St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on December 13th, 2013
I. Epiphany Concert and International Potluck: on the Feast of Epiphany, January 5, St. Stephen Cathedral will host a concert by our parish music ministry at 4:00pm, followed by a potluck in the Fr. John Vaughan Community Center. Everyone is invited to bring a dish from their country of origin! We may very well be visited by Magi (soothsayers, astrologers, wise men, kings, seekers)! Do you know the tradition behind a King Cake?! Contact Lupe Ellis, our coordinator of this event, (270-685-0990), if you would like to assist!
II. Faith Commitment of Time, Talent, Treasure: over one month ago, on November 10, I spoke at all our Masses about being parish, what it means to belong, and how we need everyone. I also spoke of the biblical ideal of tithing and the story of the widow’s mite. Thanks so much to the 237 families or 43% who have responded to our Faith Commitment Outreach. Please return your Faith Response form this week. For further information or clarification, do not hesitate to contact me or a member of our pastoral team (270-683-6525) or Parish Council. “No one is ever made poor by giving” (Anne Frank).
III. Advent Reconciliation Service at St. Stephen Cathedral will be Sunday, December 22, at 2:00pm. We will have at least 10 priests available as confessors. God’s mercy is there for the taking, but it must be received. A great way to prepare spiritually for the Feast of Christmas. Note elsewhere in this bulletin the other opportunities to celebrate God’s unconditional forgiving Love in this Sacrament.
IV. George Frederick Handel’s Messiah, composed in 1741, tells the story of Jesus Christ from Birth to Ascension. The 73rd annual presentation was performed at the Third Baptist Church by the Owensboro Choral Society last Sunday. This delightful tradition was made possible by many in our local community, including some from our own parish who made me proud: Ron and Cindy Bornander, Gloria Cecil, Matthew Constant, Doreen Harney, Charlene Meadows, and Travis Welsh on the cello! Jacqueline Yunker, Lupe Ellis’ daughter-in-law, soloed swimmingly!
V. New Elevator Door and Floor: Many have commented how much they like the new clear (glass) door to the elevator entrance, as well as the new tiled entrance! On behalf of the parish, I would like to thank Smokey Millay for coordinating this improvement. This item cost $6200; we have received donations of $1000 and $100 to offset this unbudgeted expense. Thank you! Since June 18, we have spent $58,000 in unbudgeted expenses: parking lot paving, church and office and upstairs rectory air-conditioners, plus elevator entrance!
VI. Stock Options: Several people have contributed to our church lately through stock options. Thank you! If you are interested in utilizing this option, call our Business Manager, Joey Beatty, at the parish office (270-683-6525).
In Joy and Hope,