SUNDAY MASS IN CHEROKEE PARK
Next Sunday, August 13, the annual Saint Matthew Sunday Mass in Cherokee Park takes place. This event is long standing, and has come to be seen as an important part of parish life.
The gathering is informal; bring a blanket to sit on the grass or a summer folding chair.
Bring family and friends and neighbors. This event is a good opportunity to introduce others to Saint Matthew in less than the formal setting of the church.
The warmth and acceptance, the hospitality and welcome of Saint Matthew are strong invitations to others. And the “Mass in the Grass” is a wonderful opportunity to extend that welcome.
The Men’s Club grill the brats and burgers; the Rosary Society supplies paper products – plates, cutlery, napkins, etc. Each family is invited to bring a side dish or a dessert.
Mass begins at 10:30 am Sunday morning and the picnic follows immediately.
We have the park reservation until 1:30 pm. That gives us three hours to pray and play.
I came to Saint Matthew’s in June of 1978. On August 6th of that year, the Feast of the Transfiguration, the world was informed of the death of Pope Paul VI. He had been responsible for the promulgation and implementation of the Second Vatican Council. Pope John XXIII was the architect of the Council and Paul spent fifteen years encouraging a “new church”, a church called to speak to the world today.
The period after Paul saw a desire to return to the former way of being church. This was often because of apprehensions about the renewal and the turbulence of the world of the last quarter of the 20th century.
Pope Francis has taken up the mantel of Paul VI and is committed to the implementation of the Council and the church structures allowing the church to engage the secular world in which we live.
Today we remember St. Paul VI and give thanks for him.
Fr. Steve Adrian