Father David’s Letter
Dear Friends in Christ,
Last Sunday in the McHenry Deanery we celebrated the Women of Inspiration that were chosen for 2020 and 2021. As Bishop Malloy himself said, it was just so nice that we could all get together for this joyful event again. It really was a wonderful event! And much needed. The hall at Holy Apostles was bustling and radiating with the joy of the women, their families, as well as friends, parishioners, and pastors. It was my honor on behalf of St. Mary to recognize Fran Wiser for 2021, as well as Barb Williams and the late Martha Peters for 2020. As it is sometimes said, the true treasures of the Church are not its buildings and objects, but its people. Without good and faithful people like these women, the most beautiful and magnificent church buildings would mean nothing. Remember, the first Christians worshipped in homes and catacombs; their steadfast faith helped the Church survive and thrive through great trials. These Women of Inspiration are doing the same thing today, helping the Church continue unshakably on its course through difficult and uncertain times.
This Sunday we are blessed to have a missionary priest visiting us. I am grateful for his apostolate, and for the opportunity for us at St. Mary to support the work of helping some of God’s people who are most in need. Thank you all for being kind, hospitable, and generous to this cause of the missions! And remember, we are ALL missionaries, whether we are in the impoverished neighborhoods in a third world country, or in the residential districts of an affluent culture. As we mark ourselves at every Mass before hearing the Gospel, the Gospel of Jesus Christ should ALWAYS be “in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts,” wherever we live and wherever we go.
Next Sunday we once again have the opportunity to stand, literally, for some of the least of our brothers and sisters – the unborn. The Life Chain occurs every year on the first Sunday of October; it is a once-a-year event for all of us to unite our prayers and our presence behind our little ones who are endangered, as well as their mothers and families who are broken and desperate. It is certainly a complex issue; I have experienced this in my priestly ministry to be sure. Yet on the other hand there is an utter simplicity to it, namely that EVERY life is precious – the mothers, their babies, the fathers, the siblings. We want EVERY soul to be given that inalienable “right to life” that comes from our Creator, and to be welcomed and loved and cared for. Crisis pregnancies are absolutely awful situation; what traumatized expecting mothers, and sometimes fathers, need is not preaching and judgment, but love and care and hope. Places like “The First Way” in our locale do just this. They operate under the Gospel and human Truth that the dignity of the expecting mothers who walk in their doors must be affirmed, as well as that of their babies. It is the FAMILY that must be loved! That is in effect what we are saying at the Life Chain, that FAMILIES matter, that mothers matter, that fathers matter, that little children matter, each and every one! And that NO government has the Right to undermine or usurp the God-given Right to Life that is inherent to our basic human dignity!
Sincerely in Christ,
Post COVID-19 Mass Directives
Restrictions for Mass attendance have been lifted. Even if you have been vaccinated, you are required to wear a mask. Social distance parameters have also been removed. Hand sanitizer is still available at church entrances for your continued use.
The dispensation for Mass attendance has also been removed. If you still feel uncomfortable to attend Mass, the weekend Mass is still available on St. Mary’s Facebook page and also still being broadcast for you to attend in your car on radio station FM90.3. You can then receive the Eucharist after Mass.
Here is the link to Spiritual Communion and Chaplet of the Blessed Sacrament: https://www.virgosacrata.com/spiritual-communion.html
Join us Monday mornings from 9:00-10:30am starting Oct. 4 for the video series Blue Collar Apologetics How to Explain and Defend Catholic Teaching by using Common Sense, Simple Logic, and the Bible. Sandy Pollock will be presenting. You can purchase the book to go along with the video but it is not required. We will be watching videos and then having a discussion on the material. Contact Sandy at email@example.com if you have questions.
Here’s something to SMILE about! 🙂
St. Mary’s Church is now connected with AMAZON.SMILE! What is Amazon.Smile? Amazon is dedicated to giving back to charitable organizations like our parish. When you buy online at Amazon, you have the opportunity to have .05% of your purchases donated to St. Mary’s by Amazon. When you sign up for AmazonSmile, you’ll be asked to select from over a million of charities to support. But you can skip this step and click on our unique link. Then you’ll be taken to smile.amazon.com and then automatically asked if you want to support St Mary Church. Our unique charity link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2182123
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