St. Stephen Cathedral Mass

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

Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
(602 Sycamore St)






Pastor’s Perspective

Published on June 7th, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

My words are so inadequate as I try to express my sentiments after last Sunday’s gathering!  The outpouring of love, kindness and numerous gifts is absolutely overwhelming, and the renaming of the Undercroft is such a special tribute. Even though I had been told of the gift beforehand, the money for the new car is amazing.  I have begun the process, but have not yet decided on what I will get.  I will let you know.  I was so happy that my mother and siblings were all here with me and I thank you for your kindness to them as well.   “Thank You” seems so insignificant in light of all the emotion that fills my head and heart at the moment.  Please know of my undying gratitude, and permit me to use the words of St. Paul in an attempt to convey some of what I would like to say to each of you.

“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you….I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.  It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me.…And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.” (Phil 1: 3-11).

Last week-end, two of our outstanding young parishioners received special recognition from the Diocese.  Frances Seaton was given the Servant Leader in Ministry Award in recognition of her commitment to the parish, community and local Church.  This is an annual award given to one teen in each deanery, and Frances is very deserving of this honor.  Ryan Purk was presented with a Certificate of Recognition for his participation in our parish youth group and other aspects of parish and diocesan life.  Congratulations Frances and Ryan!  Your parish family is very proud of you.

I am happy to tell you that last Tuesday we received word that our new pastoral associate will be Fr. Suneesh Matthew.  Fr. Suneesh is a member of the Heralds of Good News, the community to which Fr. Suresh belongs.  Fr. Suneesh has only been ordained a few years and has a very delightful smile and cheerful disposition.  I know that you will welcome him and love him as you have all the priests who have had the privilege of serving at the Cathedral.

Love, Fr. John

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