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GREETINGS FROM THE PASTOR

GREETINGS FROM THE PASTOR

Welcome to October at Old St. Mary's Catholic Church! This weekend we celebrated with many runners the pursuit of their dream - running, finishing, and even winning the Chicago Marathon.

I'm reminded of the quote from Philippians: "I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus. Let us, then, who are “perfectly mature” adopt this attitude. And if you have a different attitude, this too God will reveal to you. Only, with regard to what we have attained, continue on the same course." [Phil.6:14-16 NABR] We still have our dream and desire to be mature people of faith.

Around us in Chicago, the results of the VanDyk trial - verdict in, people reacting - continue to unfold. I am heartened by those who put all this in God's hands, to achieve justice and overcome violence - because without God's help how can we ever be successful? The goal is to love, not a romantic feel good love, but difficult care for you neighbor and your neighbor's neighbor love. And who's my neighbor? Jesus gave us an answer for that too.

Here at OSM, we've been continuing a discussion on diversity this month - and we invite you to join us in that, especially as Deacon James Norman joins us again on October 14 at 12:15 to keep growing in our understanding and helping us create unity in diversity.

We also have been continuing to discuss various crises that are impacting the Church, and the results of our survey and our next steps will soon be out.

If you'd like to come join us here at Old St. Mary's - please do. We are trying to deal with events in our world through the eyes of faith in a realistic way. That means all are welcome to the table, and all are invited to participate in the banquet. It may get messy at times, but Jesus didn't choose to come to an ideal world, he entered a messy world and lived among us. We believe he is still among us, and his presence is the way the world can be reshaped for the good.

We as parish are working in the messiness, trying to see the way forward with Jesus as our guide. Maybe in this month of October, with the sound of the marathon ringing in our ears, we will be inspired to continue to run this race of faith with more determination, confident in our fellow runners, and recognizing how much work is still ahead of us. God bless us all!

Fr. Brad Schoeberle, CSP

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