Pastor’s Corner

I. Our Lady of the Snows Cathedral is in the Diocese of Fort Portal, Uganda, where Fr. Titus is rector. This Cathedral church holds over 1500 people and, with the three other priests missioned there with Fr. Titus, they reach out to 37 missions. It is their goal to have Mass at each one of these missions at least once every two months. The roof on this Cathedral church, which was built in 1951, is leaking; the estimate to fix this challenge is around $30,000.  I hope you read Fr. Titus’ letter in the bulletin last week. As mentioned last Sunday, a special collection will be taken up today. Please make your checks out to Saint Stephen Cathedral, but “memo” that it is for Fr. Titus’ Cathedral Church!

II. Music Ministry Update: When Michael Conley told me in February that he was applying for disability, I asked council and staff to surface names to serve on A Vision of Music at the Cathedral for the Future. We met. We discussed. We evaluated. We recommended. We prayed.  Thanks to those who served on this Committee: Susan Augenstein, Cindy Bornander, Judy Carrico, John Calhoun, Matthew Constant, Christy Ellis, Lucy Kurtz, Doris Mattingly, Petra Palmer, Joan Perry, Michael Bogdan, Fr. Suneesh Mathew and I.

Michael Conley will “officially” step down September 15, but SSC will continue to pay him a full salary until his disability benefits begin. On September 15, James Wells will become our Director of Music, and Michael Bogdan will become our Director of Liturgy.

III. To be with God is really to be involved with some enormous, overwhelming desire and joy and power which you cannot control, which controls you. God is a means of liberation and not a means to control others (James Baldwin, “Nobody Knows My Name”).

IV. Michael Conley Update: I have just spoken with Michael Conley, who is still recuperating from congestive heart failure on Monday, June 22. He continues to live with a friend in northern Kentucky where Home Health ministers to him every other day. Michael said to tell you he is “improving, and he is grateful for your prayers, love, and cards.” His correct address is: 3910 Lewis Circle, Erlanger, KY 41018.

V. Blessed Sacrament Chapel Picnic is Saturday, August 1, Noon-4:00pm. Folks will be here to sell raffle chances at our doors next weekend. Let’s be really generous to our sister parish down the street!

In Joy and Hope,

Fr. Jerry