St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on July 5th, 2013
I. PASTORAL COUNCIL GATHERING: On Thursday evening, June 27, your Pastoral Council gathered in the rectory for a wonderful potluck dinner. This casual gathering afforded us the opportunity to become better acquainted, to share faith, to talk about this wonderful parish, in the context of a meal. You are blessed to have these dedicated, faith-filled people representing you as servant leaders–giving of their time and talent for the good of St. Stephen Cathedral community. I look forward to working with this marvelous group of people as we move forward and continue to build up the kingdom of God here in Daviess County/Owensboro, Kentucky. Again, I thank Fathers John Vaughan and Brandon Williams for the good ministry they have done here.
II. LISTENING SESSIONS: Since I have been away from Daviess County for the last 30 years, leaving Owensboro Catholic High School in June of 1983, I really do not know much about St. Stephen Cathedral parish. In order that I may hear from the people of God in the pews, I would like to initiate “Listening Sessions”. Let me explain. “Listening Sessions” would be a gathering of 10-20 parishioners who would gather with Fr. Suneesh and me in a host home or rectory or wherever is convenient; these gatherings could be morning, noon or evening around muffins and coffee, “biscuits” and tea, bread and water, beer and pretzels, wine and cheese, or a potluck–the emphasis is NOT on the food, but on the opportunity for me and Fr. Suneesh to LISTEN to you, the parishioners. It would also afford us the opportunity to get to know each other better…a kind of “meet the new priests” affair! I believe there would be enough folks who are willing to “host” these “Listening Sessions”, to open their homes in a spirit of Christian hospitality. This would help me to know where we–as a parish pastoral council, pastoral staff/team, and priests–need to invest our energies and focus our attention.
III. SAVE THE DATE: Our annual celebration on September 6 will also be the occasion when Bishop Medley will “officially” install (Does that not sound like an appliance!!?) or commission me as pastor of the Cathedral of St. Stephen! It’s the anniversary of the original dedication on September 6, 1927 of St. Stephen Church, even before it was named a Cathedral when our Diocese was erected in 1937. There will be a meal following the evening Mass. Please plan on being there!