St. Stephen Cathedral Mass

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

Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
(602 Sycamore St)






Pastor’s Corner

Published on October 3rd, 2014

I. ARISE Together in Christ: Season 5, the final Season: We are the Good News! ARISE starts the week of October 12, one and a half to two hours each week, for six weeks. We will finish by Thanksgiving. We encourage everyone to join formed groups of 8-12 members or to form new groups. The ARISE group will meet in a home of the ARISE group leader, or other designated meeting place, to read Scripture, speak about it, and share it with others in our daily life. By being part of ARISE Together in Christ, you will learn more about our faith, which calls us to serve others as our Lord did and help him spread the Good News. Why not contact Deacon Dirck Curry or call the parish office, if interested or if you have questions. Are You Good News? What is needed in your life to become Good News? What is needed to transform our “No” attitude into a “Yes” response?

II. 2014 Life Chain: On this Respect Life Sunday, October 5, at 2:00pm, Cathedral parishioners have been assigned the northwest corner of Frederica Street and Parrish Avenue, to join others throughout the city and beyond to stand up for LIFE. Signs will be available. You may wish to bring a chair. We will meet in the Cathedral parking lot and walk to our spot. Why not be a strong link in this fragile Life Chain?

III. Financial Accountability: I hope you saw and studied the Financial Accountability Report of God’s money for our last fiscal year, July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014; it shows where the money came from and how it was spent. Thanks to your generosity, we ended the year in the black, despite having $57,000 in unexpected expenses (parking lot paving, air-conditioners for the church and rectory, handicap door for church elevator, etc.)

Our budget for the coming fiscal year will be challenging, but do-able; we must average $19,000 per weekly collection, plus $92,000 from other sources, including Festival, rent, donations, etc. Last year, we netted $21,079 from the Festival; this year, we hope to net $38,000. We are sure we netted $32,000; but some bills are still out. However, we also have some $2000 to collect from our Silent Auction! Stay tuned! Gratitude to our Finance Committee: Tom Neal (chair), Nancy Hendricks (secretary), Ed Cecil, Joe Connor, J. T. Fulkerson, Joyce Gruenewald, Bill Goetz, Chris Warren, and Joey Beatty (business manager).

Again, thanks for your generosity to the Church, to your Church! If every family would do something, and give on a regular basis, we would have more money than we know what to do with, and we could be so much more generous! No gift is too big or too small! God will not be outdone in generosity! Thank you!

IV. Saturday Mass Change: After monitoring our Mass attendance for more than a year, I have decided to merge the two (2) Saturday morning Masses into one (1) 9:00am Mass on Saturday. There will still be two hours to celebrate God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) every Saturday, but from 9:30-11:30am. This new Saturday schedule will begin November 8. Other churches in Daviess County who have a Saturday morning Mass are: Precious Blood at 7:00am, Immaculate at 8:00am, and Carmel Home at 9:30am.

In Joy and Hope,

Fr. Jerry

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