Pastor’s Corner

I. A Spiritual Opportunity for Men: Every Thursday morning, beginning September 10, an interactive men’s program focused on the development of men in the modern world will take place in the Community Center. That Man Is You (TMIY) 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 the greater society. I ask every man 18 years of age or older to consider being part of this opportunity. The benefits will be worth the sacrifice. Sign up! Contact Tom Payne at [email protected].

II. All Religious Education/Faith Formation Students and Families! Bishop Medley will celebrate Mass on September 2, at Precious Blood Church at 6:00pm, followed by a cook-out.  What a great opportunity for Bishop Medley to meet and interact with you and others from our Deanery. My hope is that 100% of our families and students will be present!

III. Backpack Ministry: School is back in session and our backpack ministry is in full swing! Some of our neighborhood’s preschool children have little or nothing to eat when they are out of school for the weekend. This ministry, through the generosity of our parishioners, is supplying children who have the greatest need with packs of ‘kid friendly’ food each weekend. Can you help with a donation? Are you available to help bag the packs or deliver them? This is such an easy way to truly fulfill that very first corporal Work of Mercy: Feed the hungry!  If interested, call one of our coordinators: Kathleen Johnson, 270-314-3219, or Molly Harris, 270-314-9856.

IV. New Parish Life Coordinator at Blessed Sacrament Chapel: This past week, Sr. Jeannette Fennewald arrived in Owensboro and began her new ministry at Blessed Sacrament Chapel. A School Sister of Notre Dame, based in St. Louis, who has spent most of her ministry years in Missouri, Sr. Jeannette announced this past weekend that her first goal is to get to know every person in the parish; her second goal is to reach out to the sick, shut-ins, and those with special needs. We welcome Sr. Jeannette! We are also deeply indebted to Veronica Wilhite, who recently retired, for her twelve years of generous service at BSC. Thank you, Veronica!

V. Viva la Roma! Celebrating 40 years of priesthood, approximately twenty from the Class of 1975 will gather in the Eternal City the first week of September to reminisce, catch up, rehash old stories, enjoy Italian cuisine, and, of course, eat lots of “gelato.” I leave immediately after the 11:00am Mass, Sunday, August 30, and return Saturday, September 12. You are in the capable hands of a very committed pastoral staff; call Fr. Suneesh, if you have a sacramental need! Fr. Suneesh’s uncle, Fr. Philip Kulathanapadikel, will arrive in time to celebrate Fr. Suneesh Mathew Kulathanapadikel’s birthday on September 3rd!

VI. Food for the Poor Outreach: Fr. Robert J. Karris, OFM, will celebrate weekend Masses at SSC September 4–5 to speak about Food for the Poor ministry. It has been over three years since this outreach to our less fortunate sisters and brothers has visited us. Give a hearty Cathedral welcome to Fr. Robert Harris!

VII. Save The Date: Tri-Parish Mission! Saints Joseph and Paul, Blessed Mother, and St. Stephen Cathedral parishes will sponsor a parish mission on November 9-11, Monday through Wednesday. This mission will be led by Fr. Ron Knott, from the Archdiocese of Louisville. It isn’t too early to begin praying for Fr. Ron and all the participants.

In Joy and Hope,

Fr. Jerry