Pastor’s Corner

I. Dedication Celebration on Thursday, August 27!  In 1926, this third St. Stephen Church building was dedicated by Most Reverend John A. Floersh of Louisville, KY on September 6. On December 10, 1937, the Diocese of Owensboro was carved out of the Archdiocese of Louisville; two weeks later, news came from Rome that Reverend Francis R. Cotton, then chancellor of Louisville, had been named the first Bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro. On Tuesday, January 18, 1937, Saint Stephen church was designated as the Cathedral of the new diocese. The installation of Bishop Cotton was held on Tuesday, March 6, 1938. Since, on September 6, I will be in Rome with 19 other classmates to celebrate our 40th ordination anniversary, I have requested your Parish Pastoral Council to move this year’s celebration to Thursday, August 27. We will celebrate Mass at 6:00pm, followed immediately by a catered dinner downstairs. Please make every effort to celebrate with our parish!

II. That Man Is You (TMIY) is an interactive men’s program focused on the development of men in the modern world. It combines the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the Saints to develop a vision of authentic men capable of transforming themselves, their families and greater society. I ask the men of this parish to reflectively and seriously consider becoming a part of the Thursday morning meeting in the Community Center. Doors will open at 5:45am, breakfast at 6:00am, presentation at 6:15am, finished by 7:30am. This program has been favorably used throughout the U.S. and, more particularly, in the nearby archdiocese of Louisville. I ask the entire parish to pray for the success of this opportunity for the men in our parish.

III. Saint Monica, Pray for Us!  Monica (332-387) knew the pain of disappointment, an unfaithful husband named Patricius who drank too much, and a promiscuous son, Augustine, who lived an immoral life. Through patience and love, her husband had a change of heart, choosing to become a Christian. Augustine’s conversion was a much more difficult task; Monica prayed constantly and fasted daily, but nothing seemed to work, so she consulted Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan, for guidance. Through prayerful intercession to God, the two of them managed to lead Augustine to the waters of Baptism. Monica exemplifies that unconditional love and persistent prayer are portals for God’s saving grace.

IV. Saint Augustine, Pray for Us!  Augustine (354–430) was born to a pagan father and a devout Christian mother. This wild, unruly young man later became one of Western Christianity’s most influential figures. He tried it all: living with a woman, fathering a child out of wedlock, and dabbling in Manichaeism, a heretical belief similar to Gnosticism. Through his mother’s prayers and friendship with Ambrose, he eventually converted to Christianity, was ordained a priest, and became Bishop of Hippo in 396. His prolific writing formulated theories and doctrines on original sin, just war, human will, divine predestination, the Trinity, and Christology.

The following Prayer is attributed to Saint Augustine of Hippo:

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts maybe all holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Drawn my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, O Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy. Amen.

In Joy and Hope,
Fr. Jerry