St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on December 9th, 2011
I think we are off to a good start with our use of the New Roman Missal. I want to say a special word of thanks to our Altar Society who provided the various missals for us. We had to purchase several, and they are not cheap. Hopefully, they will serve us for many years.
Things went rather well for us last week-end as we made our move to the Catholic Pastoral Center. We got the basement set up in about an hour on Saturday afternoon, and it took us about half that time to put everything away after the eleven o’clock Mass. We are going to have to do that every week-end, and we are always happy for extra hands. We had a few glitches in our procedures during Mass, but I am confident that we will get all that worked out after a few weeks. I would like to reiterate what I said a few weeks ago regarding the importance of our ushers/greeters. Your role is always important, but even more essential now. We need you there well before Mass begins, and I ask you to make an extra effort to welcome people, answer questions, show them the way to the basement, etc. As I have said before, by your warm hospitality you set the tone for the entire liturgical experience. Thank you so much for your renewed efforts.
As we get into the winter months, there are increased demands upon our St. Vincent de Paul Society and other such agencies. Unfortunately, at the same time a number of our usual volunteers will be out of town for several months. At this time, it looks like we will be able to staff our parish office only four days a week. I really would like to continue having personnel in that office five mornings a week. Therefore, I am asking if there are some of you who could volunteer one morning (three hours) once a month or so. Please give prayerful consideration to my request and help us serve the needs of the poor in our midst.
I know you are curious to know what is going on in the church. We have moved the altar, baptismal font and pulpit to Blessed Sacrament, and by the time you read this we should have the tabernacle there as well. The community at Blessed Sacrament is very pleased to have these items. All the furniture has been removed from the building, and the workers are now taking up the carpet and working to strengthen the floor so it will support the added weight of the marble that will be placed in the aisles.
Don’t forget about our Open House in the rectory next Saturday evening.
Love, Fr. John