St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on August 10th, 2012
I recently read an article about a report from the Church Growth Institute which talked about how we welcome visitors to our parishes. According to the article, the first ten minutes for a visitor to a parish are the most important. People return to a parish if they find the community to be friendly. And, how do they decide if a parish is friendly? By how many people talk to them. I have often mentioned the important role our ministers of hospitality have in this regard, but it is not just their responsibility. Creating a welcoming atmosphere should be the concern of every one of us. This is one of the ways we fulfill our mission of evangelization. This is important for every Catholic parish, but as the Cathedral we have an extra responsibility in this regard.
I am very happy to inform you that we have a parishioner entering the seminary this week. Sam Rasp, the son of Ken and Kathy Rasp, graduated from Catholic High in May; and this week he begins his seminary formation at Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary in Indianapolis, which is associated with Marian University. In your name, I assure Sam of our prayers as he takes this courageous step. I know you will especially remember him as we continue to pray for a generous response from those whom the Lord calls to religious vocations.
Also in your name, I congratulate Sue Gough who has been chosen as the parish recipient of the diocesan Sophia Award this year. Sue is so generous with her time in service to our parish and has been involved in many different ministries through the years. Currently, she is an Eucharistic minister, assists in the parish office several days a week, and is always willing to coordinate funeral meals. Thank you, Sue, for your witness and faithful service. Bishop Medley will confer the awards next month.
I am also happy to tell you that my mother will receive the Sophia Award from St. Thomas More Parish in Paducah. She has made some slight improvement in the last couple of weeks. Thank you for your continued concern, prayers, cards, etc.
Love, Fr. John