(Letter from Msgr. Schaedel for bulletin of September 26, 1999)
This Wednesday is the big day! About fifty of us will be taking off on Air France for our pilgrimage to the shrines of France. This pilgrimage is part of our archdiocesan Journey of Hope 2001 observance. Archbishop Buechlein has called us to a renewed spirituality and a greater sense of prayer.
The concept of pilgrimage is older than Christianity itself. People in the Old Testament often went on pilgrimage to holy places. When Joseph and Mary "lost" Jesus and found Him teaching in the Temple at age twelve they had been on pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
So, our twelve days in France is not just a "trip." I sometimes call it a "retreat on wheels or a retreat in the air." It is amazing how many saints and holy places there are in this one country. We will pray for all of our loved ones back home. You can participate vicariously in this pilgrimage by praying with us each and every day. Each day has its own prayer intention. Please join us in the degree that you can by praying with us each day for the following intentions:
Wednesday, September 29, 1999—Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Archangels—(Travel Day)--For safe travel for ourselves and for all pilgrims throughout the world celebrating the Great Jubilee 2000
Thursday, September 30, 1999—Feast of Saint Jerome, Doctor of the Church—(Travel Day)—For a greater appreciation and understanding of the Word of God as pilgrims approach the holy places in France and in other places throughout the world during the millennium celebration
Friday, October 1, 1999—Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus (The Little Flower)—(Lisieux, home of Saint Therese, and Paris)—For all missionaries throughout the world, that God will prosper their work through the intercession of Saint Therese, patroness of the missions
Saturday, October 2, 1999—Feast of the Guardian Angels—(Paris, at the shrines of Saint Catherine Laboure, Saint Vincent DePaul, Shrine of the Miraculous Medal)—For all members of the worldwide Society of Saint Vincent DePaul and for the poor they serve throughout our archdiocese and throughout the world
Sunday, October 3, 1999—Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time and Feast of Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin—(Paris and Nevers, burial place of Saint Bernadette)—For all women religious who so generously serve the Church in our archdiocese; for their needs and their intentions; for an increase in vocations to the religious life
Monday, October 4, 1999—Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi—(Nevers, Paray-Le-Monial, Shrine of Saint Margaret Mary; Lyon)—For a greater awareness among all Christians of the great love of the Heart of Christ for each person; for a deeper appreciation of Christ’s love for us in the Eucharist and in the Sacrament of Penance
Tuesday, October 5, 1999—Tuesday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time—(Ars, Home of the Cure of Ars, Saint John Vianney)—For all priests serving the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, for our seminarians and other young men considering the priesthood; for an increase in vocations to the priesthood
Wednesday, October 6, 1999—Feast of Saint Bruno and Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher—(Lyon and Avignon)—For the intentions of Pope John Paul II, for the Holy Father’s health and for his ministry
Thursday, October 7, 1999—Feast of Our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary—(Avignon and Lourdes)—For the needs and the intentions of each of our archdiocesan parishes; for a greater devotion and understanding of the role of Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church
Friday, October 8, 1999—Friday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time—(Lourdes)—For the sick and for those who care for them
Saturday, October 9, 1999—Feast of Saint Denis and his companions and Saint John Leonardi—(Lourdes and Toulouse)—For the Church and France and the universal Church throughout the world; that we may grow in our Faith as we approach the Great Jubilee and the new Christian millennium
Part of each day on the pilgrimage will be the praying of the rosary and the celebration of Mass. It would be great if you could do the same, even though you are not physically traveling to France with the group. Attend Mass each day, pray the rosary, and offer them for the intentions listed above. In a very real spiritual way you too will be on pilgrimage with us.
I can’t wait until we get to Lourdes. You can notice from the schedule above that we arrive there on the patronal feast of our parish, the Feast of Our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary. When I offer Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes I shall offer it for the intentions of all members of Holy Rosary Parish. To help observe our patronal feast, there will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the rosary at 5:30 p.m. here in church. How wonderful it would be if many of you could come to pray for us pilgrims that day! There will be a Latin Mass as usual at Noon on Thursday, October 7.
While I am in France I will also be offering the following Mass intentions as well: +Norman Barnhart, _Margaret Constantino, +Anna Filicicchia, +Freida Gentile, +Matthew Iaria, +Agnes Miceli, +Don Phillips, +Tony Rene, +Vince Romano.
Pray for us as we will pray for you!
I think we have finally come to a conclusion about our roofs. To begin with, the roof on the office building and the C.Y.O. Center seems to have lots of flaws. But you know what? They don’t leak. My theory has always been, "If it’s not broken, don’t fix it." So, for the time being we will do nothing there. (C.Y.O. will take care of their own roof when and if it becomes necessary, but we included it in our study with various contractors.)
The Parish Council and I agree that we need to replace the church roof. We agree that we can do it best with a shingle-type roof. The slate is very expensive. One contractor swears up and down that all we need to do is repair the slate. But he will not guarantee it. Now what does that mean! Work will begin within the next few weeks to replace our old slate roof with a shingle-type roof. It’s lighter and carries a multi-year guarantee. Gutters, windows, and other repairs will be made at the same time. Pray for the safety of the workers who will help us with this.
The Parish Council meets again this Monday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m. On our agenda is our Stewardship Campaign for this Fall. This will include our stewardship of time, talent, and treasure to our own families, to our parish, and to the larger Church (the shared mission of the archdiocese). If anyone would like to help, I’d welcome your presence at our meeting Monday night.
In God’s Providence,