I. Advent Communal Reconciliation Service: St. Paul was one of those people whose life was transformed. “In him who is my strength, I have the strength for everything” (Philippians 4:13). The good news of the gospel is that none of us needs to stay where we are. The blackest sin can be forgiven. The most twisted life can be made straight. We do need to take that first step toward accepting the extravagant healing mercy of our God. I invite you to celebrate God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Sunday (today), at 2:00 p.m. There will be 12 priests available as confessors here at the Cathedral. Please do not wait until the last minute!
II. Do You Need Patience? “God is not impatient like us, who often want everything at once, even in a relationship with others. God is patient with us because God loves us and so is able to understand, hope, and inspire confidence. Do not give up, do not burn bridges, be able to forgive” (Pope Francis).
III. Welcome Back: many people find that they are at a different place in their spiritual journey this year. It is true that God works in people’s lives at different times—when we are ready! Those who would like to re-connect with the Catholic Church or deepen their relationship with the Church, there will be a meeting on January 4, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., in the Media Center (office building—use the back door). Come with your questions, concerns and share with us.
IV. We Want to Stay in Touch with You: if you are moving, please let us know at the parish office, 270/683-6525. If we do not have your correct wedding anniversary date, or birthdate, or contact information, please let us know. If you have adult children that have recently moved out on their on own, we would like to update the data base. Be aware of our updated www.ststephencathedral.org website. It’s also easy and safe to contribute through WeShare giving on line; and it puts the Lord first!
V. Open House at Cathedral Rectory: you are invited by Fr. Jamie Dennis and myself to the rectory for a Christmas reception of cheer, food, and conversation on Saturday, December 30th, 6:30—8:30 p.m. All are welcome!
VI. Many thanks to everyone who has returned a Time, Talent, and Treasure pledge. If you have not yet done so, it’s not too late! Please return your pledge as soon as possible. Your participation is greatly needed and deeply appreciated! Short on time? Sign up online!
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry announces that the Lord is nigh; awake and hearken, for he brings glad tidings of the King of kings.
Then cleansed be every life from sin; make straight the way for God within, and let each heart prepare a home where such a mighty guest may come.
For you are our salvation, Lord, our refuge and our great reward; without your grace we waste away like flow’rs that wither and decay.
To heal the sick stretch out your hand, and bid the fallen sinner stand; shine forth and let your light restore earth’s own true loveliness once more.
“On Jordan’s Bank” (hymn) John Chandler