Letter from Msgr. Schaedel for bulletin of September 3, 2000

Dear Parishioners,

Although it’s officially with us until September 21, this holiday weekend signals the unofficial end of summer. I hope you all had a good summer and are ready for the beautiful autumn season here in Indiana. For the most part, students are back in the classroom. Keep all students and teachers in your prayers.

Monday, September 4, is Labor Day. Because Monday is the holiday, our Mass schedule here will be different. There will be an English Mass at 9:30 a.m. and a Latin Mass at 10:30 a.m. On Labor Day we have much to be thankful for. We thank God for the very fact that we are able to work and give God glory by using our talents and skills. Pray for those who are unemployed and those who are too ill to work. May Saint Joseph, patron of Italy and patron of workers, intercede for us and for all those who are in need of work.

As I write this letter, I’ve just returned from another "mini-pilgrimage." Pilgrimage is part of the theme of the Jubilee Year. Archbishop Buechlein introduced this theme as part of the "Journey of Hope 2001" nearly five years ago. Ever since then the Archdiocese of Indianapolis has sponsored various pilgrimages to Europe and around the Midwest. It can also be part of the Jubilee Indulgence.

This pilgrimage last week was to the National Shrines located in and around Chicago. We visited the National Shrine of Saint Jude, the room where Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (the first American saint) died, Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, the Shrine of Saint Peregrine (patron of cancer patients), Our Lady of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois; Marytown Franciscan Friary, Perpetual Adoration Chapel, and Shrine of Saint Maximillian Kolbe, and the National Shrine of Saint Therese of Lisieux. It was quite a trip!

Of special note might be Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini. Mother Cabrini was an Italian immigrant who came to American to help her fellow immigrants. To help her in this work, she founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. She first came to New York, but spent much of her time in Chicago, which is where she died in 1917. She founded an unbelievable number of schools and hospitals in North and South American, France, Italy, and a few other countries. What a woman she was! I guess Italian women are like that!

All of this reminds me that the Jubilee Year 2000 is more than half over. Don’t forget to take advantage of the many spiritual graces available to us during this special time. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Prominent during this year is the Jubilee Indulgence. An indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment for sin. Don’t confuse this with eternal punishment—heaven or hell. Even though we receive forgiveness of sin and remission of eternal punishment in confession, we still suffer the effects of temporal punishment. This is normally associated with purgatory.

The conditions necessary to receive the Jubilee Indulgence are on some flyers in the back of church. They are also posted on the bulletin board in the back. Basically they are: Receiving the sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist, praying for the intentions of the Holy Father, and doing some act of charity or penance. During the Holy Year, a pilgrimage to religious shrine or a church may be that act of charity or penance. Information about this always appears on page two of The Criterion during the Jubilee Year.

By the way, this week’s Criterion is "wrapped" in a very good supplement about the Jubilee Year and our major celebration of the Great Jubilee here in the Archdiocese on September 16. "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.) The Criterion "wrap-around" contains all of the details. Be sure to read it.

Twenty-five bishops from around the country and most of the priests of the archdiocese will celebrate this Mass along with Archbishop Buechlein. We here at Holy Rosary will provide about 20 volunteers to assist with this Liturgy: choir member, ushers, guides, etc. We also have a volunteer to make our parish banner to be carried in the procession.

The eighth 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.

In God’s Providence,

Msgr. Schaedel