St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on April 24th, 2015
I. Congratulations to our First Communicants! Eucharist is the central act of worship for Catholics. That is one reason why we so celebrate and make a big deal about the first time our loved ones, child or adult, receive Jesus in Holy Communion. To be Catholic and not choose to be part of Sunday Eucharist/Mass is unthinkable for those who are properly formed and who understand what this Sacrament is truly about. This is a great day for our first communicants, their families, and our whole parish family! Thanks to our faithful parents, our catechists, and Donna Murphy for forming and preparing these young people!
II. What Does God Want You To Be When You Grow Up? This is a great question for parents to ask their children! In 1963, Pope Paul VI designated Good Shepherd Sunday, which is today, as “World Day of Prayer for Vocations.” Jesus, our Good Shepherd, protects us, His flock, and promises us the gift of eternal life. The Church invites us to honor the vocation of all Christians given at baptism. May we who have dedicated our lives to God through the vocation of marriage, priesthood, diaconate, consecrated life, and the single life remain faithful to our commitments. May those who are discerning their life’s vocation listen to the grace of God to guide them. This year’s theme is “I give my soul.” Cf. the website: http://www.worlddayofprayerforvocations.com.
III. May Procession and Mary Crowning will take place next Sunday, May 3. You are invited to march in procession after the 9:00am Mass to honor Mary through song, prayer, and crowning. Every family is encouraged to bring flowers to leave at our Mary Grotto on the south side of the cathedral (between the cathedral and rectory). The children who have just received their First Communion are invited to wear their special clothing and participate in this devotion. Our Confirmation candidates also will have the opportunity to participate. You are invited to coffee, donuts, fruit, juice, and water afterward! Pray first, eat second!
IV. Diocesan Event Welcomers made a huge difference at our Diaconate Ordination of Basilio Az Cuc on April 18, and at the Owensboro Symphony Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Nick Palmer) and Kentucky Wesleyan College Kantorei Chamber Singers (directed by Dr. Bradley Naylor) on April 19. Thank you for being here early to welcome our guests and for staying late to tidy up and take care of other needs!
V. Arts at the Cathedral: We welcomed in concert the Owensboro Symphony Chamber Orchestra with Director Nick Palmer and the Kentucky Wesleyan Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Bradley Naylor last Sunday, April 19. A special note of gratitude to those whose donations made this wonderful event possible: Harry and Peggy Bellew, Sharon Boone, Ron and Cindy Bornander, George and Margaret Frey, Bob and Mildred Gilles, Phil and Mary Beth Hurley, Wathen and Jeanette Medley, Joan Perry, Ron and Cissy Sullivan, John and Kathy Wright and an anonymous donor.
VI. Diocesan Celebrations Take Precedence, obviously, over our normal parish schedule. Whenever there is a diocesan function, like the 10:00am diaconate ordination last Saturday, the regularly scheduled 9:00am Mass followed by confessions will be canceled. Therefore, on Saturday, May 28, there will be not be a 9:00am Mass and there will be no confessions. Our hope and expectation is that everyone will support those being ordained by participating in these diocesan celebrations!
In Joy and Hope,