Tis the month of our mother. That’s the title of a beautiful old hymn about this month of May being dedicated to Our Lady. We here at Holy Rosary should have a special devotion to Mary. The daily rosary is one of the best ways to honor her, asking her to pray with us and for us.
A number of children from our parish helped us celebrate the annual May Crowning on Friday after the Noon Mass. This beautiful ceremony symbolizes the great honor we give to Mary, the mother of Jesus, truly then the Mother of God and Mother of the Church.
By the way, people continue to ask me "What ever happened to Channel 13?" You might remember that they had asked to broadcast live from our church from 7:00 to 9:00 on Easter morning. They weren’t planning to televise an entire Mass, but just "break in" at various times, interview a few parishioners, and so forth. The explanation is that they simply did not show up, nor did they have the courtesy to call. And I was really surprised and saddened by that sort of impolite and unprofessional behavior.
Their news department had confirmed the arrangements on Holy Saturday. They faithfully promised to call if there was a change in plans; they were given all the right phone numbers. Bernie Greene agreed to be here Easter morning to unlock and help them set up. But they did not show up nor call.
I did receive a formal apology last week from the news director at Channel 13. He said that with all of the media coverage of the Elian Gonzalez story; they drastically reduced coverage of Easter religious celebrations.
There was a letter to the editor in the daily paper this week. It was not about Channel 13 and Holy Rosary, but it did lament in general the lack of media coverage as to the religious significance of Easter Sunday. The writer said that Christ had risen from the dead; it was the greatest event in the history of humankind, and the media was just too preoccupied with other things to even cover it. That about sums it up.
Father Duvelius will be away this week for a few days. For that reason, and a couple of other factors, the daily Mass schedule will be anything but on schedule this week. Note carefully: Monday—a Latin Mass at Noon and an English Mass at 5:30 p.m. as usual; Tuesday—only an English Mass at 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday—only a Latin Mass at 5:30 p.m.; Thursday—only an English Mass at 5:30 p.m.; and Friday—an English Mass at Noon and a Latin Novus Ordo Mass at 5:30 p.m. It’s a hodge-podge, but it does offer at least one Mass here each day.
Let me remark about the Friday evening Mass. Novus Ordo means that it is the form or rite of the Mass, which we normally celebrate in English. But, it will be in Latin, the beautiful official language of the Church. This would be the Mass that is celebrated daily by the Holy Father. I hope many of you can attend.
Last Sunday, was Divine Mercy Sunday. Many of us have become familiar with this feast, which focuses on the Divine Mercy of God—His loving forgiveness and understanding for those who sincerely seek His love. As we celebrated this feast at Saint Michael Church on the West Side, the Polish nun who inspired it, Saint Maria Faustina, had just been canonized in Rome.
She must have been praying for extra graces for the Church that day. The church at Saint Michael was absolutely packed with people of all ages. Confessions began with seven confessors hearing about 1:45 p.m. Confessions ended at 5:30 p.m. What a great outpouring of God’s mercy!
On Sunday, the Holy Father also proclaimed Divine Mercy as a universal feast for the entire Church each year on the Sunday following Easter. He officially approved the feast and other features of this devotion.
On May 2 our parish celebrated its 91st birthday. On May 3 we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the dedication of our present church building. I slipped up on the latter; Father Duvelius had to remind me of it. Some parishes celebrate the date of their founding; others the date of the dedication of their church building. We did celebrate our 75th anniversary as a parish in 1984.
The Parish Council meets this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. And mark your calendars: The Italian Street Festival is Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10.
Faithfully yours in God’s Providence,
Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel