Archive for “May, 2014”

May 25, 2014 – From the Rector

ON THIS SIXTH SUNDAY IN THE SEASON OF EASTER Jesus reminds us that “If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete” (John 15: 10-11). “If you love me you will keep my commandments,” says Jesus to us today (John 14:15). We could say that is a very strong statement by Jesus. Does this mean that every time we sin we do not love Jesus? Yes. Although we love Jesus, every time we commit sin we love something or someone else more than Jesus. If we love Jesus more than anything else we will keep ourselves free from sin for Jesus. If we love Jesus we will strive to give ourselves totally to him. When we sin we are giving ourselves to something other than Jesus or to somebody other than Jesus. And when we love Jesus with all our heart, soul, mind and strength we will not want to put anything, no matter how small, before Jesus. Again the words of Jesus in our Gospel are, “If you love me you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) Sometimes we hear people make statements like, “Jesus understands that I am human. He will forgive me.” Jesus is forgiving, we do not doubt Jesus’ love, mercy and compassion. But if we truly love Jesus more than anything we will put Jesus before whatever it is that is tempting us and we will try to root that sin out of our lives completely. Loving Jesus therefore is not simply an emotional feeling – loving Jesus means changing our lives, reforming our lives, working on our personalities and characters, overcoming sinful habits, stretching ourselves to love as Jesus loved. Loving Jesus means thinking about ourselves and others as Jesus thinks. Where does your information about yourself and others and the world come from? If it comes only from our materialistic western culture which does not understand the difference between freedom to sin and the freedom to do what is right our minds may be contaminated by false images of ourselves, others and the world. But if we truly want to love Jesus we will fill our minds with his thoughts and his way of looking at the world. We can fill our minds with Jesus’ thoughts by reading the Bible, reading spiritual books and praying as much as possible every day. If we fill our minds with the filth of the world how can we love Jesus? It would be impossible and it would be impossible to keep his commandments. Let us fill our minds with the thoughts of Jesus so that we may love him and keep his commandments. Let us resolve today and beyond to love Jesus by keeping his commandments so that the love of Jesus and the Father and the Spirit may be in our hearts and we may have Jesus in our hearts.

  • WE CELEBRATE THE ORDINATION OF TWO PRIESTS IN OUR DIOCESE: On Saturday, May 28, Bishop Frederick Campbell ordained for service in our Diocese two priests – Fr. Cyrus Haddad (Saint Patrick Parish, London) and Fr. Vincent Nguyen (Saint Edward the Confessor Parish, Granville).  These two men deserve our prayers of gratitude for their courage, joy and unselfishness. They, like all priests, deacons, religious and seminarians, also need our support and prayers for the work that lies ahead.  So this is an opportune time to pause and take stock of our identity as a parish community of the faithful. The Church is not just a collection of individuals gathered around sacred scripture. The Church is a community of the faithful rooted both in God’s Living Word and in sacrament. No matter how many other things bear good fruit for the Gospel in our day, there is no ongoing presence of Jesus Christ in the world without the Church, there is no Church without the Eucharist, and there is no Eucharist without the priest.  Let us pray for these two new priests of the Diocese of Columbus.  Let us also pray for all of the seminarians of our Diocese and those who are discerning God’s call to serve Him, His Church, and His people as priests and religious. If you have questions or would like information on vocations, please contact me or Fr. Paul Noble (Director of Vocations, in residence here at the Cathedral), or visit the Diocesan vocations web site: www.seekholiness.com.
  • THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL continues to progress well here at Saint Joseph Cathedral. As of this writing, working together we are less than $15,000 from meeting our diocesan goal.  An update is included in this bulletin.  Thank you to all who have contributed thus far.  As a parish community, let’s all participate!
  • ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND we give special remembrance, honor and prayer for our military men and women who paid the ultimate price in service to our country. In our own special way, this weekend, we also remember those in active military duty, serving our country, especially those deployed on foreign soil and on the oceans of our planet.  I have included a number of prayers in this bulletin for Memorial Day; please remember our fallen service men and women in your prayers, and those currently serving.  In fact, the best way we can honor them is at Mass on Memorial Day at 7:30 a.m.  After that, there is still plenty of time for picnics and backyard barbeques…enjoy this long weekend!

-Fr. Mike Lumpe

May 18, 2014 – From the Rector

ON THIS FIFTH SUNDAY IN THE SEASON OF EASTER in today’s Gospel today we hear Jesus preparing His disciples for the time when He would no longer be with them.  Jesus said to them, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be” (John 14:1-3). Folks, we cannot live our lives without Christ guiding us – we would be fools to do so. If we had more of Jesus in our lives we would have less fear, worries and anxieties. We would still have problems. God never promised that we would not have problems. Jesus himself had a big problem, he was sentenced to death as a common criminal. But Jesus rose on the third day and Jesus will help us rise above our difficulties also because as the second reading stated Jesus is the “living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God” (1 Pet 2:4). If we try to live without Jesus, life will not go nearly as well for us as when we have Jesus at the center of our lives. We can overcome problems better with Jesus in our lives than without Jesus. When we have problems let us turn to Jesus who is always waiting for us.  Remember:

  • If we say, “It’s impossible.” But Jesus says in Luke 18:27, “Things that are impossible for men are possible for God.”
  • If we say, “I’m too tired.” But Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me all you who labor and are overburdened and I will give you rest.”
  • If we say, “Nobody really loves me.” But in John 3:16 we read that God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.
  • If we say, “I can’t go on.” But Jesus told Paul, “My grace is enough for you: for power is at full stretch in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).
  • If we say, “I can’t do it.” But Paul wrote in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.”
  • If we say, “I can’t manage.” But Paul wrote in Philippians 4:19, “God will fulfill all your needs in  Jesus as lavishly as only God can.
  • If we say, “I’m afraid.” But in 2 Timothy 1:7 we read, “God’s gift was not a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power and love and self-control.”
  • If we say, “I feel all alone.” But in Hebrews 13:5 God says, “I will never fail or desert you.”

In our Gospel today Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me” (John 14:1).  Keep that in mind the next time you feel overwhelmed by life’s challenges.

WELCOME DEACON ANTHONY DAVIS ~ One of five newly-ordained transitional deacons for the Diocese, Rev. Mr. Anthony Davis will be spending the next ten weeks with us at the Cathedral as his summer assignment.  A transitional deacon differs from a permanent deacon in that a transitional deacon serves as a deacon for a period of time – usually one year – before being ordained a priest.  I first met Deacon Tony when I was spending my summer assignment 11 years ago as a transitional deacon at Saint Joseph Parish in Dover, Ohio – Deacon Tony’s home parish. Deacon Tony attended grade school at Dover St. Joseph and high school at New Philadelphia Tuscarawas Central Catholic before entering the Pontifical College Josephinum in 2007. He earned a bachelor of arts degree there and recently finished his third year of theology studies, working on a master of arts degree in dogmatic theology, focusing on the Holy Spirit. 

BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL ~ I am pleased to announce that in two short weeks we are just shy of reaching two-thirds of our Diocesan goal of $53,055.01.  Thank you to those who have thus far made your pledges.  Remember that once our Diocesan goal is met, we can then focus on reaching our enhanced goal of $101,655.01 – and increase of $48,600.00 to pay for the replacement of the Cathedral lighting system.  The present lighting system has been refurbished a couple of times since it was originally installed in the 1980’s – but the original manufacturer has long since gone out of business, replacement parts are unavailable, and after several decades of service our lighting system needs a total replacement.  The addition of LED lighting will also be more energy efficient.  Like any home, replacement of original equipment needs to take place from time to time; our parish home is no exception. Since we all benefit from a safe, well-lit Church, I am asking that every family consider pledging $250.00 in one lump sum to the BAA – or pay just $25.00 per month per family over a 10-month payment period. My hope and prayer is that every registered person/family contribute to the BAA this year, recognizing the physical upgrades and needs of our parish of which we fondly call our home.  Remember, every gift counts; all of us share in the responsibility of supporting the work of the BAA and in maintaining our parish.  An update on the progress of the BAA here at Saint Joseph Cathedral is included in this bulletin.  Thank you!

-Fr. Mike Lumpe

May 11, 2014 – From the Rector

ON THIS FOURTH SUNDAY IN THE SEASON OF EASTER which is also referred to as GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY because of today’s Gospel, I am always reminded of Psalm 23:1-6:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side.
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
for years to come.

 

Folks, the words of this Psalm are a beautiful way to live – a way that leads to life, peace and true happiness. Jesus in the Gospel today tells us that He came so that all may live with this life – the life of peace and happiness described in Psalm 23, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). As we listen to these words of Jesus in today’s Gospel they take on added meaning because we are in the Easter season. We have celebrated Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus had to die to Himself to live His new life. Jesus has shown us how to live life to the fullest, thus we must die to ourselves in order to rise to new life. Our secularized world thinks it has the answers to our needs, but what it offers only leads us into deeper despair. As Jesus reminds us in today’s Gospel:

 

“Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

 

We could apply these words of Jesus in today’s Gospel to the false notions of happiness offered to us by the world today. Only dying to ourselves as we follow Jesus will lead us to the happiness we all seek. Jesus teaches us that the way to happiness lies not in filling up each of our wants and needs and desires. The way to happiness lies in a very different choice of life; the way to happiness may be found in mirroring the life of Jesus in our own lives. Saint John Paul II encouraged people many times to find life to the fullest by following Jesus as he said numerous times: “Do not be afraid to open the doors to Christ…” In Palestine the shepherd brought the sheep into the sheepfold every night. It was a circular stone wall with an opening or door where the sheep entered. Once the sheep were inside for the night the shepherd slept in that opening or door all night. The sheep could not get out without stepping over the shepherd’s body which meant they would not get out at all during the night. Jesus is the gate, anyone who enters through him will be safe, and will go freely in and out and be sure of finding pasture. Others steal and kill and destroy, but Jesus is the Good Shepherd.

 HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY ~ Here’s wishing all of our moms – and all of our spiritual moms – a Happy Mother’s Day. Today we honor them, we thank them, and we pray for them:

 Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me. Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Most of all, Lord, on this Mother’s Day, give my mother the graces she most needs and desires today. I ask you this, in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, forever and ever. Amen.

-Fr. Mike Lumpe

May 4, 2014 – From the Rector

ON THIS THIRD SUNDAY IN THE SEASON OF EASTER we must remind ourselves that we have all travelled the road to Emmaus. In one way or another at some time we have all had our hopes and dreams dashed. We are the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). Christ joined us on the road and opened up the Scriptures to us so that we could see our cross or our dashed hopes taken up in the plan of God. We spent the evening with Christ on Holy Thursday – the Mass of the Lord’s Supper – and we recognized Him in the breaking of bread then as we do at every Mass. Now we too say, “The Lord has truly been raised” (Luke 24:34). We know Christ is present with us. Christ is not just present but transforms us, renews us, recreates us just as He restored hope and joy once again in the disciples on the road to Emmaus. The Paschal Candle reminds us that this happened once again when we experienced Christ in a special way during the Easter Vigil. The light on the top of the Paschal Candle, the light of Christ brightening our lives as the light of the world, is that last word of Christ. What a difference the presence of Christ made in the lives of those two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Before meeting Christ on the road they were going away from Jerusalem, their eyes were downcast, they had been hoping for the redemption of Israel, they stopped their journey because day was almost over. But after meeting Christ they returned to Jerusalem where they had just left, their eyes were no longer downcast but opened, instead of dashed hopes for the redemption of Israel their hearts burned within them, and even though they had stopped the journey when nightfall approached they now set out at once to return to Jerusalem. That is the difference that the presence of Christ makes when we focus on Christ instead of getting overwhelmed by life’s difficulties. We encounter Christ every time we celebrate the Eucharist just as the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. The Scriptures are proclaimed and explained in the light of Christ. Our eyes are opened to a new way of looking at reality by the Word of God. We recognize Christ in the breaking of bread, the true and real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. This does not mean that Christ is not present in other ways because we see Christ also present in the ministry of His apostles. The real presence means Christ is present in the fullest sense in the Eucharist, substantially present, in His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. That explains why Pope Benedict XVI in his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini reminds us that we honor Sacred Scriptures and the Eucharist with the same reverence though not with the same worship:

From these accounts it is clear that Scripture itself points us towards an appreciation of its own unbreakable bond with the Eucharist. “It can never be forgotten that the divine word, read and proclaimed by the Church, has as its one purpose the sacrifice of the new new covenant and the banquet of grace, that is, the Eucharist” [Ordo Lectionum Missae, 10]. Word and Eucharist are so deeply bound together that we cannot understand one without the other: the word of God sacramentally takes flesh in the event of the Eucharist. The Eucharist opens us to an understanding of Scripture, just as Scripture for its part illumines and explains the mystery of the Eucharist. Unless we acknowledge the Lord’s real presence in the Eucharist, our understanding of Scripture remains imperfect. For this reason “the Church has honored the word of God and the Eucharistic mystery with the same reverence, although not with the same worship, and has always and everywhere insisted upon and sanctioned such honor. Moved by the example of her Founder, she has never ceased to celebrate his paschal mystery by coming together to read ‘in all the Scriptures the things concerning him’ (Lk 24:27) and to carry out the work of salvation through the celebration of the memorial of the Lord and through the sacraments”. (Verbum Domini, 55)

We have all travelled the road to Emmaus at some time as we had our hopes and dreams dashed. But what a difference the presence of Christ makes in our lives. Our eyes are opened to a new way of looking at reality by the Word of God. We recognize the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Christ transforms us, renews us, recreates us just as He restored hope and joy once again in the disciples on the road to Emmaus.

  • BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL: This weekend we begin in earnest the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for our Diocese and our Cathedral Parish.  Full details of the campaign are included in this bulletin.  My hope and prayer is that every registered person/family contribute to the BAA this year, recognizing the physical upgrades and needs of our Cathedral parish of which we fondly call our home.
  • FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Congratulations to Sydney Thornock and Jessica Buck who make their First Holy Communion this Sunday – a major step in their sacramental and faith lives.
  • CONGRATULATIONS NEWLY-ORDAINED DEACONS OF THE DIOCESE: Rev. Mr. Anthony Davis (Saint Joseph Parish, Dover) Rev. Mr. Thomas Gardner (Saint Catharine of Siena Parish, Columbus); Rev. Mr. Dcn. Michael Hartge (Saint Matthew Parish, Gahanna); Rev. Mr. Brian O’Connor (Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Pickerington); and Rev. Mr. Nichola Ventura (Saint Mary Parish, Lancaster).

-Fr. Mike Lumpe