Msgr. Schaedel's letter for bulletin of February 13, 2000:
Let me begin this week's letter with another chuckle. But it's kind of a "serious chuckle:"
I always say "What goes around, comes around." (And I really believe that!)
And you've also heard me often quote our founding pastor, Msgr. Priori. He often called our parish church "The temple of the Lord and the Gate of Heaven" (il tempio del Signore, la porta del cielo). Was he prophetic?
Many of you may have been reading about how the bishops of the U.S. are discussing a new document dealing with the Liturgy, specifically church architecture. The push seems to be on to make sure that the tabernacle is placed in a prominent place in the church where everyone can see it. Many bishops suggest that we return to the practice of placing it right in the middle of the sanctuary. (This is where it always was prior to Vatican II. It is also where it is located here at Holy Rosary.)
The chuckle is this: I was reading what various bishops had to say on this topic. One of them is a friend of mine, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Camden, New Jersey. Guess what he called the church? He called the church "The Temple of the Lord and the Gate of Heaven" (il tempio del Signore, la porta del cielo as Msgr. Priori called it).
A good Italian priest in Indianapolis said it at the beginning of the 20th century. Now a good Italian bishop repeats it at the beginning of this 21st century. The church is "The Temple of the Lord and the Gate of Heaven!"
Again, I remind all of us that the church building deserves the very best. With this thought in mind, I would again like to list some chances to give to God and His Church while at the same time honoring or remembering our loved ones:
The perpetual votive candles burn before the statues of the Sacred Heart, Our Lady, Saint Joseph, and Saint Anthony in the front of our church. Each candle burns for the intention of a person or a family who has donated the candle for that particular month. We list these families and intentions the first Sunday of each month in the bulletin. The donation is $10.00 per month per candle.
Fresh flowers adorn our altar each weekend, except during Lent. I would like to invite you to cover the cost of the altar flowers in memory of someone. We would list this also in the bulletin. For example, "The altar flowers this weekend are in memory of John and Anna Smith." The cost of these flowers is $30.00 per weekend.
We are planning to purchase some altar frontals (altar cloths with an embroidered design that hangs in front). It's been a long, long time since we have purchased some new altar cloths here. We want some especially nice ones to use for Christmas, Easter, and other special feasts. I am happy to report that someone has already asked if they may donate these. Thank you and God bless you!
If you would like to assist with any of these Parish Memorials that I have listed above, please call Bernie Greene or David Walden at the parish office. They can assist you. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, let them or Fr. Duvelius or myself know.
I'd also like to re-emphasize the need for quiet in church, particularly before Mass. Many people come to Mass early for some peace and quiet in which to pray. Loud talking disturbs this. We can talk, talk, talk just about any other place, any other time. But the quiet of a church is one of the few (if not the only) places where we can have some peace and quiet to pray. Let's respect that. Let's save the loud chatter for the vestibule or the front steps. I think we are doing better.
Before you know it, March will be here, the month of Saint Joseph, patron of Italy. We will have a Tridium in Honor of Saint Joseph on three consecutive Sundays: March 5, 12, and 19 at 1:30 p.m. As last year, this will consist of Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the rosary, the Litany of Saint Joseph, and a brief sermon on the virtues of Saint Joseph.
And don't forget our annual Saint Joseph's Table on Sunday, March 26, from Noon until 5:00 p.m. at Primo Banquet Hall. It's always wonderful food and wonderful fun.
Faithfully yours in God's Providence,
Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel