St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on December 20th, 2013
I. Merry and Blessed Christmas to Everyone! The mystery of Christmas/Incarnation invites us to open our senses to the Word-Made-Flesh, Jesus. Let this Christmas not only be a time for family and friends, but also a time for the Lord to be born more deeply into our hearts and lives. What a difference it makes to see and experience everything through the lens of faith. The Christmas Mass schedule is the normal weekend schedule: 5:00pm eve, 7:00, 9:00, and 11:00am on Christmas morn, plus the midnight Mass! Our music ministry will begin singing at 11:30pm. Invite a friend! On behalf of the Parish Pastoral Team and Council, I wish you a Christmas season that makes a difference!
II. Welcome College Students and Visitors! On behalf of our Parish Pastoral Team and Council, I welcome everyone home for this significant feast. It’s always good to celebrate Eucharist with you at St. Stephen Cathedral!
III. Is It Time To Re-Connect? There are many reasons, I find, why people have left or wandered away from the Catholic Church: some have been hurt, some are disillusioned, some lack information or formation, some have grown slothful (spiritually lazy), etc. Whatever the reason, it might be time for you to re-connect with the Catholic Church. If this might be the right time for you to join us, do not hesitate to contact Fr. Suneesh Mathew, Donna Murphy (Director of Faith Formation), or myself at 270-683-6525. We would consider it a privilege to sit and listen. Think about it. Talk about it. Pray about it.
IV. Cathedral Restoration and Renewal: Many people have told me how beautiful our renovated church is. Hopefully, it’s beauty raises our hearts and minds to God. The next step is to pay for the cost of this beautification. To date $684,000 is owed on the renovation, which costs a total of $2.8 million. An additional $98,000 will be received from pledges made through Memorials. That leaves a total of $586,000 which must be raised to completely retire our debt. We are repaying our loan at the tune of $12,320 per month for the next five years. It is my hope and expectation that we retire this debt on our own as a community and, therefore, avoid the expense of hiring a professional fundraising company. Is this realistic? I believe it is! Aware of the need and the sacrifice, I once again appeal to your generosity.
V. Epiphany Concert and International Potluck: Everyone is invited to our first annual Epiphany Concert on Sunday, January 5 at 4:00pm by our music ministry, followed by a potluck at 5:00pm. We ask you to bring a dish from your country of origin! The parish will provide the drinks (unless you would like to bring your own bottle of wine)! We just might be visited by the three Kings with a traditional King Cake! If you would like to assist in this fun gathering, contact Lupe Ellis at 270-685-0990.
VI. Heartfelt gratitude! What a joy to experience all the Giving Tree tags taken so quickly and the gifts returned for someone less fortunate. Inspiring as well are parishioners who, aware of their abundant blessings, chose to share those blessings with the needy in various ways. “We never become poor by sharing what we have with others.” My first Advent season as your pastor at St. Stephen Cathedral has been good, and I am grateful for your faithfulness to Sunday Eucharist, your involvement in liturgical ministries and committees, and your unselfish outreach, all of which are expressions of your solid commitment of faith. Thanks, too, for bearing with Fr. Suneesh and me these first six months; we appreciate your many gestures of kindness, graciousness, support and friendship! They made a huge difference as we transitioned to Owensboro and this beautiful faith community! A blessed Christmas season!
In Joy and Hope, Fr. Jerry