St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on December 19th, 2014
I. Merry and Blessed Christmas to Everyone! The mystery of Christmas/Incarnation invites us to open our senses to the Word made flesh, Jesus. Let this Christmas be a time not only for family and friends but also a time for the Lord to be born more deeply into our hearts and lives. What a difference it makes to see and experience everything through the lens of faith. The Christmas Mass schedule is: Eve: 4:00pm and 11:00pm (Our music will begin at 10:30pm); Day: 8:00am and 10:00am. Invite a friend! On behalf of the Parish Pastoral Team and Council, I wish you a Christmas season that makes a difference!
II. Welcome College Students, Visitors! On behalf of our Parish Pastoral Team and Council, I welcome everyone home, whether geographically or spiritually, for this significant feast. It is always good to celebrate Eucharist with you at St. Stephen Cathedral!
III. Wedding Bells Are Ringing! Congratulations to those who have become engaged this Christmas season. It is an exciting time for you! If you choose to be married within the Sacrament of Marriage, the best response is to call your parish immediately after you are engaged to ask for an appointment with the priest. Our official Diocesan policy states a minimum six-month preparation period; it is much better to contact the Church sooner, so that you are not rushed in preparing for the most important commitment in your life. You may also find www.marriagepreparation.com helpful. Congratulations!
IV. You Can Help Your Marriage: Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue, or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vī ) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. This program has helped thousands of couples experiencing difficulties. For confidential information about or to register for the weekend program beginning January 30, call 270- 683-1545, ext 346, or visit www.retrouvaille.org or visit Facebook and search “Retrouvaille of Owensboro.”
V. Diocesan Event Welcomers: There will be a training session on Monday, January 5, at 6:00pm. We will begin in church and end in the rectory. There are approximately seven (7) diocesan liturgical events at our Cathedral each year, so if we have enough to divide into teams, that will be terrific; this is a great opportunity to welcome people from other parishes to their/our Cathedral.
VI. Is It Time To Re-Connect?There are many reasons, I find, why people have left or wandered away from the Catholic Church: some have been hurt, some are disillusioned, some lack information or formation, some have grown slothful (spiritually lazy), etc. Whatever the reason, this is a good time to re-connect with the Church. If this might be the right time for you to join us, do not hesitate to contact Fr. Suneesh Mathew, Donna Murphy (Director of Faith Formation), or me. We consider it a privilege to sit and listen. Think about it. Talk about it. Pray about it.
VII. Cathedral Restoration and Renewal: We still have people say to us how beautiful our renovated church is. Hopefully, its beauty raises our hearts and minds to God. The next step is to pay for this beautification. To date, $351,471 is owed on the renovation, which cost a total of $2.8 million. We are repaying our loan at the tune of $12,320 per month. Any gift will be most helpful! Thanks for your generosity!
VIII. Epiphany Concert and International Potluck: Everyone is invited to our second annual Epiphany Concert by our music ministry on Sunday, January 4, at 4:00pm, followed by a potluck at 5:00pm. We ask you to bring a dish from your country of origin! The parish will provide the drinks, unless you would like to bring your own bottle of wine! We just might be visited by the three Kings with a traditional King Cake! To assist in this fun gathering, contact Lupe Ellis at 270-685-0990.
In Joy and Hope,