• Transcript of Father May's address at Masses the weekend of August 18/19:


    Good Morning/Afternoon.

    Before we listen to the Word of God, I want to address the scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report released this week regarding the Church, abuse and cover ups.

    I am deeply saddened, angry and disheartened as I am sure you were when you heard the news.

    Once again we are forced to face the reality of the human broken nature of some of our trusted leadership in the Church. 

    Today we pray at mass for all the victims and their families to find the strength of healing from their pain, betrayal and disappointment inflicted upon them.

    We pray as well for the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit to give us all perseverance to come through this ordeal.  We pray for the wisdom and the courage for the church to hold accountable those responsible for this betrayal of trust causing such harm and pain to individuals, families, and our entire church community.

    I want to thank you for being here and for continuing to come and your continued support of St. Mary Parish, for me, all it’s priests and deacons and entire staff. 

    A question I have been asked this past week and one that I ask myself is---“Why should I stay?”

    I pray you stay in the church and that I stay because in this faith community of St. Mary we experience, see and trust the Work of God that is evident here and unless we stay together and are committed to a true reform from within there is no hope. 

    I pray you will continue to trust in that work of God and that we will stay united as a community of faith. Together, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit we can move forward and bring the light, love, compassion and healing of our God for each other and to those most wounded. 

    Fr. Tom May.

    Pope Francis: Letter to the People of God

    Cardinal Blase J. Cupich to the People of the Archdiocese of Chicago



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