St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on July 18th, 2014
I. Annual Safe Environment Report: This past week, I sent the Annual Reporting Form to Bishop Medley for compliance with United States Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Essential Norms, and Related Diocesan Policies; all of which is about the importance of Safe Environment. All Parishes are required to provide, in printed form, the procedures for those making a complaint of Sexual Abuse. We are to publicly announce, at least annually, where a person could access the Diocesan Sexual Abuse Policy and Allegation Reporting Forms. All employees and all volunteers serving minors must complete a background check and Safe Environment training.
Thanks to everyone for cooperating with Carrie Wieder in making sure that our parish is compliant with all the norms required by the United States Catholic Bishops. I cannot tell you how many volunteer hours Carrie Wieder has spent in coordinating this huge and required task. On behalf of our parish, and in my own name, I want to thank Carrie for sharing her time and organizational talent with St. Stephen Cathedral Parish.
II. Hearts Like Asphalt! Last Sunday’s parable spoke of the soil of our life being like 1) a pathway, 2) rocky ground, 3) thorny soil, and 4) good soil. When the soil of our heart is like a pathway, not even God can get through to us; our hearts are hardened, our minds are closed. The soil of our life is like the asphalt in our parking lot, which was sealed recently. Last year about this time, we resurfaced our parking lot, but it was not sealed. Then, we promised to seal it a year later for best results, and we did. We split the cost with the Diocese; our part was $3,653.50. What kind of soil are you at this time in your life?
III. Ministry of Praise Commissioning on Wednesday, July 30: To date, we have 34 parishioners who have signed up for this new prayer ministry. This Ministry of Praise is open to the sick, the handicap, the homebound and senior citizens who can no longer be as active as they would like to be. There are no meetings, no dues! It is a spiritual ministry in which we offer all prayers, joys and sufferings to God. You will receive a letter from the parish office every other month, asking you to include in your prayers certain intentions of the parish. If you are interested in joining this prayer ministry, please contact George or Margaret Frey (coordinators), or Fr. Jerry or Fr. Suneesh.
Joy and Hope,