January 19, 2020 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

I.  Music To My Ears. The cry of a baby is the sound of new life and growth in our community. We are blessed with many young families at St. Stephen Cathedral, and we wish to support these young families as vigorously as possible. I applaud parents’ “sixth sense” in knowing when their child needs…

January 12, 2020 – The Baptism of the Lord

I.  Feast of the Baptism of the Lord: today’s feast marks the end of the Christmas season within our liturgical year. During the Christmas season, we might have experienced a time of “being” instead of “doing.” With the chaos and business of Christmas preparation over, I discovered these last few weeks have been a time…

January 5, 2020-The Epiphany of the Lord

I.  Epiphany Vespers & International Potluck with BUNCO:  Please join our parish community for Vespers (“official” Evening Prayer of the Church) at 4:30pm on Sunday, January 5th, followed by followed by an International potluck at 5:00pm. We ask you to bring a dish from your country of origin! The parish will provide the drinks (unless…

December 29, 2019 – The Holy Family

I.  Family Is Perfect: Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were a family deeply immersed in rituals and traditions of their people. In today’s Gospel we hear how they kept the feast of Passover by traveling to Jerusalem to celebrate this holy day. In our lives we are given a family and also the family of the…

December 22, 2019 – 4th Sunday of Advent

I.  Welcome College Students and Visitors!  On behalf of our St. Stephen Cathedral faith community, I extend a hearty welcome to everyone as you return home, whether geographically or spiritually, for this significant Feast of the Incarnation—God becoming one of us through Jesus. It’s always good to celebrate Eucharist with you at our Cathedral!  EVERYONE is…

December 15, 2019 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

I.  Advent Communal Penance 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 (Gospel) is that none of us needs to stay where we are. The blackest sin can be forgiven. The most twisted life can…

December 8, 2019 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

I.  Holy Day of Opportunity:  Because December 8th falls on a Sunday, the Church has transferred the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary to Monday, December 9th, with Masses at the Cathedral at 7:00am and noon. In any celebration of the Eucharist, our focus is always on Christ, through whom and by whose Spirit…

December 1, 2019 – First Sunday of Advent

I.  Advent to the “Max”: Know that God is present with you and ready to converse. Saint Ignatius taught his followers to seek God in all things. Spend an extra 10 minutes in prayer.  Reflect on the daily Scriptures. Go to daily Mass at least once a week. Make time for meaningful fasting. Write a…

November 24, 2019 – Christ the King

I.  A Gift To Each Family/Household:  anyone who has read and even reflected upon the Word of God before he/she comes to Eucharist/Mass, will, I assure you, reap the benefits of this spiritual discipline. A recent study claims that only 22% of American Catholics read the Bible regularly, and just 8% are involved in Scripture…