St. Stephen Cathedral Mass

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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 Corner

Published on September 19th, 2014

I. Parish Festival! We had a wonderful parish festival, with so many parishioners working in lots of different ways for a common cause.  A special thanks to Deacon Dirck Curry for his marvelous leadership. Thanks, also, to Larry Lyon for his continued support and wonderful sense of “belonging” to our parish community. Stay tuned!

II. MSJ Picnic: Good to see so many from St. Stephen Cathedral parish working at the picnic which benefits retired Ursuline sisters of Mt. St. Joseph!  Kudos to those of you who made cakes! Fr. Suneesh won a delicious rum cake, which he did share!

III. Parish Pastoral Council Retreat: On Saturday, September 27, your newly elected Council will spend the day on retreat, along with Donna Murphy, Fr. Suneesh and me. I ask your prayers for Christy Ellis (chair), Matthew Fitzgerald (vice-chair), Margie Ebelhar (secretary), Ron Bornander (Buildings and Grounds), Teresa Brown (Community and Family Enrichment), John Calhoun (Liturgy and Worship), Haley Fitzgerald (Education), Mark Heinz (Social Concerns), Bo Ivey (Communications), John McNulty (Stewardship, and Restoration and Renewal), and Lottie Miller (Finance). Pray for your Council members and pastoral staff. Come, Holy Spirit!

IV.  Sophia Award: A big round of applause for Mary Horn, who has been selected as this year’s St. Stephen Cathedral Sophia Award recipient. Besides being a very faithful sacristan, Mary is a “behind the scenes” servant, helping to clean the church, managing the candle offering box, washing albs, counting Sunday collection, coordinating our big kitchen needs, etc. Join us in honoring Mary at the Sophia Mass with Bishop Medley at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 28. Thank you, Mary!

V. Prayer Service for Peace: In conjunction with the International Day of Peace established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1982, and in the hope of joining with all the other services, celebrations, and vigils taking place around the globe, the St. Stephen Youth Group, in connection with the Glenmary Sisters, invites you to St. Stephen Cathedral for Stations of the Cross For Peace. Please join us Sunday, September 21, at 6:30pm to pray for an end to the violence and war so prevalent in our world today!

VI. St. Vincent de Paul Volunteers: This Saturday, September 27, is the feast of a great man who had a heart for the poor. St. Vincent de Paul teaches us: “Don’t talk to a hungry person about God; feed him and, in the process, you teach him about God.” Our Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, operated out of our parish office, is an important piece of who we are as Church, called to give “preferential treatment to the poor.” In the name of our parish, I thank our St. Vincent de Paul volunteers: Harry Bellew (conference president), Steve Wathen (diocesan president), D. J. Clark (treasurer), Robert Berry, Peggy Bellew, Dick Booth, Bill Goetz, George Hagan, Sr. Eula Johnson, Bob Mahoney, Bill McCarty, Pat McNulty, Denise Payne, and Florence Wieder. They are invited to sit together at our 5:00pm Mass on September 27. Have you considered helping in this fulfilling ministry? We can use more volunteers.

VII. Director of Buildings and Grounds: Thanks to those who have volunteered to mow, trim grass and scrubs, pull weeds, clean church, change light bulbs, vacuum, sweep, empty trash, etc. Until we hire a Director of Buildings and Grounds, we will continue to rely upon the your generosity. Patrick Clary has offered to help in this transition time, without pay, until we can find the right person for this position. Ron Bornander is the new Parish Pastoral Council liaison to the Buildings and Grounds.

Joy and Hope,

Fr. Jerry

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