St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on February 17th, 2012
I have just finished reading a good book that I would like to recommend to you. It is “The Gift of Rest” written by Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. Senator Lieberman is a practicing Jew, and the book concerns the Sabbath observance. The book is not written just for Jews; there is much to be gleaned by everyone. He talks about the importance of a day of rest, a day of family gathering, a day of prayer, and the benefits of such. Check it out, and let me know what you think.
President Obama’s revised HHS mandate does not satisfy the concerns of the Catholic Church and many others in our nation. The proposed revision of the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate left intact the restrictive definition of a religious entity and would shift the costs of contraceptives from the policyholders to the insurers, thus failing to ensure that Catholic individuals and institutions would not have to pay for services that they consider immoral. We should not have the government deciding what is a ministry or not. We need the administration to revise it, we need the Congress to repeal it or we need the courts to stop it. Our two U.S. Senators, Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, as well as our Representative, Brett Guthrie, have all signed as co-sponsors of The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. Please contact them to voice your opinion and to thank them for their support of this bill.
Since we have moved out of the Church we have had only one death in our parish family. People occasionally ask what we will do about funerals. I have mentioned this before but it bears repeating. When we are asked to celebrate a funeral for a parishioner, our default position is to have the liturgy at Blessed Sacrament. We are familiar with the church there, we have control of the schedule there and therefore it would be more convenient to have the Mass there. Blessed Sacrament also has a hall where we could have a funeral meal. If, however, the Church is too small, or if a family prefers another specific Church, we can inquire if their schedule would allow for us to have a Mass and if so, we will have the funeral there.
Many thanks to all those who participated in the Arise orientation meetings last week. This has the potential to help all of us grow in our faith. I look forward to our parish planning meeting on Monday evening, February 27.
Love, Fr. John