St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on December 21st, 2012
On behalf of Fr. Brandon and all our parish staff, I wish you and your family a very blessed Christmas. I hope that your Advent has been a graced and prayerful time, though I understand how difficult it is to maintain a spiritual perspective in the midst of all that goes on during this season. There are multiple opportunities for you to celebrate Christmas Mass here in our beautifully restored and renewed Cathedral. Please note the Mass schedule elsewhere in the bulletin.
Wednesday, the 26th is the feast of St. Stephen. Ordinarily, a parish celebrates its feast day in a big way, but coming as it does, the day after Christmas, that is not feasible for us. Of course we will celebrate the Mass of the day on Wednesday and pray especially for all the parishioners of St. Stephen parish. As you know, we observe September 6th as our special parish day. That is the date the church was originally dedicated and is observed as a solemnity when the church is a cathedral.
On Friday, December 14th, Bishop Medley hosted a gathering here at the Cathedral to celebrate Bishop John McRaith’s 30th anniversary of Episcopal ordination. It was a wonderful tribute to Bishop John who has been such an inspirational shepherd to us for many years. I was pleased that Bishop Medley had such kind words to say about Bishop John during the Jubilee Mass on the 8th and that the people assembled acknowledged him with sustained applause. Please continue to pray for him as he faces a decline in health.
Thanks to all of you who came by the rectory last Saturday evening. So many come through in the course of the evening that I’m afraid I may not have spoken to some. Please know that we were very happy to have you. Fr. Brandon and I are grateful that you let us live in such a nice home.
The Owensboro Catholic School System is once again raffling a house to be given away in February. This three-bedroom, two bath house is located in Lake Forrest. If you would like to take a chance on the house and support OCS at the same time, let me know. I have tickets and will be happy to trade you one for $100.
Love, Fr. John