July 25, 1999
Well, itís been over a year now. Father Petko and I came to Holy Rosary Parish a year ago on July 18. We are into our second year now. With the usual "bumps along the road," I think we (parishioners and priests) have done quite well together. I hope you feel that way. I love Holy Rosary Parish and look forward to another year serving you.
In the coming weeks, I will be saying more about inviting you to officially register in the parish if you have not done so already. Many people regularly attend Holy Rosary, but they are not registered. Thatís okay. But I want to extend a warm welcome to officially register as well. There are registration forms in the vestibule. If you like, just fill it out and hand it to Father Petko or to me. We will have a more organized way of doing this soon.
As you may have noticed (I hope), I was absent last Sunday. I had the distinct privilege of presiding at the blessing of Saint Clare Hall at Oldenburg. Itís the new infirmary for the Sisters of Saint Francis of Oldenburg. It was a joy to represent the archbishop and the archdiocese at this beautiful ceremony.
It was beautiful because this building is for some beautiful people: the now retired Franciscan Sisters who will reside there in their final years of dedication to God and the Church. Many of my former teachers will begin moving into the building this week.
We owe a lot to these Franciscan Sisters of Oldenburg. They were my teachers at Holy Name School and at Marian College. I would not trade the academic and religious education they gave me for anything. Holy Rosary Parish was served by the Sisters who taught here until our grade school closed in the 1950ís. We were again served by an Oldenburg Franciscan in the person of Sister Jean Marie Cleveland, our parish life coordinator until last summer.
Remember these wonderful women in your prayers. If you ever have the opportunity to do something special for them, do it. They deserve all that we can give them in the way of our prayers and support. They continue to be a real gift to the Church.
Last week I led a pilgrimage to Saint Meinrad, the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemane, Kentucky, and the old cathedral at Bardstown, Kentucky. It was wonderful. It is amazing how much Catholic history resides in one or two counties of rural Kentucky. Bardstown is still 4%-50% Catholic. At one time, Saint Joseph Cathedral in Bardstown was our cathedral! At the time, the Bardstown Diocese encompassed several states including Indiana.
I was also away for a few days of vacation this past week. While I was away, I offered the following Masses for: Norman Barnhart, Anna Filicicchia, Matthew Iaria, and for the People of Holy Rosary Parish.
Congratulations to Jason Robert Murrey and Kathleen Ann Stradley. They both received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Father Petko last Saturday evening. Neither could make our parish confirmation ceremony June 13, so Father Petko received special delegation to confirm them this past weekend. Pray for us all that we will be faithful to the vows of our own baptism and confirmation.
What about the new confessional or reconciliation room? Wasnít it supposed to be built by now? Well, our carpenterís wife had some serious surgery this month and heís at least two weeks behind. I suspect he will begin construction by the end of this month. Keep his wife, Susan, in your prayers too.
One more pitch for the pilgrimage to France before itís sold out:
I wonít list it all again, but we shall be off to see: the Little Flower, Saint Catherine Laboure, Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Louise de Marillac, the Cure of Ars, Saint Margaret Mary, Saint Bernadette and Lourdes, Paris, and a few more places I canít think of right now. We will be holy when we return. We leave September 29 and will be gone about ten days.
If you would like details, call Carolyn Noone at the Archdiocese (317-236-1428).
Have a good week this week!
In Godís Providence,