St. Stephen Cathedral Mass

7:00AM & 12:05PM
9:00AM & 5:00PM
7:00AM, 9:00AM & 11:00AM
Holy Days
7:00AM & 12:00PM(noon)

Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
(602 Sycamore St)






Pastor’s Perspective

Published on March 23rd, 2012

Dear Parishioners,

I am sad to tell you that Jeanine Burke, our newly hired Business Manger, has had to resign from our staff for personal reasons.  Although she was only with us for a few days, her bright smile and cheery disposition were a blessing to us.  I am certainly sad to see her depart, and I wish her and her husband God’s many blessings.

I want to thank all those who contributed to our “Burgoo Bash” last weekend.  They made and sold over 300 gallons and donated the proceeds to the Cathedral Youth House to defray the cost of some recent repairs.  Many were involved in this Burgoo effort, but I want to say a  special word of thanks to Garry Pierce, Todd Johnson and Glenn Thompson – and  to all those who worked with them.

Last week, I visited the Catholic Middle School and Catholic High School to distribute report cards to the students from the Cathedral and Blessed Sacrament.  This is something all the pastors do twice a year.  I am happy for the opportunity to have that brief one on one conversation with our young parishioners. I know most all of them, of course, but there are a few I do not see at Sunday Mass as often as I would like.  Overall, I was very happy to observe that their grades were good.  In fact, with several students, I commented on how boring their reports were — just a column of A’s!  Although I did not use that occasion to remind our young parishioners, I hope they realize that the parish is investing over $2000 a year for each of them.  This is a good investment in our youth and their faith formation, but it also brings a serious responsibility to those students and their families.

The Chrism Mass is rapidly approaching.  It will be at the Sportscenter on April 3rd at 6:30 p.m.  In a recent message from Bishop Medley, he wrote, “It is my hope that every parish of the diocese may be represented by parish staffs, parish council and committee leaders, and catechumens and candidates. There is a great value in experiencing our Church in a larger scale.”  Please plan to join your diocesan family for this wonderful experience on April 3rd.

Love, Fr. John

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