Each time we meet for church, we also meet for fellowship. Since the earliest days at St Romero’s we have shared breakfast after Mass on Sundays. Sometimes it was a pretty fancy breakfast, with eggs and sausage and fruit, and other times just toast and coffee. At Iglesia de San Romero, we always sat and shared cookies together after Mass (remember the story of the time a raccoon ran off with three dozen cookies?) and talked together. Now on Thursday nights, when I go out to have religious ed with the youngest member of our community, I always bring some cookies or something to share. Sometimes we eat together (last week it was tamales!) and sometimes it’s just the cookies, but I do think that sitting and eating and talking is an important part of community life, just as it’s an important part of family life.
Sometimes we learn things. For example, I never knew that tortillas are used to eat lots of things, not just as a wrap for burritos or tacos. Last week I made my own tortillas for the first time. Our young friend was very surprised to learn it was the first time I had made tortillas. “How do people eat eggs at your house?” he asked. “What do they use, a fork?!”
I love that the learning and growing goes both ways. And on Sunday mornings, I love sitting around the tables, just chatting. It is life-giving for the community and for all of us, I believe.
So, it is with sadness that I tell you that we’ve decided not to serve breakfast on Sundays for a while. We’re getting into a situation lately where people are arriving part way through Mass, apparently expecting breakfast, and we are not in a position to feed them. There is a free meal at St Joe’s later in the day, and the house opens at 1:30 for hospitality. Knowing that makes it more comfortable to say, “Sorry, not now.” But I am sad to leave off our lovely habit of fellowship, for a while. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring it back in a few weeks.
We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Sue McVey, and to all who grieve for her. Sue and her husband, George, have been part of the extended community at St Joe’s since the late 1980’s, and losing her is like losing a part of our family. She served on the supervisory committee when I did my field ed at St Joe’s in 2006. What a blessing it has been, to know her. St Joe’s will be closed this Thursday so that the community can attend her funeral, at 10:30 at Spiritus Christi.
We’d also like to ask your prayers this week for our Capo, who goes to immigration court on Friday. We know he is as much in God’s hands as he has ever been, and all is well.
Blessings and love to all,
Oscar Romero Church
An Inclusive Community of Liberation, Justice and Joy
Worshiping in the Catholic Tradition
Mass: Sundays, 11 am
St Joseph's House of Hospitality, 402 South Ave, Rochester NY 14620