Letter from Msgr. Schaedel for bulletin of November 7, 1999

 

Dear Parishioners,

I had a wonderful experience last Thursday. Archbishop Buechlein celebrated Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Therese, the Little Flower. The Carmelite Monastery in Terre Haute sponsored the visit of the relics to the Archdiocese, so the Mass was held in Terre Haute at Saint Benedict Church. We consecrated 1,000 Hosts and had to break them into four pieces to accommodate all who came to Holy Communion. I estimate 1,200-1,300 people were there including many youngsters and several people from Holy Rosary.

From the Internet's Catholic Online Saints: "Over the years, some modern Catholics have turned away from her (the Little Flower) because they associate her with over-sentimentalized piety and yet the message she has for us is still as compelling and simple as it was almost a century ago." How true! And how misguided these so-called "modern Catholics" are on this one! One of the Carmelite Friars who accompanies the relics from city to city told me that their advice to each new location is to take the number of people they estimate will attend the Mass, then triple it! And they have been very accurate so far. Piety and devotion to the saints is exactly what Catholics are starving for today. Thursday's experience proved just that.

Tuesday, November 2, was the Feast of All Souls. On this feast day and all throughout the month of November we pray for all those who have died. In a special way, we pray for the souls in purgatory. Our prayers assist them in being released from their time of purification. We pray that they will remember us as they enter into the fullness of God's heavenly kingdom.

The book in which you recorded the names of your own beloved faithful departed will be place on the altar this month. We will remember them at this Mass and at all of the Masses during November, month of the Holy Souls.

This weekend is "Commitment Weekend" for our Parish Stewardship and United Catholic Appeal. We ask that everyone place his or her "Intention Card" in the collection basket this weekend.

On this card, we mark our intention to be good stewards of all that God has given us: to pray regularly, to serve our parish, to give our talent and time to our parish or archdiocese where needed, and to contribute financially to the support of the parish. (This is one of the six precepts of the Church. Some say these are no longer in effect, but if that's true then somebody forgot to tell me.)

Be sure to mark both top and bottom of the card in reference to your financial gifts. This is a bit confusing. Some have already turned their cards in and not marked the bottom, even with a zero (-0-). We will need to contact them again to make sure we understand their intention. Although the card is perforated, do not separate the card. We will do this in the parish office.

What does the archbishop do with the United Catholic Appeal money? Let me briefly explain. It goes to only two areas:

Home Missions-These are parishes that simply cannot make it on their own. Because they are located in areas where the Catholic population is sparse or very poor, these churches could not keep their doors open unless they have help from the archdiocese. An example is just a few blocks from us here at Holy Rosary-Saint Patrick. They have a huge church and parish plant to keep up in addition to the regular things that a parish must do. They could not make it "on their own."

Another example is Saint Jude, Spencer. It is our only parish in Owen County where the Catholic population is at a minimum. The Home Mission fund is helping them build a small but new church. The fund will also purchase a small home for a rectory. At the present moment, they have one building. It serves as the church, the parish office, the pastor's residence, and meeting space. When Sunday morning CCD is in session every single room in that building is in use except the pastor's bedroom and bathroom.

Shared Ministry-These are things that the Church must do, but it would make no sense for each parish to do it alone. We do it together. Examples are soup kitchens, Holy Family Shelter for the Homeless, or Saint Elizabeth's Home for Unwed Mothers. It would be crazy for all 150 parishes in the archdiocese to have their own soup kitchen, home for unwed mothers, and homeless shelter. We do it at centralized locations, but we all do it together.

Another splendid example here is seminary education. It costs at least $15,000.00 per year to educate one seminarian. Where will our future priests come from to serve our parishes? Again, each parish cannot conduct its own seminary! It's another good example of Shared Ministry.

I hope you will be generous with time, talent, and treasure in our Stewardship Campaign this Sunday. God has been generous to Holy Rosary Parish. We need to return God's gifts to Him. He will not be outdone in generosity.

In conjunction with our Stewardship Program, we are inviting people who regularly attend Holy Rosary Church to officially join the parish. Registration forms for parish membership are found in the vestibule in the back of church. Just fill it out (both sides), then give it to Father Duvelius, or to me, or drop it in the collection basket. I feel strongly that every Catholic needs to be registered in a parish somewhere.

Pro Life Reminder: Professor Charles Rice of the University of Notre Dame will be in town this week. He is speaking this Wednesday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Saint Vincent Marten House-Lilly Conference Center. That's located just east of Saint Vincent Hospital, 1801 West 86th Street.

Dr. Rice is a prolific pro-life speaker and writer and always an advocate for the Church's position. His most recent book is The Winning Side: Questions on Living the Culture of Life. Admission is free. It is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities (A "shared ministry," some of our UCA money goes to this.) Hors d'oeuvres will be served. It should be a very nice yet very informative and challenging evening. Everyone is invited.

Sincerely yours in God's Providence,

Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel