St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on November 23rd, 2012
What can I say about last Sunday? I am finding it difficult to express my own feelings, as well as the sentiments of so many of you who saw the Church last Sunday – and especially those of you who participated in the dedication liturgy. In the prayer we have prayed so frequently over the past few years we say, “It is to your greater glory, as parish and Cathedral, as servants and disciples, that we strive to restore and renew this holy place.” We did precisely that and did it well! It is my hope that our renovated Church will be an inspiration to all of us to pray better, to grow in our appreciation of the Mass. Invite your friends and family who are not members of the parish to come and enjoy their Cathedral. This is truly something that we can all be proud of; all done to the greater glory of God.
There are so many people that need to be acknowledged and thanked. First of all, I am mindful of the Steering Committee that has worked for over seven years to accomplish the restoration. Many thanks to all of you who came in last week to clean and help us prepare for the celebration. The reception at the Sportscenter was hosted by our Parish Council, who did a fantastic job and provided us with a delicious meal and tasteful environment.
I should write a whole other “Perspective” acknowledging the many folks who worked tirelessly to refurbish our Undercroft. Garry and Ann Pierce led the crew and spent many a day and night cleaning, painting and decorating. On behalf of everyone in the parish, I thank each of you who devoted your time to this project. Congratulations; well done!
You will recall that, last week, I indicated that Sr. Therese Francis will be leaving us at the end of the year. I am happy to tell you that Donna Murphy, a parishioner known to many of you, will join our staff at the first of the year as Director of Faith Formation. I’ll have more to say as the year draws to a close, but for now, Welcome aboard, Donna!
Love, Fr. John