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Published on July 19th, 2013

I. Hospitality Is Not Optional For The Christian:  THANK YOU for you warm welcome to St. Stephen Cathedral. It makes all the difference in the world when people go out of their way to welcome one who is new.

The Scripture readings this weekend speak to us of hospitality, that unique virtue which was extended to everyone in the culture of the day, especially the stranger. This virtue of hospitality must never be compromised at any of our liturgies at. If the widow, the unwed mother, the teenager, the single adult, the new family looking for a parish home leave our parish feeling just as lonely as when they came, we as a community have not extended Christian hospitality to them. Do I acknowledge the person getting into the pew next to me? Do I hug the end of the pew or do I move toward the center of the pew so that people do not have to “crawl” over me? Do I leave hospitality to the greeters and ushers or do I sense the need to be hospitable myself? Some people confuse hospitality with a lack of reverence. Let’s never place our own self-righteousness above Christian hospitality. Creating a hospitable community of faith takes everyone of us!

II. The SPIRIT of St. Vincent De Paul is alive!  On July 10, Fr. Suneesh and I attended a St. Thomas District council meeting of St. Vincent De Paul members from the 13 Conferences in our Diocese at 18th and Daviess Streets (the former Roberts Motor Company building). This will be the new location of the Vincent de Paul Thrift Store; the two current thrift stores will be merged. You will hear more about the opportunity each parish will have to donate financially to make this dream a reality.

The Society of St. Vincent De Paul is a volunteer Catholic Lay Organization with 850,000 members in 131 countries, who visit poor and needy people in their homes. “Vincentians,” serve within parish groups called Conferences. They strive toward increased spiritual growth through acts of charity, providing comfort and financial assistance to those they visit.  Special thanks to those parishioners who meet with the poor and the needy 9:00am-12:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week at the parish office. They are: Bob Berry, Dick Booth, Wendell Booth, D. J. Clark, Martha Crisp, Bill Goetz, George Hagan, Sr. Eula Johnson, Bill Lanham, Bob Mahoney, Mary H. McFarland, Pat McNulty, Judy Osborne, Chuck Payne, Gene Schadler, Ruby Sparks, and Steve Wathen.  If you would like to help with this important, essential ministry, please let us know.

III. The LIGHT of FAITH or “Lumen Fidei,” released July 1, is Pope Francis’ first encyclical. It is the last volume in Pope Benedict’s trilogy on the three theological virtues, following his encyclicals “Deus Caritas Est” (God is Love) on charity in 2005, and “Spe Salvi” (Hope of Salvation) on hope in 2007.  Pope Francis credits most of this encyclical to Pope Benedict, “who handed it on to me to be completed”, with the finishing touches!

IV. WELCOME, Fr. Philip! It was a delight this week to welcome Fr. Philip, a Herald of the Good News from India, who celebrated Mass here Tuesday and spent some time with us. Fr. Philip,  who is Fr. Suneesh’s uncle, has one parish and four “substations” or missions, plus a Catholic school with 1000 students and an orphanage with over 100 children!  We are grateful for his presence!

The Catholic community of Saint Stephen Cathedral serves to welcome, evangelize and worship in the name of Jesus Christ.
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