December 16, 2018 – Rejoice/Gaudete Sunday (Pastor’s Corner)

Keeping Safe & Secure Project Update:  We are excited about the great progress being made! The porch deck and steps have been poured, the heating elements are installed, and the brick work on the front is well underway. The limestone center of the front brick work will feature the coat of arms of the Diocese of Owensboro. The finished project will be well worth the wait; in the meantime, we continue to welcome all to worship with us! The front entrances to the Cathedral are still closed, but both side entrances and the elevator entrance are OPEN. Extra rest-rooms are available near the ramp entrance of the Cathedral. Please continue to offer prayers for our project. The continued success of this important renovation is possible because of the generosity and support of our parishioners.  Thank you!

II.  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, worst sin can be forgiven. The most twisted life can be made straight. We do need to take that first step toward accepting the healing mercy of our God. I invite you to celebrate God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Sunday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m.  There will be 12 priests available as confessors here at the Cathedral. It’s an offer you can’t refuse!

III. End-of-the-year Giving: You may be eligible for tax advantages in making Charitable contributions before the end of the calendar year. Some parishioners may soon need to take their annual minimum distribution from an IRA. I encourage you to keep your parish family in mind! If you are interested in donating stock or an IRA distribution, please contact our Business Manager, Eddy McFarland, in the Parish Office.

IV.  Hispanic Ministry Collection in Owensboro: since 2004, our Hispanic brothers and sisters have been welcomed at Sts. Joseph and Paul Parish where they are being ministered to sacramentally, spiritually, and physically. So, as not to burden one parish, ALL the Owensboro/Daviess County Catholic churches are taking up a collection near the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec.12), which will be used for our Hispanic sisters and brothers in the area. Be as generous as you can be!

V.  Open House at Cathedral Rectory: you are invited for a Christmas reception of cheer, food, & conversa-tion on Saturday, December 29th, 6:30—8:30 p.m. All are welcome