St. Stephen Cathedral Mass

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Pastor’s Perspective

Published on March 29th, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Brandon and I, along with Deacon Curry and all the parish staff, want to wish you and your family a very blessed Easter.  I hope that these days of Holy Week and the Triduum have been a special time of prayer and grace for each of you.  Thanks to all of you who celebrated the Chrism Mass with us on Tuesday night and to those of you who participated in the beautiful liturgies the past three nights.  Thanks, also, to Mike and the members of the choir, who worked so diligently to help us pray better.  I also want to offer a word of gratitude to those who came to give our beautiful Church a good cleaning.  That adds to good liturgy.

We were all saddened by the tragic fire that destroyed First Christian Church last week.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they deal with their loss and plan for the future.  I wrote to the pastor, Rev. Jake Caldwell, assuring him of our prayers and offering any assistance we might be able to render.  He is grateful for our concern.  This tragedy is a further reminder of the need for us to prepare ourselves (as individuals and as a parish) for any emergency.  I am grateful to the committee that has prepared an emergency plan for the parish.  They will be making a presentation to the parish in two weeks.

At the most recent Parish Pastoral Council meeting, John Calhoun was chosen as the vice-chair of the Council.  He will assume the role as chair next year.  Many thanks to John for his willingness to serve the parish in this capacity.

I hope you enjoyed the Fish Fry on the 22nd.  Thanks to the Parish Pastoral Council, who hosted the event, and to Darcy Purk, who coordinated the meal.

Finally, a word to our Extraordinary Ministers of the Precious Blood.  I ask that you do not stuff the purificator into the chalice once you have finished distributing Holy Communion to the congregation.  That just stains the purificator and slows the process of purification of the vessels.  Thanks!

Love, Fr. John

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