St. Stephen Cathedral Mass

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Pastor’s Perspective

Published on October 21st, 2011

Dear Parishioners,

“As the Father has sent me, I send you.”  Today is Worldwide Mission Sunday.  To be a member of the church is to be a missionary.  That is the reason the church exists.   Most of us will not go off to distant lands to spread the Gospel, but we can support those who do by our prayers and our money.  Please be generous with both.

While at the Canon Law convention last week, I was elected the Vice-President/President-Elect of the Canon Law Society of America.  I am very honored to have been given this position by my professional peers.  As I told Bishop Medley, I am not sure what I have gotten myself into.  I am certain that it will require extra work, some travel and more meetings.  The Society is a professional association dedicated to the study and application of canon law in the Catholic Church.  The Society’s membership includes over thirteen hundred men and women from thirty-five countries.  Its purpose is to encourage and participate in canonical research, to respond to the practical canonical needs of all the people of God, to facilitate the interchange of canonical ideas, to cooperate with others doing research in other sacred sciences.

I will be on retreat at Mount Saint Joseph this week, along with Bishops Medley and McRaith and twenty-five other priests of the diocese.  The retreat will be directed by Archabbot Lambert Reilly, O.S.B., the former archabbot of St. Meinrad.  Please pray for all of us, and be assured that you will be in my daily Masses and prayers.

As faithful members of the Church, I am confident that we are all praying for the Cardinals, especially those currently meeting in St. Louis and Texas.  :-)

Love, Fr. John


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