This past Friday was a very snowy day here in Rochester, and driving down my street I slid on some super-compacted snow and got stuck in a snow bank. Independent me, I tried and tried to get out, but finally had to admit I needed help. One of my neighbors came and pushed me out. People on my street seem to help each other a lot like that. So often I come out in the morning and find that someone has cleared out my driveway. My next-door neighbor mows my lawn in the summer, and when I bake bread I bring a loaf next door to his family. Connections like that are part of what makes life good.
After I got out of that snow bank on Friday, I drove on in to work at St John’s Home where I’m a chaplain. I almost didn’t go in, because of the snow! But I was so glad that I did, because it turned out to be the day of the annual Talent Show. People were singing and dancing and acting silly, performing for each other. It reminded me of years ago at Corpus Christi when we had some very silly Variety Shows, with ridiculous skits and hilarious versions of movies like “Gone with the Wind.” Laughing together is one of the great treasures of community. It’s gold in the bank for the hard times that all communities go through.
Here at St. Romero’s our Coffee Hour after Sunday Mass has turned into a communal breakfast. Linda or Eli make some scrambled eggs. Rachael makes toast, and Mark puts the coffee on. Then we sit and eat and talk. It’s one of the benefits of being such a small community! I believe that relaxing together and enjoying each other’s company is as important to community as worshiping together, or working together to heal the world in more serious ways. This helps to heal the world, too.
I hope that on Thursday, March 24, some of you who get this bulletin will join us for a special Mass and Pot Luck. That day is the 31st anniversary of the day Monseñor Oscar Romero was shot and killed while celebrating Mass, because of his courageous voice in support of the poor of El Salvador. So that means March 24 is our feast day. We will celebrate our newborn existence as a community. You are most welcome to bring a dish to pass and join us at 5:30 for supper, and to be here for Mass at 7pm.
Scott Peck said, “In community lies the healing of the world.” Whether it’s the communities of our neighborhoods, or our workplaces, or our churches, we need to be connected to each other. We need to dig each other out of snow banks, and laugh together, and sit and eat and talk together. I’m so grateful for all the community in my life! And I hope you’ll come and help build community with us, too.
Blessings and love to all, Chava
“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution!”
- Mother Jones
At 7 pm on March 9 you are welcome to come out to East Rochester to observe Ash Wednesday with Mary Magdalene Church. I’ll be celebrating Mass there that night. Come and make a great start to Lent!
Our Wednesday morning Spanish-practice breakfasts will start up again on March 16.
Have a blessed week, and come visit us some Sunday!
Oscar Romero Church
An Inclusive Church in the Catholic Tradition
Mass: Sundays, 11 am
St Joseph's House of Hospitality, 402 South Ave, Rochester NY 14603