St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on April 18th, 2014
I. A Blessed Easter! Whether you took the Lenten season seriously or not, whether or not you are a regular participant at our Sunday gathering for Eucharist/Mass, my prayer is that this Easter give you NEW LIFE! Rooted in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are offered the gift of HOPE at Easter! Despite the cross you may be bearing, there is HOPE of newness, renewal and reconciliation. The Feast of Resurrection is too profound to cram into one day, so the Church in Her Wisdom stretches out Easter for fifty days, to the Feast of Pentecost. Let’s rejoice in this gift of Resurrection together! On behalf of Fr. Suneesh, Deacon Dirck, and the entire pastoral Team and Council, Happy Easter! Alleluia! Alleluia!
II. Parish Work Day: It’s time to rake, mulch and spruce up our SSC campus. You are invited to be part of this Work Day on Saturday, April 26, 9:00am-1:00pm. Meet in the Community Center to receive your assignment, which our Buildings and Grounds Committee have organized under the leadership of Patrick Clary, Director of Buildings and Grounds. Even if you cannot stay the entire time, give back an hour or two. “Many hands make light work” (old Chinese proverb).
III. Taize Prayer Service: In celebration of the canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II on Sunday, April 27, at St. Peter Basilica in Rome, we will gather in prayer that same day on the second Sunday of Easter (also Divine Mercy Sunday) at 7:00pm for prayer in the style of Taize, an ecumenical Christian community in southern France. Both John XXIII, who called the Taize community “that little springtime,” and John Paul II had great affection for this ecumenical community. This form of prayer includes repeated refrains and chants (“Jesus, Remember Me” is an example), Scripture readings, and a great deal of silent reflection. If you find your life too busy, noisy, and full, I think you will appreciate the opportunity for this type of prayer. Personally, I find this Taize Prayer to be centering, calming and serene. Come to St. Stephen Cathedral for a quiet, peaceful 45 minutes of prayer! Invite a neighbor!
IV. Parish Pastoral Council: Again, I’m extremely grateful for St. Stephen Cathedral Parish Pastoral Council who have been most helpful during the past ten 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 slightly different model of Council. Having talked/consulted with your present Council, I would like to implement that model with which I am most familiar. It’s not a perfect model–no model is!
From now through Easter week. I ask you to be praying about parishioners who might be good leaders for this parish for the next three years. You can self-nominate or 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 sheet at the doors of our church, which must be retuned returned by Monday, April 28, by mail, collection basket, or drop off at the office. Who have gifts that would be helpful for the spiritual growth of St. Stephen Cathedral at this juncture in our history? The more diverse in background, experience, and gifts, the better the Council will serve our faith community. Everyone nominated is asked to participate in two different discernment sessions: Sunday, May 4, and Sunday, 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.
Easter Joy and Hope, Fr. Jerry