Pastor’s Corner

I. James Van Bussum was the oldest of the six children born to Nina (member of the Cathedral) and the late Preston Van Bussum. He graduated from Owensboro Catholic in 1969, and immediately joined the Navy during the Vietnam War. He was the captain of a plane that crashed in a mission and James was killed along with his crew; his service and sacrifice was never recognized. On May 14, 2016, Owensboro Rolling Thunder which is an organization of “ex military” along with Kentucky State honored the sacrifice of James Van Bussum by dedicating and naming part of U.S. Highway 60 (mile marker #10 to #20) the Navy Airman James Van Bussum Memorial Highway. As well as Nina, his mother, Cecilia (Bill) McCarty, his sister, is also an active member of St. Stephen Cathedral.

II. Priesthood Ordinations: Deacons Basilio Az Cuc and Jamie Dennis will be ordained priests at the Cathedral on Saturday, May 28th, at 10:00 a.m. As you know, Diocesan events always trump our regular schedule; therefore, there will be no regularly scheduled 9:00 a.m. Mass and no confessions this day. Please come and celebrate this “Good News” with our Diocesan Church.

III. Basilio Az Cuc has been associated with our SSC parish for the last two (2) years, motoring down from St. Meinrad Arch-abbey every Wednesday, 4:00-8:00 p.m. prior to his diaconate, and twice a month (one weekend and one Wednesday) as a deacon. At our recent Parish Pastoral Council meeting, it was suggested that our parish express our appreciation and support for Fr. Basilio by giving him a monetary gift. If you would like to contribute toward this common gift by SSC parish, make a check out to St. Stephen Cathedral this week! Thanks! Please put “gift for Fr. Bascilio” in the memo line.

IV. Corpus Christi: becoming what we receive! So few people were going to Communion in the 13th century that the pope made a law saying that people must receive Communion at least once a year. This became known as our “Easter duty.” It was during this time in our history that veneration the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction, and the Corpus Christi procession became a substitute for receiving Holy Communion. Yet, the Blessed Sacrament has always been reserved for the sick and the dying (otherwise, the Sacrament would be completely consumed at every liturgy). Because we continue to reserve the Sacrament, we make outward signs of respect and reverence.  One of these signs is that on the Feast of Corpus Christi, St. Stephen Cathedral will have a procession with the Blessed Sacrament immediately following the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 29th. If you are not attending the 11:00 a.m. Mass, please gather outside the church on the sidewalk on Locust Street at 12:00 noon.  We will make our way to Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel at Brescia University.  There will be adoration all afternoon, with Vespers and Benediction at 6:00 p.m. People from the entire diocese are invited! So bring a friend two!

Please take time to read today’s bulletin insert.
We have a detailed financial update that is full of figures and information during our transition period.
The opposite side has a few reminders about proper attire, especially during the hot summer months, and
general church etiquette along with suggestions.

“Manners cost nothing.”
Old Proverb