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April 6, 2020
As we enter Holy Week, our Lenten commitments of prayer, sacrifice, and charity take on new meaning. We reflect on where we started on February 26 with Ash Wednesday. What did we consider the definition of sacrifice at that time?
Life changed so dramatically in such a short amount of time. We hunker down as we expect the next few weeks to be a tough time for the city of Chicago, our state, and our nation. While most have adopted our new way of living in self-isolation, I know it creates other, unintended consequences. It is hard to be apart.
But there are some signs of hope as the daylight lasts longer. Spring is beginning to bring warmer weather, flowers are blossoming, and birds are beginning to sing as they migrate back north to our area. Perhaps a silver lining of the quietness of our streets allows us to see and hear the emerging season in a new way.
This slice of hope does not make light of the many difficulties facing so many of us. For those who have contracted the COVID-19 disease, for those who are so very vulnerable to contract the virus, and for the many impacted by job loss and financial uncertainty, it is beyond anything we could have imagined a short time ago.
But perhaps, this year, Easter will have a new meaning for us. As Christians, the resurrection of Christ brings the promise of new life, in a way, none of us may not currently recognize. We have been forced to stop a life of busyness to be at home, with family, or perhaps alone but connected through phone, texts, and the internet. We may have reconnected with people who, in the past, we couldn’t find the time to do. People need to know they are loved, that other people care.
I want to take a moment to thank our Controller, Patricia Palacios, for the extensive work she continues to do around our financials. She worked hours and hours to create numerous financial outlook scenarios that account for the massive drop in our donations. As you can see below, we only achieved 40% of our goal for Sunday collections. Since donations are 90% of our operating budget, this creates a challenging outlook. Please carefully discern as you make your Easter donation. You can CLICK HERE to donate online, or better yet, set up recurring giving to save you time. You can also donate through a text – just text the words HOLY NAME to 77977. Thank you for your continued support of the Cathedral.
Stay the course – maintain all of our new social distancing habits, use a mask whenever you go out, and stay at home except for absolutely essential errands. We will continue to explore new digital ways to bring our Faith Community together. My prayers will be with each of you throughout our Holy Week.
And I ask for you to join me in daily prayer for everyone who remains committed to working on our behalf – the teams at our grocery stores and our pharmacies, truck drivers, delivery workers, our utilities’ service teams, and our mayor and governor along with their public health teams. I stand in awe at the bravery of first responders and healthcare professionals who stand in the face of the virus to care for the sick day in and day out. May they all know our gratitude and feel the protection of our prayers.
Please remember, churches are not closed, buildings are. You are the Church. We are the Body of Christ.
Stay healthy and keep praying. We are all connected; we are all in this together. And the Lord will watch over us, no matter what. This period is an unprecedented crisis, but we are an Easter people in the face of the difficult days ahead. May you have a blessed Easter – apart – but together in our faith.
With the grace and help of God, this too shall pass.
Walking with you,
A Blessing of the Easter Basket for Use at Home
To honor the stay-at-home order and its intention of protecting the health and wellbeing of all within our communities, we are not conducting any form of Easter Basket Blessings this year. For parishioners who very much want to participate in the beautiful traditions and rituals of our faith, Click Here to see the prayer you can use at home.
With the production assistance of Fr. Marek Smolka and with music provided by Mark Teresi, Fr. Greg taped a 11-minute spiritual reflection for you.
Please join Fr. Greg as we all pray together while we are apart. Click Here or click on the image to the left for the video. We will post a new one each Friday.
Cardinal Cupich will continue to pre-record our Sunday Mass. Once again, it was televised on ABC-Chicago (Channel 7) on Sunday, April 5 at 12noon CDT. Please note the new time for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday Masses. Due to the length of these masses, ABC-Chicago is televising at 12noon CDT.
Click Here or click on the video link to the left view the Palm Sunday Mass.
Daily Mass is being videotaped and can be found on the Archdiocese of Chicago YouTube channel. Click Here to see all of the Masses.
Click Here view the Daily Mass at St. James Chapel, March 6, 2020.
Your Ongoing Giving is Deeply Appreciated
We recognize suspending our 35 weekly Masses is a massive change for all of us. We are videotaping our Sunday Mass each week from Holy Name Cathedral during this time, available through our website. The Archdiocese is also videotaping a Daily Mass from the St. James Chapel, available on their site.
While we are suspending our in-person services for now, much of our operations must continue to sustain and care for the Cathedral. Your giving still matters. Over 90% of our operating budget comes from your donations. I need your support.
For many of you, your weekly donations traveled with you as you attended Sunday Mass. We encourage you to either mail in your weekly donation or better yet, CLICK HERE to sign up for recurring giving online. I realize we live in difficult times. However, I ask you to continue your generous support of Holy Name Cathedral.
Please prayerfully consider making a donation today to support your Cathedral. Always remember – You are the Church. You are the Body of Christ.
With profound gratitude,