THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF SAINT TERRENCE
A Recorded Palm Sunday and Easter Mass will be available on this site on April 5 and April 11
All liturgical functions, Masses, Confessions, Holy Week Celebrations including Easter Masses, Baptisms, Religious Ed classes cancelled until further notice.
THE CHURCH WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY or FUNERALS CALL FR. TOMY @708-597-0970.
Intentions received from Parishioners, I will include in my daily Masses. Any intentions not celebrated will be honored at a later time.
Outside of the recorded Masses on this site, I encourage you to attend Masses on TV or go to YouTube and locate a Mass. Worship and pray together with family in the comfort of your home. I also ask of you to support our Parish during these difficult days via online giving through Universal Parish Online Offertory Form, www.archchicago.org/offertory or mailing your contribution envelopes to the Rectory. Thank you for your continued generosity.
May God watch over and protect us all.
Father Tomy Abraham
Palm Sunday Mass, April 5, 2020
MASSES FOR SUNDAY
Saturday at 5:00 PM
Sunday at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM
Monday through Friday
at 8:45 AM
These days are completely strange. Many uncertainties filled our lives the last few weeks. Apart from urgent sacramental needs of parishioners, which included anointing of the sick and grave side funeral services, I pretty much maintained my social distancing from people. I feel forced to stay indoors. I am celebrating Mass in the rectory on a temporary Altar that faces the field behind the rectory. The only congregation at my Masses are the birds sitting on the fence or the window right outside.
When I celebrate Mass these days, I strongly feel an increased presence of God in the Eucharist, a phenomenon I have hardly experienced before. Even though I celebrate mass privately, I feel the proximity of all parishioners at the Mass. I miss seeing all parishioners who came to celebrate the Eucharist on weekends and on a daily basis.
Never in my dreams could I have imagined what we are experiencing right now. People are afraid to go outside of homes to get fresh air for fear the air could be contaminated. I have heard stories of people losing their loved ones to this virus, not having an opportunity to say a proper good bye and not being able to do a funeral service for their loved ones. Some who are infected with Corona Virus are admitted to a hospital and are isolated from their families not knowing if they will ever see each other again. Parents are afraid to hug their children. We are told to keep are distance from people whose closeness we love. Our lives have changed tremendously.
Those things that gave us comfort and brought us together as a community like Church, sports, family parties, restaurants, political gatherings, weddings or funerals are all interrupted with no end in sight.
As a man of faith and as a Pastor I have strong faith and I continue to believe that God is still in control. Just like any ordinary man I question God occasionally. These are the days either our faith is strengthened or weakened. On different social media I have seen people of various backgrounds raise questions about the existence of God. As usual when things go really bad, we want to blame God. If he is still there why is he not doing anything to save his people? Some others comment that there is no God, that only the scientists can find a cure for this health crisis and save us from this wretched virus. On the other hand, there are some others who believe that this is a warning from God. A warning because we have made God’s commandments to suit our lifestyle which is a lot different from God’s. These kind of arguments and debates will continue regardless. Humanity will always struggle to find an answer to this problem. I like to say that I don’t know why evil continues to happen. All I know is that this is not God’s making. God is perfect love and he doesn’t will evil. God permits evil to happen. God allowed evil to happen so that his mercy, justice and his redeeming love could be displayed in His Son Jesus Christ. Christ’s act of love, His carrying the Cross for us who are sinners, would never have happened had evil not existed. I believe God is with us in this crisis. God created the doctors, nurses, health care workers, scientists. God is present to us through all the good people that he gave.
It’s beyond comprehension that we cannot celebrate our most solemn season, Holy Week and Easter this year as usual. This has never occurred in anyone’s memory. On Palm Sunday and Good Friday we hear the words of Jesus while hanging on the Cross., “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me” Mt 27:46. During these days the words our Savior on the Cross are very heavy on the hearts of so many people. People in our families, parishes, cities and nations across the world echo these words right now. But we who are Christians and Catholics know what followed the crucifixion. His life did not end on the cross rather it led to His Resurrection from the dead and promise of a glorious new life for all.
As Catholics we are invited to be a people of hope, to see light in spite of the current darkness. We are called to set aside fear and to experience peace that He gives to us. We are called to experience and share His love displayed on the Cross.
Gods' blessing to you this Holy Week
Father Tomy Abraham
LENTEN PARISH MISSION
Lenten Parish Mission Scheduled for:
March 22nd - 24th, 2020
Religious Ed Classes Cancelled
Effective as of March 13, 2020, All religious ed classes have been cancelled. We will send families an update over spring break.
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
In addition to our weekend and daily Masses, we have Rosary after Morning Mass. We have Eucharistic adoration on Fridays in Lent and Advent from 9:15 am to 7:00 pm concluding with a Benediction. Confessions are heard from 4:00pm to 4:40 pm on Saturdays. In Lent we have a 3 day parish mission, we spend time to listen and reflect on God’s word.
Every baptized Catholic is called to the mission of Jesus. Ministries enrich St. Terrence Parish. It gives every parishioner an opportunity to do what Jesus commanded us to do, to follow his path and love everyone. Parishioners volunteer their time for various ministries in the parish. Please check the website for a list of ministries.
St. Terrence is an active parish community of dedicated parishioners who strive to live out their call to discipleship. Our weekend liturgies are well attended with uplifting music and focus given to prayer and reflection. We have lot of ministries where parishioners give their time and talent to make a difference in this world. As disciples of Jesus we seek to live our lives for him who was crucified for our salvation.