I. The High Feast of Pentecost crowns our Lenten/Easter season, which began on Ash Wednesday, February 18. Hopefully, we have grown closer to the Lord during this time of “dying and rising.” Where would we be without Pentecost! The Lord promised never to abandon us, b
II. Welcome, Bishop William Francis Medley! At our 11:00am Mass this Pentecost weekend, we welcome our chief shepherd, who will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with our well-prepared confirmandi. This Sacrament will “fan into a flame” the gifts received at Baptism. To each one who has requested the Church for this Sacrament of the Spirit, congratulations to you and to your parents and family. May the Spirit of peace, represented by the symbol of a dove, give you that inner peace that only God can provide. And may the Spirit of courage, represented by the symbol of fire, inspire you to stand up for what is right and just. Come, Holy Spirit!
III. Pentecost Potluck: Could there be a better day for us to share a meal than Pentecost Sunday! St. Stephen Cathedral will honor Deacon Docto Dirck and Chona Curry at our annual Pentecost Potluck! As you know, the Currys recently received the John J. McRaith Providing Help, Creating Hope Award for their selfless service to our Church and this community at large. (Did you read their write up in the Messenger-Inquirer?). Additionally, this past year, Bishop William Francis Medley officially “incardinated” Deacon Dirck into the Diocese of Owensboro from the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota, where he was ordained a permanent deacon. Thanks to Marianna Robinson for coordinating this community builder! Bring a dish! Let’s celebrate with gratitude! Pentecost, May 24, 6:00pm!
IV. Priesthood Ordination: This Saturday, May 30, at 10:00am, Bishop Medley will ordain Deacons Michael Charles Ajigo and Gary Clark to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Everyone is invited! Diocesan celebrations always trump parish celebrations/schedules. Again, our regularly scheduled Saturday 9:00am Mass, followed by confessions, will give way to the ordinations. Spread the word! Let’s support these two young men being ordained as servant-priests!
V. Corpus Christi Devotion: The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ is Sunday, June 7. In addition to receiving the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass, you will have the opportunity to gather at 6:00pm in the Cathedral for private prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, followed by an abbreviated procession (processing around the SSC property) with the Blessed Sacrament at 7:00pm. We will crown our devotion with Benediction. This will be followed by ice cream downstairs! I’m sure it was through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that ice cream came into existence!
VI. Vision of Music at the Cathedral for the Future: When Michael Conley notified me of his desire to apply for long-term disability, I formed a committee to take a look at our present liturgy and music. What do we want to preserve? What is going well? Where do we need to improve? Where do we need to grow? All this is preliminary work for a new Director of Music and Liturgy at Saint Stephen Cathedral. Thanks to the committee members: Susan Augenstein, Cindy Bornander, John Calhoun, Judy Carrico, Matthew Constant, Christy Ellis, Lucy Kurtz, Doris Mattingly, Petra Palmer, and Joan Perry, along with Fr. Suneesh and me, under the leadership of Michael Bogdan, diocesan Director of Music and Liturgy. Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit!
In Joy and Hope, Fr. Jerry