Our Mother of Sorrows Parish is a wonderful welcoming Family of Faith located in Erie, Pennsylvania. Along with St. Casimir, Holy Family and St. Ann in Erie, Pennsylvania, we are a great community with three wonderful places to worship. As the People of God, we rejoice in doing our very best to live and love like Christ! We are committed to loving God, loving others, and making disciples. Founders, long-time parishioners, newcomers, and those visiting the area are all welcome. May the Lord’s every blessing be yours today and always!
From Deacon Jerry
Current Sunday Mass Schedule
9:30 AM (Traditional Latin Mass) at St. Casimir Church with confession available before each mass
11:00 AM at St. Casimir Church with confession available before each mass
Weekday Masses are 12:05 PM, Monday - Friday at St. Ann's with confession available before and after each mass Traditional Latin Mass on Wednesdays at 5:30 PM at St. Casimir Church, Erie. First Saturday Mass at 9 PM at St. Ann's on the first Saturday of each month.
Loving Thy Neighbor
All teens are invited to sign up for Love Thy Neighbor: Make a Difference at Home experience that is sponsored by the Office of Young Adult & Youth Ministry in our Diocese. This is an opportunity for high school students around the Diocese to come together virtually and, on-their-own, in-person to learn about Catholic Social Teaching issues affecting our community, build relationships with community organizations, and start change. It is a 5-day experience November 15-19 for a flexible two hours a day. The Office of Young Adult & Youth Ministry is delivering “boxes” (containing swag and activities) to those who register by November 1. To register and for more information, go here: https://www.eriercd.org/youth/lovethyneighbor.html
Thank you for continuing to support your parish! Your thoughtfulness and generosity have been another way the light of Christ has penetrated the darkness of our times. May God continue to bless you and your families and keep you safe!
Fr. O’Hara continues to recover and sends his best wishes to everyone. If you wish to send him cards or greetings please mail them to the parish office at 913 Fulton St. or bring them to Mass and and they will be forwarded to him.
Giving to God
At one time or another all of us have been put on the spot – someone has posed a question to us and we feel no matter how we answer we are wrong.
In this Sunday's Gospel we see the Pharisees doing just that to Jesus – putting him right on the spot in front of everyone – just look at how they set him up: “Teacher we know that you are a truthful man…,” “Tell us then…” They go right after his credibility in full view of the public.
But Jesus, who is the master of every situation, fully knowing that they are trying to discredit him, is steadfast and courageous in the face of the Pharisees. He takes on their challenge and beats them at their own game with a stark lesson in the truth.
Jesus says to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. All the emphasis, in his answer is on the second: Pay to God what belongs to God. Jesus wants the Pharisees to understand the truth that everything belongs to God, even Caesar’s part. The book of Genesis says that God created all things. God did not separate creation saying, “This is for me, but this is for someone else.” Everything was created by God and belongs to him.
So it goes for us – God has given us the precious gift of our talents: our ability to communicate with each other, to laugh, to love. If paying to God what is God’s means anything, we have to ask ourselves: are we putting God first in our lives or does he get what’s left after everything else?
What God wants most from us isn’t money! God wants us to accept his love and return it with the gift of ourselves. If we truly want to “pay to God what is God’s,” we must put God first in all areas of our lives.
Jesus refused to humiliate his enemies or violate their freedom by forcing them to follow him; yet he kept on inviting them to believe in him. In spite of their stubbornness – he stayed with them and eventually stirred their hardened hearts to admiration.
Jesus stirs our hearts by inviting each one of us to follow him, to give of ourselves, to live our lives with honesty and integrity, to be honest with ourselves and God. When we give of ourselves to God we find something amazing happens – we will have more than enough for ourselves and God will never be outdone in his generosity to us!
Livestreamed Masses throughout the Diocese of Erie: https://www.eriercd.org/livestreammass.html
Please Remember to pray Bishop Persico's "Prayer in Time of Pandemic" every day at Noon or whenever you can. It is especially important to continue this prayer as it appears cases are once again on the rise! A link to the prayer is at www.ErieRDC.org.
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