We were supposed to be bidding farewell to Grant Wilson about this time, but things have changed. Grant will be spending the next year with us at the Cathedral parish. Grant has had some knee trouble and had some medical procedures done at the beginning of the summer in response to those challenges. Grant requested to remain home to continue his care before returning to his studies in Rome and Bishop Paprocki has agreed to Grant’s request. Grant’s ministry presence in the parish will be expanding as a result. As always, I am grateful for the hospitality that the parish had shown him.
I wish to thank everyone who supported the Cathedral Council of Catholic Women’s clothing sale and annual garage sale, both of which took place at the beginning of the month. The ladies of the CCCW do a tremendous job of bringing order to chaos from the time they start receiving items to the time of the actual sale. The ladies do many forms of service in our parish and many of their efforts are unseen; I thank them for their continued generosity to the shared life of our Cathedral parish.
Thursday September 19th will see the parish welcome Chris Stefanick and the REBOOT! program. Chris is a very popular lay evangelist in the American Church , speaking to over 85,000 people a year, and he is known for his deep faith, energy, and enthusiasm and it’s a great thing that we are able to bring him to the Cathedral. The evening program starts at 7PM and the cost is $25 per person. The evening is a presentation of the Gospel and practical, everyday ways than everyone can apply it his or her daily living. This is a great opportunity and I hope to see you there.
We have published a list of upcoming faith formation/enrichment activities for the coming 2019/2020 year. I am very happy with the variety of events that we are planning to offer and I hope that you will take advantage of these opportunities. Making use of these activities help us to grow deeper in our discipleship and the better disciples we are, the better our parish will be, and the better the world will be.
This past Thursday we celebrated the great Solemnity of Mary’s Assumption into Heaven. For me, that is always the signal that summertime is over and things start ramping up again. As we enter into the back half of August, with Labor Day and the unofficial start of Fall fast approaching, I wish you and yours the fullness of the Lord’s grace and peace. God bless you!
Father Christopher House is the Rector of the Cathedral and serves in various leadership roles within the diocesan curia, namely Chancellor and Vicar Judicial.