This weekend we begin 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. Baloney! 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.We had a nice crowd at Calvary Catholic Cemetery last Monday, Memorial Day, for the noon Mass. It was great to see so many Holy Rosary parishioners there. Thanks for coming to remember our beloved faithful departed.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 increased expenses. (If youíre one of those folks who reads this bulletin after Mass and not during my homily, you may not read this until after you get home. We would be glad to take extra donations for seminary education next weekend too! It is a big need. Please be generous.)Next weekend is The Italian Street Festival here at Holy Rosary: Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10, 5:00 until 11:00 p.m. If you would like to volunteer to help, please call the parish office. We do need some workers. We will also need help in preparing for the festival this coming week.Donítí forget the special Latin Mass for the Vigil of Pentecost on Saturday morning, June 10, at 10:00. The Concord Ensemble will provide some special music. Bring your friends to be awed and inspired by the traditional Latin Liturgy of our Church.Also, on Saturday, June 10, 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. Some of them 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,