St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on April 27th, 2012
Today is a special day for our parish as we celebrate the First Communion of thirteen of our young parishioners. They have prepared for and anticipated this day for a long time. I know that all of you join me in prayer for them and in congratulating them. May their joy and enthusiasm overflow to all of us and renew our “Eucharistic amazement,” as Blessed John Paul II called it.
We need more help setting up the CPC basement on Saturday afternoons and restoring it to a meeting space after the 11:00am Mass on Sundays. I hope that in a couple of months we will be able to move into our own undercroft for week-end Masses, but in the meantime, we must continue to use the basement next door. A few dedicated folks continue to assist on Saturday and Sunday afternoons but more hands would make the work less for all. Thanks for your kind assistance.
We must continue our efforts to campaign for the protection of our religious liberties here in the United States. Our bishops speak of this as “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.” They are asking all people of good will to join in a nationwide prayer campaign for protection of religious freedom and conscience rights. We have ordered prayer cards which we will soon distribute. In the meantime, I again invite you to write to our representatives in congress expressing opposition to the HHS Mandate and supporting the respect for rights of conscience act. You can do this quickly from the following site: http://www.nchla.org/actiondisplay.asp?ID=292 . The deadline for comments on this issue is June 19th. For more information on this important issue, cf. the US Bishops’ website: www.usccb.org.
R & R update: The project team from Spain was here last week, the painters are hard at work and we have a garage full of marble tile. We are making steady progress.
Love, Fr. John