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June 25, 2017

Published on June 23rd, 2017

I.  Half Birthday Party for St. Stephen! The real feast of Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr, is December 26, the day after we celebrate the birthday of Jesus, our Savior. Obviously, we can’t compete with Jesus, so we’re having a half (6 months after His birth into heaven) birthday celebration for our patron saint, who was stoned to death for his faith, the first martyr of our Church. The entire parish is invited to an Ice Cream Social on Monday, June 26 at 6:30pm in our Community Center.

II.  Where is the Pelican in our Church Building? Those who participated in the 9:00 or 11:00 Masses last Sunday know that answer–it’s at the very top and center of the reredos (the ornamental wood carving screen behind the altar) which features The Call, Stoning, and Burial of Saint Stephen, our patron saint. Frequently represented in Christian art as early as the second century, the pelican, a large sea bird, was believed to pierce its own breast with its beak, to feed its young with its blood. The pelican became a symbol of Christ sacrificing Himself for us, and therefore, a symbol of the Eucharist–Jesus feeding us with his blood.

III. Ministers of Praise is a ministry for those who can no longer be as actively involved as he/she would like. An olive wood cross and prayer book are given when each Minister of Praise is commissioned to pray for the needs of the parish and diocese. Special thanks to George and Margaret Frey, our coordinators for this ministry; if you are interested in becoming a Minister of Praise please contact the Freys or call the parish office. All Ministers of Praise are invited to gather for the noon Mass followed by a lite lunch on Wednesday, June 28, the feast of Saint Irenaeus, who said “the glory of God is a person fully alive.”

IV.  Two Great Sinners Become Great Saints! Like Peter, we confess that Jesus is the “the Christ, the Son of the living God” when we take the time to teach (our children their prayers and that God loves them). We confess that Jesus is at the center of our lives when we are consistent in the Gospel values we live and aren’t afraid to talk about them with others. Like Paul, we pour out our lives as a libation when we speak out against injustices or when we go the extra mile for someone in need. We are like Paul when we encourage another and compliment another for a task well done. Like Peter and Paul we must not shrink from adversity, but act boldly because we know that God delivers us from harm so the mission of Christ can be fulfilled. Jesus didn’t choose the holiest or smartest or bravest of disciples. He chose ordinary people who would be open to the strength He provides.

V.  James Carl (Junior) Was Born to Ain and James Dennis on June 25, 1986.  As Fr. Jamie told me when I first met him, “I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs, but I do chocolate, both dark and milk chocolate!” As well as scheduled Masses and confessions, Fr. Jamie is responsible for Youth Ministry in our parish, and the sick and the shut-ins–he celebrates monthly Mass at Fern Terrace and Hermitage Nursing Home. He can also be found leading Vespers (the official evening prayer of the Church) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:30pm. We thank him! Happy 31st birthday, Fr. Jamie Dennis!

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