St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on August 23rd, 2013
I. A WORTHY OUTREACH: Father Suneesh and I visited St. Benedict Shelter for men on Friday night, August 16. It was quite a sight to behold! St. Benedict Shelter is located at Seventh and Sycamore Streets, on the site of the former Blessed Sacrament School and in the St. Vincent de Paul Store. Managed by Joe Welch, it offers a bed at night, breakfast at 6:30am, and dinner at 8:00pm (no lunch) to men who otherwise would be out on the street. Over 40 area churches help with this outreach in some way. Financially, 90% of the operational funds comes from church donations. Along with parishioners from St. Stephen Cathedral, four other Catholic churches help with this basic outreach effort to the needy of our area: Sts. Joseph and Paul, The Parish of the Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Blessed Mother. If you are interested in more information about this worthy outreach, please contact Social Concerns Coordinator, Cindy Bornander, at 270-417-4376.
II. HANDS and OIL: this past weekend, over 60 people requested the Church for the Sacrament of Anointing, which reminds us that Jesus was always concerned for the whole person–body and soul. We will celebrate communal Anointing that Jesus left as a gift to our Church three times a year. If you would like to be anointed before major surgery, please call the office, ask Father Suneesh or myself. If you have a scheduled surgery, it is better to request anointing BEFORE you go to the hospital.
III. RELENTLESS in PRAYER and RESTLESS in HEART! This week we celebrate the feasts of St. Monica and her son, St. Augustine, on August 27 and 28 respectively. Monica reminds us that we should never give up on a spiritually wayward child, but continue to pray relentlessly and unceasingly. In his autobiography, Confessions, Augustine reminds us that no matter how far we stray from God’s grasp, our relentless and reconciling God never abandons us when we stray. As Augustine proclaimed, “You were with me all along, O Lord, but I was not with you.” In truth, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you, O Lord.” Why not make commitment to celebrate Mass these two days!