St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on March 21st, 2014
I. Solemnity of the Annunciation of Mary: As a young woman engaged to be married, being found pregnant would have meant her death in the culture of the time. She risks hurting Joseph, bringing shame on their families, and setting herself up for execution, because she is sure of one thing: God calls her to be the Mother to the Son of God. Mary is special because her faith is stronger than her fear. She does not see the road ahead, but she knows that God wills for her to journey it nonetheless. Trusting in God above all, she consents her will, becoming the first and most important vessel of bringing Christ’s presence into the world. Read Luke 1:26-38.
II. Parish Pastoral Council: I’m extremely grateful for St. Stephen Cathedral Parish Pastoral Council, who have been most helpful during the past nine months of transition for you and me. Under the leadership of Garry Pierce, and now John Calhoun, your Council has been invaluable. For the past 28 years, I have grown accustomed to a little different model of Council. Having talked/consulted with your present Council, I would like to implement that model with which I am more familiar. It’s not a perfect model, no model is!
From now through Easter week, I ask you to pray about parishioners who might be good leaders for this parish for the next three years. You can nominate any registered parishioner over 18 years of age who has qualities important for your Council. Some of those qualities are listed on the yellow nomination sheets at the doors of our church which must be returned by Monday, April 28, by mail or collection basket. Who has gifts that would be helpful for the spiritual growth of St. Stephen Cathedral at this juncture in our history? The more diverse in every way (backgrounds, experiences, gifts) the Council is, the better it will serve our faith community.
Everyone nominated is asked to participate in two different discernment sessions: Sundays, May 4 and May 18, to reflect on hopes and expectations. These two sessions are mandatory. If for some reason you cannot be present, I ask you to please contact me; I realize you have busy schedules. Through the discernment process, Council members will be “called forth” for a three-year period of SERVANT LEADERSHIP. After three years, we will select a new Council for another three year commitment. Your prayers are needed as we initiate this important process.
In Joy and Hope,