Pastor’s Corner

I. Living or Deceased, Honor Your Mother! Eight years after Anna M. Jarvis gave a carnation, her mother’s favorite flower, to each person who attended a memorial service at the death of her mother, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as “Mother’s Day” for “public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” Today, we honor our mothers for their tenacious and sacrificial love, and the tremendous difference that that love makes. This Mothers’ Day will be the first one since my mother died. I miss her: her smile, her personal touch, her concern. But the effects of her love live on! Whether living or deceased, let’s find ways to connect with that woman who birthed us into life!

II. Serving Cheerfully: Deacon Dirck and Chona Curry have been awarded the John Jeremiah McRaith Providing Help, Creating Hope Award for their selfless involvement in Saint Stephen Cathedral parish and the community at large. Chona and Dirck make a great team as they roll up their sleeves and involve themselves in whatever needs to be done: food preparation, RCIA team, Saint Benedict Shelter for Homeless Men, Youth Ministry, Picnic/Festival, Mission Trips, Minister of Care, funeral meals, etc.  Dr. Curry also works long hours at the McAuley Clinic, providing care to the poor and indigent. Congratulations to Deacon Dirck and Chona Curry!

III. The Caramel Home Blesses Our Community!  Featuring raffles, barbecue chicken and burgoo (take out or eat in), and much more, don’t miss the Carmel Home’s annual picnic on Saturday, May 16. Serving begins at 11:00am. What a blessing the Carmelite Sisters and their ministry to our elders have been for our community!

IV. Special Collection for Nepal: The death toll has reached 7000+ and the needs are astronomical as a result of the 7.8 earthquake in Nepal on April 25. Our special collection this weekend will be channeled through our Diocese to Catholic Relief Services who were the first international charity/outreach to arrive on scene at this natural disaster. Go online to discover more: crs.org. (Our previously scheduled collection for Habitat for Humanity today is delayed at present).

V. Mission Trip: Have you ever been on a mission trip? Our parish has the opportunity to experience a mission trip to our sister Diocese of Mandeville in Jamaica, October 11–18, the week of Fall Break. If you think God may be calling you to be part of this outreach, please notify Fr. Jerry.  Plan. Pray.

In Joy and Hope,

Fr. Jerry