SATURDAY: 3:30-4:30 PM
Also by appointment.
TUESDAY: 7:30-8:00 AM
THURSDAY: 7:30-8:00 AM
MONDAY-FRIDAY: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
I have just returned from our twinned parish, Holy Family, in Appalachia and by the time you read this I will be in Haiti at our twinned parish of St. John the Baptist in a village called Dopale. This kind of relationship is rooted in the earliest Church and we hear about it in Paul’s letters and Acts of the Apostles. Early Church communities were always helping each other and Paul was, more than once, the “delivery man” for this assistance.
In each of our relationships with the parishes in Appalachia and Haiti our parish has unique gifts to offer. In the case of Appalachia it is our sheer size and numbers that makes it possible for us to have a real impact (9,000 parishioners at St. Mikes to their 175 spread over an area the size of the diocese of Chicago). Certainly we help financially, but the real gift we share shows when we take on projects like the hats and gloves recently collected for children out there. In no time we had boxes full of articles to send out there!! We’ve helped with Wal-Mart gift cards and winter coats with the same result – WOW!
In our relationship with Dopale our gift is really twofold. The first reflects the fact that we simply have so many resources compared to them. Our monetary collections, student sponsorship and the rummage sale help us in sharing those resources. But, the real gift is our repeated presence to the people there. We offer a warm welcome to Fr. Elizier whenever he comes and we have returned year after year to strengthen the relationship with the people of the village. This gift of presence has gradually transformed Dopale and brought real hope.
I’ll see you next weekend!!
Peace and Joy,