St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on June 13th, 2014
I. Happy Father’s Day! Anyone can be a biological father, but to be a dad requires investment, presence, humor, boundaries, love, and faith. A “father” is to reflect God to his children. Example speaks loudly to our children. Happy Father’s Day to our dads!
II. Welcome To Camp Catholic! Vacation Bible School is a grand opportunity for us as a parish to form community, to have fun, to grow in our faith. This week is a mandate for our young ones to be formed more deeply in faith. We are grateful for the adults and teens alike who have stepped forward to help; I ask everyone in the parish to pray for the success of this endeavor.
III. All The Best To Noelle Curry! Last month, Noelle Curry informed me of her “discerned decision” to resign from her position as Youth Minister for St. Stephen Cathedral. For the 14 months in this position, Noelle wholeheartedly poured herself–her spirituality, her gentle and accepting disposition, her prayerfulness, her generosity, her faith–into this ministry. On behalf of our entire parish, the youth and their families, I want to thank Noelle for giving 110% to our Youth Ministry program; our youth are better because of her spiritual “imprint” upon them. Our youth will gather at 6:00PM on July 6 to celebrate Noelle!
IV. The St Stephen Cathedral Festival Planning Committee is moving forward with our 11th Annual Festival to be held Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 2:00-6:30PM. This event builds the parish community and helps the local community, while netting a good income to support our parish finances. All are welcome to join us in planning on June 17 and June 24, at the parish office, at 6:00PM. No one person needs to do it all, but if several take a piece of it, it will be a good experience. If you have any questions, please call Dcn. Dirck Curry.
V. Thank You Note from Bishop Medley! “Dear Father Jerry, Thank you for the payment on the Fair Share Goal of St. Stephen Cathedral. Your commitment has been paid in full.” As mentioned in last week’s bulletin, we wrote a check for $370,507 to completely pay off the $437,784, which was our Fair Share for the Diocesan Capital Campaign. Of course, we could do that only because we received a check for $476,463 from the Diocese on May 29, 2014, as a result of that same Capital Campaign; our Cathedral Renovation was one of the five focus areas in the Diocesan Campaign. Thanks to those of you who participated in that Campaign, and thanks to Bishop Medley and The Diocese of Owensboro for including the Mother Church Renovation!
VI. The Old Violin and Anniversary One! On June 18, 2013, Fr. Suneesh Mathew and I arrived at St. Stephen Cathedral Church. The first Sunday, I retold the story of “The Old Violin,” an old, tattered violin was being auctioned off for a few bucks…until a master musician stepped up, brushed off the dust, and began to make sweet music! After hearing the melodious sound, the bidding began again, and the violin was sold for several thousand dollars! The point was the need for me, and all of us, to allow THE Master to get hold of us; when that happens, our value escalates beyond belief! When our value escalates, we feel better about ourselves and are more eager to get involved, to share the melody (faith, gifts, talents) of our lives with others. So, our need is to allow the Master to touch us with Grace as we move forward! Thank you for the many ways you have supported, cared for, and loved us this first year.
Joy and Hope,