that the church there is too small or if a family would prefer to have the funeral in another local parish, I will be happy to ask the neighboring pastor if we may celebrate the funeral in that parish. In such a case, Fr. Brandon or I would still celebrate the Mass and Mike Conley would lead the liturgical music.
This time of transition will be somewhat taxing for all of us, and we will need extra help on Saturdays and after the last Mass on Sunday. I am confident that, by working together and by maintaining a sense of humor, we will iron out any wrinkles we encounter and we will still be able to gather together as a faith community to celebrate the Mass and other liturgical moments.
Love, Fr. John