St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on December 5th, 2014
I. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America. Today’s feast celebrates Mary’s total freedom from original sin from the moment of her conception. Mary’s “Yes” to God is not a new utterance for her. She could say “Yes” to Gabriel’s announcement because she had been saying “Yes” to God’s every request all of her life. This is why we celebrate this feast: to honor Mary’s fidelity and to hold her up as our model for grace and holiness. Masses on Monday, December 8, will be at St. Stephen Cathedral: 7:00am and 12:00pm; Mass at Blessed Sacrament Chapel (7th and Sycamore Streets) will be at 6:00pm on Monday.
II. Owensboro Community and Technical College Choir will be in concert at St. Stephen Cathedral on Monday, December 8, at 7:30pm. If you had the good fortune of listening to their soul-stirring performance last year, you will want to return! Bring a friend/neighbor. Everyone is welcome!
III. Our Lady of Guadalupe: This Friday, December 12, our Church honors the persistence and courage of Juan Diego (December 9). When Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego one December morning in 1531, she sent him to the bishop to request that a church be built. Juan Diego, an indigenous peasant farmer, had no status, power, or influence with which to impress the bishop, yet he followed Our Lady’s request. With the blooming flowers (roses, which didn’t even grow in that locale, much less in winter) packed in his tilma (poncho), and the miraculous icon that emerged beneath them, Our Lady helped Juan Diego make his point. This story teaches us trust and the certainty that, when God calls us to proclaim His kingdom, we are surrounded by the grace we need to see our mission through. Why not celebrate Mass today with our community for the courage to proclaim the Good News, even in the face of difficulty.
IV. Influenced By A Religious Sister? When I was in grade school, the Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph taught for $1 a day. Many sisters worked for years for a small stipend, leaving their religious communities without adequate savings for retirement and eldercare. Today in parishes throughout the U.S., a collection will be taken up for retired sisters/brothers. See www.retiredreligious.org. Give to those who have given a lifetime. Be as generous as you can.
V. Is Commitment Difficult for You? Being part of a parish is about receiving and giving. Some want the privileges of belonging to a parish without any of the responsibilities. Keep the yellow carbon copy of your commitment (time, talent and treasure), but please return the white front page this week. Thank you!
In Joy and Hope,