Father Carey’s Pastor’s Corner
(Week of 06/20/2021)

My Dear Friends,

On this Father’s Day weekend, we remember in a special way all of our dear fathers. We will have a special blessing at all of the Masses this weekend for them and we will also remember and pray for them in the Prayers of the Faithful. Whether living or deceased, let us never forget our dear fathers and always seek to honor and remember them with a spirit of profound love and
respect.

This weekend we conclude our Baby Bottle Drive for Mother’s Home in Darby. I take this opportunity to thank all of you who participated and for bringing your contributions over these past few weeks. If you forgot to bring your baby bottle to Mass this weekend, you are more than welcome to drop
it off at the Parish Office during the week. Thanks again for your generosity to such a great cause.

It was exactly four years ago this weekend that I arrived here as pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption. I can’t believe it has been four years already! I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for making me feel so much at home here. Likewise, I offer my sincerest thanks as well to all
the staff, volunteers, council members, etc. over these past years for helping me care for our parish and keep it alive, healthy and strong. Please continue to pray for me and be assured of my prayers for you and your families.

Our Festival Thermometer is back! This thermometer is used every year as an incentive to help raise money for our annual Italian Festival. Our fundraising goal this year is set at $5,000. It is our hope that by reaching this goal, we will be able to cover the many expenses associated with the day: namely, catering, the rental of tents, entertainment, etc. As is customary, any monies left over will be used to benefit the upkeep and operations of our parish. Please consider making a generous donation to this years’ Festival. Perhaps you can invite your friends and family this year or simply help us by spreading the
word. We are really hoping and praying that this year will be a huge success and a day of good food and great fun for all.

On a sad note, I learned on Monday of the death of Msgr. James McDonough who many of you came to know when he lived here as Vicar for Chester County. Msgr. was 89 years old and passed away quietly at Sunrise in Newtown Square, PA. Those of you who came to know Msgr. McDonough know that he was such a kind, gentle and holy priest – a real gentleman. Please pray for the repose of his soul and please keep his family and loved ones in your prayers as well.

This weekend, we celebrate the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s Gospel describes the end of a day of teaching in Jesus’ ministry. Jesus taught the crowds in parables and then offered explanations of these parables to his disciples. Jesus then led his disciples away from the crowds and into the boats that they will use to cross the Sea of Galilee. The sea and its surrounding area are the settings for Jesus’ teachings and miracles in this part of Mark’s Gospel. Today’s reading describes how Jesus calmed a storm at sea. When a storm suddenly arises out of nowhere, the disciples are frightened. As the story unfolds, there is an obvious contrast between the disciples’ terror and Jesus’ peace. Jesus is sleeping, untroubled by what is going on around him.

This Gospel is a metaphor for our lives. We are in the boat, the storms of life are raging around us, and like the disciples, we may believe that Jesus is unconcerned, or “sleeping.” We hope that we will be as familiar with Jesus as his disciples. If we feel that Jesus is sleeping, are we comfortable enough to
wake Jesus and present him with our needs? Jesus does not chide his disciples for waking him. Instead, he chides them for their lack of faith, for their lack of perspective. Perhaps it is when we are willing to bring our worries to God in prayer, we might just begin to learn to see things from God’s perspective rather than ours.

Just a reminder that during the summer, the Parish Office will be open on Fridays for a half-day only between the hours of 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon. I thank you for making this slight adjustment regarding our parish schedule. I hope you are enjoying these summer months and I thank you once again for your generosity and support to our parish. Have a great weekend!

Love and prayers,

Father Carey