St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on March 2nd, 2012
Some of our parish staff and others in parish leadership met last Monday evening to strategize our parish involvement in ARISE with Christ, our diocesan spiritual renewal program that will begin next October. The fact that this opportunity coincides with the renovation of our Church is very fortunate. Throughout the process of Cathedral Restoration and Renewal we have been saying that it is our prayer and desire that the renovation of our worship space will be a reflection of our desire to be renewed in faith. Arise offers us a very practical way to pursue this goal. The immediate plan is for us to form a team of people to coordinate our parish efforts. The group that met last week prayerfully suggested the names of some people who have the gifts for this ministry. Accordingly, I will be contacting some of you to request you to serve the parish in this way. I ask you to give this your prayerful consideration.
This afternoon, Bishop Medley will celebrate Mass with all the students in the area who attend public schools. The bishop frequently meets the students in our Catholic schools but seldom has the occasion to gather with the youth in the parishes’ Faith Formation programs. This is a wonderful opportunity and I hope that many of our students will join Bishop Medley at Immaculate Church at 2:00pm.
May I remind you that we have several weekly opportunities for Lenten prayer and renewal? On Sunday evenings at five o’clock is the Adult Faith Formation program and on Friday evenings at six-thirty we have Lenten prayer (Stations of the Cross or Evening Prayer). Thus far, these opportunities have not been well-received. Each of us must ask ourselves how we are using this season to grow in virtue and holiness and look for ways to strive to do so.
We have a couple of pictures on the website from the Granda studio in Spain. We will post others as they come in. Check them out.
Love, Fr. John