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.
Bishop Persico has appointed Fr. John Malthaner, pastor of St. Luke Parish and Dean of the East side deanery, to serve as Parochial Administrator of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, effectively immediately. It is a common practice per canon law for the Bishop to assign a dean to a vacant pastorate. The Bishop has asked me to collaborate closely with Fr. John, and he also wants me to continue to have responsibility and serve as the primary coordinator for all parish activities. Father John and I have worked well together in the past and I know you will enjoy his presence.
The Erie March for Life will begin 11:00 am on Saturday, January 23 at West Perry Square. The March for Life Bus Trip to Washington D.C. will leave Erie at 11:00 pm on January 28. Cost is $55 per seat and special COVID-19 protocols are in place. Please visit www.Peopleforlife.life/january2021 for more information.
Just Show Up!
In our first reading this week Samuel hears a voice calling to him in the night repeatedly and he answers the voice by saying “Here I am.” Samuel thinks it is Eli, but it turns out that God is calling him. Eli tells Samuel to answer the Lord, so that God may give him whatever message he intends. Samuel does as Eli instructs eventually answering the Lord with these words: Speak, for your servant is listening.
Samuel’s first response, “Here I am” gives us three important lessons. First consider the phrase begins with the word “here.” This is a reminder that God calls us to live, to love, and to serve others right where we are at. We do not need to travel great distances to recognize God’s presence because wherever we go, that’s where we’ll find Christ present in the people right in front of us.
Second the phrase contains the word I. This reminds us that the call to give witness to our faith in our daily lives isn’t just something for others to be concerned about, but it is our call as well. No matter who we are, where we’re from and what we’ve done, God equips each and every one of us with unique gifts and talents that we can offer in the service of building up his kingdom here on earth.
Finally, the phrase concludes with the words I am. This implies that our call to live out our baptism and put our faith into practice is just something we need to do today. It is not something we can put off until tomorrow.
It is often said the six most challenging words in Scripture are “Speak, for your servant is listening.” When these words are expressed in Scripture, something big, important, and usually quite difficult is handed to the one who speaks it. Yet God does not see it that way – he has full faith and confidence that we can do what he asks.
Many of us have heard someone say that God is not listening or communicating with us. Yet the problem really exists at the human end, not the divine one. God is always listening and talking to us but we do not always listen.
We need to just show up and put ourselves in his presence. Begin the conversation today – take time and whisper to him “Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.” Then listen as he asks us: What do you want? What do you seek? What are you hoping for?
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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