Pastor’s Corner

I. “Overcome Indifference and Win Peace” is the theme of the Church’s celebration of World Day of Peace on January 1, 2016. “Selfishness and fear keep too many people ignorant of the suffering of others and prevent them from finding creative ways to express solidarity and to promote peace.” The problems everyone must be aware of include “fundamentalism, intolerance and massacres, and persecutions on account of faith and ethnicity.”

II. Epiphany Hymn Festival and Potluck: Everyone is invited to our Third Annual Epiphany Hymn Festival at 4:00PM on Sunday, January 3, in church, followed by a potluck in the Fr. Vaughan Community Center at 5:00PM. Families with last names A-K are asked to bring salads; L-Q to bring vegetables/side dishes; R-Z to bring desserts. Todd Johnson is preparing the barbecued meat. The parish will provide the drinks (unless you would like to bring your own bottle of wine)! The Magi, the soothsayers, seekers, searchers, and kings, will journey in with a traditional king cake! We will also honor Ruth Ann Carrico, who is retiring after eleven years as office assistant at SSC. Deacon Dirck Curry and his wife, Chona, are coordinating this part of the celebration. If you would like to assist in this fun gathering, contact Lupe Ellis, who is coordinating our Epiphany potluck, 270-240-2153.

III. Happy Eighth Anniversary of Priesthood! Fr. Suneesh Mathew Kulathanapadikel was ordained a priest in India on January 2, 2008. After three years in North Eastern India, near the China border, his superior assigned him to the Diocese of Owensboro in the USA, where he spent his first year subbing for priests around the diocese. On June 18, 2013, he joined me in beginning our new ministry at St. Stephen Cathedral, where he has served nobly and joyfully for the past two and half years! My family has adopted him, and refer to him as “Fr. Sushi,” a name affectionately given to him by my mother at their first meeting! Happy anniversary, Fr. Suneesh!

IV. Parish Retreat: Please reserve the first weekend of March for a parish retreat. This less than 48-hour experience could change your life! It certainly will deepen your faith and deepen your sense of community. Beginning Friday evening at 5:30PM, and ending Sunday about 4:30PM, this Koinonia (Greek word for “community”) retreat is based on the Paschal Mystery. Could it be that this Lent, March 4–6, is the perfect time for a faith-lift? Think about it. Talk about it. Pray about it.

V. Elizabeth Ann Seton was born into a wealthy Episcopalian family. At an early age, she lost her husband and was left with five small children. An Italian Catholic family greatly influenced her decision to join the Catholic Church, a commitment which was not well-received by her husband’s family. Aware of the need for immigrants to be educated, she founded a girls’ school in Baltimore, which gave rise to the Catholic Parish School System in the USA. She was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1975. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!

VI. Administrative Assistant Job Opening: This full-time person oversees all office procedures and other tasks assigned by the pastor. A minimum of two-three years’ experience of performing office duties, with the ability to communicate effectively and cordially both verbal and written form. Experience with Word, Excel, and Microsoft Outlook, and multi-tasking; possess good writing and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work independently and interactively. All interested applicants may submit a resume and cover letter by January 8, 2016, to Saint Stephen Cathedral, 610 Locust Street, Owensboro, KY 42301–2130, or [email protected]

In Joy and Hope,

Fr. Jerry