When a new parish is created by the Archbishop, the anniversary of its establishment is not celebrated on the day of the Archbishop’s letter, but on the annual feast of the sacred event or saint the Parish is named after. Our Feast Day is this weekend, August 22, the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. As such, she is also the Queen of Angels.
Today’s Gospel was familiar. The visit of the Angel Gabriel to Mary announcing that she was to be the Mother of God. At first she is stunned and can’t believe what is happening. The Angel both comforts and directs Mary with the words that are the title for the almost weekly column in The Guide, “Nothing is impossible with God.”
Where is God found? In three places. In the opening of the Scriptures. In the consecrating and eating of the Eucharistic Bread. In the gathering and work of the faithful people.
On this, the 95th Anniversary of our Parish’s life, we need to believe again and again that nothing is impossible, even though some things might be difficult. If we find our wisdom in God’s Word, our strength in God’s bread and our unity in one another, our future is bright.
In our parish’s 95 years, much has been faced: a church that was almost not built, destruction by fire of the Guild Hall, fluctuating school enrollment, cultural, ethnic and neighborhood diversity, financial uncertainty and the always evolving understanding of what the Church, the Parish and our Catholic life is to be. With a peaceful confidence in our continued desire to discover and live God’s wisdom, with Mary we welcome the angel’s words, “Nothing is impossible with God.”