St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on December 7th, 2012
Joe Beard, our parish custodian for the last eighteen years, retired last week. Once again, I want to thank Joe for his years of quiet and faithful service to our parish. As a life-long member of St. Stephen, Joe has great love for this community and has taken much pride in the appearance of our grounds and facilities. My sadness over Joe’s departure is lessened by the knowledge that he is still among us and has offered to be of assistance in any way we need him. Thank you, Joe; well-done good and faithful servant. Enjoy your retirement.
Congratulations to Deacon Dirck Curry who is celebrating his 10th anniversary of ordination! Dirck was ordained a deacon on December 9, 2002 in St. Cloud, MN. He and his wife, Chona, and their daughter, Noel, have been members of St. Stephen since 2010. Dirck has been assigned by Bishop Medley to exercise his diaconal ministry here at the Cathedral. We are blessed and grateful to have him and his family among us, and we offer him special prayers on his anniversary.
Last Sunday, I attended the performance of the Messiah at the Third Baptist Church. I always try to begin Advent in that way. As usual, it was well-done and I enjoyed it very much. Congratulations to all who performed, especially our parishioners, Matt Constant, Ron and Cindy Bornander, and Gloria Cecil.
Aren’t you glad to be back in our beautiful Church! There is still a little work to be done, adjustments to be made, etc., but I am so happy that we have made the progress we have. Thanks to all of you who have contributed in any way whatever.
Next Saturday is our annual Advent/Christmas Open House in the rectory, hosted by the Parish Staff. I look forward to the evening and hope that you will be able to come by during the evening.
Love, Fr. John