I. A Blessed Easter! Whether you took the Lenten season seriously or not, whether you are a regular participant at our Sunday gathering for Eucharist/Mass, my prayer is that this Easter give you NEW LIFE! Rooted in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are offered the gift of HOPE at Easter! Despite the cross you may be bearing, there is HOPE of newness, renewal and reconciliation. The Feast of Resurrection is too profound to cram into one day, so the Church, in her wisdom, stretches out Easter for fifty days, to the Feast of Pentecost. Let’s rejoice together in this gift of Resurrection! On behalf of Fr. Suneesh, Deacon Dirck, and the entire pastoral Team and Council, happy Easter! Alleluia! Alleluia!
II. Is It Time To Re-Connect? There are many reasons, I find, why people have left or wandered away from the Catholic Church: Some have been hurt, some are disillusioned, some lack information or formation, some have grown slothful (spiritually lazy), etc. Whatever the reason, it might be time for you to re-connect with the Catholic Church. If this is the right time for you to join us, do not hesitate to contact Fr. Suneesh Mathew, Donna Murphy (Director of Faith Formation), or myself. We would consider it a privilege to sit and listen. Think about it. Talk about it. Pray about it.
III. Parish Work Day: It’s time to rake, mulch and spruce up our SSC campus. You are invited to be part of this Work Day on Saturday, April 11, 8:00am-1:00pm. Meet in the Community Center for coffee, juice, and to receive your assignment. Even if you cannot stay the entire time, give back an hour or two. It will go quickly if we have a good turn out! “Many hands make light work” (Old Chinese Proverb).
IV. Follow Us on Facebook! For some time, SSC has had two Facebook pages. Now, thanks to Eric Kyle, our webmaster, and Bo Ivey, our Parish Pastoral Council liaison, one page has been eliminated. Please be sure to follow our “page.” Like us on the St. Stephen Cathedral Facebook! It’s another way to disseminate positive information.
V. Welcome to Temple Grandin! Best-selling author, activist and teacher, Temple Grandin, PhD., will speak at St. Stephen Cathedral as part of Brescia University’s William R. Young Jr. Lecture series on April 9, at 7:00pm, followed by a reception. She is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes, has been brought to the screen in the award-winning, 2010 biographical film, Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. We are delighted to host Temple Grandin.
VI. Christian-Muslim Dialogue Scholar will be in Owensboro at the Islamic Center at 3131 Alvey Park Drive West, on Saturday, April 18, 10:00am-12 noon. Open to the public, Dr. Lucinda Mosher, faculty associate for Interfaith Studies and Director of Multifaith Chaplaincy Program at Hartford Seminary, Hartford, Connecticut, will discuss “What Constitutes Interfaith Literacy?” and “How Do We Move From Diversity to Pluralism?” To know and love they neighbor is the Gospel command of Jesus.
VII. Can You Be A Christian Without the Church? “The Christian isn’t someone who is baptized and then goes his own way. The first fruits of Baptism is that you belong to the Church, to the People of God; a Christian without the Church is incomprehensible” (Pope Francis). Belonging to the Church is not always easy, because priests and laity alike are not perfect! Surprise! Yet the spiritual benefits of belonging to a community are amazing! We know this in times of birth and death, and all the joys and struggles in between. This quote provides lots of opportunity for dialogue and discussion. Have you even considered this?
In Joy and Hope,