St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on September 11th, 2014
I. Teaching Mass: Would you like to know more about the Mass and how all the parts of the Mass are unified into the whole? Did you ever wonder why the priest does what he does during the Mass? Are there parts of the Mass you do not understand? Father Mike Williams will visit St. Stephen Cathedral on Sunday, September 7, at 2:00pm, to teach as he celebrates the Eucharist. The couple of hours will be worth your time. All are welcome!
II. Happy Birthday To You! Precisely nine months after the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, December 8, we come to a feast in honor of Mary’s birth. This is one of only three “birthdays” on the liturgical calendar, the other two being the birthdays of Jesus and of John the Baptizer. (Other days recognize a saint’s “day of death”). Today we recall the greatness of Mary and her importance in all of salvation history, as we remember her humble and obedient “yes” to give birth to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. So on this day, we honor the life of this young woman, Mary Immaculate, called to be the Mother of God and our mother, Queen of heaven and earth. Celebrate Mary’s birthday by participating in the 7:00am or the 12:05pm Mass!
III. Restoration and Renewal of St. Stephen Cathedral! Because of your generosity, we are now under the $400,000 mark in paying off the cost of renovating our beautiful church building! As you know, the parishioners are paying the Diocese $11,230.90 each month for money we borrowed. A special thanks to those of you who have been so faithful in donating to our debt retirement.
IV. Grandparents and Faith: A key factor in a grandchild practicing the faith is the practicing of faith by a grandparent. Grandparents who have a good rapport with their grandchild influence that child positively in regard to faith. We will have a special blessing for grandparents at next weekend Masses; Grandparents Day is September 14.
V. The Festival and Your Helping Hand! All components of the Fall Festival are coming together for a bigger and better event this year. Pray for good weather, with fun and safety for you, our workers, and for those who come to enjoy themselves in building community/fellowship. We also will need plenty of cakes, pies or brownies for the Cake Paddle Game, as well as cobblers for the Ice Cream and Cobbler Stand.
Help is needed, too, in staffing the Country Store and the Silent Auction, the Face Painting Booth, the Fried Rice and Egg Roll Stand, and several other stands. In addition, help will be needed in setting up/clean up during the Festival, as well as clean up/take down after the Festival.
Sign up sheets for volunteers will be in the back of the Church for the next two weekends, or you may contact Deacon Dirck. If you desire to help the parish in one of its largest fund raising events, please sign up for one-two hours of help. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated and will show how strong a faith-filled parish community we have.
Joy and Hope,