St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on January 3rd, 2014
I. Happy 2014! As I look back over this past calendar year, how have I grown spiritually? As a human being rooted in Christ, it is important that I look at the whole person: physically (How well do I take care of my body?), emotionally (How healthy are my relationships? Do I live only for myself?), intellectually (Do I stimulate my mind by reading, using my brain?), spiritually (Do I nurture my soul? How do I feed my spirit?). If my faith is strong, I realize that whatever is sent my way this coming year, I can handle with the strength and grace of God.
In the name of the parishioners of St. Stephen Cathedral, I wish to think Haley-McGinnis Funeral Home for sponsoring the Catholic Extension calendars you will find at the doors of our church. Pick up one! Thank our friends at Haley-McGinnis! (Visit CatholicExtension.org for how Catholic Extension supports the growth and vibrancy of the U.S. Church.)
II. The Solemn Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord: Traditionally the date for the feast of the Epiphany is January 6, the date on which it is still celebrated in the Eastern churches. But for us, this festival has been transferred to Sunday so more of the faithful can enter into its message and meaning. Originally an Eastern feast, Epiphany has traditionally had three principal motifs: the universality of salvation depicted in the story of the Magi coming from the East, the announcement of Jesus’ identity as the beloved Son and the inauguration of his public ministry at John’s baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, and the nuptial symbolism of the wedding feast at Cana pointing to Jesus as Bridegroom and Spouse of the Church. Our Western Church only focuses on The Magi motif on Epiphany; the other two motives are celebrated on later Sundays.
III. Epiphany Concert and International Potluck: Today, January 5, you will be treated to an Epiphany Concert by our St. Stephen Cathedral music ministry at 4:00pm, followed by a potluck at 5:00pm. You are asked to bring a dish from your country of origin to share with others. The parish will provide drinks; you are welcome to bring a bottle of wine! What is the history of the King Cake? If you would like to help out with this fun gathering, contact Lupe Ellis at 270-685-0990.
IV. Sacristan Workshop: Calling all sacristans and all those who would like to be sacristans! The behind-the-scenes service of our sacristans is unparalleled! If your name is not already on the list, please call Mike Conley, Fr. Suneesh or Fr. Jerry; we will begin in the rectory for a bite to eat on Saturday, January 11, at 8:30–11:00am.
V. Seven Deadly Sins/Seven Lively Virtues: For eight Sunday evenings, January 12 to March 2 (Ash Wednesday is March 5!) from 6:00–7:30pm, please join me in viewing the Fr. Robert Barron DVD series about seven sinful patterns of life, with the corresponding “lively” virtue to counteract it, assisting us on the right path to ultimate happiness and healing. Please contact Haley Fitzgerald at [email protected], or 270-993-1111, to sign up for this engaging series, so we may order enough workbooks. Workbooks are $10 each.
In Joy and Hope, Fr. Jerry