July 22, 2018

Dear Friends in Christ, I am very happy to reach you through this Bulletin. I would like to use this opportunity to once again thank you for the warm welcome you have given me to the St. Stephen Family. You have been very kind and generous to support and encourage me as I take up…

July 15, 2018

I.  Uncluttered Lives/Traveling Light:   in sending the 12 on their first mission, Jesus instructs them to “travel light”—to focus on the journey and the mission with which they have been entrusted, not on accumulating wealth, status, and power along the way. Clearing out the clutter of our lives in order to make room in our…

July 8, 2018, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

I. Welcome Fr. Titus Ahabyona!  Many of you know Fr. Titus, but for the sake of our new parishioners, I want to introduce him to you. Ordained a priest in 1997 for the Diocese of Fort Portal, Uganda, Fr. Titus spent six years working in our Marriage Tribunal, living three years at St. Stephen Cathedral…

July 1, 2018

I.  Connection Between Saint Thomas and Fr. Sinoj! The people of Kerala in southern India, where Fr. Sinoj Esthappanu Pynadath was born, fervently believe that it was Thomas who evangelized them—Fr. Sinoj’s birthday is Saturday, June 30th.  He is represented in art with a spear, the instrument of his martyrdom. Thomas (first century), also called…

June 24, 2018

I.  The Nativity of John the Baptizer (June 24th): The great “bridge” prophet between the Jewish and Christian covenants, and herald of Jesus the Messiah, John the Baptizer prepared the way of the Lord and revealed Jesus to others as both the Messiah and the Lamb of God. John exemplifies the Christian life as one who…

June 17, 2018, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

I.  Bless Fathers & All Who Show A Father’s Love!  Faithful, trustworthy, teacher, example, leader, protector are some words used to describe a dad. “My father gave me the best gifts that any child could ever have wished for: he truly loved me, he taught me and more importantly he believed in me” (anonymous). Following…

June 10, 2018 Pastor’s Corner

I.  Pope Francis: A Man of His Word: an absorbing, inspiring movie (96 minutes) introduces the visible head of our universal Church as an engaging person of humility, courage, compassion, and humor, visiting migrant camps, prisons, hospitals and gatherings of the faithful. Pope Francis travels the world speaking to those in need and delivering a consistent message…

June 3, 2018, Corpus Christi

I.  Feast of the Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) has a twofold interwoven dimension: we believe that the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ at Eucharist, and we also believe that the baptized community of believers is the living Body of Christ. Pope Pius XII in his encyclical Mystici Corporis…

May 27, 2018, The Most Holy Trinity

In Relationship with God! The solemnity of the Holy Trinity sounds like a theorist’s dream, a celebration of speculation fired by the theological Daring that attempts to explain God. But if we take our clues from the Scripture readings for this solemnity, we realize that this celebration simply focuses on the concrete relationships God initiates…

May 20, 2018 Pentecost

I.  Feast of Pentecost is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church—upon us who make up the Church! The sacred Scriptures leading up to this remarkable feast of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, speak of the Spirit as an Advocate (the very best attorney in the country, in the world),…