St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on January 27th, 2012
This last week of January is traditionally “Catholic Schools Week.” This year’s theme is: Catholic Schools: Faith, Academics, Service. I think our local Catholic schools do a good job of educating children in all three of these areas. The Catholic Church can rightfully be proud of our long tradition of offering a faith-based education to all students who come through our doors. A Catholic school education has been, and continues to be, a significant part of our parish ministry here at the Cathedral. This year, we have 122 parishioners in OCS, and we are supporting the education of these students and others by a more than $300,000 annual subsidy. I thank all of you, as well as all those closely involved in the OCS, for your commitment to Catholic education.
As you know, for the past ten years I have served as the “priest-pastor” of the OCS. In effect, that means that I have been the canonical superior of the school system. With my election as Vice-President of the Canon Law Society, I have asked Bishop Medley to relieve me from this responsibility to the school system. He has graciously accepted my request and appointed Fr. Brad Whistle, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, to this office. I will continue to do what I can to be of service to OCS.
Last week, Chris Warren informed us that he will be leaving our staff at the end of February. It was a difficult decision for Chris and one that he made after much prayer and discussion. I want to thank him for his work with us during this past year, and we wish him well as he undertakes his new responsibilities with OMU. Please join me in prayer as we search for someone to serve as our Parish Business Manager.
I was saddened last week by the death of my former boss and good friend, Sr. Elaine Byrne, O.S.U., the aunt of our parishioner, Charlie Payne. Sr. Elaine and I worked together at St. Romuald High School in the early 80’s, where she was principal and I was the religion department. I was privileged to be at the death-bed of her mother many years ago and subsequently to preach the homily at her funeral. Unfortunately, I was unable to participate in Sr. Elaine’s funeral last Tuesday, but I did spend an hour of prayer at her deathbed with her family shortly before she died on the 20th.
Love, Fr. John