Letter From the Pastor November 3
One of the real pitfalls of American Catholic parishes is that people spend decades and decades worshiping in the same parish and never meet one another because they go to different Masses. Because most of us are creatures of habit, we attend the same Mass year after year and become relatively comfortable in that setting – so we never venture out to meet our fellow parishioners who attend another Mass. Add to that differences of language, national origin, sex, age, and “theological bent,” and, it seems, there is more to divide us than to unite us – even within a parish. So the hard work of overcoming all these barriers – “striking down the walls of enmity that divide us,” St. Paul says – becomes a task that demands great intentionality. We are no different than any other parish in that regard, in fact, with our student/local resident divide, we are probably worse than most.
So, I am quite excited about opportunities to draw the entire parish together. Next weekend’s 50th Anniversary celebration will provide numerous opportunities. We hope that you will join us for the Mass on Friday night and/or the Tailgate Party on Saturday (even if you are not planning to go to the football game). The Tailgate party will be a perfect opportunity for families with small children because they can “play with the big kids” and run around the front lawn.
I hope the lunch on Sunday will be truly representative of the whole Parish. More than 50 people accepted our call for homemade desserts and many have signed up to do the heavy lifting associated with such a meal. I hope to see many of you there and that it will be a great celebration!
I would also like to say thank you to the more than 75 people who, on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of October, participated in the Adoration with Prayers for Greater Respect for Human Life. Once again this year, it proved a great success and something that drew from the entire community. It was heart-warming to see so many, especially of our young people taking seriously what is one of our most urgent ongoing prayer intentions.