Just a Thought…
You probably have noticed our weekly Crossroads has been a little thinner in size these past number of weeks. I have to admit it was a little shocking even for me when I picked up a copy of the bulletin back in June and realized how “light” it was. My first reaction, unfortunately, was: something’s wrong! Are we declining? Have we lost our edge? Why isn’t the activity of the mission more robust? After being told to “settle down” and “chill out,” I was reminded of the simple fact: it’s summer time. We need a break. For those regular readers of The Crossroads, please know that due to the summer months and many of our ministries “on break,” our content is not as full as it normally is.
The other factor related to The Crossroads bulletin is the fact we are trying to do more things on the Old St. Pat’s web site. I am extremely grateful to Veronica, Tristin, and Anthony in our Communications Department who have been working diligently on re-crafting our website. While more works needs to be done on the updating, our talented computer folks are trying to make the website as attractive and “user friendly” as possible.
As you can see on the outside of the church, work has begun on the creation of a new elevator for Old St. Pat’s. Back in the mid 1990’s when the church was restored to its present magnificence, a smaller elevator (more like a personal lift) was installed to help make Old St. Pat’s accessible for those with mobility challenges. While the installation of a personal lift was a great idea, this smaller mechanism unfortunately is not sufficient for the volume of traffic it receives, in addition to the harsh winter months experienced in Chicago. So it was decided a larger, more commercial size elevator is needed. I am grateful to all those who have contributed generously toward this project. The entire job, including the conversion of the open space between the school and church, is a two-phase project. Phase One, which includes the elevator and “Cloister Walk” will take about 12 weeks to complete. Phase Two is still in the dreaming stages and will require additional funding for its completion.
Finally, back on Pentecost Day in June, I announced the mission of Old St. Pat’s would be expanding in a more bold way to include the building of a relationship with the area in Chicago known as North Lawndale. I just want you to know that initial conversations have taken place and we are hoping to talk more about this ongoing relationship as we get closer to September. Stay tuned.
Keep enjoying these summer days,
Fr. Tom Hurley