November 11, 2018 Pastor’s Corner

I.  Anniversary of Ordination, Farewell & Gratitude: we are saddened to bid farewell to Deacon & Doctor Dirck Curry, and his wife, Chona Curry, as they move to Virginia, Illinois. Grateful for their time with us in our St. Stephen Cathedral faith community, we will officially say “Thanks” on the 16th Anniversary of Deacon Dirck’s…

November 4, 2018 Pastor’s Corner

I.  “What Does It Mean To Be Catholic Today?” This is the focus of our Parish Mission, which again this year will be in conjunction with the good people of Blessed Mother and Sts. Joseph and Paul parishes. This Tri-Parish Mission always inspires me as parishioners from three different parishes join together to pray, discuss, grow,…

October 28, 2018

I.  Becoming Saints is our Baptismal Call:  we begin this month with the solemn reminder that not only are we called to be saints, we are expected to lead a holy life. Each one of us has what it takes to “die to selfishness and sin, and rise with Christ.” We do this by developing…

October 21, 2018

I.  Listening Session by Bishop Medley:   you are invited to join Bishop Medley and a few members of the Diocesan Review Board for an opportunity to share your concerns and thoughts regarding the recent clergy abuse scandals on Wednesday, October 24, at our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 6:30-8:00pm. This is the second of four listening…

October 14, 2018 – Scripture Sunday – Pastor’s Corner

I.  Scripture Sunday! Every Sunday is truly Scripture Sunday because a good part of our liturgy is taken from Scripture, the Word of God! Ideally, every day is a Scripture day, because every day should include the reading, reflecting, and  integrating God’s word into our hearts and lives.         This year, our…

October 7, 2018 – Respect Life Sunday

cherished   •   chosen   •   sent I.  Deacon & Doctor Dirck and Chona Curry: As was mentioned in our bulletin last week, the Curry’s will be moving back to Illinois soon.  In the name of the Cathedral parish, I want to express deep gratitude to Dirck and Chona for their unselfish service to our St. Stephen faith…

September 30, 2018 Pastor’s Corner

I. Respect Life Month Theme: “Every Life, Cherished, Chosen, Sent.”  Created for relationship, every person is made in God’s image and likeness, and is loved by God and called to eternal union with God. We are also created to be in communion with, and depend upon, one another.     In 1531, when the indigenous peoples of Mexico…

September 23, 2018 Pastor’s Corner

I. How Do Adults Develop Childlike Faith? In its simplicity, and its uncomplicated view of our men and women as children of the same God, our faith is child-like—but in its practice, our faith is anything but “childish” or naïve. Christ calls us to embrace the uncomplicated but genuine faith of a child that we…

September 16, 2018 – Dedication Anniversary

I. “Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ” is the theme for this Catechetical Sunday, September 16.  We live in a secularized society which continues to squeeze Christianity to the margins or completely out choking our engagement with Jesus Christ and His Church. Many parents are saddened to report that their children are leaving the Church after…

September 9, 2018

I. Grandparent’s Day:  The wonderful vocation of being a grandparent, is Sunday, September 9th. It’s not a Hallmark Card thing, it actually came to be through the efforts of one very dedicated woman, Marian McQuade, that President Jimmy Carter proclaimed it a national holiday on August 3, 1978. The church celebrates Grandparents Day on the…