St. Stephen Cathedral Mass

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Pastor’s Corner

Published on May 9th, 2014

I. Mother’s Day: on May 10,1908, Anna M. Jarvis gave a carnation (her mother’s favorite flower) to each person who attended a memorial service for her mother.  Within the next few years, the idea of a day to honor mothers gained popularity, and Mother’s Day was observed in a number of large cities in the United States. Then, on May 9, 1914, by an act of Congress, Pres. Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day, as a “public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” Today we salute our mothers (and grandmothers, foster mothers, godmothers, sisters, aunts, friends, and all those who nurture life generously) for their tenacious and sacrificial love for their children, for the tremendous impact they have on their children, and for their birth-to-death relationship between mother and child. Happy Mother’s Day!

II. Parish Pastoral Council Discernment Session: Thanks to those who took the time to nominate a parishioner for your Pastoral Council. Congratulations to the 41 parishioners nominated! We will have two (2) discernment sessions to help clarify your role and to  decide if this is the right time for you to serve in this way. Our first Discernment Session will be Sunday, May 18, at 6:00-7:30pm in the Fr. Vaughan Community Center. Thank you for letting me know if you cannot attend.

III. May Procession and Mary Crowning last Sunday after the 9:00am Mass at our Mary grotto was well-attended! Thanks to our First Communion class for wearing their First Communion Sunday best, and to our Confirmandi, who will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on Pentecost, for leading the rosary. Special thanks to Kathryn Crowe and Donna Murphy for organizing this devotion. Plan on this May Procession and Mary crowning the first Sunday of May each year.

IV. Diocesan Celebrations, obviously, take precedence in our normal parish schedule. Whenever there is a Diocesan function, like the Diaconate ordination last Saturday at our Cathedral, the regularly scheduled confessions (from 9:00-11:00am) and 12:05pm Mass will be cancelled. Therefore, on the last Saturday of this month, May 31, there will be no confessions and no 12:05pm Mass at St. Stephen Cathedral, because our Diocese will be celebrating Priesthood Ordination at 10:00am. The hope is that you participate in the Diocesan event!

V. Welcome Deacon Michael Charles Ajigo to St. Stephen Cathedral faith community!  Born in Kenya, Michael Charles, along with Gary Clark from Grayson County, was ordained a deacon here by Bishop William Medley on May 3.  Bishop Medley has assigned Deacon Michael to our parish for the summer.  He will arrive May 13. We welcome him as he involves himself in serving the People of God here!

Easter Joy and Hope,

Fr. Jerry

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