Pastor’s Corner

I. Happy Fifth Anniversary Bishop Medley! How we need to pray daily for our shepherd, Bishop William Francis Medley. It seems impossible that it has been five years since we gathered at the Sportscenter for the ordination of our new spiritual leader. We will celebrate his anniversary of ordination as our Bishop at the noon Mass on Tuesday, February 10, at our St. Stephen Cathedral. Everyone is invited!

II. Prayer Day for First Reconciliation Candidates: One of the most important times in a child’s life spiritually is the time of preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion. There will be a retreat on Saturday, January 31, 9:00-11:30am for these candidates. Remember and pray for one of our candidates for First Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation, and for an RCIA candidate, by taking a name from baskets at the church doors. This simple, but meaningful, gesture ties each one to our community, the living Body of Christ, which is a key concept of sacrament.

III. Cathedral Ministry Conference: In chilly Minneapolis, January 12-15, I gathered with representatives from 68 cathedrals and 5 countries, to talk about and share information about what it means to be a cathedral. We, the people of St. Stephen Cathedral, have a unique relationship, not only with Bishop Medley, but also with the rest of the churches and institutions in the Diocese of Owensboro. Hospitality needs to be our hallmark always, but especially when we have diocesan events. Recently, 30 parishioners signed up to become Diocesan Event Welcomers, being hosts at Diocesan events at our Cathedral.

IV. Commitment to the Parish: As of January 17, 2015, we have 269 out of 560 households who have returned their Time, Talent, and Treasure forms. If you have misplaced or “circular filed” this form, you may call the office for a new one. Being part of a parish is “give and take.” If you have not returned your COMMITMENT FORM for this upcoming calendar year, please do so as soon as possible.

V. An Ursuline Fiesta! On Tuesday, January 27, with Ursuline Sisters throughout the world, as well as those who are part of our local Mount St. Joseph community, we celebrate the feast of St. Angela Merici. Call an Ursuline Sister to wish her a happy Feast of St. Angela Merici, and ask her about Angela’s conversation with the Pope, her blindness, her ability to change, or how Brescia University got its name!

In Joy and Hope,

Fr. Jerry