St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on May 25th, 2012
Happy Feast of Pentecost. With today’s celebration we bring the Easter season to conclusion. Fifty days ago, we celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus and today we commemorate His gift of the promised Holy Spirit. What a fitting occasion to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation as we do today with eight of our young parishioners and one adult convert. We congratulate all of them upon their completion of the Sacraments of Initiation and their full membership in our Catholic faith community.
Last Sunday, we completed our Faith Formation program for grade school students. I want to thank those students and their parents who were faithful to this important commitment almost every Sunday since September. Of course, I also want to thank Sr. Therese Francis and those catechists and substitutes who are so devoted to our children and to their faith-life. It does sadden me that we have some children who are not in Catholic schools nor our parish program.
Last week, our Finance Committee approved the purchase of a new electronic organ for the Church. This was not in our Restoration and Renewal plans, but considering the age and condition of the organ we had, this seemed an opportune time to install a new one. The technology has improved so much since the older one was installed forty years ago.
Fr. Suresh returned to India last week. You will recall that, after spending two years with us here, he has been the pastor of the parishes in Stanley and Reed where he was much beloved. He wrote a beautiful message on his Facebook page as he left. He concluded by saying: “It is amazing to see how people from around the globe are united by Christ. Though I am going thousands of miles away from you, we are still united by Christ and also by Facebook. I will continue to hold all of you in my prayers. Good Bye!” God bless you, Fr. Suresh. Thank you for your priestly ministry in our midst. You remain in our hearts and prayers.
Love, Fr. John