St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on April 5th, 2013
Happy Easter! As we continue our Easter feast today, the Church celebrates “Divine Mercy Sunday” as a beautiful reminder that Jesus died and rose from the dead so that we might be forgiven our sins and share in His gift of eternal life. In one of the first talks after he was elected Pontiff, Pope Francis reminded us that God never tires in showing us mercy. We may get tired of asking, but God never gets tired of giving. Let us all accept this gracious gift with contrition and gratitude. (Check out the information in the bulletin regarding Divine Mercy celebration at Blessed Mother parish on Sunday afternoon.)
In last Sunday’s bulletin, I thanked various groups who made it possible for us to celebrate a beautiful Triduum and Easter; and this week, I want to express a special words of gratitude to our Environment Committee. Many of you commented about how beautiful the Church looks with all the Easter flowers so expertly arranged, etc. Thanks to all of you who gave of your time and gifts to make our worship space even more beautiful (a difficult task, indeed!), to help us pray better and to lift up our minds and hearts to God, the source of all beauty.
Next weekend, members of our Disaster Preparation Committee will speak to us at each of the Masses. I am grateful to these parishioners who have worked over the past months to develop a disaster plan for the parish should we ever face such an emergency, especially if such were to occur while we are in Church. Hopefully, we will never have to implement this plan, but events such as the recent fire at First Christian make us realize that emergencies are always possible. I know you will give the committee your attention and support.
Next Saturday morning, Bishop Medley will ordain two of our seminarians, Will Thompson and Emmanuel Edoh, to the Diaconate. Many of you will remember Will who spent a summer with us a few years ago. We congratulate these two young men, and offer our continued prayers for them as they prepare themselves for ordination to the priesthood next year.
Because of the ordination, there will be no scheduled confessions here next Saturday morning.
Love, Fr. John