Last Saturday I presided at the 5 p.m. Mass. This was the first Mass at which Bishop Frank Kane read his most recent letter about Fr. Bill O’Brien’s continued withdrawal from ministry. (If you were not able to be at Queen of Angels last weekend, you will find the letter elsewhere in this edition.) By the time he ended the letter I noticed a sudden pall had fallen over the congregation. The usual upbeat atmosphere of the Mass had changed and was suddenly replaced with a blanket of sadness that seemingly was laid over everyone.
The Parish staff and Parish Pastoral Council and I knew the contents of the letter that would be read. So when I was preparing my homily it became clear to me that the gospel to be read at this weekend’s masses (Matthew 15: 21 – 28) could have poignant meaning for our parishioners, but I also realized that it would not be appropriate to focus on it before Bishop Kane read the letter. However, I thought that this week, the week after the letter was made public, it might be helpful to share that meaning with you in The Guide, especially since it might also be some much needed comfort for us.