St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on April 4th, 2014
I. Lenten Communal Reconciliation Service: Like the woman at the well, like the man born blind, like Lazarus, we all have our story of encounters with Jesus, the divine Healer. It’s easier, less messy, more convenient, for us to remain on the “outside,” but Jesus calls us to be “insiders” in this journey of faith. If our faith is to grow, we must allow the Light of Christ to shine on the darkness of our lives. What a wonderful opportunity you will have on Sunday, April 6, at 6:00PM, to experience God’s extravagant, healing, unconditional, forgiving Love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. For your spiritual health,12 confessors will be available!
II. Palm Sunday Kicks off Holy Week: Next Sunday, April 13, we will gather in the Prayer Garden at 7th and Locust Streets to begin the 11:00AM Mass. We have a strong tradition of processions in our Church, which reminds us that we are on journey in this earthly life, processing to a life that will never end. Every Sunday, we process up for Communion, not alone but with others in the community, to receive Jesus, the Bread of life and the Cup of Salvation. Next Sunday, we will process with palm branches in our hands remembering Jesus’ triumphant entrance into the holy city of Jerusalem.
III. Will Holy Week Be Held Holy For You? It is wonderful that my first Holy Week at St. Stephen Cathedral will not coincide with school Spring Break. Our entire Lenten season is preparation for the Triduum, literally “three days” (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter vigil and Easter Sunday); the Triduum is one mystery celebrated over three days, the most important three days of the Church year for us. Every practicing Catholic should clear his/her calendar so as to participate in this celebration of this Paschal mystery of the life death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Why not?
IV. Gratitude and Faith: About two weeks ago, I sent a stewardship letter to the 300 families/households who had not returned their Time, Talent, Treasure form. Since then, I have received 33 responses, for which I am grateful! Belonging to a parish is more than just coming to church on Sunday and receiving; it’s also about the giving of ourselves, which is embraced by our commitment of our Time, Talent, Treasure. Thank you for tending to this matter.
V. Nominations for Your Parish Pastoral Council: Pick up the yellow nomination sheets in the vestibule of the church to consider nominating parishioners who would be good servant-leaders at this juncture in the history of St. Stephen Cathedral parish. Think about it! Pray about it!
In Joy and Hope,