St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on March 9th, 2012
In the last couple of weeks, we have made some needed improvements to the parish Youth House on 7th Street, and over the past year, we have made a significant investment in that facility. This is over and above the generous donation that renewed the house a number of years ago. I see this as more of an investment in our youth than in a building. I encourage more of our youth to participate in the activities and the programs that we offer our teens. I remain grateful to Fr. Brandon and to the members of the Youth Core Team, chaired by Frances Seaton, who plan and coordinate activities for our youth. Hey teens, check out the house!
The assault on religious liberty continues. The President is unwavering in his determination to attempt to make churches and individuals violate their consciences by providing so-called “health care benefits” that are contrary to our moral principles. Just last week, a Respect for Rights of Conscience Amendment was narrowly defeated in the U.S. Senate. Please keep this issue in your prayers, and if you have not yet communicated with our representatives in Congress, please do so immediately. The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act will ensure that those who participate in the health care system retain the right to provide, purchase, or enroll in health coverage that is consistent with their religious beliefs and moral convictions. The Catholic Church cannot, and will not, submit to the HHS Mandate. If it is not changed, there are only a few courses of action available. We will stop providing insurance to employees in hospitals and universities, refuse to obey the mandate and pay heavy fines, or completely close down some of our institutions and cease providing services which benefit the larger society.
A note to our Eucharistic ministers. As you approach the altar to receive Holy Communion, please line up on the side where you will be distributing the Holy Eucharist. This will prevent some of the “traffic jams” which occasionally occur. Also, remember that your duty includes washing the vessels after Mass – as well as drying them thoroughly. Occasionally, when the Communion vessels are brought to the altar at a subsequent Mass, they are still wet.
We were fortunate to miss the brunt of the storms that blew through last week. I hope none of you suffered damage. We did lose a few tiles from the roof of the rectory and some of those on the Church were loosened, but there was no major destruction.
Love, Fr. John