St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on July 4th, 2014
I. SACRAMENT of ANOINTING at all weekend Masses on July 5-6. Christ has shared with his Church this Sacrament of healing for the sick. The Anointing of the Sick is a powerful source of strength for the sick, those facing major surgery, and those struggling with limitations of aging. In a spirit of Christian hospitality, be aware of those who need assistance of any kind. I ask you to be praying for all those who present themselves to the Church for Anointing. Faith and medicine make good partners!
II. New PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: On behalf of the entire parish, I want to thank the outgoing Parish Pastoral Council members: John Calhoun (chair), Ray Purk (vice-chair), Julie Crowe, Norman Froehlich, Laurie Hicks, John Kurtz, Jenny Likens, Mary Helen Nash, Richard Remp-Morris, and Sarah Roby for serving well, especially during this transition year. Furthermore, it is my privilege to welcome new Parish Pastoral Council members: Christy Ellis (chair), Matt Fitzgerald (vice-chair), Ron Bornander, Teresa Brown, John Calhoun, Haley Fitzgerald, Mark Heinz, Bo Ivey, John McNulty, and Lottie Miller, with Margie Ebelhar continuing as recording secretary. These servant-leaders are committed to a three-year term beginning July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.
III. St. Benedict, Abbot, Friday, July 11: Saddened by the immoral state of society, Benedict of Nursia (480-553/7) left the city to live as a hermit in Subiaco. In time, more and more men were attracted to his charismatic personality, as well as to his way of life. He eventually moved a group of monks to Monte Casino, near Naples, where he completed the first version of his Rule, now known as The Rule of Benedict. The Rule asserts that the primary occupation of the monk is to pray the Divine Office in tandem with a vowed life of stability, obedience, and conversion. The whole of the monastic vocation can be summarized in the opening lines of his rule, “Listen carefully.” St. Benedict is considered the father of Western Monasticism.
IV. Congratulations and Appreciation to Chuck Payne for his service to our St. Vincent de Paul outreach. Last Sunday, Chuck Payne received the most prestigious award given by the St. Vincent de Paul for over 25 years of dedication to the values of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Joy and Hope,