St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on August 15th, 2014
I. What Demon Torments You/Me? It may be consumerism enticing us to focus on things rather than people; false expectations and hopes that take us in a direction away from the gospel values; self-centeredness that separates us from those who care for us. What heals our demons? Focusing on Jesus, asking God for what we need, persisting in prayer, reaching out to others, paying attention to what others are saying, keeping our faith by saying “Yes” to whatever God asks of us. With all our hearts, we must seek deeper faith, more potent hope, and more expressive love. This is the end that must feed all we do (Cf. Matthew 15:21–28).
II. Operating Budget: Our Finance Committee has chopped our operating budget for this fiscal year, July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015, down to a 6.5% increase; most of the increase is beyond our control, with our Diocesan assessment going up $11,314 and our Catholic School assessment going up $23,986. We will need to average $19,000 per week to make ends meet. (This includes the solid hope that at least $92,000 will come in from other revenues, e.g. picnic, rent, bequeathals, etc.) While this seems overwhelming, if every family does something and all of us grow toward a TITHE or SACRIFICIAL GIVING, together we can reach this goal! We ended this fiscal year, June 30, 2014, in the black, despite over $54,000 in unexpected costs! Thank you! It does take all of us doing our part on a consistent, regular basis. Recall the parable of the widow’s mite (Cf Mark 12:41-44). Along with our business manager, Joey Beatty, and our Finance Committee, I intend to keep you abreast of our financial health.
III. Reserve Thursday, September 4! This year, our annual celebration of Dedication Day, the day this church building was dedicated even before it became the Cathedral Church, will be Thursday, September 4. We will begin the evening with Mass at 6:00pm, followed by a meal. All are invited and encouraged to participate in this annual celebration. Mark your calendar! Let’s get together as a parish!
IV. Gratitude is the language of the heart! As I celebrated my 39th anniversary of ordination on August 9, I was grateful to be your shepherd. After being with you these first 14 months, I realize how blessed I am. Thank you for the many and varied ways you have welcomed me into your faith-family. Thanks to the pastoral staff, the parish council, individuals and families for your faith, kindness and patience. I am also grateful for your gifts, cards, phone calls, emails, text messages, food, and many expressions of congratulations on the occasion of my 39th ordination anniversary. Having been ordained at St. Stephen Cathedral, I have come full circle! Thank you!
Joy and Hope,