Two weeks of vacation under oneís belt; I guess itís time to get back to work again. While I was with my brother in Florida I did keep all of you in mind and in my prayers.
While I was away, I offered the following Mass intentions: +Tony Rene, +Phil Caito, Jr.; +Salvatore Venezia, +Marianne Bondi, +Frances Sellers, +Betty McGreevy Vaughn, +Carolyn Piazza, +Dominic Giordano, +Mary Ann Spinnato, +Betty Mazza, and for the People of Holy Rosary Parish.
Our new reconciliation room or confessional is almost complete. We hope to begin using it before all Masses soon. Iíve also asked our carpenter, Tom Linder, to construct some additional storage cabinets in our "auxiliary sacristy." We have many vestments and other liturgical items that need proper storage. I estimate the cost to be around $1,000.00. If anyone would like to help with that expense, please let me know.
The "perpetual votive lights" on the shrines in front of the church will begin burning September 1. Remember to contact Father Petko, Bernie Greene, or me if you wish one of these to burn throughout the year for you, your family, and your intentions. The offering is $10.00 per month or $120 per year.
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 are not registered. There are registration forms in the vestibule. If you like, just fill it out and hand it to Father Petko or to me.
The Sunday before I left (August 1) was a busy one! I offered the 8:00 a.m. Mass that morning at Saint Anthony Parish on the West Side. My "going away reception" from the parish followed this. Although I was never assigned to pastoral work there I was in residence at Saint Anthony Rectory for twelve years. I moved to the cathedral rectory at the end of June. I shall miss Msgr. Ryan, the Sisters, and all the wonderful people of that parish.
That Sunday morning was the usual routine here at Holy Rosary. The Crossroads Pro-Life group from Franciscan University in Ohio spoke at our Masses. What a dynamic and faith filled group of young people who are definitely pro-life! Pray for them as they return to their classrooms this Fall.
That morning Arthur and Ethel Ratz celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary at the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Father Petko offered the Mass for their intentions. It was great to see them and their wonderful family in attendance, all up front!
We cannot thank people like Mr. and Mrs. Ratz enough for their faithfulness. They are examples to all of us, but especially to young people, of what real love and fidelity is all about. Sixty years of fidelity to the sacrament of marriage; this is what itís all about! May God bless you both in the years to come.
By the way, this year Archbishop Buechlein will again celebrate the Golden Jubilee Mass at the cathedral for all couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries (or more). It will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 26. It is one of the most beautiful things we do all year. The cathedral church is generally full. When we made some drastic budget cuts at the Catholic Center last Spring, I insisted that the meager funding for this event not be eliminated. It is a wonderful celebration of God, Who is Love. Details are elsewhere in this bulletin.
Also on August 1, I presided at a special service in honor of God Our Father at Saint Michael Church. The church was nearly full! Pope John Paul II has proclaimed 1999 as the Year of "Return to Our Fatherís House." 1997 was dedicated to Jesus, our Savior; 1998 to the Holy Spirit.
This weekend we celebrate a beautiful feastóOur Ladyís Assumption, body and soul into heaven. Strictly speaking, the popes have only made two ex cathedra infallible statements since Vatican I defined the doctrine of infallibility in the 19th century. This dogma of Mary, assumed body and soul into heaven, is one of them.
Once again we recall how important Mary the Mother of Jesus is in salvation history. The ancient antiphon states:
Maria Virgo assumpta est ad aethereum thalamum,
In quo Rex regum stellato sedet solio
The Virgin Mary was assumed into the heavenly bridal chamber
Were the King of Kings is seated on a starry throne.
O, Mary, assumed into heaven and Queen of the Holy Rosary, pray for us!
In Godís Providence,