St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on October 10th, 2014
I. Respect Life Month: Reverence for human life is rooted in the belief that God alone is the Lord of life. Each person derives his/her dignity and worth from God, who is the transcendent Source of life. As creatures, we offer praise and thanks to the Author of life by our reverence for all human life. We are stewards and ministers of life, not masters of life. “Only God is the Master of Life!” (St. John Paul II, “The Gospel of life,” #55).
The biblical command “You shall not kill” (Exodus 20:13) remains integral to a Gospel morality. The inviolability of innocent human life “reverberates at the heart of the new Ten Commandments in the Covenant of Sinai” (Exodus 34:28) and finds refinement in the Christian Scriptures Sermon on the Mount (The Gospel of Life, #40). Moreover, “You shall not kill” is integrated with a fuller positive command to love one’s neighbor.
The consistent ethic of life demands societal protection of the nurturing of life from conception to natural death. It forms a bridge between anti-abortion concerns and social justice concerns, since the right of life is connected with quality of life in all its stages. The Pastoral Constitution of the Vatican Council II noted this essential unity between life issues. After explicit condemnation of a litany of crimes against life: murder, genocide, abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia, the conciliar document denounces other affronts to human dignity. It lists sub-human living conditions, slavery, prostitution, disgraceful working conditions and other assaults on the dignity and freedom of human beings (#27).
While abortion is a central issue of the consistent ethic, it cannot be an unqualified single issue. Abortion, rather, is linked with other interconnected issues: health care of the terminally ill, warfare, capital punishment. It is linked with quality-of-life issues: hunger, poverty, unemployment, living conditions, immigration, tax policies, welfare, nutrition and feeding programs. Catholic social teaching is rooted in a single pivotal truth: the dignity of the human person. It affirms that the human person is both sacred and social (Pastoral Constitution of the Church in the Modern World, #12). For more information, cf www.usccb.org/pro-life, www.hopeafterabortion.org, www.faithfulcitizenship.org.
II. Mission Trip: Are there St. Stephen Cathedral parishioners interested in a Mission Immersion Trip, October 3-9, 2015, to Mandeville, Jamaica? The Diocese of Mandeville has been “sistered” with our Diocese of Owensboro for over 20 years. We have an opportunity to take ten parishioners during what we think will be Fall Break of next year. There is planning to be done. Let me know if you might be interested. Let’s pray for those who will be on this mission experience!
III. World Mission Sunday: The theme for World Mission Sunday for our Church Universal this year is “I will build My Church” (Matt. 16:18). If you are Catholic, you are missionary. Prayers and generous support offered to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith on World Mission Sunday, October 19, directly benefit the Mission Church: places around the world where the young church is growing, filled with zeal for the faith, but lacking resources for outreach to families and those in need. Be as generous as you can be. For those of us who give electronically, envelopes for this collection can be found at the doors of church.
IV. Saturday Mass Change: After monitoring our Mass attendance for over a year, I have decided to merge the two (2) Saturday morning Masses into a 9:00am Mass on Saturday. There will still be two hours to celebrate God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) every Saturday, but from 9:30-11:30am. This new Saturday schedule will begin November 8. Other churches in Daviess County who have a Saturday morning Mass are: Immaculate at 7:00am, St. Mary Magdalene at 7:00am, Precious Blood at 8:00am, and Carmel Home at 9:30am.
In Joy and Hope, Fr. Jerry