A Message from Fr. Hurley (September 4, 2022)

News August 31, 2022

Peace of our Lord be with you.

The summer is almost over and soon we will be into winter and thinking about those warm days of summer. So I guess we should enjoy these last warm days!

Regardless of the weather, I hope you had a restful and joyful summer. I am sure many folks were finally able to resume some summer activities that were impossible with the pandemic restrictions.

As for me, I presided at a wedding several weeks ago that seemed like the weddings I used to enjoy this time of year. It was really joyful and the summer weather added to the celebration. During my homily I used an old Letterman top 10 list that is always fun. Or I should say, with the right crowd it can add to the fun environment. I will share this oldie but goodie list:

Top 10 reasons God created Eve

10. God worried that Adam would always be lost in the garden because men hate to ask for directions.

9. God knew that one day Adam would need someone to hand him the TV remote (men don’t want to see what is on TV, but what ELSE is on).

8. God knew Adam would never buy a new fig leaf when his wore out.

7. God knew Adam would never make a medical appointment for himself.

6. God knew Adam would never remember which night to put out the garbage.

5. God knew man would not be able to handle child birth.

4. As “keeper of the garden” Adam would never remember where he put his tools.

3. God knew that Adam would need someone to blame for the “apple” incident and anything else that  really his fault.

2. As the Bible says “It is not good for man to be alone.”

The number one reason God created Eve is this:

When God finished the creation of Adam, He stepped back and saw His creation, scratched His head and said…. I can do better than that!

I always enjoy this even if the congregation does not react. By react I mean laugh. This is fun but it also brings God as the creator into this marriage business. The number one image used throughout scriptures to describe the relationship of God the creator to His creation is the marriage covenant. And the foundation of that covenant is sacrificial love… complete, pure, uncompromising selflessness! This is really what the Gospel is presenting to us. God must be our top, number one priority. As in a marriage covenant, there must be that one person, spouse, that is the one and only top priority.

This is the same in our lives. God must be our top priority… to praise Him, worship Him alone. Once we get this set in our lives, then everything else can reach its fullness - full happiness, full satisfaction, full joy, supernatural Grace to overcome obstacles, suffering, pain, etc…
So let’s work on placing God at the top of our lives in all respects!

Speaking of fun, the parish Fall Festival is coming up soon. Let’s celebrate together the great gift of parish that God has blessed us with here at St. Mary Church. Bring a canned good so we can replenish the local food pantry. Let’s have fun together. Also, keep thinking about how you can best serve in our parish. We have many needs. You can sign up at the festival.

I am excited to get the simple soup supper back on Friday nights following daily 5:30pm Mass. For now, the soup supper will be held once per month. This is a great way to spend time with others who share our faith and love of God, and the love of a good soup!

Fr. Hurley