Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

It is Sunday night. As I look back over the day, I find myself grateful for the conversations I had with various ones of you. If I were to identify some common threads, I would say that people are shocked at and fearful of the outcome of the election. Many described themselves as being distracted and unsure of their footing. My guess is that these feelings will persist for a while, so I thought I would share one reflection from my homily today. In a very real way, many in our community and country are experiencing Good Friday. Something has been nailed to the cross – perhaps it’s hope, respect and kindness, fair play, the underpinnings of democracy or something else. Both our faith and our experience tell us that Good Friday is followed by Easter Sunday. Certainly that won’t be today, and likely not in four years. And it will never happen unless all believers take seriously that we together make up the mystical Body of Christ. Unless and until we allow him to use our hands to reach out to others, our feet to walk about doing good, our words to speak truth and justice and our heart to love as he loved, Easter Sunday will never dawn.

In these times, we Christians must remain rooted in our hope in the ultimate victory, resurrection and new life. As followers of Jesus, we do not have the luxury to participate in panic, or succumb to the paralysis of fear because the world deeply needs our hope and our words and actions of mercy, compassion and justice.

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, whose kingship derives from that very love that shows itself in deeds of mercy, compassion and justice. Today we symbolize that love by imitating what Jesus did for his disciples at the Last Supper. In doing so, we also express our desire to love as he did and commit ourselves to a way of being in the world that lives out of hope and in love.

Our country and our world need nothing less.

I want to welcome this weekend three members of the Las Vecinas Committee at Parroquia San Antonio, our sister parish in El Salvador. Inéz, Paty and David, among others, were very gracious to our delegation to San Antonio last June. Please join me in extending to them the same hospitality. Also, please plan to join us for our annual pancake breakfast and participate in the silent auction. All the funds we raise go directly to support ministries at Parroquia San Antonio.

On Thursday, we will celebrate Thanksgiving. If you are able to join us for Mass at 10:00 a.m., please bring a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine or something you will bring to your Thanksgiving table that together we might bless it.

Be assured of my prayers of gratitude for you and for our community. Make God bless you and St. Ignatius Parish.  

Sincerely,

Fr. Greg