St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on January 17th, 2014
I. “Has Christ Been Divided?” (1 Corinthians 1:13) Beginning January 18 through January 25, which is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, you are asked to enter into a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
II. Martin Luther King Day March: The Owensboro Human Relations Commission and Partners in Education are hosting this annual March on Monday, January 20. Gather at 8:30am in the Owensboro High School gym; the March begins at 9:00am and will head north on Frederica Street to Brescia University. There will be a “special offering” taken up for St. Benedict Shelter for Homeless Men. Everyone is invited to “stand up” and be counted.
III. Mass for LIFE: The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion on January 22, 1973 is a day of infamy. Though busloads of people will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to join thousands of other pilgrims from around the country to protest the legalizing of abortion, we will gather in prayer at the 12:05 Mass at our Cathedral praying for legal protection of unborn children. Life is a precious gift! This commemorative Mass is sponsored by the Gospel of Life Committee of the Diocese of Owensboro. Please join us in prayer!
IV. Opportunities for Life: A woman with four children called the Opportunities for Life (OFL) hotline. Her youngest child is one and she is pregnant. She told the volunteer that she could not go through another pregnancy with everyone talking about how “she was pregnant again.” The volunteer told her that she knew it was hard and that she was sure that the caller was a good mom. She encouraged her to make a decision that she could be glad about in ten years. The caller calmed down and asked about open adoption. Our volunteer gave her the number for Catholic Charities and encouraged her to call. She was thankful for the opportunity to talk to the volunteer and said she would call Catholic Charities for more information. If you missed the opportunity to donate to OFL outreach, you may do so by using the envelope in your tithing packet or making out a check and mailing it to the office to support this 24/7 hotline for men and women facing an untimely pregnancy. Please be generous in your support of this ministry. For information about OFL, please call 888-496-3638.
V. Catholic Men’s Conference: It has been said that women nurture their spiritual lives better than men. Is that true? Men, I encourage you to flex your spiritual muscles and take time (a mere eight hours) to nurture your faith. Reserve Saturday, February 8, 8:00am-5:00pm, at Brescia University. Sign up! Register!
VI. Stewardship Response: As of December 31, 2013, we have 272 families/households who have responded to the letter sent out after Thanksgiving. Thanks to all who have responded. We now need to start the happy task of following through on the ministry sign-ups! We are in the midst of setting dates for the formation/training for those who signed up for the liturgical ministries. We will also re-schedule the Sacristan workshop soon. Stay tuned!
In Joy and Hope, Fr. Jerry