Msgr. Schaedelís letter for bulletin of February 27, 2000:

Dear Parishioners,

I keep forgetting something. Ever since the Feast of the Holy Family last month, many have asked me for a copy of my "homily" that Sunday. My "homily" actually consisted of a beautiful prayer composed by the Holy Father for the Church in America.

In response to your requests, here is the text of that beautiful prayer:

We thank You, Lord Jesus,

because the Gospel of the Fatherís love,

with which You came to save the world,

has been proclaimed far and wide in America

as the gift of the Holy Spirit

that fills us with gladness.

We thank You for the gift of Your life,

which You have given us by loving us to the end:

Your life makes us children of God,

brothers and sisters to each other.

Increase, O Lord, our faith and our love for You,

present in all the tabernacles of the continent.

Grant us to be faithful witnesses

to Your resurrection

for the younger generation of Americans,

so that in knowing You, they may follow You

and find in You their peace and joy.

Only then will they know that they

are brothers and sisters

of all Godís children scattered throughout the world.

You who, in becoming man,

chose to belong to a human family,

teach families the virtues, which filled with light

the family home of Nazareth.

May families always be united as You and the Father are one,

and may they be living witnesses to love, justice, and solidarity;

make them schools of respect forgiveness and mutual help,

so that the world may believe.

Help them to be the source of vocations

to the priesthood and the consecrated life,

and all the other forms of firm Christian commitment.

Protect Your Church and the Successor of Peter,

to whom You, Good Shepherd,

have entrusted the task of feeding Your flock.

Grant that the Church in American may flourish

and grow richer in the fruits of holiness.

Teach us to love you Mother, Mary, as You loved her.

Give us strength to proclaim Your word with courage

in the work of the new evangelization.

so that the world may know new hope.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America,

Pray for us!

Amen!

What a beautiful prayer. We should pray it fervently often! (Sorry it has taken me so long to remember to print it here.)

Gus Stinnett, Bernie Greene, and I met this past Monday with the engineer who is designing the plan for our new elevator. We are making progress. We will present some more definite plans at the next Parish Council meeting on Wednesday, March 8.

Gee, that will be Ash Wednesday already! Next weekís bulletin will contain our Lenten schedule of "extra" services during this penitential season.

March is 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.

Faithfully yours in Godís Providence,

Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel