Pastor’s Corner

I. Father Titus’ Mission Appeal: In conjunction with our Diocesan Missionary Cooperative, we are assigned a missionary who will preach and take up a collection once every two years. This year, the collection is for Our Lady of the Snows Cathedral in Fort Portal, Uganda where Fr. Titus Ahabyoma is rector. Their cathedral for 1 million+ Catholics was built in 1951 to hold 1500 worshipers. Its leaking roof is in need of repair and this collection will help diminish that cost of approximately $30,000. (See the letter enclosed in our bulletin).

II. Eating Pancakes for Our Preschoolers! Within the past year, our playground equipment used by many, especially our preschoolers, had to be removed. New playground equipment has been priced at approximately $20,000. Our Cathedral Preschool Advisory Committee: Larry Lyon, Theresa Potts, Emily McNulty, Pam Weafer, and I, are looking for ways to raise money for this need. Any donations, large and small, are gratefully accepted. Next Sunday, July 19, there will be a Pancake Breakfast after all the morning Masses to benefit this cause.

III. Michael Conley Update: On the first full day of his vacation, June 22, Michael ended up in Saint Elizabeth Hospital, Florence, KY, with congestive heart failure. Released from the hospital on July 3, he is staying with a friend in Northern Kentucky and receiving Home Health services. I have promised Michael that we will continue to pray with and for him. If you would like to send him a card, drop it by our SSC office or mail it to the following address: 7910 Lewis Circle, Erlanger, KY 41018.

IV. Blessed Sacrament Picnic will be the first Saturday of August (August 1) from 12:00–4:00pm. Drop by for a great lunch with all the trimmings. Buy some raffle tickets. Let’s support our sisters and brothers who celebrate sacraments just five blocks from our bell tower!

V. Burdened by stuff? In today’s Gospel (Mark 6:7–13) “Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey….” Could I/we make attempts to simplify our lives, show that our real desire is for God alone, for God’s rule over the earth, and less for the rule of other powers over us. A simpler way of living will be a sign of our priorities and give us an “authority over unclean spirits.” So we ask ourselves: What parts of my life are overburdened by stuff? What first steps can I make to experience freedom from these “unclean spirits”?

VI. The Healing Presence of Christ: Last weekend, over 80 people here were anointed with the healing touch of Jesus Christ. The Sacrament of Anointing gives the grace of the Holy Spirit to sustain and strengthen those who are struggling in body, mind, or spirit. This “visible sign of an invisible reality” emphasizes our need for community, for ongoing conversion, for sharing our burdens, and for making the connection between the cross and resurrection! Thanks to the nurses, doctors and all those in the healing profession who assisted with this wonderful Sacrament!

In Joy and Hope,

Fr. Jerry