This week in one of my pandemic closet clean-outs, I found a bottle of nail polish, from... who knows when? It's clear polish but has tiny sparkles in it. It was exactly what I needed to cheer my spirits. Not flashy, not showy, just a tiny bit of sparkle when the light hits my fingertips. I doubt anyone would even notice unless they really took a good look. But it brings me a spark (no pun intended) of joy.
The older I get (and lately, the more time I spend at home), the less I care about what people think of my fashion choices. I'm not ready to go full-on Phyllis Diller, but I have definitely relaxed in regard to needing to keep up with the times, fashion-wise, and I am, for sure, more inclined to wear something comfortable than something on-trend. The difference, I think, is that as I age, I have less and less time to spend on pleasing the people who would care about how cool I look. What matters to me now, as it turns out, is being true to myself — my comfy, un-flashy, and tiniest-bit sparkly, self.
It's exactly what makes me so proud to be a part of this parish- this commitment to be exactly who God called us to be. I've worked in parishes for almost 25 years, and can tell you that a disappointingly large percentage of them never stopped to ask God "what do you want of us? How do you want us to be in the world? What is the work you have gifted us to do?" It seems so obvious that a parish should be praying those questions, but honestly, in my experience, it doesn't happen. It's not because they don't want to know, or because they don't want to do God's will. More often, it's because they are too busy at the moment to think big-picture. Some parishes never ask to know God's will because they think they already know it... that it "goes without saying."
Here in Salem, in the city of peace, we have asked. God is answering. We're to be a parish of hospitality and healing. We're to share the Good News of Jesus by welcoming everyone and tending to their wounds. Thank you, MQOA, for your willingness to be part of this mission, to answer God's call with your prayers, your gifts, your time, and your financial support. You are making it possible for our parish to respond to God's call together.
We're so excited to be able to continue Drive-In Mass this Sunday. If you'd like to join us for Mass this Sunday, please register your family. Please note that if it is rainy or too hot (over 80F), we will not hold outdoor Masses. You can check our Facebook page for updates on the 9:30 AM Mass by 8:00 AM on Sunday, and updates on our 12:00 Spanish Mass by 9:30 AM on Sunday.
We'll continue to offer our weekend Online Mass, as well, and will continue our regular schedule of offerings until we're ready to make changes safely and prayerfully. The Cardinal's dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation continues for everyone, even if Masses are being offered in churches in their area.
6:00 PM Sunday join us for our new night of prayer, praise and connection called Something More. It's less like Mass and more like a combination of coffee/donuts and Alpha nights.
Meeting ID: 889 0982 7026 Password: 235802