I. A Holy Door: On Thanksgiving morning, at the 8:00AM Eucharist, Bishop Medley will “close” the Cathedral’s center two doors, the ones by our Baptismal font. On the Third Sunday of Advent, December 13, at the 11:00AM Mass, Bishop Medley will designate and open those doors as “The Door of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.” A Holy Door or Porta Santa has been used since the 15th century as a ritual expression of conversion, a sign of movement from one way of being and thinking to another. As all the Cathedral Doors throughout the world are opened at the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy on December 13, let us reflect on the mercy we have been shown, and pray that we be moved to share that mercy with others in the coming year.
II. Thanksgiving Day Mass: What will you be doing on Thanksgiving Day? Gathering with family and/or friends for a banquet with the table overflowing with delectable food? Watching back to back football games? Running a 5k or 10k Turkey Trot? Watching a movie? Visiting friends? Serving food at our soup kitchen? What better way to begin this marvelous day of gratitude than to participate in our 8:00AM Eucharist, which means “Thanksgiving.” Why not bring a bag of nonperishable food items for our food pantry!?!
III. Gratitude to Michael Conley! Continuing to recoup from his heart attack in northern Kentucky on June 22, Mike is living with friends there where his doctors and home health are convenient. Why not send a card to Michael Conley in gratitude for his many, many years of selfless service to St. Stephen Cathedral? His address is: 3910 Lewis Circle, Erlanger, KY 41018.
IV. Stewardship Wrap Up: On Commitment Sunday, November 15, we received Time, Talent, and Treasure commitments from 199 families/households. Those of you who were not present or who needed more time, we ask you to please make a commitment to your parish this week before Thanksgiving Day. Mail it or bring it in to our office. Everyone can do a little bit. We need you, and you need the Church! Together, let us build a community that is vibrant and allied with the presence of Jesus Christ!
In Joy and Hope,