Pastor’s Corner

I. Michael Conley House Fire: People have been asking how they can help Mike Conley in the wake of his house fire early Sunday morning, February 15. Michael’s mortgage company took out Force Placement Insurance on his house, which will be a big help. This probably will not cover the entire need. One way people can help support Michael is to deposit money directly into the Michael E. Conley Charitable Fund at US Bank. You can deposit money directly into this fund with the account number which can be obtained from any council member or anyone on staff at the parish office. (For security reasons, it was suggested I not publish the account number in the bulletin, as I had planned).

II. New Ministers of Praise: Several more people signed up through Time and Talent for this new prayer ministry, which remembers in prayer the needs of St. Stephen Cathedral parish, as well as the needs of Bishop Medley and our Diocese. Presently, we have 35 parishioners committed to this important ministry. If you are confined to your home, or can no longer be as active in the parish if you would like to be, this ministry is for you. Please call George or Margaret Frey, 270-683-7627, or the parish office, 270-683-6525, if you are interested in this ministry. We will have a commissioning ceremony at the noon Mass on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, followed by a light lunch.

III. Below $300,000 and Counting! Again last Sunday, there was a visitor at Mass who told me how beautiful our church is! This comment is not rare from our visitors!  Along with Fr. John Vaughan, your Renewal and Restoration Committee did a wonderful job in beautifying our St. Stephen Cathedral!  Kudos to you, our parishioners, for continuing to whittle away at our debt; last month we paid another $11,230.90 to bring our debt under the $300,000 mark!  Every donation, no matter how small, helps. Thank you for your commitment to our parish!

IV. Time to Turn Yourself In:  Last Sunday, I referred to a Dennis the Menace cartoon. Dennis was kneeling at his bedside one night after another day of mischief and mayhem terrorizing his mom and dad, and “good ole” Mr. Wilson. Sweet little Dennis folds his hands, looks up to heaven with an imploring look of contrition on his face, and prays, “God, I’m here to turn myself in!” Lent is a time to turn ourselves in. Lent is a time to look inwardly, to examine myself honestly, to name and claim my sins, and seek God’s mercy. How is your Lent going?

In Joy and Hope,

Fr. Jerry