Just a Thought…
Even though you will see the invitation and more information regarding the Old St. Patrick’s Charity Team for the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on page 4 of this issue of The Crossroads bulletin, I just want to take another opportunity to encourage as many of you as possible to either run or get involved in some way. Old St. Pat’s is truly honored to be one of the many charities participating in this world class marathon in our own city. If you are not certain about running; you have questions; you are somewhat nervous about entering a marathon; or you are just not ready to commit, I would really like to encourage you to attend the first information meeting this coming Wednesday, January 26, 2011 in the Church Hall.
Some of you might be asking: why is Old St. Patrick’s getting involved in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon as a charity team? First and foremost, this is a great opportunity for us. Like all the charities involved in the marathon, the recruitment of runners and the raising of necessary funds means you believe in the mission of your institution. We absolutely believe in the mission of Old St. Patrick’s Church and all of the many facets that make this mission exciting, life-giving, and vital for the thousands of people who are touched by this mission each year. I think it is safe to say: we are no ordinary Church. And we never want to be just ordinary! Old St. Pat’s has one of the most robust Social Outreach missions of any Church in the city. At the heart of our social outreach mission is a desire to eradicate poverty and homelessness through jobs and education. If it was not for Old St. Pat’s, the great organizations you hear about: The Cara Progaram, Horizons for Youth, Global Alliance for Africa, Career Transitions Center, and Harmony, Hope & Healing perhaps would not have had a location to do their fine work. In addition to these organizations, we are proud of the work that is happening each day on behalf of the members of Old St. Pat’s who volunteer their time and resources to help the poor and homeless of our city and beyond.
Our great dream for Old St. Patrick’s is that we continue being an exemplary expression of the Catholic Church in the world. Our commitment to hospitality, prayerful and vibrant Liturgies, and the sending forth of our members into the world to transform it, means we need to keep raising the necessary funds in order for this to happen. Remember: we are a non-for-profit institution and if we are going to stay strong and focused on the improvement of our mission, then we need to find news streams of revenue. I hope you will join us and support the Charity Team of Old St. Pat’s.
Peace to you,
Fr. Tom Hurley