St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on January 10th, 2014
I. How Well Are You Living Out Your Baptism? Today we celebrate the feast of Jesus’ baptism, when his identity as the beloved Son was made known and His mission to save the world was inaugurated. When you were baptized, you were baptized not into a vacuum, but into a community, a community of believers. For that reason all the Sacraments are best celebrated in the context of community. How well do I/we uphold the dignity of every human being? How well do I/we stand up for justice for all? How well do I/we strive with all our energy of body and soul for right relationships? How well do I/we work to discover my/our gifts and place them at the service of our community? How faithful am I/are we to Christ and His living mystical Body?
II. Welcome to the NET Team! Every August,130 young Catholics, aged 18-28, leave behind their jobs, school, family, and friends to devote nine months to serving with the National Evangelization Team (NET). Divided into 12 teams, they travel across the United States to share the Gospel with young people and their families. Since 1981, these NET teams have led over 26,000 retreats and ministered to more than 1.6 million young Catholics in 145 dioceses across the United States. Centered in St. Paul-Minneapolis, where these young adults are formed and trained for their for missionary work, they challenge young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church. On Sunday, January 12, there is a NET Retreat at Blessed Mother Parish Hall from 1:00-5:00pm for all Confirmation candidates. My hope is that we have 100% of St. Stephen confirmation candidates participating!
III. Seven Deadly Sins/Seven Lively Virtues: Those who signed up for this course will meet in the Fr. John Vaughan Community Center by 6:00pm beginning January 12, for the next eight Sundays leading up to Ash Wednesday (March 5) from 6:00-7:30pm. Please bring $10 for the workbook. This Fr. Robert Barron DVD series is about the seven sinful patterns of life with the corresponding “lively” virtue to counteract it, assisting us on the right path to ultimate happiness and healing. Special thanks to Haley Fitzgerald for coordinating this opportunity.
IV. Our First Epiphany Concert and International Potluck was a grand success, despite the threat of inclement weather. Special thanks to Michael Conley, Director of Liturgy and Music, and our Choir, as well as to Paige Hicks on the piano, Cindy Bornander on the recorder, and Doreen Harney on the psaltery. Folks brought a dish from their country of origin, and we had a plethora of exciting and tasty dishes shared for a delicious meal! Special “kudos” to Travis Welch and Iona Palmer who serenaded us on the cello; the beautiful display of Epiphany art pieces made by the Youth Group; and the three well-dressed Kings (Patrick Clary, John Storm and Ron Bornander) who journeyed long and hard to join us with gold, frankincense, and myrrh, as well as a king cake. Carson Lewis was the privileged person to receive the piece of cake with the baby Jesus figure! Carson gets to bring the king cake next year!! Thanks to our volunteer photographer James Kincheloe; to Marianna Robinson for her clever idea of creating a Epiphany Card: “Wise Men came with treasures of earth in their hands… And left with the Treasure of heaven in their hearts.” Special gratitude to our International Meal Coordinator, Lupe Ellis, and her competent crew: Pat Taylor, Mary Lou Greene, Monika Logan, Rita Mauzy, Chona Curry, and Patrick Clary.
In Joy and Hope, Fr. Jerry