I have put a few thoughts together which hopefully will make a few people ‘in the pews’ think and reconsider their part in the mission.
-Jack Lynch, OSP Member
Over twenty years ago my daughter Kelly (age 14 at the time), and I were leaving our Northwest suburban parish on a Sunday morning and Kelly asked me, “Did you get anything out of that?” I paused as most people do when they don’t want to answer the question. Kelly then said, “Dad, I asked you a question. Did you get anything out of that?” I thought for another moment and said, “No.” Then Kelly said, “Then we must find another church with meaning because we are definitely wasting our time.” The next Sunday we came to Old St. Pat’s for Mass. On the way out of church I asked Kelly, “What do you think?” Kelly turned to me and said, “That was a 10.” She then explained that there was something for me, there was something for her, the music was awesome and the entire atmosphere of Old St. Pat’s was warm, thought provoking and individually challenging. We have been here ever since.
Twenty years later Old St. Pat’s is even better. Each year under Father Jack Wall and now Father Tom Hurley’s guidance, the church has continued to grow, improve, and reach out to feed those in need. We must not stop the progress. [Two Sundays ago] Father Hurley spoke at each Mass and explained the state of the church. The priests of Old St. Pat’s have earned our trust and need our help. It is time for you and I to step up to the plate.
Each of us must take a good look in the mirror and ask, “How important is Old St. Pat’s in my life?” Ask yourself, if you and three friends went out for a great nutritious dinner with great service in Chicago, wouldn’t you easily spend over one hundred and fifty dollars? Would you consider leaving a dollar or two for a tip? I think not. We are being fed spiritually every Sunday here at Old St. Pat’s. How important is it to you?
As we approach the “Season of Giving,” may I offer two possible suggestions? First, on your list for Christmas, think of including Old St. Pat’s. If Old St. Pat’s is already on your list, you might consider moving it up the list of importance. Secondly, as we approach the end of the year, many of us make New Year’s resolutions or promises. Consider making a promise to Old St. Pat’s Annual Fund. We have come too far and many individuals, especially our priests, have worked too hard to compromise or go backwards. The last few years have not been stellar for the Catholic Church. But somewhere there must be a beacon or ray of hope of what the Church can be.
You and I are that beacon of hope. We are a spirit-filled community with much to give. We are Old St. Pat’s. There is a need for you and me to invest in this community, this home, we call Old St. Pat’s, and some investments are just