St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on September 6th, 2013
PASTOR-SEMINARIAN DAY was celebrated at Simon Brute Seminary on the campus of Marian University in Indianapolis on Saturday, September 7. After our celebration of the original dedication of St. Stephen Church (even before it was named the Cathedral parish in 1937) with Bishop William Medley “officially” installing me as rector (yes, our Bishop is technically the pastor) of St. Stephen Cathedral, I motored up to Indy to be with Sam Rasp, our seminarian, who is a sophomore there. Thanks to Bishop Medley for presiding and preaching at St. Stephen Cathedral’s 9:00am and 11:00am Masses on Sunday, September 8, before he enjoys the annual Mount Saint Joseph picnic!
WHERE DO WE NEED TO FOCUS OUR ENERGIES? I have had the privilege of gathering for eight (8) Listening Sessions! Each one has been good and unique, as unique as the individuals that we are! Each Listening Session has been invaluable for me and Fr. Suneesh as we get to know St. Stephen Cathedral parish and parishioners! Truly, we have enjoyed getting to know you better. I wish to express gratitude to those who have opened your homes in Christian hospitality to your fellow parishioners and your priests. Thank you! I want to hear from all of you. Do not hesitate to contact Margaret Windle (270-926-4601) or Janice Scherm (270-686-7879) to be part of a Listening Session which is also a “meet the priests” gathering. As we look to the future, we cannot “do it all”; yet, these sessions will help us to better focus our energies and efforts as we acknowledge the gifts, as well as the areas of growth, for St. Stephen Cathedral.
WHEN YOU’RE HOT, YOU’RE HOT! Can you believe it?! Another air conditioner went out! It was 86 degrees a couple nights last week in the upstairs of our rectory. I slept downstairs on the couch! Fr. Suneesh had a small window AC in his room which did its job! Yes, the upstairs AC died last week and had to be replaced to the tune of $2,750! Since I arrived on June 18, one of the large church air-conditioners had to be replaced to the tune of $16,375. A few days later one of the office air conditioners died and was replaced at the tune of $4,268. Then, the large parking lot desperately needed to be sealed and lined for $27,837 (fortunately, the Diocese also paid $27,837, splitting the cost with us, since the Catholic Pastoral Center also uses this lot). These four necessary items cost our parish over $51,000; I bring this to your attention because they were un-budgeted items. Not a great way to begin our fiscal year. But I trust that together with everyone doing his/her part financially, we can absorb these extra and necessary expenses. Anything you can do to help with this unexpected cost is much appreciated! Just for the record, I phoned my friend, Fr. John Vaughan, to tell him he had “jinxed” me! He laughed and said he was pastor at Christ the King!!!