St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on January 4th, 2013
I pray that you have had and are having a good Christmas season. Now that school is back in session, it may seem that the holidays are far behind us, even though Christmas is not officially over until next Sunday. Several weeks ago, many of you kindly asked if I was going home for Christmas. When asked that question, I usually try to respond by saying that I am home here at St. Stephen, but I hope to spend some time with my Mother and family in Paducah. Thank you for your love and support which help me to be so at home in your midst.
As I write this, we have not chosen our new Parish Pastoral Council members. I do, however, want to say a very special word of thanks to our “retiring” members: Sandy Carden, Eddie O’Bryan, Rose Ann Payne, and Rita Roberson. In this capacity, they truly committed themselves to serving us at a time when we as a parish experienced many exciting and challenging decisions. May God reward each of you!
This gives me the opportunity to reflect that five years ago, we entered into the five-year period of our Cathedral Restoration and Renewal Campaign. At that time, I asked that each of us be willing to make some sacrifice and do the best we can. I noted that our dreams and plans for the cathedral were ambitious, but if we all worked together next few years, we could complete our work in a truly beautiful fashion. Looking back on the joy of the recent Re-Dedication Mass on November 18, as well as that of our Open House as part of the Diocesan 75th Anniversary Celebration, the Choral Group, the Christmas Masses, I know we all will agree that God’s plan has far exceeded all our dreams. May He be praised forever!
Love, Fr. John