by Fr. Tom Hurley
Sunday, May 28
Next Sunday, June 4, is the culmination of the Easter Season, and thus the celebration of Pentecost! In case you’re wondering, it has been 50 days since we gathered and celebrated the Resurrection.
I am pleasantly amazed at so many inquiries people have made regarding our celebration of Pentecost. Many of you have been asking me, “So what are we doing for Pentecost this year? Are we doing the big mass outside again?”
On one hand, I’m really grateful that the One Big Mass for Pentecost has made such a large impression on a lot of people. For those who were with us last year, we not only had an awesome Pentecost liturgy—all of us together in one place at one time—but we also said goodbye to the parking lot on the southeast corner of Desplaines & Adams, making way for the present construction of the office tower that will eventually give us a parking garage and a new great space for our use. In other years, we’ve celebrated Pentecost in the intersection just outside the church and we’ve gathered at the UIC Forum. As you know, we can’t do something like that every year. First of all, it’s expensive and secondly we’d like to try doing something different on the “off” years.
So that brings us to next week. Our Kinship Initiative was born on Pentecost Sunday several years ago. It was on this magnificent feast day celebrating the church’s birthday that we gave birth to a new reality and a new way of “being church” by entering kinship with the people of North Lawndale. It wasn’t a commitment to another “project.” But rather, we were pledging our desire to enter into a long, life giving relationship with a community and her people.
For Pentecost next Sunday, June 4, we are going to offer four opportunities for us as the people of Old St. Pat’s to pray with our friends in North Lawndale at 4 different churches. As our wonderful Director of the Kinship Initiative Vince Guider said last Sunday, quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, “Sunday is the most segregated day in America.”
Our hope for next Sunday is to shake that up and integrate our communities in prayer and fellowship.
The masses here at Old St. Pat’s will remain the same next Sunday, but I am hoping you’ll also consider going to one of the 4 locations listed on page 5 of this publication and also on our website at www.oldstpats. org/pentecost. I anticipate attending the service over at the Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church for the 11:00 a.m. service. I am really looking forward to this opportunity to see, meet, and experience church in North Lawndale, celebrated in a different tradition.
Today, May 28, I am traveling up to St. Norbert Abbey in DePere, Wisconsin to celebrate a First Mass for the newly ordained Fr. Michael Brennan, O. Praem. Mike was with us this past school year serving his Deacon internship as he finished his studies at Catholic Theological Union. Mike is a fine young guy who will serve the church well as a Catholic priest. He will be celebrating another First Mass of Thanksgiving this Thursday June 1 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Rita High School Chapel (7740 S. Western) and all are welcome!
Blessings to you this Memorial Day weekend and to all those who put on uniforms for our country.
Father Tom Hurley