St. Stephen Cathedral Mass

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Pastor’s Perspective

Published on May 13th, 2011

Dear Parishioners,

The Church recommends that we have the Sprinkling Rite at Sunday Mass throughout the Easter season.  This is a graphic reminder of our baptism into the death and resurrection of Jesus and of the new life we have in Him.  Other than singing the song that accompanies the rite, your proper gesture is the Sign of the Cross, signifying that we were baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity.   Some are in the habit of genuflecting at this time.   While not wrong, neither is it appropriate.   Genuflection is the gesture which indicates our belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.

Since I offered some initial comments on the death of Osama Bin Laden in last Sunday’s bulletin, I have seen numerous articles in various Catholic media – and elsewhere.  I would like to draw your attention to an editorial in the current Our Sunday Visitor.  It is entitled, “Bin Laden’s Death” on page 23 of the paper.  I think this article presents a balanced Catholic perspective on this issue.

As I indicated in last week’s bulletin, today is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.   In his message for the day, Pope Benedict reminds us that promoting vocations is everyone’s responsibility.   Next weekend, Deacon Ryan Harpole will be ordained a priest for our diocese.   I am feeling old.  I knew his mother when she was in grade school and high school at Holy Name in Henderson when I was a newly ordained priest.

Love, Fr. John

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