St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on August 1st, 2014
The best things are nearest:
breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes,
flowers at your feet, duties at your hand,
the path of God just before you.
(Robert Louis Stevenson)
I. School Bells Ring: Those of you who go to the city schools will begin Wednesday, August 6, and those who attend the county schools and our Catholic schools will return Wednesday, August 13. The summer vacation has been so short! Hopefully, all of us made good use of our time with family and friends! Next Sunday, we will have a special blessing at all the Masses for our students, teachers, aids, and educators.
II. No Vacation From A Vocation: We begin our regular Sunday morning catechesis on Sunday, August 17. All students not in our Catholic School System are required to be part of regular on-going catechesis. Those in 8th grade or lower will meet every Sunday between our 9:00am and 11:00am Masses. Those who have perfect attendance this semester I will treat to a DQ blizzard! There isn’t anything better than a large Heath Bar blizzard!?! Thanks to Donna Murphy, Director of Faith Formation, and to parishioners who share their faith as catechists and catechist- helpers. Thank you!
III. Five Loaves and Two Fish: The disciples asked Jesus to dismiss the crowds so that they could buy food. Jesus tells them simply to “give them food yourselves.” But the disciples cannot satisfy the crowd’s hunger until they give Jesus all they have: a meager five loaves and two fish. Jesus blesses these gifts and returns them to the disciples, who then have enough to feed the crowds, even with “fragments left over.” It is not our meager resources that count, but what Jesus can do with these resources when we give all we have to give. (Read Matthew 14: 13-21) Michael Grant, a historian of Rome, has written about how the poor were despised in Jesus’ time. Not one Roman writer had anything but contempt for those in need. The poor were subjected to insult, blamed for their poverty, and lived without hope. Imagine how they felt when Jesus was “moved with pity upon seeing the crowd.” Jesus gave them a banquet and all ate until they were satisfied. If we seek the heart of Jesus, we will discover it in the heart of the poor. (Quoted from At Home with the Word, 2014)
IV. What Return Shall I Give to the Lord for all the good the Lord has done for me? (Psalm 116) The late Bishop Henry J. Soenneker ordained me in a grand celebration at St. Stephen Cathedral, along with Fathers Ed Bradley and Stephan Pirtle, on August 9, 1975. I remember it like it was yesterday! After 39 years as a priest, I am still learning, and find my heart grateful for the call to serve God’s people as a servant leader. I thank so many of you for how you live your faith; you are such a wonderful example for me! I look forward to journeying with you these next few years. Let’s pray for one another!
V. Special Collection for Brescia University is next weekend. Remember the Brescia Difference: Respect for the Sacred, Devotion to Learning, Commitment to Growth in Virtue, and Promotion of Servant Leadership. Do be generous in giving!
Joy and Hope,