St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on November 18th, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving to each of you! In spite of our current economic situation or other challenges which confront us, we are so blessed and have much for which to thank God. Someone recently sent me an email which asked the question: “What if the only things we have tomorrow are those for which we thank God today?” There is certainly no better way for Catholics to express our gratitude to God than in the Sacrifice of the Mass. Please join Bishop Medley and your parish family as we celebrate Mass on Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m.
Next week-end begins the beautiful season of Advent and our use of the new English translation of the Roman Missal. As a parish, we have worked diligently to prepare ourselves for this moment. It is my sincere hope that our preparation has helped us to grow in our understanding and appreciation of the Mass and the rich heritage that it is. Thanks to all of you for your participation and cooperation in this endeavor.
Next Sunday will also be the last Mass in the Church before we move to the Catholic Pastoral Center and Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Some recently asked me how to get to Blessed Sacrament. As you know, the Church is located on Sycamore Street, near the intersection with Seventh Street. An easy approach is to take Fifth Street (from either east or west) and turn on Sycamore across from McFarland Funeral Home.
I want to express our thanks to all those who regularly launder our purificators, hand towels and other linens that we use in church. Your service behind the scenes is a true gift. I suspect that there may be some glitches in our system as we move to the CPC and Blessed Sacrament in a couple of weeks, but I sincerely ask that you continue to assist us as you have been doing.
We have a few parishioners who are no longer able to drive but who are still able and eager to come to Mass on Sunday. Surely there are some among us who can offer rides, at least periodically, to those wanting to come to Mass. If this is something you would be willing to do, please let me or someone on the parish staff know. Thank you.
Love, Fr. John