Msgr. Schaedelís letter for bulletin of January 14, 2001:

Dear Parishioners,

No doubt, many of you read in the newspaper this past week about the tragic death of Donnie Bullock. He had celebrated his 14th birthday on January 3rd. He was killed Saturday evening, the 6th, while skateboarding on Shelby Street. He was wearing dark clothing and the driver of a pickup truck accidentally hit him.

Although he and his family are not Catholic, Donnie was an 8th grader at our Central Catholic School. I did not know him well, but did find him to be a friendly, smiling face when I celebrate Mass for the Central Catholic School students on a regular basis. (Although they cannot participate fully, students who are not Catholic at Central Catholic all attend Mass with their class as well as participate in the regular religion curriculum. There are no exceptions.)

The Central Catholic School Community rallied around with prayerful support at the wake and the funeral service (Memorial Service) for Donnie at Good Shepherd Church. The church was filled to capacity with Central Catholic School students, their parents, the faculty, and many other mourners. It was a great outpouring of love and prayerful support for the Bullock Family as well as Donnieís other friends and family.

This is what Evangelization is about. The funeral for Donnie was an outreach of our Catholic School community to a family who have no church home of their own at a time of great need. Over twenty years ago, our countryís bishops proclaimed that Catholic Schools are about Worship, Community, and Service. Our Central Catholic School demonstrated all three in a wonderfully unique way this past week. I am proud of our Central Catholic School. I am proud that Holy Rosary Parish supports this kind of school. Keep Donnie and his family as well as his classmates in your prayers. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

The Holy Rosary Parish Pastoral Council met last Wednesday night. We discussed plans for a Valentine Dinner-Dance to be held in Priori Hall following the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, February 17th. Details are elsewhere in todayís bulletin. I hope many of you will be able to attend. Itís my fondest hope that both those who attend the Latin Mass and the English Masses will attend.

Why do I say this? Although we hope to be one unified parish (as much as any parish can be) this is not always the reality. And I really think it is not so much because of "philosophical" or "theological" reasons. Some are very practical reasons: distance, schedules, the legitimate preference of either the Latin Mass or the Novus Ordo English Mass. Holy Rosary has been enlivened and enriched by the presence of those who regularly attend the Latin Mass. Holy Rosary has been kept alive and continues to be enriched by the parishioners who have been coming here for years or who have moved in to the parish in recent times. Letís get together on February 17th and enjoy each anotherís company.

We also had a report from our business manager, Bernie Greene, about this yearís United Catholic Appeal. Our parish goal was $9,300.00. Our generous parishioners have pledged $16,855.00. Wow! Thatís 80% over our goal! And here is a statistic that I am even happier about: 63% of our parishioners participated. The archdiocesan average is 43%. God bless you all. He will. God will not be outdone in generosity.

We had some preliminary discussion about our Saint Josephís Table scheduled for Sunday, March 18, at Primo Banquet Hall. Mark your calendar.

We also discussed the eternal elevator project. I think we are getting somewhere. Gus Stinnett has some alternate plans with a much more reasonable price tag. Before we give the go-ahead to the engineer to draw up the new plans, Gus and I will visit another church or two in the area who have installed an elevator similar to the one we want. We hope to do this in the coming week. The elevator itself will be installed and ready for use sometime before the Fourth Millennium.

Father Duvelius has installed the traditional sacristy bell at both the back of church and at the sacristy door. I would actually like to assign someone to ring the one in back when somebody leaves one of the weekend Masses early. But Iíll refrainófor now anyhow. The Parish Council meets again on February 7th.

Father Duvelius will be taking some well-deserved vacation time in the coming week. If you notice, he rarely takes time off. (At least compared to the other priest around here.) While he is away, I will offer Mass (in English) at Noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. So our daily opportunity for Mass and confession will still be available.

Faithfully yours in Godís Providence,

Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel