Pastor’s Corner

I. How To Get On the Communion Visitation List! If you are convalescing after hospitalization or, for health reasons cannot make it to our Sunday Eucharistic Assembly, please call the parish office, or Fr. Suneesh Mathew, who coordinates our Ministers of Care in the visitation of the sick and shut-in parishioners to their home or healthcare facility. Catholics in every healthcare facility in Owensboro are ministered to by a nearby parish. Saint Stephen Cathedral reaches out to the Catholics at Fern Terrace, Fern Terra, and Hermitage. Help us to minister to homebound sick and recuperating parishioners better by calling us; I’d rather hear the message twice than not at all!

II. Corpus Christi Devotion last Sunday was simple and prayerful. This Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus gives us an opportunity to reflect upon our growth: Am I becoming more and more like Christ? Thanks to Michael Conley and members of the choir who led us in prayer. Thanks to Sr. Consolata and Sr. Anthonia for lighting the way with the candle torches, to Martha House for carrying the cross so well, and to Eddie O’Bryan who led us with the incense and censor. Deacon Dirck Curry challenged us to “become who we have received,” and reminded us that the procession outside of our church walls symbolized our mission to take Christ out into the world! Afterward, the Ice Cream Social, coordinated by Lupe Ellis, with helpers Monika Logan, and Mary Riney, hit the spot! Thank you! Finally, gratitude to those who were able to be part of this Corpus Christi devotion!

III. Share The Fruit of Your Garden: Our Scripture readings today, the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time, speak of trees, seeds, and growth. The texts fit perfectly with the summer season. Did you know that the summer months are the hardest of times for food pantries? Children are no longer receiving hot lunches at school, and families have a difficult time making ends meet. Why not share the fruit of your garden with someone needy? Let’s remember those less fortunate and be grateful for those who produce food.

IV. Class of 1971!  My seminary class at St. Mary College is gathering next week in NYC for a few days. Isn’t it true that over time, stories seem to grow and take on a life of their own!  Most of us tend to romanticize the “good ole days,” but would not want to return to them!  I will take four days of vacation June 17-20.

In Joy and Hope,

Fr. Jerry