Letter from Msgr. Schaedel for bulletin of August 20, 2000

Dear Parishioners,

Holy Rosary lost another faithful parishioner this week. Magdaline Bisesi was buried from her beloved Holy Rosary on Friday.

Mag will be missed. Although she was in poor health for some time, she always had a bright smile and a positive outlook. It was a delight for Father Duvelius and me when we went to her home to take her Holy Communion during the last six months or so. She suffered a stroke several weeks ago and never made it home from the hospital.

Someone remarked, "Mag was always praying." Every time I visited her in the hospital, she had her rosary in her hand. I know that she will continue to pray with us and for us from her place in heaven. We extend the sympathy of all in our parish family to Mag’s family and friends, particularly to her sister, Angie Miceli, and her nephew, Mike Miceli. May she rest in peace!

Our elevator project is moving ahead but we’ve hit a snag. As I’ve mentioned here before, contractors were here several weeks ago and look over the project and prepare their bids. (Remember that this project involves building tall narrow shaft adjacent to the east bell tower. The elevator should reach three levels: Priori Hall, the church level, and the choir loft.) The committee opened the bids on August 15.

To make a long story short, the bids were about twice what we expected! The engineer who is working with us on the project committee is going to carefully examine each. We suspect there is some sort of fundamental misunderstanding of what we want done or what needs to be done. We could build a brand new church for these prices! Keep praying that we get all of this figured out!

This all important project is made possible because of your generous support of last year’s Legacy of Hope, From Generation to Generation campaign. Remember to keep your pledge payments up! We hope to cover most of the cost from this campaign, but will probably need some additional gifts before we can actually begin.

Angels of the Heart is a day of community outreach by our neighboring Sacred Heart Parish. They are celebrating 125 years this year. It is a gesture

of thanks to God and to their neighborhood during the parish's 125th

Anniversary. On Saturday, September 23, Sacred Heart parishioners—along with all the help they can get from their friends (that’s us) plan to spend the day fixing homes, tending to lawns, and cleaning up their neighborhood.

As I mentioned at Mass last weekend, "traditional parishes" some how have a reputation for not reaching out to others, not being "socially minded," or living in their own world while ignoring the needs of those around them. Obviously, this is ridiculous. We have shown ourselves to be a very prayerful, faith-filled people at Holy Rosary. Angels of the Heart is an excellent opportunity to put our Faith into action

It is also an opportunity to build up fellowship among ourselves and with our neighboring parishes. Volunteer forms detailing some of the work to be done are in the back of church. Volunteers are asked to fill out both sides of the form and return it to David Walden.

Let me remind everyone again about the major liturgical celebration of the Great Jubilee here in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. "Celebration in the Spirit of Hope" is Mass to be celebrated at the RCA Dome on Saturday, September 16, at 2:30 p.m. (This Mass will fulfill your Sunday obligation that weekend. We will not have an evening Mass here that day.)

Twenty-five bishops from around the country and most of the priests of the archdiocese will celebrate this Mass along with Archbishop Buechlein. Last week’s bulletin contained an insert asking for volunteers to assist with this Liturgy: choir member, ushers, guides, etc. We need someone to make a parish banner for the Mass also. If you wish to volunteer or have some questions about it, contact David Walden at the parish office.

The sixth week of the nine-week Novena to the Holy Spirit leading up to our celebration of the Great Jubilee appears in today’s bulletin and in this week’s Criterion. Please pray for the success of our celebration.

One last thing: Where did you attend Mass last Tuesday? (Or Monday evening?) It was the Feast of the Assumption—a holyday of obligation. It’s amazing how holyday crowds in no way match weekend crowds at Mass.

Faithfully yours in God’s Providence,

Msgr. Schaedel