On the feast of the Epiphany, the Archdiocese of Chicago celebrated their 4th Annual Liturgy for the opening of National Migration Week. The Mass was held at Holy Name Cathedral and was a truly multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-racial experience. About 25 countries were represented in native garb in the entrance procession, an indication of the beauty of the diversity in this archdiocese. Those gifts were expressed also in the readings, the intercessions and the choral expressions of those cultures. A children’s choir, Hispanic and Polish, brought out the richness of those cultures as only these little ones can. Each Intercession was read in a different language including one from Sr. Magdalena Tkaczyk, CSFN, who shared her gift of her knowledge of Arabic in her prayer.
This was truly an experience of the richness of our faith, of the appreciation of the gifts that each member of the church here in Chicago has to offer and of a true spirit of unity in diversity. It was a privilege for Nancy Golen and Sr. Cathy Fedewa, CSFN from Cabrini Retreat Center to be part of the planning of this wonderful celebration. One couldn’t help but feel welcome in this atmosphere.
~ submitted by Sr. Cathy Fedewa, CSFN