A Message from Fr. Hurley (September 20, 2020)

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

As usual there is much good news to share with you. One great piece of news is St. Mary’s School is close to meeting the licensing requirements for its new configuration as an exclusively early childhood development school. This has been a long process and many hours of dedicated work by Nancy Riley, director, and all the teachers as well as the staff of this parish. I have observed many late nights where folks were over at the school getting things prepared for inspections and certifications. Hopefully, at this time, all is complete and the licensing process is complete. I look forward to seeing the young folks around here each day.

Other good news is the steady growth of parishioners returning to Mass. It is just good to see folks coming to Mass again. This is true for daily Mass as well now that we started the 5 pm Mass. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is still attended by a consistent number and I always hear from folks who are new to Adoration. I know many folks are not familiar with Adoration, but it is worth checking out. I cannot imagine a better way to spend a few minutes of your life than in the presence of God Himself. To sit quietly before our Lord, Jesus Christ in order to allow His Grace, His Mercy, His Wisdom to enter us. We all need help in various ways and our Lord knows even better than we do what exactly we need. Let Him fill you with those Graces by putting yourself in His immediate presence - that is what Adoration is! 3-5 p.m. every day except Saturday.

“Take what is yours and go.” Today’s Gospel is awesome! Our Lord is trying to communicate how crazy generous God is to each of us. We are all called to participate in His mission… some longer or more visible than others. In fact, our role in His mission is tailored to each of us. The point is we should not compare how long or how much we do compared to others. The evil one is constantly and subtly trying to move us off our mission. Comparing ourselves and our role to others is a sure-fire method to discourage and disorient us. The Gospel clearly depicts the discord of the workers as they compare the hours worked in the vineyard with the compensation given each. Our response should only be gratitude for God’s generous gifts to each of us.

Of course, this message flies in the face of our culture’s quest for getting what we think we deserve compared to what others do. Perhaps this coming week our focus can be on our own sense of gratitude… to take what is ours and go! This is in fact the meaning of Eucharist… Thanksgiving!
Finally, I want to share what a great time we had Saturday night praying the rosary and watching the Fatima film in the Church hall. Hopefully, this can be a weekly tradition of praying the rosary and watching a good movie together. If you are interested, plan on coming down to the lower church after the 4 pm Mass.

Fr. Hurley