Good Shepherd is an inner-city parish of the industrial Calumet, thirty minutes from the Chicago Loop. It includes the former St. Luke's, Whiting, and St. Alban's, Indiana Harbor. Slovaks, Hungarians, Romanians and Poles, as well as Canadiains, Welsh, English, Blacks, and Hispanics have played active parts.
Daily Mass is the backbone of the parish. The altar and tabernacle are central. The parish is inspired by the example of the Oxford Movement, and there is a strong liturgical emphasis. The full rite of Holy Week, introduced after World War II, is the focus of each year. Seven stained glass windows witness to the use of the sacrements.
Change is no stranger here. East Chicago has the highest population density and greatest ethnic diversity in Indiana. While the rythm of life used to regulated by shiftwork at the mills and the Inland Steel paydays, now much of the population depends on government assistance. The Church and Mission House are on a busy thoroughfare, and the doors are open everyday.
Enter. Rest. Pray.
"The old Jesuits taught that any love of neighbor that is not founded in and constantly referred to love of God is false charity.
Rip off its mask and you'll find nothing but self-love."
"Let all guests be received as Christ."
"If he asks how often he should receive, tell him as often as he can, that the Old Serpent, seeing the Blood of Christ onhis lips, may tremble to approach."
Well a lot things have happened in the resent weeks, and I must say I can not wait to take the time to sort thru it all and explain my visit to the zoo.