07 Jun

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison, the greatest American inventor, was skeptical of the existence of the soul and its immortality.  He compared it to the reproduction of sound. "Yet no one," he said, "thinks of claiming immortality for the cylinders or the phonograph. Then why claim it for the brain mechanism or the power that drives it? Because we don't know what this power is, shall we call it immortal?"  Edison went on to say, on another occasion, "I have not reached my conclusions through study of tradition; I have reached them through the study of hard fact.  Proof! Proof! That is what I have always been after; that is what my mind requires before it can accept a theory as a fact."

07 Jun

Gospel June 7, 2020

In the Readings at Mass for this Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we honor all three Persons of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. From the Book of Exodus we hear the story of the second giving of the Law (The Ten Commandments) after the people of Israel broke covenant with God by worshiping the golden calf. God also reveals himself to Moses as One who is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, rich in kindness and fidelity. Every part of that statement stresses God in relationship to humankind, and it emphasizes especially God’s great love for us. 

07 Jun

Peace in Our Homes

The words of St. Paul, “…mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” These words from St. Paul come from this Sunday’s second reading and I say Mother Church is providing us with wisdom for these troubling days. Watching the news and seeing the mess that is happening around our country and our beloved home is enough to make one lose his peace. A sense of helplessness might certainly follow from the sight, and it is for these reasons that the words of St. Paul are worth praying with. If we take St. Paul’s words into our hearts, then we can begin to find, once again, peace in our homes.

05 Jun

Mass Reopening

  • 15 August 2020 |
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June 5, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

I'm happy to announce the Archdiocese has granted our parish permission to enter into Phase 2 of Reopening, which allows for the celebration of Mass!

To allow time for proper preparation and compliance, our first Mass will be Saturday, June 13th at 5pm in the main church.  Mass the next day will be Sunday, June 14th at 9:30am.  There will be daily Mass offered at 8:30am Monday through Friday in the main church.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 10:30 am until 11:30 am on Sundays.

Parishes across the Archdiocese are opening at various intervals based on their ability to gather supplies and volunteers, so we are blessed to be somewhat ahead of the curve on the reopening schedule.  Our plan is to add a second Sunday Mass, in addition to the Saturday evening Vigil Mass, on July 12.  Please be sure to check online for updates.

Also be sure to check online for the proper regulations for attending Mass (e.g. wearing a face mask, how to receive Communion, etc.).  Because the number of Mass attendees is limited to 20% of the church's seating capacity, the Archdiocese is requiring every parish to have a reservation system.  The first weekend, however, each individual Mass will be limited to only 50 attendees, per directive of the Archdiocese.  Starting June 20, we will be able to operate at 20% of our capacity.  Thank God we have a big church!

If you would like to attend Mass, therefore, please go on our website or click here to reserve your place.  Or, you may call the parish office (773-631-4127) to secure a reservation.  You may leave a message if you call after hours.

The Archbishop is still granting a dispensation to all Catholics from Sunday Mass.  As has been the case for the last several months, there is no obligation presently to attend Mass, especially if you are not able to do so.  The parish will continue to post Sunday Virtual Masses online for your spiritual benefit.

If you are willing to help assist at Mass (checking people in beforehand, escorting worshipers to marked pews, sanitizing hands, cleaning pews after Mass, and so on), please email the parish office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Thank you for your willingness to serve.

These are troubling times in our city and world, so I hope this news provides a little consolation.  More importantly, I hope the opening of the church and the celebration of Mass will allow us more time for prayer and sanctification.  Only the Lord can grant us the peace, health, and holiness we need.  May we open our hearts to him and his grace.  

Thank you for your support and your dedication.  I remain,

Yours in Christ,
Fr. James Wallace

 

 
31 May

Prayer of Patient Trust

Letters from a Pastor to His People- May 31, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

A priest friend of mine recently shared with me Teilhard de Chardin's Prayer of Patient Trust. Let me share it with you here. It is fitting both for the celebration of Pentecost, which is this weekend, and for the COVID crisis.


Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.

31 May

The Pentecost

In praying with artwork on this monumental feast day, I particularly like Jean II Restout's Pentecost (Louvre: Paris, France, 1732). First and foremost is because of the prominence of Mary. She stands in the center atop the altar of the upper room, which is here pictured as a Romanesque courtyard. Interestingly, the scene resembles Raphael's School of Athens. The Church, with Mary beside her son in the instructor's chair, is the new school.

31 May

Gospel, May 31, 2020

The first reading is from the Acts of the Apostles. On Pentecost (meaning fifty days after the feast of the Resurrection of Jesus by Christians), when the Spirit fills the disciples, it gives them new languages to preach about Jesus. This is the official birthdate of the Church. For this reason, today the entire Church celebrates the great Feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, and the pouring out of His graces and benefits on all the baptized. The Church will be universal in scope. People of every nation will be invited to join this new People of God.

31 May

St. Augustine

St. Augustine is a great doctor of our Church, and as a doctor of the Church, his words give timeless counsel, teaching and fatherly wisdom. Something of his recently struck me to be a clear and concise way of understanding how our sufferings can be united to Christ’s own suffering, if we offer them to Our Lord. The good doctor writes:

24 May

Pillow-y White Clouds

Letters from a Pastor to His People- May 24, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Clouds are mentioned quite a bit in Sacred Scripture. In the Old Testament, God was manifested in a cloud. We read in the Book of Exodus, "And as soon as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud" (Exodus 16:10). A column of cloud led the Israelites through the desert (cf. Exodus 13:21) and then the shekinah was like a cloud or light that was in the temple of Jerusalem, signifying God's dwelling.

24 May

Frankenstein

Mary Shelly's Frankenstein is actually a fitting Easter season novel. Victor Frankenstein is a doctor, scientist, philosopher and inventor. His creation has no name. It is just called 'the monster.' While the creature may look hideous, its brain is actually quite advanced. It appreciates beauty in nature and the love among family members. It reads significant texts like Paradise Lost, knows the Bible, and speaks eloquently. A far cry from the Hollywood ogre grunting for brains.