St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on July 6th, 2012
This is the week of Vacation Bible School. We are trying something different this year – having the sessions in the evenings. This is a wonderful opportunity for our children to learn more about their faith, especially about the saints, in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Thanks to all who have participated, and a very special word of thanks to Sr. Therese Francis and the many volunteers who have been and will be assisting her this week.
We have been using the new translation of the Roman Missal for six months now, and I think we are doing pretty well. We all have occasional lapses, but for the most part I believe we have become comfortable enough with the changes that we can truly pray them now without constant worry about getting it right. It has been an effort for all of us, but any energy expended to enhance our prayer and worship is well-spent.
You may have noticed that in recent months the members of our Parish Pastoral Council have been wearing badges that identify them as members of the Council. This is an effort on their part to make themselves known to all parishioners and a way for them to offer their service to you. Please feel free to ask them any questions, share any concerns or just thank them for their invaluable service to me and to all of you.
Unless you have been living in a cave, you are undoubtedly aware that recently the Vatican Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith raised some serious questions and ordered a reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which is an association of the leaders of the majority of women’s religious communities in the United States. I am not familiar with all the areas of concern raised by the Vatican, but I feel that it is necessary to clarify that this concern is not directed at any individual religious community, nor at any individual sisters. Most of us know and have known many exemplary women religious and our country continues to be blessed by the presence and ministry of sisters from a variety of communities with different charisms. If your life and your faith have been enriched by a Sister or Sisters, thank God for this and, if the Sister is still alive, thank her too.
It is good to be back from my trip to Ireland and to Spain. By the time you read this, I hope that I will have been able to post on the website the pictures I took at the Granda workshop. Check it out. If they are not yet there, I will get them posted this week. Much progress has been made, and November 18th will soon be here. Circle the date on your calendar! Love, Fr. John