St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on September 28th, 2012
The Sophia Award Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name Church in Henderson on Sunday afternoon. Once again, we congratulate Sue Gough who is the award recipient from St. Stephen this year. Sue would be the first to say that there are many people in the parish who would be fitting recipients of the award and indeed, that is true. But Sue is also very deserving and we are happy to acknowledge her many contributions to our faith community and to say thank you to her for her witness and example of good stewardship. We are blessed to have such a wisdom figure among us. God bless you Sue!
I hope you are aware that throughout this year the diocese is observing our 75th anniversary as a local Church. There are a variety of events scheduled throughout the year to mark this milestone. The primary diocesan celebration will be held on December 8th, when we will celebrate Mass in the Sportscenter, followed by a reception at the RiverPark Center. We will also have an open house at the Cathedral on that day for those who were unable to attend the celebration on November 18th. How fortuitous that our restoration and renewal will be completed during this jubilee year. Last Saturday, Bishop Medley presided at a jubilee celebration with the Black Catholic community from throughout the diocese. It was a wonderful celebration which we were happy to host at Blessed Sacrament.
I had hoped to inform you that our artifacts from Spain are on the way but at the time of this writing all I can tell you is that they are being packed and prepared for shipping. Perhaps by the time you read this they will be on the way. Our contractors tell me that, although there is still work to be done in the Church, they do not anticipate anything that would delay our November 18th dedication. We have also begun the work in the Undercroft. It should be completed by the time we move back into the Church.
We have over 100 people from the parish signed up for ARISE. I pray that this experience will reap much fruit for all participants, and I am hopeful that those involved will become a leaven of spiritual renewal within the larger parish community. Many thanks to Deacon Curry and those on the core team and also to those who have volunteered to serve as group leaders and hosts.
Love, Fr. John