Letter from Msgr. Schaedel for bulletin of December 12, 1999
This weekend itís the Third Sunday of Advent already! We light the third or rose-colored candle on the Advent wreath. Rejoice! We are halfway through Advent!
Sunday, the 12th, is also the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Under this title, we honor Our Lady as patroness of the Americas.
Beginning December 9, 1531, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a poor Mexican man, Juan Diego, on a hill in Tepeyac just northwest of Mexico City. She appeared to him four times. Blessed Juan Diegoís feast day was last Thursday, the 9th.
Sunday (today) people from across the nation will bring the image of Our lady of Guadalupe the patroness of Life, to every abortion site in the U.S at precisely 3:00 p.m. We will pray to ask Our Lady of Guadalupe to intercede for unborn children and their mothers. We will pray for an end to this terrible scourge in our nationóabortion. Holy Rosary parishioners are invited to pray at "A Womanís Choice," 5430 East 21st (21st and Ritter).
Our new roof is complete, thank God! The workers found very few unexpected problems. These things added less than $1,000 to the estimated cost we had approved earlier. Total cost of our new roof is around $40,000.00. Letís pray that all goes well when the rain, ice, and snow hit! We have a guarantee. Later on, we shall have to see about repairing the ceiling of the church in the back corners. Youíll remember that we had leaks last winter when the snow and ice melted.
This week we finally got our "auxiliary sacristy" in order. The sacristy here is very small. So, last year we cut a doorway into a room that had formerly been used as a daily Mass chapel. Itís all now part of the sacristy. It gives us much more space for storage and to prepare to celebrate Mass.
Good News! Not all of our United Catholic Appeal pledges are in, but we have met and even slightly exceeded our goal. Congratulations! United Catholic Appeal contributions enable us to help Home Missions and do our part in Shared Ministries of the Archdiocese (e.g. homeless shelters like Holy Family at Sacred Heart, soup kitchens and food pantries, and so on)
If you have not returned your Parish Stewardship Commitment card and United Catholic Appeal pledge card, please do so right away. Now that we have met our United Catholic Appeal goal, 50% of everything we receive goes directly to our parish. The Parish Council voted last Fall to give the other half to Home Missions. God has blessed us; He will bless us if we are generous with others.
This week our parishioners will receive a special Christmas letter from Father Duvelius and myself. Although we cannot do it individually and more personally, we want to send you our very best for the Christmas season. We will also remind you of our Christmas schedule here at Holy Rosary. We will also be sending you a special little gift from your parish. Itís just a token of our gratitude for your goodness to us and your faithfulness to Holy Rosary. Watch for your letter in the next week or so.
I think it is very important to prepare during Advent for Christmas. An essential part of our preparation should be the Sacrament of Penance. Does this mean, monsignor, that you are telling us we need to go to confession before Christmas? Right on!
Even if we have not committed any serious sins, we need this essential sacrament to grow in Godís grace and to prepare ourselves for Christmas. The only person around here who does not need to do this is our patroness, Our Lady of the Rosary. But the rest of us can always improve!
Let me remind you that there is an opportunity for confession before all Masses, seven days a week here at Holy Rosary. Please make use of this essential sacrament as part of your preparation for Christmas and the Great Jubilee during Advent.
The Advent Penance Service for those parishes who support Central Catholic School (Sacred Heart, Good Shepherd, Saint Patrick, and us) will be here at Holy Rosary on Sunday, December 19th, at 2:00 p.m.
Our "Giving Tree" project for Advent is winding down today. All wrapped gifts should be returned by 1:00 p.m. today (Sunday, December 12th). Just give them to one of the ushers or the altar servers. They will put them in the proper place so they can be delivered soon. What a joy to help others enjoy Christmas just a little bit more. If you have questions, please call Marie Pittman-Oechsle at 632-3087 or the parish office at 636-4478.
Sincerely yours in God's Providence,
Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel