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
Latin Mass Schedule
(Updated August 12) Please check back periodically as this schedule will be updated when changes occur.
August 15 at St. Casimir Church (10:00 AM)
August 16 at St. Casimir Church (9:30 AM)
August 23 at St. Casimir Church (9:30 AM)
We wish Fr. Power all the best in his new assignment. We are ever grateful for his ministry while he was with us!
11:00 am Sunday Mass to Resume
Beginning on Sunday, August 16, 2020 we will resume the 11:00 am public mass. Several weeks ago, we re-started the 9:30 am Latin Mass so we will now have two public Sunday masses at our parish. The decision to add more masses in the future will be based on consideration of the needs of the parish, our ability to maintain a safe environment for everyone, attendance at the current masses, priest availability, etc.
Bishop Persico’s dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses continues to remain in effect which means if you do not feel comfortable or safe attending mass it is acceptable to stay home.
If you choose to attend mass the worship environment will be different from what it was prior to mid-March. To assure everyone’s safety we have put in place the protocol and practices as required by our Bishop, as well as State and County Government. Most of us are already familiar with these requirements and here is a short summary of what to expect:
Everyone that enters the church must wear a mask or face covering at all times. The mask must cover the nose and mouth the entire time while in the church.
Social distancing of 6 feet from anyone who does not live in your household is required. Only every third pew is available for seating and the rest will be blocked so please be prepared to sit wherever there is adequate room
Hand sanitizer will be available for you to sanitize your hands as you enter the church and before receiving communion.
As you arrive there will be someone at the doors to answer questions and assist as necessary. More information regarding the protocol will be shared through announcements at mass and the bulletin board in the back of church.
We look forward to having you back with us on Sunday and with everyone’s cooperation we are confident that we can maintain a safe environment. Please know that we are constantly praying for the safety and health of you and your families and loved ones.
Listen for the Whisper
We find numerous instances throughout Scripture where God has made his presence known through visible signs such as the burning bush, parting of the Red Sea and others.
In this week’s first reading and in the gospel, God and Jesus are not revealed in the storms that surround Elijah and the disciples. Instead, God chooses to make his presence known in the courage that Jesus offers to the disciples and in the quiet whispering sound following the wind, earthquake, and fire that shake the cave of Elijah.
How many times in our lives have we sought out or waited for some profound and visible sign from God to guide as to what direction to take, or what decision to make?
God does not always come to us in the flesh, or in the storm, rather he often reveals himself in very subtle ways. God may come to us in a tiny whispering sound as he did with Elijah. His presence may be visible through others in their smiles or words, it may be found in the acts of kindness others do, or it may be revealed in our own prayer and quiet time. There are numerous ways God will come to us but we must pay attention.
We can expect turbulent times in our life and it may feel like we are alone but Jesus never abandons us in our need. When Peter stepped outside the boat, his faith was weak and he could not stand on his own. Yet Jesus heard his cry for help and saved him. We can take comfort in knowing that Jesus is there to save us when we cry out.
Let us pray for the grace that in the storms of our lives we will pay attention to the whispering sound of our loving God that keeps us from sinking into the waters of doubt or despair.
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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