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 during the pandemic
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 9:00 AM at St. Ann's on the first Saturday of each month.
The Traditional Latin Mass Community has a new website which is a great source of information about the Traditional Latin Mass. It also contains many resources and news about current events in the community. Visit:
If you would like to follow along with the readings at mass and have a smart phone, they are available at the site for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at: https://bible.usccg.org/ There are also many free apps in the format of missals that contain the readings and the parts of mass. Just search your app store to find one.
Staying the Course!
Looking back over the events of this past week in Scripture we saw Jesus had been doing everything he could to reach out to people - rich and poor, everybody. Yet he faced very strong opposition to his teachings and what he was doing. Most people would probably have just thrown in the towel and walked away. But Jesus didn't give up and he did not walk away. He would go through suffering and death because he was convinced that this was the path to life. And he did it out of his immense love for each one of us.
What happens to us when we face challenges or are confronted in the course of doing what is right? Do we stay the course ... or throw in the towel? We know that Jesus has been there, and with courage and determination, has confronted the same issues we have. Through the events of the past week Jesus gives us 4 lessons on how to do the same and move from Good Friday to Easter.
“Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”
Forgive those who hurt you. If you were to select 100 people at random and ask them to name the central teaching of Jesus, I’m certain the majority of answers would indicate “loving your enemies” and forgiving others. When we practice forgiveness, we express the deep gratitude we have to Jesus for paying the ultimate price to obtain forgiveness for us.
“Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Even while hanging on the cross, Jesus still reached out to others and asks us to do the same. We cannot get so caught up in ourselves that we become indifferent to those around us in need. When we reach out to others, we ourselves become whole.
“Woman, behold your son.
We need to take care of the people who depend on us. While on the cross, Jesus still looked after the needs of his own mother. We must never let our own suffering blind us to the needs of those who rely on us.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Give the hard questions to God. When we feel overwhelmed or abandoned, take it to God. He will be there to take us into the palm of his hand and heal our broken hearts or make sense out of whatever is troubling us. So, go ahead and give the hard questions to God, but be ready and willing to accept his answer.
That brings us to Easter Sunday. The resurrection is not just something that happened long ago or an occasion to have a nice spring holiday. The resurrection is about now, it is a timeless and significant event where Jesus moved from devastating tragedy to an extraordinary triumph. It is our encounter with the risen Lord that moves us from our Good Friday experience to new life and gives us hope - that no matter what happens to us on this earth that if we stay the course and let Jesus into our hearts, we will be OK.
While there is still considerable pain and suffering in the world, the resurrection assures us that above it all there is immeasurable happiness and hope. Our hope is in Jesus Christ and in Him alone. Our hope is hope is that if we don’t throw in the towel and we stay united to him through faith and grace, we will rise with him and live with him forever in the vast and eternal adventure of heaven.
So, whatever it is you are facing – suffering, peer pressure, doubt, anxiety – take it to Jesus and talk to him about the possibilities in your life.
Stay the course. Don’t throw in the towel.
He has risen – Alleluia
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. A link to the prayer is at www.ErieRDC.org.
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