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.As you notice, Father Duvelius and I are taking turns preaching all of the Masses on the Sundays of Lent.
The rose colored vestment we use this weekend is in memory of Thomas Short, given by his son, Frank Short and Family.Thank you.As I mentioned several weeks ago, we want to purchase some new altar cloths.We have not purchased any new ones for years.If anyone would like to donate these, perhaps in memory of a loved one, please call Father Duvelius or Bernie Greene at the parish office.
The attendance at weekday Masses and Stations of the Cross on Fridays (after the Noon Mass and the 5:30 p.m. Mass) has been excellent.
The Sacrament of Penance is an essential part of Lent for any Catholic.Confessions are heard before every Mass, seven days a week here at Holy Rosary.Father Duvelius and I have been helping out at various parish Penance Services.We spent the whole morning helping hear confessions for the grade school children at Central Catholic.It went well.Don’t forget the Penance Service at Sacred Heart on Wednesday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. and at Good Shepherd on Palm Sunday, April 16, at 2:00 p.m.
Holy Week will be here before you know it.Palm Sunday is April 16.Please note that 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 Cistercian Sisters of Our Lady of the Valley Monastery in Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin.Who are they?These Sisters are the ones who bake the altar breads used at Mass here at Holy Rosary.I have a newsletter the Sisters sent us with a number of pictures.If I can locate it, I will post it on the bulletin board in the back of church.Cistercians are cloistered nuns or monks who follow a strict Benedictine Rule.These Sisters are outgrowing their present monastery (what a good problem to have) and need to build a new one.The second collection next weekend will be our sign of support.
Our Saint Joseph’s Table last Sunday was a rousing success!Net profit was just over $9,000.00, which is about $700.00 more than last year’s net profit.I cannot thank folks enough for their wonderful support, hard work, and dedication to this parish project.It was so much fun to see so many of our current and past parishioners, friends, and neighbors at Primo.
I want to single out some people who did so much:First, Bernie Greene, our tireless business manager who took care of thousands of details.Second, thanks to the Central Catholic School 8th Grade Basketball Team for their help in setting up and cleaning up.Third, 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!
Many have commented about my homily last week on anti-Catholic sentiments, particularly in the media.You’ve asked me for some more examples.Unfortunately, they are too numerous to mention!Just watch television and the movies for negative images of the Church, priests, nuns, and so forth.To be honest, most of them are basically ridiculous.I must admit I generally laugh before I cry over such portrayals.
The author of the book, Hitler’s Pope:The Secret History of Pope Pius XII, is a British author named John Cornwell.If you read the book, or watch carefully the CBS interview, you can easily pick up on how goofy his arguments are.He has an agenda.When Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes interviewed him, he identified himself as a “practicing Catholic.”Yet back in December of 1989, The Washington Post described him as one “who has long since left the Catholic Faith and thus writes with that astringent, cool, jaundiced view of the Vatican that only ex-Catholics familiar with Rome seem to have mastered.”Now that he has a book to peddle, Cornwell describes himself as a “practicing Catholic” again.Well, I’d say he could use lots more practice.
Faithfully yours in God’s Providence,
Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel