I. Month of May Honors Mary: Traditionally, May is a month of honoring Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the Mother of God, and the Mother of the Church. May is a great month to meditate on and pray the mysteries of the Rosary, a Scriptural devotion which has survived the test of time. Why not pray the Rosary as a family! You may also join the parishioners after the 7:00am daily Mass to pray the Rosary. Why not keep a bouquet of flowers, or it least a single flower, before a statue of Mary in your home? Mary, Queen of peace, pray for us.
II. First Communion Draws a Packed Church! The expression of joy on the faces of our first communicants last Sunday said it all! A special thanks to their parents, their catechists, and Donna Murphy, Director of Faith Formation. The seeds of faith are sown in the home, the domestic church, by parents who are committed to their faith and are intentional about passing that gift of faith on to their children. Wouldn’t it be grand to have a packed church for their second Communion, their third Communion, and so on?!
III. Mandeville Mission Trip: Who might be interested in a mission trip to our sister diocese of Mandeville Jamaica the week of October 11–18, the week of Fall Break? If you think you might be interested, please notify Father Jerry. If this is a go, we need to begin planning. Pray about it.
IV. The Spirituality of the Twelve Steps for Everyone, by Fr. Anthony Ciorra, would benefit all of us open to growth. If any of us is blessed to know someone who is working the twelve step program through AA, NA, or SA, we know that there is a vulnerability and non-judgmental-ness that is a part of one’s spiritual growth. Father Richard Rohr says that the twelve step program is America’s contribution to the history of spirituality. Regardless, what a blessing the twelve step program/process is for so many people!
V. The Theology of the Hammer is the “down to earth” theology which the Book of James challenges us to put into practice. That’s why Habitat for Humanity has been so successful in offering a house to a family who ordinarily could never afford it. This year, St. Stephen Cathedral parish is hoping to contribute $3,000 to our local Habitat Chapter; we have already given the $1000 which was collected from the pancake breakfast. We invite you to be as generous as you can be to this collection the weekend of May 9–10.
VI. The Media Relentlessly Proclaims bad news for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A steady diet of this fare will sicken you. Instead of focusing on fickle, ever-changing news broadcasts, tune into the living Word, the One who is always the same. Let Scripture saturate your mind and heart, and you will walk steadily along the path of Life (Cf Psalm 73:23–24). Even though you don’t know what will happen tomorrow, you will be absolutely sure of your ultimate destination. “I hold you by your right hand, and afterword I will take you into Glory.” (cf. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.)
In Joy and Hope,