St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on November 28th, 2014
I. When Darkness Grows Weaker: If this world, if this nation, if you and I as a community are to roll back the darkness, Advent is the time. A new year, a new beginning, a time when darkness begins to slip. And hopefully in your life and mine, the Son, Jesus, begins to rise. Advent marks that time when darkness grows weaker and the sun becomes stronger. Advent is a challenge. To slow down, to be quiet, to decrease the noise, to make silence is the call of the season of Advent. Like John the baptizer, Jesus must increase, I must decrease. I must get to know him better. He wants to be personal. Only then can I look at the world and other people through his eyes, and touch with his hands, and hear with his ears.
II. R.S.V.P. You should have received in the mail a list of opportunities for you to be involved, even in a small way. Prayerfully consider what God may be calling you to at this time in your faith journey. Please keep the yellow carbon copy of your commitment, and return the white front page as soon as possible. Thank you!
III. Love and Generosity: There are many stories about the saint whose life we celebrate December 6th. Born in the fourth century, St. Nicholas was a bishop of the city of Myra in Asia minor. One of the best known stories about his life involves a poor man who could not feed or clothe his three daughters. Upon hearing of this man’s dire situation, Nicholas tossed three bags of gold through his window one evening so the man could tend to his daughters’ needs. Modern folklore about Santa Claus, Khris Kringle, and Father Christmas are based on the stories of St. Nicholas and his great love for and generosity toward children. How loving am I? How generous am I?
IV. Diocese Event Welcomers: At this printing, 18 parishioners have signed up to offer hospitality during diocesan events at St. Stephen Cathedral. Being the Mother Church, how appropriate for us to offer welcome and hospitality to people from parishes all over the Diocese of Owensboro. If you are interested in assisting, notify me. Stay tuned for a time to meet.
In Joy and Hope,