Words cannot capture what “WE” experienced last Sunday at Old St. Patrick’s as we celebrated Pentecost in the Crossroads! I believe I can safely say our collective “WE” belongs to the numerous members, friends, volunteers, yours truly, and the staff of Old St. Pat’s who decided to be risky, bold, and creative in expressing the gift of church. WE took it to the streets and WE are taking it to the streets, inspired and energized by God’s Spirit to boldly proclaim with the texts of our lives the Gospel we preach in so many varied ways.
Thank you ever so deeply for going along with this crazy notion of cancelling our Masses and moving our Sunday worship to the intersection of Adams and Des Plaines. Suspending our Sunday routines, including Mass times, favorite pew, and a special parking space was a stretch for many of us; thanks for saying YES and joining together to celebrate and take a few risks. Thanks most of all for enduring the incredible HEAT last Sunday! Pentecost is most often characterized by the tongues of fire and the rushing wind of the Spirit: fire is one thing, but that heat was something else! Whoa!!!
One of the many blessings we receive quite often is when the local schools of theology, or perhaps even the religious orders, call and ask us to receive a student intern who wants to learn more about the exciting style of Church we are creating together at Old St. Pat’s. We consider that kind of request to be an honor, and we are grateful to share in the formation of future Church ministers. Recently, one of those invitations was extended to Old St. Pat’s.
Beginning in July, we are pleased to welcome a newly ordained Jesuit priest, Paul O’Connor, SJ, who will serve as an associate pastor intern for a period of one year at Old St. Pat’s. Paul is a great guy who will be ordained on Friday, June 11, 2010. I am grateful for the Jesuit’s confidence in having Paul with us during this formative year. I’ll tell you more about it in the coming weeks.
Thanks again for creating an unforgettable Pentecost! Enjoy the beginning of summer on this Memorial Day weekend. Our prayers for all those whom we remember and for all those who serve and protect.
Fr. Tom Hurley