St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on April 12th, 2013
The other shoe has dropped! As you know, last week-end Fr. Brandon announced that in June he will be moving to St. Thomas More Parish in Paducah – my home parish. He is pleased that he is going to a place with which he is familiar. When he was a seminarian, Fr. Brandon spent his pastoral year there with Fr. Pat Reynolds who is still the pastor. I know that you will miss him when he moves, as will I. I have thoroughly enjoyed the three years that we have lived and worked together, and I am grateful to him for his friendship and support. I know that my family and the other members of St. Thomas More will come to appreciate him, too, and will benefit from his priestly ministry. Please pray for both of us. Such transitions are one of the most difficult aspects of the priesthood.
I wish I could tell you who will be joining Fr. Jerry Riney on the parish team, but as of this writing Bishop Medley has not told us. Fr. Brandon and I have speculated about this, but some of our previous guesses have already been wrong, so we will just have to wait and see. Some have asked if there is a possibility that the Cathedral will not have an associate pastor. I do not anticipate that happening – especially since Fr. Jerry will also be the pastor of Blessed Sacrament. I promise to let you know as soon as I am told and permitted to make the announcement.
On Thursday, Bishop Medley will be here to preside at a Mass celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Although there are few of these sisters currently working in the diocese, the Catholics in western Kentucky owe this community a huge debt of gratitude. They have generously and faithfully served many parishes and schools in our area throughout the years, including our parish and St. Stephen School. This celebration is another reminder that we must continue to pray for vocations to religious life and priesthood.
I want to express a word of gratitude to David “Smokey” Millay who has been overseeing the concrete/masonry work going on around the Church. Through his concern, expertise and efforts we are correcting some of the drainage issues that have caused problems through the years.
Love, Fr. John