St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on April 20th, 2012
This afternoon, eight of our candidates for Confirmation will be making a retreat as part of their preparation for their reception of the sacrament on Pentecost Sunday (May 27th). Please join me in prayer for these young parishioners, asking the Holy Spirit to bless them mightily.
The Project Team from Granda Liturgical Arts in Madrid will be in town at the end of the week to see how we are progressing in the Church and to consult with the architect and contractors. I am hoping that they will also bring the latest pictures from their workshop in Spain and that they will be able to give us the date they expect to install the artifacts in the Church.
I have asked Fr. Brandon to form a committee to begin planning the re-dedication of the Cathedral. They will hold their first meeting on Thursday. There is much to be done between now and the expected October dedication.
With the renovation work underway, we have received numerous bills from our local contractors, as well as from Granda. Our available cash is rapidly diminishing, as you might note from the weekly financial statement in the bulletin. I want to thank all of you who have been so faithful in meeting your pledge over the past four years, and I encourage you to please keep up your good work.
The U.S. bishops have issued a call to action to defend religious liberty and urged all of us to work to protect the First Freedom of the Bill of Rights. They have outlined their position in a document titled Our First, Most Cherished Liberty, published just last week. I encourage you to read this publication which can be found at http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/our-first-most-cherished-liberty.cfm.
Love, Fr. John