Dear Old St. Mary’s Parishioner,
We are approaching the 500th Anniversary of the event that marked the beginning of the Reformation, the movement which resulted in a widespread breaking away from the Catholic Church and in the development of Reformed and Protestant branches of Christianity. The event which took place on October 31, 1517 was the posting by Martin Luther of 95 Theses calling for church reform. I invite all Old St. Mary’s parishioners to join our Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee in taking part in two observances of this historic event.
The first event will be at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in the Loop on Saturday evening, October 28. Holy Trinity Lutheran meets at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St.. I will be preaching at the 5:00 pm service there that evening, which is their annual celebration of Reformation Sunday. Following the service there will be a presentation and discussion of the changing relationship between the Lutheran and Catholic churches in the centuries following Martin Luther’s actions. Then there will be a pot luck supper during which with members of Old St. Mary’s and Holy Trinity communities will share a meal together. Please join us for the service, discussion, and dinner at Grace Place and be sure to bring a dish to share!
The second event will be held at Holy Name Cathedral on the evening of October 31, the actual date of 500th Anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses. Cardinal Blaise Cupich and Bishop Wayne Miller of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will celebrate a renewal of a covenant of understanding and cooperation between Catholics and Lutherans in the Chicago area. Old St. Mary’s Ecumenical and Interfaith Committee will join our friends from Holy Trinity in sending a delegation to the ceremony, but all parishioners are invited to attend the ceremony and the reception that follows.
Catholics do not exactly “celebrate” the Reformation, but it is important that we observe this significant anniversary of a landmark event in religious history and western civilization. We certainly celebrate the respectful, even loving relations that have developed between our churches in more recent times.
Rev. Paul Huesing, C.S.P.
Parishioners are invited to join the students of Old St. Mary’s School praying a living rosary on Tuesday, October 24, at 10 AM in the Church.
With a living rosary individuals are used to represent each bead of the rosary. Please come to experience a unique way to pray the rosary.