St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on May 10th, 2013
Happy Mother’s Day to all our moms! We wish all of you a day filled with blessings of love and joy. Know that all of you have a special remembrance in our prayers today, and we also pray for all our deceased mothers and look forward to our reunion with them in heaven one day.
Last Sunday was the end of Faith-Formation for the current school year. I express my gratitude to Sr. Therese Francis and to Donna Murphy who have coordinated the program this year, and to all our faithful catechists who have given so much of their time to help our children grow in faith. Thanks, also, to all you parents who have been diligent in getting your children to class on Sunday mornings. I know this is an extra burden on you and your children, but it is also one that is important and so very beneficial.
I am away for a couple of weeks on business for the Canon Law Society. By the time you read this, I will have been in Rome for a couple of days, but I am flying to Ireland on Monday for a meeting of the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland in Galway. I will be back in Rome for meetings next week. You may recall that I had mentioned that these scheduled meetings in Rome were postponed when Pope Benedict abdicated. When these meetings were scheduled months ago, I did not know that I would be leaving the parish in June. It is not the best timing for many reasons, but all these factors are out of my control.
Last Tuesday, I went to Madisonville to meet with Fr. John Thomas and the parish and school staffs. There is a small elementary parish school (fewer than 100 students) and, like students (and teachers) everywhere, they are eagerly anticipating the end of the academic year. I will be moving to Christ the King, and Fr. Jerry Riney will be coming here on the 18th of June. Fr. Brandon will be leaving here during the first week of June, and as of this writing, Bishop Medley has not told us who will be coming to assist Fr. Jerry.
Love, Fr. John