St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on January 31st, 2014
I. Birthright of Owensboro celebrates 30 years of serving women in need. Birthright offers free pregnancy testing, as well as emotional, material, and spiritual assistance with love and kindness. Birthright offers help with maternity clothing, baby clothing, diapers, formula, and many more items to help new moms. Birthright is also a referral service, helping connect women with medical, housing, and adoption services. Birthright is a busy office operated by volunteers: Women who give of themselves to make a difference in the lives of young mothers and their babies. Friendships are made and babies are saved!! I visited Birthright this past week. Impressive!
II. Feast of the Presentation of the Lord: Mary and Joseph were faithful to the law when they came to present their 40-day-old Son in the temple and offer their prescribed sacrifice. Simeon and Anna show us, however, that more is necessary than obedience to the law in order to recognize the presence of the Son–Messiah. Filled with expectation, they were actively waiting and looking for “the Christ of the Lord” and the “redemption of Jerusalem.” Their very expectation and waiting was the work of the Holy Spirit within them. As with Simeon and Anna, our own lives must be filled with the expectation and waiting that this that is truly the work of the Holy Spirit within us. Only then will we see and recognize the Messiah in our midst.
III. First Reconciliation for our First Communion candidates and their families on Sunday, February 2, at 2:00pm. As well as these families, this is a wonderful day for our entire parish community. Last Saturday, we had an inspiring Retreat Day with 100% attendance and lots of assistance and good mentoring from our parents. Grazie tante! I invite you to pray for our young candidates.
IV. Feast of St. Blaise is celebrated on Monday, February 3. After the 7:00am and 12:05pm Masses, there will be an opportunity for blessing of throats. This devotion is not only a request for freedom from all ailments of the throat, but also freedom for spiritual affirmation of the throat, i.e. that everything that comes from our mouth might give honor, praise and glory to God and build up the living body of Christ here on earth; no gossip, no cursing, no slander, nothing that dishonors Creator or creature.
V. Anointing of the Sick: the Feast of our Lady of Lourdes, February 11, is also the annual World Day of Prayer for the Sick. We will celebrate the Anointing of the Sick at the 12:05pm Mass, followed by a luncheon. Do you know someone who might need transportation?
In Joy and Hope, Fr. Jerry