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Fr. Mark’s Desk - August 9, 2020
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore,
was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.”

Storms enter our lives all the time. Sometimes in the form of a pandemic! These storms can be sickness, unemployment, financial loss, death of a loved one, just to name a few. The storms can take a toll on our lives. In our Gospel, Jesus, in prayer, is spared from the storm. The disciples are not in prayer though they had just witnessed the multiplication of loaves and fishes. There is a biblical disposition on handling storms. See Psalm 107:

“Some went off to sea in ships, plied their trade on the deep waters. They saw the works of the Lord, the wonders of God in the deep. He spoke and roused a storm wind; it tossed the waves on high… In their distress they cried to the Lord, who brought them out of their peril, hushed the storm to a murmur, the waves of the sea were stilled. They rejoiced that the sea grew calm that God brought them to the harbor they longed for. Let them thank the Lord for such kindness, for such wondrous deeds…”

Storms enter our lives all the time. We can see those moments as either an absence of God, or as an opportunity to trust in God alone. Peter in the Gospel, attempts to walk on the water, but begins to sink. Peter wants to walk on the water on his own power. Impossible!! Only in Jesus, can Peter perform such a feat. Some of the most important things we would like to accomplish in life cannot be accomplished on our own. They require God’s presence and action.

Storms enter our lives all the time. In the thick of the storm, we are challenged, ‘where is our faith?’ “Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Jesus relies on the Father, so must we!! “Give us this day our daily bread” is our daily reminder that we depend on God’s grace each day, to rise above the storms of our lives.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled, have faith in God, have faith in me”.

Next Saturday, August 15 is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is not a day of obligation this year, but we will offer a special 9 am Mass that day. Please pre-register if you would like to attend.

Have a great week!
Fr. Mark Walter - Pastor of St. Linus Parish


Latest Re-Opening Update from Father Mark Walter - July 28, 2020

Hello again!! - I hope all of you are happy and well. I realize these have been difficult days and it seems that they will continue for a while. At St. Linus we have been able to resume confessions, baptisms, funerals, and Sunday Mass at 8 am and 10 am. Every liturgical event requires following strict protocols which is the reason for the slow opening. We still should be conscious of social distancing when possible. The obligation for Sunday mass continues to be suspended at the direction of Cardinal Cupich. Yet, I understand the desire to get back to Mass and Church, which many people have mentioned to me.

Going forward:

  • I would like to open at least one weekday mass. Beginning Thursday, August 6 we will resume a once a week Thursday mass at 7:30 am. Pre-registration will be necessary for this initial mass. Like all other masses; masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizing will be required. Sign-up for this mass will begin Thursday, July 30.
  • I have met with parishioners who would like to offer a time for Eucharistic Adoration. We will offer time for Adoration in church on Tuesday, August 11 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Pre-registration will not be needed for this, however every person will have to sign-in. And as always, masks and social distancing will be necessary.
  • Our school is scheduled to reopen in August with many protocols in place. It will be a different year for sure, but our teachers, staff, and parents are preparing well. I am confident in our school procedures, and that we will have a successful opening.
  • Religious Education for public school students will be done virtually for the most part. The use of the Cardiff Center for in person instruction will remain a possibility.
  • Regarding the Cardiff center, the reopening will be slow, as I have to be able to guarantee protocols are followed strictly by everyone who occupies the facility.
  • At some point in the autumn season, if Covid numbers do not rise, I will offer a brief evening of reflection simply to be together and hopefully to inspire one another.

Three other points:

  • The Archdiocese requested every parish have a Summer Mission offering, but gave us latitude in how to do satisfy that request. So, my suggestion is, if you benefitted spiritually from a media outlet during the pandemic, a donation to them might be appropriate. (Just a suggestion).
  • As part of the reopening of our school, we had to purchase a start-up kit, at the value of just over $3,000. So, if anyone is looking for a donation offering??
  • Lastly, but certainly not least, the health of Fr. Cook has deteriorated greatly in the last months. He is currently residing at a nursing facility in Arlington Heights. Please pray for him!!

Be safe!!
Fr. Mark Walter - Pastor of St. Linus Parish

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