A Sunday to Remember Always

This past Sunday will go down in my memory as among the most blest and surprising. Here we are in the middle of a plague but God still reigns and the love and hunger of the people of God is alive.

The morning started quietly with confessions in the Church followed by a private Mass celebrated and sung solemnly with the three seminarians who are staying here. They are good men and have been a great support to me in times like these, and all of our liturgies are reverently and meticulously celebrated.

By 11:00 AM the Sisters from our Convent joined us in the courtyard for a small May Procession: six sisters, three seminarians and I processed around Lincoln Park here in the neighborhood carrying our Lady in Procession. We returned to the courtyard next to the church and there crowned the large statue of our Lady with flowers. She looks so beautiful with her crown!

So the day was already rich with blessings. But at 2:00pm there came yet another amazing blessing and great delight. I had been asked to come outside the rectory, having been told that a small group wanted to make a presentation to me. I had no idea what it could be and so I went forth quite curious. The video below shows what unfolded. It was a road-rally of almost 120 cars filled with parishioners honking and waving as they went by!

I cannot begin to tell you how moved I was. God’s people are so good! It is the greatest gift I could imagine. All I could do was smile and wave back. But I think my tears said more than I can ever express in words.

To my parishioners I want to say, I love you, I miss you and am grateful for the gift you gave to me, to the sisters and staff. And the gift you gave was the gift of your very self. I long to be reunited and I don’t think we’ll ever be able to see our Sunday gatherings as ordinary again. The Sunday Mass and Our Lord in the Eucharist have formed us and knitted us together all these years, it is the most precious gift we have. We are members of Christ, but we are also members of one another, and that was so beautifully evident last Sunday.

I thank you again for this precious gift. I will never forget the joy of that moment and, following the Blessed Mother’s example, I will treasure and ponder it in my heart.

I know that some of you have already seen the video on Facebook. But if not, here you go:

6 Replies to “A Sunday to Remember Always”

  1. I’m watching this Fr Pope from my living room in Melbourne Australia and have tears in my eyes. God’s grace is constantly working through you across the seas. Thank you for all you do to enrich our souls.
    God Bless you and your beautiful parishioners
    Pete Muling ☀️

  2. We love you, Msgr. Pope! My family and so many around the world have benefited GREATLY from your wonderful teaching and brave preaching. You are a national treasure! THANK YOU!

  3. You deserve every honking plaudit, Msgr. Pope! I juts learned of your health ordeal and am giving thanks you recovered and praying for your continued well-being. You are a true shepherd.

  4. I am just in awe of the love your parish family shares with you. In every single face of this video, not the least of which is your own, Jesus’ face was glowing with the love you all participate in. I’m going to bookmark this video so every time I become disheartened, in a pandemic or not, I can come and let your devotion to one another wash over me with all those car horns. Thank you to all of you for allowing the world to witness such faithfulness to our Lord, Jesus Christ. ALLELUIA!

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