Monday, October 31, 2011

Diwali at Saint James

Monday greetings to all.

Yesterday at my parish, Saint James here in Chicago, we celebrated our annual Mass that the Indian members of our community help prepare. Coinciding with the Indian Diwali celebrations, this Mass helps us celebrate Christ as the light of the world. In a ritual just before Mass begins, members of our community's various ministry organizations are entrusted with a lighted lamp; we pray that Christ our light will burn brightly in the various ministries throughout the coming year. Each person in the community is invited to come forward and pray that Christ the light will enlighten our minds and hearts. Some photos:

The Mass celebrated the great diversity of our parish and focused us on Christ the light of the world. After Mass, we were treated to a taste of Indian food in our basement hall. And it was delicious!

My thoughts today are with my family members in New England who are still without electric power after this weekend's very early "winter" storm.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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