Monday morning greetings. Autumn has taken hold here in Chicago; cool, crisp days have replaced the warm ones of the summer.
I have a day off today in observance of Columbus Day.
On Saturday, several of us from World Library Publications attended the 10:00 A.M. Mass at Holy Name Cathedral here in Chicago at the invitation of Steve Warner, director of the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir. The Notre Dame football team was playing a "home" game on Saturday evening, "hosting" Miami at Chicago's Soldier Field. I understand that when Notre Dame plays home football games at the campus in Indiana, the day begins with Mass at the University's basilica. The Saturday Mass at Chicago's cathedral was the celebration that would have normally have taken place on the campus. Here's a shot of the Notre Dame Folk Choir at the cathedral:
They were ministering to us from the front of Holy Name; a bit of an awkward space, but they sounded wonderful.
Did you catch any of the pope's opening message during the inauguration of the synod on the new evangelization? He echoed Paul VI's inspiring words from Evangelii Nuntiandi: "The Church exists to evangelize." In a world that increasingly seems not to need nor want to hear the Good News of Christ, it should be interesting to watch how this synod unfolds.
I am spending today preparing for a day of formation in the Diocese of Dallas on Saturday. It is a day focused on "breaking open the word." I am excited about and challenged by the topic.
I hope that your Monday is a good one.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.