Dear Our Lady of Humility and St. Patrick Community,
Recently, I have been thinking more and more about two particular sayings that we all use from time to time. The ﬁrst one comes from the Greek Philosopher Aristotle who stated that, “Everything happens for a reason.” For him it meant that all our experiences, both positive and negative, are designed to shape us, deﬁne us, and (hopefully) help us to grow into the mightiest version of ourselves. The second saying dates back to the early 1600’s, when it was ﬁrst published in the work of George Herbert, the author of “Jacula Prudentsum” (or “Darts Of The Wise”) in which he wrote, “To him that will, ways are not wanting.” It means that if someone is determined to do something, he will ﬁnd a way to accomplish it regardless of obstacles. Our modern version of it is, “Where there’s a will there’s a way.”
A little bit less than two weeks ago, the Uniﬁcation Committee met for the very ﬁrst time to talk about four major areas of work for this upcoming year, namely working on the new Parish Name, developing a new Mass Schedule, establishing clear and eﬃcient communication with parishioners, and building bridges between the communities of Our Lady of Humility and St. Patrick’s. The initial work of the committee can truly be summarized in the above phrase, “Where there’s a will there’s a way.” The committee members are willing to work hard this year to introduce necessary changes, and to make sure that we have a new, strong foundation to build upon, as we continue the work of evangelization in our new Parish Community. Their commitment and hard work in looking for best ways to serve the community, happen for a reason; uniﬁcation and evangelization are some of the major goals of the Renew My Church Initiative of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Lots of things have taken place since I came to your community as pastor. Some of the things I understand, and others I don’t. It will take some time to learn about everything. One thing that I am certain of, however, is that everything happens for a reason. All things, both planned and unexpected, remind us that there are certain areas in our lives that we cannot control, and that the outcome of our eﬀorts and hard work does not always belong to us. One of the most unexpected and unplanned things took place just this last week when we received the news that Fr. Merold has been appointed as the Administrator of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Lake Zurich eﬀective October 1st. Fr. Merold has responded generously to the need of that community to be guided, loved, and taken care of in this moment of struggle and diﬃculty. I want to thank Fr. Merold for his help, his wisdom, and the pastoral love that he has shared with all of you in the last six years, and which he will continue to carry on to the people of St. Francis.
This unexpected situation will aﬀect us here at Our Lady of Humility and St. Patrick Parish in a very real way. Some changes will have to be introduced sooner than I initially had planned. One of the changes that needs to be introduced right away, is the new Mass Schedule. As of October 1st, I am the only full-time Priest at the Parish, and I cannot realistically continue on with the current weekend and weekday schedules. Even with the help of Fr. Ric Halvorson from Mundelein Seminary, who is only weekend help for the Parish, it is impossible to celebrate all the current Masses between the two churches. With that in mind, I ask you for your patience and
prayers in the upcoming days and weeks. I hope that with the help of the new Mass Schedule Committee, we will be able to come up with the most workable Mass Schedule possible. I know that change can be diﬃcult, and for many the new times, or switching locations, will be a disruption in your weekly schedule. Please remember that everything happens for a reason. So before making any radical moves, give yourself and your Parish a little bit of time, as we learn to do things diﬀerently for the good of all our parishioners. Because where there’s a will there’s a way.
Our Lady of Humility and St. Patrick Parish
P.S.: Please pray for and promote vocations to priesthood and religious life. The shortage of priests is real. For some of you more real now than ever before. Our Lady of Humility and St. Patrick, pray for us!