Letter from Msgr. Schaedel for bulletin of October 1, 2000
“Tis the month of our Mother”—it’s the name of a wonderful hymn to Our Lady. We typically sing it during May and think of that month as the month of our mother, Mary. It is. But in my book, Our Lady has two months—May and October. (It could be three if you include December, but we won’t go into that now.)
October is the month of Our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary. The formal title of our parish is just that: Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary. In short, it’s always been just “Holy Rosary.” The feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary is October 7. That’s why October is dedicated to her under that title. I’ve looked through some historical records to find how just how our parish got that name. I cannot find anything. Why not Saint Anthony or Saint Joseph—two great patrons of Italy? Perhaps our founding pastor, Msgr. Marino Priori, or the bishop at the time, Bishop Joseph Chartrand, had a particular devotion to the rosary. Does anyone know the story? At any rate, it’s a great name!
This weekend we celebrate the “External Solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary.” This just means that since the patronage of our church is under this title that we can celebrate the October 7 feast on a weekend so more people can and will attend. The solemnity (major feast—for us) is celebrated on the Sunday prior to the actual feast. So it’s this Sunday, October 1st.
As part of this observance, we will have Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the praying of the rosary on Sunday morning at 11:30, between the two Masses. On the actual feast day itself, Saturday, October 7, there will be a procession, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and the praying of the rosary after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. I hope many will join us on both days.
The Parish Council will meet this Thursday, October 5, at 7:00 p.m. I know that one item on our agenda will be the upcoming Stewardship Campaign and United Catholic Appeal. Another will be the eternal elevator project! And, believe it or not, it’s time to begin planning for the “Giving Tree” project during Advent.
As you know from previous years, the United Catholic Appeal is a part of the larger picture called Stewardship. Once again, in early November, we will ask all parishioners to consider what their commitment to Stewardship will be for the coming twelve months. What return shall I make to God for all of His gifts to me? How will I share them with my family, my parish family, and my archdiocesan family?
In the coming weeks all parishioners will be receiving a letter concerning our Stewardship for the coming year. Recall that the Archdiocesan United Catholic Appeal is our way to help in two specific areas: Home Missions are parishes right here in central and southern Indiana that cannot make it by themselves. Without out help, they would fold. Shared Ministries are things that the Church must do, but things that individual parishes cannot do alone. For example, seminarian education, the care of retired or infirm clergy, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, help for women with unwanted pregnancies. It’s all part of living out the Gospel.
“Celebration in the Spirit of Hope: The Great Jubilee” was two weeks ago, but letters continue to pour into the Chancery Office thanking us for the wonderful Mass at the RCA Dome on September 16th. Extra “programs” from this Mass are in the back of church. Feel free to take one. In addition to the Mass hymns and prayers, there is some valuable historical information about the archdiocese and some other devotional prayers as well.
As pastor of Holy Rosary, I was very proud of our own participation. For a parish our size, we did out part. We had a number of volunteers and many parishioners who attended the Mass at the RCA Dome. The same was true of the “Angels of the Heart” project last weekend at Sacred Heart Parish. Thank you all! This is Stewardship in action!
Today, Sunday, October 1, is also Respect Life Sunday. Holy Rosary will be well represented at this afternoon’s “Life Chain.” Details on this and the Life Chain appear elsewhere in the bulletin. Many thanks to our new pro-life committee coordinator, Diana Klee. More Stewardship in action!
Early October has some beautiful feasts: The Holy Guardian Angels, Saint Therese, the Little Flower; Saint Francis of Assisi, and of course, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Consider attending daily Mass on these days. We should be asking the saints to pray with us and for us!
In God’s Providence,