St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on June 29th, 2012
We had a wonderful pilgrimage to Ireland last week, visiting places such as Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry and the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. Most of our group returns home today (Sunday), but I am making a detour to Madrid, Spain to visit the workshop of Granda Liturgical Arts, Inc. I will spend Monday with the folks from Granda and am very eager to see the progress they have made on our altar, tabernacle, baptismal font and the other liturgical items. I will be taking pictures and will post them on the webpage later this week.
You may be aware that a pastor has the obligation to offer Mass for his parishioners on every Sunday and Holyday. I want you to know that this is a responsibility I take very seriously and I am mindful of it even when I am away from the parish. You were very much in my mind and heart as I celebrated Mass with our Ireland pilgrims before we headed to the airport Sunday morning.
Wednesday is the 4th of July and the conclusion of our “Fortnight for Freedom.” As we thank God for the blessings we enjoy in our country, we must continue our efforts to pray for and to advocate for the right to religious freedom guaranteed to us by the First Amendment to our Constitution.
In recent weeks, our Parish Finance Committee and the Parish Pastoral Council approved the budget for the fiscal year which began on July 1st. In the near future, you will receive a copy of it, along with a financial report of last year. Unfortunately, the approved budget contains an $86,000 deficit. No one is happy with that figure, but it seems the best we can do at the moment. We will do all we can to ensure that the projected deficit does not become a reality. If each of us practices good stewardship, we will have no problems in this regard.
Thursday is the 17th anniversary of my arrival as your pastor. Where has the time gone? I am grateful to God and to you for the blessings of these years.
Love, Fr. John