Letter from Msgr. Schaedel for bulletin of June 3, 2001
This weekend we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost. Many consider this feast of the sending of the Holy Spirit as the "birthday of the Church." Recall that the apostles had either gone back to life as usual before they met Jesus or were in hiding after His crucifixion and resurrection. With the sending of the Paraclete, they were filled with zeal and fearlessly spread the Gospel of Jesus. O, that the Holy Spirit would fill us today with that same enthusiasm for spreading the Gospel!
We have also begun the month of Juneóthe month devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The consecration of the family to the Sacred Heart is a devotion promoted by Saint Margaret Mary who had private revelations from Jesus. He said, "I will bless those homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and venerated; I shall give peace in their families; I shall bless abundantly all their undertakings. I shall be their secure refuge in life and especially at the hour of death."
Now this does not mean that all we have to do is put a picture of the Sacred Heart on the wall and it will work like a lucky charm. No, consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus implies accepting the Will of God in our lives, remaining devoted to Christís Gospel command to love, and active participation in the Church and in the sacraments. Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like Yours.
June also brings the official start of summer and summer vacations. Letís remember that the serious obligation to attend Sunday Mass is for fifty-two Sundays a yearówithout exceptionóunless one is ill or truly prevented from attending Mass.
Being on vacation is not an excuse. How in the world does one take a vacation from God? Some people will claim that they were out of town and could not find the church. If people want to find a certain restaurant or shop, they sure do it. The same should be true for the church. Plan ahead.
A group called Mass in Transit has information about churches and Mass times all over the United States. Itís a great service, available twenty-four hours a day. Their phone number is 800-627-7846. You need to have the zip code of where you are going, which you can obtain from any post office or from travel brochures. You will receive the name of the church, phone number, address, and times of the Sunday and weekday Masses.
Also this weekend we rejoice in the ordination of two men to the priesthood for service in the archdiocese of Indianapolis. Continue to pray for vocations. When will the next religious vocation come from Holy Rosary Parish? Itís been a long, long time!
This weekend is the second collection for the education of our seminarians. Educating a seminarian is expensive business these days. We estimate itís about $16,000 per year per student. We have the "happy problem" that we have an increasing number of seminarians but this brings greater expense.
Youíll notice my absence at Mass today (Sunday). Iíll be attending the First Solemn Mass of one of our newly ordained, C. Ryan McCarthy, at Saint John Church. Then I have the great joy of representing the archdiocese at my oldest nieceís high school graduation at 1:00 p.m.
We had our annual, very brief, and very to the point meeting to plan the Italian Street Festival last Wednesday. Many thanks to those who attended, helped count the food tickets, and pledged their time and talent to work our two-day festival. Did you see the great article in The Indianapolis Star last Monday about Pete Corsaro and our Italian Street Festival?
Next weekend is it! The Italian Street Festival here at Holy Rosary: Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, 5:00 until 11:00 p.m. If you can volunteer to help, please call the parish office. We will also need help in preparing for the festival this coming week. Monday, June 4, and Thursday, June 7, will be particularly busy days. Come by anytime after 10:00 a.m. and we will put you to work!
During Festival Weekend, on Saturday, June 9, there will be two English Masses: 4:30 p.m. (as usual) and 7:00 p.m. The Catholic Choir of Indianapolis will sing at both evening Masses. The procession with the statue of Our Lady and Mass is on Saturday before the 7:00 p.m. Mass. The procession begins down Stevens Street at 6:45 p.m. with Mass beginning at approximately 7:00 p.m. Pray for good weather!
We invite any youngsters of school age to participate in the procession. The second grade First Communion class from our Central Catholic School will participate. Some of the other youngsters will be dressed in native Italian costumes, which the parish provides. If you are interested, call the parish office at 636-4478. There are flyers in the back of church advertising our festival. Take as many as you need to spread the word.
Faithfully yours in Godís Providence,