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Published on October 11th, 2013

I. St. Stephen Cathedral Conference of St. Vincent de Paul meets the first Monday of every month at 5:30pm for an hour. We were reminded recently by Pope Francis not to neglect the poor; the Catholic Church has always had a “preference for the poor” in our outreach. On behalf of the entire parish, I wish to thank those who are working one-on-one with the needy of our area: Bob Berry, Dick Booth, Wendell Booth, D. J. Clark, Martha Crisp, Bill Goetz, George Hagan, Sr. Eula Johnson, Bill Lanham, Bob Mahoney, Bill McCarty, Mary Hilda (Miss Mac) McFarland, Pat McNulty, Judy Osborne, Gene Schadler, Ruby Sparks, Steve Wathen, and Fr. Suneesh Mathew, Spiritual Director, Richard Remp-Morris, Executive Director, and Chuck Payne, Diocesan Director. If I have omitted anyone’s name, you will be doubly blessed!  Are any others interested in helping, or learning more about this important outreach to the poor?

II. There’s No Vacation from a Vocation! Have you ever had someone to BE THERE for you during a difficult time in your life? Have you ever had the privilege of confiding in someone and knowing that what you shared would be held sacred?  Have you experienced loss, loneliness, discouragement, sickness, unemployment, a spiritual crisis?  Are you a good listener? If your spirit resonates with any of these questions, it could be that you are being called to check into or at least obtain more information about becoming a Stephen Minister. Contact Joan Perry, Bill Kelley, Donna Murphy, Fr. Suneesh or me. Call our parish office (270-683-6525)!  “…And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5).
III. Time is running out!  Believe it or not, we just finished our 17th Listening Session! The information given to me by a wide variety of parishioners has been valuable as I see threads of commonality woven through many of these gatherings. Obviously, some hold different weight. Not unlike being a member of the family, being a member of the parish means listening and making decisions which are best for the common good. I will hold listening sessions until Thanksgiving. So, we have about six weeks left. It’s not too late to call Janice Scherm or Margaret Windle to sign up!  You have nothing to lose and much to gain!

IV. Is There a Monk in Me? Because Fr. Suneesh’s recent retreat did him so much good, I decided to take a retreat myself! I will be away October 14-19 at the Abbey of Gethsemane, which is one of my favorite places: holy ground!  Gethsemane not only makes bourbon fudge, pesto cheese, and world famous fruitcakes, but is the home of Thomas Merton. I rely on your prayers.

Fr. Jerry

The Catholic community of Saint Stephen Cathedral serves to welcome, evangelize and worship in the name of Jesus Christ.
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