Just a Thought…
- First of all, Old St. Pat’s is pleased and thrilled to announce that actor Martin Sheen has accepted our invitation to be the guest narrator for our 15th annual St. Patrick’s Day Siamsa na nGael Concert on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at Symphony Center Chicago. This is a great honor for Old St. Pat’s and while I know Martin Sheen as the President from the series The West Wing and from many other star performances and appearances on the movie screen, I discovered a whole lot more about him after I Googled his name and read his biography. Martin is an interesting guy and has a great passion for social justice and life issues. Born Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez, Martin assumed the Sheen name after the late Fulton Sheen because of his admiration for the bishop’s style. This year’s Siamsa concert will focus on the stories and songs that speak of how the Irish responded to those who are oppressed throughout the world and have fought for their rights and freedom. Make sure you get your tickets when they go on sale on Monday, February 7 and join us for a spectacular evening!
- I apologize to those who were inconvenienced last weekend due to the malfunctioning of the elevator in the Church. One of the major problems we have encountered since the Church was restored back in the mid 1990’s is a suitable elevator that can withstand the extreme cold of Chicago winters. When the deep freeze sets in, as it did last Sunday and continues to do so, the mechanism we have just will not function. The elevator we presently have is really more a personal lift that you would find in someone’s home. Just so you know, we are presently in the process of pursuing and installing a larger, more durable commercial elevator for Old St. Pat’s. I am hoping this project can begin in the spring of this year. There is nothing more embarrassing and disappointing that when someone cannot physically be with us in the Church due to the elevator not working. We certainly welcome any donations you would like to make to help fix this problem.
- There are many great gatherings that happen each year at Old St. Patrick’s. But I think one of my most favorite evenings is the annual Valentine’s Mass. I am humbled and grateful for the many couples who give witness again to the power of God’s love in them as they renew their vows at this special Liturgy. The joy in Church is palpable and I hope you will make plans now to join us and renew yourselves in the sacrament of marriage on Saturday, February 12 at 6 p.m. There is also an Afternoon of Reflection for couples hosted by Terry Nelson-Johnson prior to the Mass. Terry is a great gift to us and you will not want to miss the afternoon program!
Have a great week,
Fr. Tom Hurley