Early each Sunday morning when the Chicago Cubs are playing on their home turf, Wrigley Field, Fr. Burke Masters drives from neighboring Joliet to Chicago’s Northside. He’s not heading there in the morning mist to secure the best seat for the 7th inning stretch -“buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks, et al.” Rather, his mission is to celebrate Mass at 9:30 am on the field for the players, coaches, staff and even members of the Cubs’ opponents for the game that day.
Over on the Southside, Fr. Bernie Danber stages a similar gathering on Sunday morning when the White Sox are playing at their home field. Fr. Danber is a native Southsider and “cradle” Sox Fan.
Both Priests connected with their unique, volunteer ministry through Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC), an organization that provides Catholic Chaplains to Major League Baseball and the National Football League. Currently, fourteen Masses are celebrated in the U. S. on the weekends during baseball season and CAC is working to expand that number to include the Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies.
So if you’re a sports enthusiast, and a Priest, here’s a volunteer ministry with some great perks.
Please select this link to “Meet the Catholic Priests who minister to Chicago baseball teams and beyond.