St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on October 18th, 2013
I. THANKSGIVING In EVERYTHING: Many of us have probably learned that there are four basic kinds of prayer: Praise, Petition, Intercession, and Thanksgiving; yet, the last seems to be the heart of it all! The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that “every event and need can become an offering of thanksgiving.” St. Paul says, “Give thanks in all circumstances.” I appreciate the French proverb: “Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” Gratitude is not a one time event, but a way of living. Am I a thankful person? What is my “Gratitude Quotient”?
II. GIFT of JOY, the Blessing of the Child in the Womb: is a 32-page booklet celebrating the conception and growth of new life within the mother’s womb. It embodies an invitation to grow in faith, to accept the support of the St. Stephen Cathedral Parish, to grow in embracing your faith relationship with Jesus Christ. Recently, a young couple was overjoyed to tell me they were expecting a child! Is there a greater gift than the gift of new life being knitted within the mother’s womb? On March 26, 2012, on the solemnity of the Annunciation, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops promulgated a Ritual for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb for use in all U.S. Dioceses. We will offer this blessing three times a year at Mass in our parish: the Feast of the Holy Family (the Sunday after Christmas), the Solemnity of the Annunciation of Mary (March 25), and the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven (August 15).
III. RESTOCKING our FOOD PANTRY for the Hungry. For the next five weeks leading up to Thanksgiving Day, you will have the opportunity to help replenish our St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry so that we can be more generous to those who are needy. (Please see the suggested guideline in this bulletin). “Lord, when did we see you hungry and not feed you?” “As long as you did it for one of these least ones, you did it for Me” (cf Matthew 25ff).