St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on November 29th, 2013
I. Happy New Year! Last weekend the liturgical year culminated with the solemn Feast of Christ the King, humiliated and crucified; this weekend we begin a new liturgical year with Advent, a season filled with patient waiting and joyful expectation! During Advent, we are asked to consider WAITING as something holy. Luke’s Gospel begins with many stories of patient waiting: Zachariah, Elizabeth and Mary, the aged Simeon and Anna, John the baptizer. What all these people have in common is HUMILITY before God, and the faith that is willing to wait for God to act. Wow! What a challenge for me!
II. Hosting and Holy Hospitality: St. Stephen Cathedral is delighted to host Kentucky Wesleyan College in presenting the Festival of Lessons and Carols at 7:00pm on Thursday, December 5, the eve of the feast of St. Nicholas!
III. Have We Lost His Spirit? One of the most popular saints in both the Roman and the Orthodox Churches, St. Nicholas, bishop and martyr, became Bishop of Myra in southwest Turkey, was imprisoned during Diocletian’s persecution (303–305), and attended the first ecumenical council at Nicaea. May we imitate Nicholas’ love of children, his care for the poor, and his spirit of giving.
IV. New Prayer Ministry! I believe that prayer is a mighty powerhouse for us! Hopefully, you noticed the new prayer ministry on our Time and Talent brochure. This Ministry of Praise is for those in our parish who cannot be as active as they used to be; this may include shut-ins and those who are handicapped by age or physical ailments. Those in this powerful prayer ministry will join other Ministers of Praise around our country and world praising and honoring our God through prayer. Thanks to George and Margaret Frey for coordinating this ministry; you may contact them at 270-683-7627.
V. Retirement Fund for Religious: Each year on the second Sunday of Advent the Church of the U.S. Takes up a collection for retired sisters and brothers who have poured out their life in prayer and service to our church, often working for less than a dollar a day. Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious helps provide prescription medications, nursing care, and more. Be as generous as you can be.
In Joy and Hope, Fr. Jerry