Letter from Msgr. Schaedel for bulletin of March 25, 2001

Dear Parishioners,

Lent continues. This Sunday is Laetare Sunday. Laetare is Latin for "Rejoice." The priest wears a rose-colored vestment rather than purple. We rejoice because Lent is now more than half over; Easter is drawing near.

The rose colored vestment we use this weekend is in memory of Thomas Short, given by his son, Frank Short and Family. Thank you.

The attendance at weekday Masses and Stations of the Cross on Fridays (after the Noon Mass and the 5:30 p.m. Mass) has very good.

The Sacrament of Penance is an essential part of Lent for any Catholic. This afternoon (Sunday) there will be a Penance Service for Lent jointly sponsored by Holy Rosary, Sacred Heart, Good Shepherd, and Saint Patrick Parishes. This will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart. It includes the usual opportunity for individual confession. As you know, confessions are also heard before every Mass, seven days a week here at Holy Rosary.

I had two special privileges last week. On Sunday afternoon, I represented the archbishop and the archdiocese at the Motherhouse of the Oldenburg Franciscan Sisters. We blessed and dedicated another phase of the renovation at the Motherhouse for the retired Sisters. What a wonderful group they are—a powerhouse of prayer. It was delightful to see so many of my former teachers. (And they thought I’d never amount to anything!)

Monday and Tuesday were spent in Bridgeport, Connecticut. My friend, the Most Rev. William E. Lori, was installed as the new Bishop of Bridgeport. He replaces Edward Cardinal Egan who recently was transferred to New York City. Bishop Lori’s parents live in southern Indiana. He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in New Albany. Keep him in your prayers.

By the way, seventh grader Cole Maudlin, one of our faithful altar servers recently received some recognition. He participated in The Quest for Excellence competition about a month ago in both Speech and History. Cole placed 4th (out of 22) in Speech and 5th (out of 45) in History! Congratulations. With an honor like that in Speech, perhaps I should ask Cole’s guidance on preaching! Or maybe he’ll become a priest and preach himself!

Holy Week will be here before you know it. Palm Sunday is just two weeks away, April 8. The 10:00 a.m. Mass will begin one half hour earlier that day because of the Reading of the Passion and the blessing of palms.

Also, as I mentioned last weekend, the response to almsgiving in the second collection each weekend has been outstanding as well. Many thanks on behalf of those who will benefit from your generosity. The second collection this weekend is for the American Bishops’ Overseas Aid Fund. Millions of people are in need of our help for their spiritual and physical welfare. I know you will be generous.

The second collection next weekend will be for the work of the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Office. This year we focus on the needs of the recently founded community of Sisters who will engage in the pro-life movement—the Servants of the Gospel of Life. Many of you have met the founder, Sister Diane Carollo. She often attends Mass here. Sister is director of the Archdiocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities. She invites any interested single women to contact her at Our Lady of Guadalupe Convent, 8300 Roy Road. Her phone number is 236-1521 (days) or 899-2376 (evenings).

Speaking of Pro-Life reminds me how amazed I am at the number of people who read this letter and this bulletin on our parish Web Site. (Our Web Site address is on page two of this bulletin.) I received a note from Harry, a gentleman in Hobbs, New Mexico, several weeks ago. He reads our bulletin via the Internet and was commenting on some of our pro-life statements in these pages. He also writes of his devotion to praying the rosary.

Saint Joseph’s Table last Sunday was another success! I cannot thank folks enough for their wonderful support, hard work, and dedication to this parish project. It was good to see so many of our current and past parishioners, friends, and neighbors there. We could have not done it without the generosity and help of David Page and Matthew Iaria and the staff at Primo Banquet Hall. God bless you all for what you do for Holy Rosary!

Lent continues. Our adult education series, Spaghetti and Spirituality continues this Wednesday after the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Our continuing topic: How the Catholic Church is the Same and How it is Different From Other Christian Churches.

Faithfully yours in God's Providence,

Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel