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Welcome Fr. Ilyas Gill!

posted Jul 2, 2015, 7:07 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 2, 2015, 2:47 PM ]
This weekend’s gospel tells the story of Jesus being rejected by the villagers of what had been his “native place”. Our offertory song,
Make Your Home in Me, calls attention to his homelessness:
Every fox, a den; every bird, a nest; 
but the Son of Man has no place to rest. 

Yet its bridge invokes an invitation:
Where there is love, there is no fear.
So, make your home and residence here. 

As we celebrate this 4th of July weekend, this text brings to mind Emma Lazarus’ famous poem on the Statue of Liberty:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, 

How fitting then, that this is the weekend we get to welcome not just our new pastor, Fr. Ilyas Gill, but our friends in the Pakistani Apostolate to Immaculate Heart of Mary! The many Ethnic Apostolates in our Diocese provide an opportunity for immigrants to come together so that they do not feel alone, and are designed to assist them as they become part of our larger community. The spiritual well being of these immigrants, along with the feeling of belonging in this country, are the principal goals of these Apostolates. So let’s assure them a warm and hospitable reception as we strive to help them develop a spirit of inclusion here in the “heart” of Brooklyn.

Isn’t that what makes America “the beautiful?”