Pastor’s Corner

I. St. Stephen Chrismon Tree:  In the mid-1970’s, the parishioners of St. Stephen worked to create Chrismon ornaments. These ornaments depicted symbols of Christ. They were all made of pearls, gold beads, gold or white ribbon, sequins etc. After being used on a large tree in our sanctuary for several years, they were loaned to the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, where they have been displayed each year. This year, the ornaments were determined to be in need of restoration. Upon being asked by a person from the museum, a group gathered to restore the ornaments. Thanks to Joan Perry, Mary Ann O’Bryan, Mary Horn, Brenda Clark, Rose Mary Payne, Nancy Hendricks, and Denise Payne for spending many hours on this project. If you have not seen this beautiful tree, you may want to take an opportunity to visit Holiday Forest at the Art Museum. It is being held from November 14 to December 31, 2015.

II. Sophia Award: “Sophia” means “Wisdom” or varied knowledge of things human and divine, acquired by acuteness and experience. Every year the Diocese of Owensboro recognizes a person from each parish, men and women of wisdom who are over 65 and who have served the parish with much devotion and love. Though she has gone from our sight to be with the Lord, ”Miss Mac’s” love for St. Stephen Cathedral is remembered and recognized by everyone. This year, “Miss Mac” (Mary Hilda McFarland) was awarded the Sophia Award from St. Stephen. Thanks to Joan Perry for receiving the award for “Miss Mac.”

III. OCHS Recognition: Owensboro Catholic High School recognizes students who excel in studies and different activities. Several of our parish students were recognized for their excellence on October 6. Lucy Kurtz won several awards, including excellence in the parish award. Hope Johnson, Annabel Moore, Iona Palmer, David Weafer and Lucy Wright were also awarded for their excellence.  Our appreciation and congrats to all the kids who were honored.

IV. Jason Evert, a Catholic author and chastity speaker, founded Totus Tuus Press and Chastity Project, an organization that promotes chastity primarily to high school and college students. On the October 25, Jason Evert will be at the River Park Center. From 5:30PM-6:30PM, he will deliver a parent talk, guiding parents on how to talk to their kids about love, relationship, marriage, sex etc. From 7:30-8:30PM, he will talk to the kids who are seventh grade and above.  Please mark your calendar and try to attend this event.

V. Welcome Back: We welcome back our crew Fr. Jerry Riney, Dn. Dirck Curry, Jim and Donna Duffy, Mark Heinz, Donna and Richard Murphy, Janet and John Colgan and Laurie Hicks who were away at Mandeville, Jamaica for the Mission Trip.  Can’t wait to hear their experience of being and working with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
In Joy and Hope,
Fr. Suneesh (for Fr. Jerry)