From the Desk of the Pastor

                                                                                                              

 

NEW GUIDELINES @ ST. STEPHEN’S... See you at Mass!

 
 
Each and every person must be treated with dignity and respect and feel comfortable attending Mass.
 
1) FULLY VACCINATED if you are comfortable, you no longer are required to wear a mask.
 
2) NONVACCINATED those individuals who are immune compromised or have made a personal decision not to be vaccinated, face mask requirements remain in place.
 
3) All pews and social distancing are no longer in effect, except in designated areas.
 
4) Those who may still be uncomfortable without face masks, social distancing, etc., we have designated seating on the perimeters of the worship space or you may be seated in the narthex. Please do not move the chairs, they are pur-posely socially distanced.
 
5) Our cleaning protocols and sanitizing the worship space will continue as our commitment to health safety.
 
6) Any concerns or questions, please see one of our hospitality ministers or ushers.
 
7) Again, people need to feel safe and comfortable in their worship space. This has been a long journey and it is not over.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
 
I am advising our staff in regards to meetings or small gatherings of volunteers, that if individuals, to include themselves, are FULLY VACCINATED and they are comfortable without a mask, and with the caveat that others are comfortable around them without the mask, they may relax precautions with prudence. They, and I, would ask that if parishioners or volunteers are NOT vaccinated that they continue to wear the mask as a courtesy and protection for all involved. Our world was very complicated to begin with, this has only added on to that challenge. Please bear with us, together, looking for the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. With God everything is possible! Thank you for your understanding and patience through this trying time.

Grateful,

Fr. Robert

 

 


 

 

From the Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki 

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am sure someone has asked you “Are you a person who sees the glass half-full or half-empty?” The question is often a reference to whether your worldview is pessimistic or optimistic. I mention this because yesterday was the first day of summer and I should have been rejoicing in the fact that I now have 90 days of gloriously warm weather and the ability to shed those extra layers of clothing. Instead, I was thinking, “Oh my; winter is only six months away.” However, on the first day of winter, I do not say, “Hey, great! Summer is just six months away.” I guess you could say I am a “glass-half-empty” type of guy, at least when it comes to the seasons. Perhaps growing up in the Midwest, when a lingering memory of that below-zero thermometer follows a beautiful summer day, always makes me feel that winter is just around the corner.


I do not think that I am always a “glass-half-empty” person; it just depends on the subject matter. In sports, I am always a glass-half-full type of person. In my freshman year, I played on a small college basketball team that ended the season 4-22, not exactly a national ranking prospect. We had less than 300 boys in the college, but every game that we played I entered the game with the sense of winning, not losing. Some may call me unrealistic – David going against Goliath – but David did win one, and we did win at least those four games.


In the realm of spirituality, I can only be a glass-half-full person. No matter what difficulty I have encountered during my lifetime, God’s hand has always been present. I constantly see the blessings that our benevolent God has bestowed. I am not saying that everything has always gone my way because it has not. However, as I assessed the trying situations, the glass was always at least half-filled with moments of trust that fulfilled God’s plan. God often inspired my trust through the witness of brothers and sisters to Christ by bearing the burdens of sufferings in His love. If I were focusing on the half-empty side of things, I would have missed those providential actions that filled half the glass. Besides, it is not a half-empty tomb that we celebrate on Easter. We celebrate a fully resurrected Jesus who offers life and gives us His Church.

Always remember that there can be nothing half-empty in our actions when we express how we LOVE ONE ANOTHER.  

 

Sincerely,

Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee