Just a Thought…
I suppose everyone has a different idea of when summer begins and actually ends. “Officially,” they say, summer begins at the time of summer solstice, usually around June 21, and that takes us into mid-September, when fall begins. Regardless of how you mark your summer days, it seems the most dominant cultural indicator of summer’s slow ending is the infamous, unavoidable return to school! While most CPS schools don’t begin until post-Labor Day, almost all Catholic schools, and I would imagine the majority of college students, will be hitting the classrooms in the next week or two. I know “it’s that time” because my sister just emailed a photo of my niece in her new Marist uniform, ready to enter her high school experience. I remember the day she was born! Yikes. Really hard to believe!
So for many of us, this second and third week of August cause some sadness as summer’s end draws near. On one hand, there may be some lamentation in our hearts over this reality, but on another hand there is room for celebration. First of all, for those who are making their way to school, that’s a great gift. Good luck and enjoy it. We pray for those who struggle to find a good education and those who have no access to schools.
Secondly, this time of summer’s end also marks the return of many folks to Old St. Pat’s. Summer takes us in so many different directions and I really hope this has been a time of rest, renewal, and refocus in our lives. If you weren’t able to get away, take advantage of some of the remaining days of summer and the beauty of this city. Go enjoy the lakefront, the running/walking path, or some of our parks. If you can, enjoy the outdoors before that long winter sets in on us again.
Welcome back to those who have been traveling or spending your summer in another location. These late summer days usually bring an increase in the number of folks who join us at Old St. Pat’s for Sunday liturgy. Thank you for being here and for creating this experience of Church. The Crossroads bulletin will begin to thicken now as many of our ministries and the various expressions of our mission begin to re-ignite and re-start.
You’ll see on this same page an invitation to participate in our liturgies through the various ministries. I hope you’ll consider joining us as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Singer, or Hospitality Minister. It’s always good to see new folks getting involved and helping us celebrate our Sunday experience.
Again, welcome back to those who have been away and good luck to our students going away to college or those beginning a new level of education.
Keep enjoying these summer days,
Fr. Tom Hurley