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
Trust in Jesus!
One of the most popular quotes from the writings of St. Augustine is: “Our hearts are restless until they rest in God.” Isn’t that true with most of us? We spend our lives longing to find God, yearning for an encounter with Him. If only we could see his face!
In our Gospel for this week Jesus gives us the secret for satisfying those yearnings – he is asking us to become like children. He is asking us to be childlike and not childish.
To be childlike is to be simple – rather than relying on our intellects and achievements, we are to let go of ourselves in the presence of God and let him do his work. To be childlike is to trust. Children really put their trust in those who have been given charge over them.
Jesus teaches us that intimacy with God requires first and foremost trust.
We can view this trust in three ways:
- Our faith is trusting what has been revealed to us is true.
- Our hope is trusting that what God has promised will come about.
- Love is trusting that that what he asks us to do we should do.
Trust is about putting our trust in God, and not ourselves. That can be difficult because life places many burdens on us and instinctively we tend turn inward for answers and solutions and try to go at it alone.
In our Gospel Jesus tells us: I will bear your burdens with you. I will walk with you. Hitch your life to me under my yoke and like two oxen plowing a field I will lessen your weariness. To be yoked to Jesus means that we are yoked to his mission – that we live as he lived.
Will life burden us? It most certainly will, but by placing our trust in Jesus we do not carry these burdens alone. In childlike simplicity let us place our trust in Jesus who places on our shoulders his yoke, a freeing relationship of love and care.
St. Ann Novena Cancelled
Due to the current restrictions in place and the risks associated with gathering in crowds, the annual St. Ann Novena has been cancelled for this year. Please continue to pray to Good St. Ann to intercede for your special intentions as well as our parish.
Reopening our Parish for Public Masses
The 9:30 am Latin Mass on Sunday will resume on Sunday July 12 with restrictions and protocols in place. It will initally be celebrated by Fr. Power for three Sundays a month. Please check back here soon for more information.
We will be meeting with Pastoral and Finance Council in the next week to discuss plans for resuming the other Sunday masses sometime in early to mid-August. We will keep you updated on the latest developments and changes. Until then you are all in our daily prayers!
May you have a safe, healthy, and happy 4th of July Holiday
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.
In spite of the recent easing of restrictions for businesses and other areas of life please continue to remain vigilant and stay safe and healthy.Talk with Jesus throughout the day and invite him to walk with you and to come into your heart.
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