Catholic Family Mass draws 1,200 prior to final Indians home game
More than 1,200 people from across the diocese jammed the mezzanine at Progressive Field on Oct. 1 to attend Mass prior to the Indians final regular season home game. The special liturgy was celebrated by Father Bob Stec, pastor of St. Ambrose Parish in Brunswick.
Father Stec said this is the 10th year for the gathering. Some 1,500 tickets were sold for the Catholic community event that mixes faith and the national past time.
Father Stec based his homily on the message of St. Paul in the second reading, talking in terms of a baseball player hitting a sacrifice fly. When that happens, the batter makes an out to score a fellow teammate. Father Stec tied that action to the message of St. Paul which instructs us to put others first.
He said everyone was thrilled to celebrate the Mass at the ballpark, which he described as a wonderful place in our community.
Later, St. Ambrose parishioners, young and old, performed the national anthem on the field prior to the Indians-White Sox game.
The Tribe won its final regular season game 3-1.