Letter from Msgr. Schaedel for bulletin of April 23, 2000


Dear Parishioners,


Alleluia!  He is risen.  Alleluia!  It feels good to finally sing or say it.  We’ve not said that word of rejoicing, Alleluia, since March 8.  Lent is over.  Spring is here.  The cycle of new life begins.  We celebrate for the next several weeks the greatest of Christian feasts, the Resurrection of Jesus.


What does all this mean?  Well, it means that we firmly believe Jesus Christ lived, suffered, died, and rose from the dead.  He conquered the hold that sin and death seems to have over us.  Easter is a feast that never ends.  A strong belief that God has conquered death is fundamental to our Faith.  In life and in death we are the Lord’s.


Here at Holy Rosary we had a beautiful celebration of Easter.  Our Holy Week Liturgies were beautiful.  For the first time in several years, we had the Easter Vigil (English) at our parish.  In previous years, when we shared a priest with one or two other parishes, we were not able to celebrate the complete Tridium in English here.  There are so many folks to thank for that.  I hesitate to name names, but I want to at least mention a few. 


First, thanks to Rev. Joseph Devereaux, FSSP, who is secretary to Father Arnaud Devillers, FSSP, District Superior for the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter.  Second, to Rob Hankee, a third-year seminarian at Saint Meinrad.  Both were here to assist Father Duvelius and I with the Holy Week Liturgies.  Rob assisted us at Christmas and now again this Easter.  Keep Rob in your prayers as he moves closer to priesthood.  For that matter, keep all seminarians in your prayers.


I am not only proud of the fact that we also offer the celebration of the Mass according to the 1962 Ritual here at Holy Rosary, but that this Mass and all Latin Liturgies are celebrated in an excellent manner.


I must single out Bernie Greene and those who helped him to decorate our beautiful church.  He attends to a thousand details.


We could not have had such beautiful Liturgies without the help of our musicians, servers, readers, ushers, extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and greeters.  People like Steve DeCrane, Arvin Gallanosa, and David Walden make all of this go like clockwork.  Very special thanks to Jim Alton, Gary Asher, and both of our choirs.  Thanks also to the Franciscan Brothers of Christ the King who provided the music at the Easter Vigil Mass and the 8:30 a.m. Mass Easter Sunday.


I’ve never been in a parish where so much careful attention is given to the dignity and solemnity of the Sacred Liturgy.  Thank you all so much.


Easter 2000, the first of the new century here at Holy Rosary, has been a wonderful celebration.  During Lent and these days of Holy Week there have been many people at church with us who do not often come to Holy Rosary.  Perhaps some of you are reading this bulletin.  Let me be the first from Holy Rosary to invite you back anytime.  We are rooted in a long tradition of strong Italian Catholic Faith.  The Resurrection of Jesus?  Yes, we really do believe every word of it.  I hope we show it.  Come back soon.


Next Sunday is “Divine Mercy Sunday.”  A Polish Nun, Sister Faustina, inspired the Divine Mercy devotion.  And as we celebrate “Divine Mercy Sunday” worldwide, Blessed Faustina will be officially declared a saint by Pope John Paul in Rome!  What a wonderful day.  The particular theme of the “Divine Mercy” devotion is God’s endless goodness and mercy.


Next Sunday at Saint Michael Church, 30th and Tibbs, there will be the annual observance of Divine Mercy.  Father Duvelius and I will both be present.  It begins with an opportunity for the experience of God’s mercy in the sacrament of Penance.  Several priests will be on hand beginning at 2:15 p.m.  At 3:00 p.m. the service begins.  It is not a Mass.  It consists of Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the “Divine Mercy Chaplet,” a series of short prayers using a regular rosary, a sermon, and a procession with the Blessed Sacrament.  Silent adoration will continue until 4:30 p.m.  It’s always pretty crowded, so come early.


If you have access to the Internet, check out our Holy Rosary Church Web Page.  It’s at  HYPERLINK "http://members.tripod.com/~holyrosarychurch" http://members.tripod.com/~holyrosarychurch.  Also on the Internet are some excellent pictures taken at our recent Saint Joseph’s Table.  That Internet address is:  http://www.geocities.com/indycatholic/stjoe.html.  Many thanks to our “Web Master,” Mr. Paul Burns.  He does a terrific job. 


Do we have any roofers in the parish?  We need someone to inspect the “scuffers” that drain water from around the bell towers, where they are attached to the roof.  If you know something about this, call David or Bernie at the parish office.  Thanks.


Happy Easter!


Faithfully yours in God’s Providence,


Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel