I. Commitment Sunday: The Theology of Stewardship is about being a disciple who realizes how we have been blessed; once we realize what God has done for us through Jesus Christ, we want to give back. At all our Masses this weekend, we are giving everyone the opportunity to commit to Time (how do you spend the 168 hours each week), Talent (everyone has some gift to share), and Treasure (it’s about the principle behind the story of the widow’s mite in Mark 12:38-44). “Your checkbook is a theological document; it tells you who and what you worship” (Billy Graham).
Perhaps you have noticed, from our bulletin, that our parish is $45,000 behind in our operating budget. We ask every registered family to make a commitment to our Saint Stephen Cathedral community for the 2016 calendar year. Our annual Stewardship Commitment opened on November 7 and will conclude November 26, Thanksgiving Day. “No One Ever Becomes Poor by Giving” (Anne Frank). A big THANK YOU to those of you who are so generous to our church! Again, it’s not the amount as much as the sacrifice which so many of you make. Thank you!
II. Welcome Reception: If you are a newly registered individual/family and have not been to a Welcome Reception, you are invited to St. Stephen Cathedral rectory on Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-8:00PM for heavy hors d’oeuvres. Coordinators are Janet Murphy at 270-485-855 and Susan Howard at 270-929-0269. Welcome!
III. Social Concerns Committee: If you were interested in being a member of this committee, please call Fr. Jerry, 270-683-6525, or Mark Heinz, 270-315-1405. We will be meeting on Thursday, November 19, at 6:30PM in the parish office.
IV. Giving Thanks: You, your family, and friends are invited to join in our celebration of the Eucharist (which means Thanksgiving) on Thursday, November 26, at 8:00AM. Before we gather around tables laden with delicious food, let’s first gather around the table of the Lord to be fed with spiritual Food and Drink! We invite you to bring a bag or box of nonperishable goods for the needy of our area. Our Holy Year Door will be symbolically “closed” on Thanksgiving Day.
V. Jubilee Year of Mercy will officially begin on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at the noon Mass, with Bishop William Francis Medley as presider and preacher! Every cathedral throughout the world is to designate a Holy Year DOOR which will be “opened” on the third Sunday of Advent, December 13, for us and for pilgrims from our Diocese and beyond.
In Joy and Hope,