Just a Thought…
I think it is important for me, at times, to use this space in our Crossroads Bulletin to tell you about pieces of our mission that perhaps can go unnoticed. I am not sure how many of you know this or not but our Pastoral Care Ministry has grown and developed in a pretty significant way these past couple of years. Thanks to the leadership and dedication of Bernadette Moore Gibson who has put together an extraordinary group of men and women known as the Ministry of Prayer. Each month, they gather to pray for and send cards of support to the people whose names we have been given in recent days. Knowing that someone or some group of people are holding us in prayer during the difficult moments in our lives can be both comforting and hopeful. I hope you will let us know if there is someone in your life or you, yourself, need to be remembered by the community of Old St. Patrick’s. Whether it is illness, transition, loss, or some heavy burden that has come your way, one of the reasons we exist as “Church” is to be there for each other. And it does not always have to be the tough stuff. Let us know when you are celebrating a new life welcomed or a goal accomplished. We put all those names and concerns together and offer them up to our God who promises to walk with us. My sincere thanks to the great mission of the Ministry of Prayer at Old St. Pat’s.
During the course of the coming new year, you will hear more about the Church’s Liturgy, commonly known to us as the Sunday Mass. What you will be hearing, if you have not heard already, is that the Church has made some pretty significant alterations to the language and words of the English translation to the Mass. While the “rites” will stay the same, the words we say at Mass are going to change, beginning with Advent, 2011. There are many questions being raised as to why and what does this all mean for us as a Catholic community. Well, one of the many blessings we have at Old St. Pat’s is found in the person of Fr. Edward Foley, who is a professor of liturgical theology at Catholic Theological Union in Hyde Park. Besides being a former teacher of mine, Ed is a weekend presider at Old St. Pat’s and one of the best preachers in town! Though more detailed information will be forthcoming, Ed has agreed to host a three-part series of presentations related to the new Mass on February 20, March 27, and May 1. You may want to mark your calendars now. It is certain to be informative and relevant. I am most grateful to Ed for the gift he is to us.
This weekend, we honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. We give thanks for his vision and his passionate witness of calling the human family not necessarily to something greater, but rather to what our humanity should be. Dr. King’s dream is God’s Dream for the human family: equality, reverence, respect, charity. May we continue to work even harder at making Dr. King’s, this Great Disciple’s, dream a reality someday soon.
Peace to you,
Fr. Tom Hurley