St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on August 30th, 2013
I. The STEPHEN LEADERS for the Cathedral were commissioned last weekend at our Masses and are ready to begin the second phase of the Stephen Series by training individuals to be Stephen Ministers. Every day you see people who are hurting: those who have lost a loved one, lost a job, going through a divorce or battling a serious illness. Stephen Ministers are God’s representatives who bring God’s love to those who are hurting. God is waiting to make a difference in their lives through you! If you want to find out more about how you can be involved in this one-on-one care-giving ministry, contact one of your Stephen Leaders: Bill Kelley at 270-302-0212 or 270-852-8426, Donna Murphy at 270-852-8424, Joan Perry at 270-685-3787 or 270-852-8426.
II. DEACON DIRCK CURRY is one of 14,780 active ordained permanent deacons in the United States. Recently, “A Portrait of the Permanent Diaconate: A Study for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops 2012 – 2013,” was released. Deacon Dirck is married, as are 93% of the permanent deacons, and 94% are at least 50 years of age. Most permanent deacons work for a living at their job or profession outside their church ministry. Among other ministries, the ordained deacon can baptize, witness marriages, and preach. Deacons bring the presence of Christ to those they work with day in and day out with their calm demeanor, positive attitude, and openness to listening to others. Through their service in the liturgy, their outreach to those in need, and their witness of faith, deacons are truly “heralds of the Gospel”. Our St. Stephen Cathedral parish is blessed to have Deacon Dirck, and his wife Chona, as members; among other ministries, they coordinate the ARISE Together in Christ process! Did you know that another member of our parish, Richard Murphy, married to Donna, has just finished the Aspirancy or Discernment Year? God willing, and Richard willing, he will be ordained in 2017. Please take the time to pray for our deacons and personally thank them for their service to our church community and beyond.
III. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Fr. Suneesh! Our parochial vicar, who is gentle, generous, gregarious, and insightful, will be 30 this week! (He doesn’t look a day over 20!) Does he not have a million dollar smile! I appreciate Fr. Suneesh and am grateful for the opportunity to minister with him at St. Stephen Cathedral. Let’s celebrate the gift of his life!