Letter from Msgr. Schaedel for bulletin of September 5, 1999)

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we welcome our new associate pastor, Father Dennis Duvelius, F.S.S.P.

Yet, at the same time, we are sorry to lose Father Paul Petko to Queen of the Holy Rosary Parish in Vienna, Ohio. Those of you who heard Father Petkoís farewell sermon last Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. Mass know that he finds it very difficult to leave our parish.

During his two years here, Father Petko left a lasting impact on the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, the Traditional Latin Mass Apostolate, and Holy Rosary Parish. When the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter offered to send a priest to us, the archbishop and I knew that the selection of just which priest had to be made carefully. In the eyes of some people, continued use of the 1962 ritual could be divisive.

Because of Father Petkoís approach, his congenial attitude, and careful work, it has not been divisive at all. He was certainly well liked by the clergy of the archdiocese. Now the Traditional Latin Mass Apostolate is on firm ground. It has become a part of not only the archdiocese but also Holy Rosary Parish. For that, we will always be grateful.

We wish Father Petko well as he moves into his new parish in Ohio. It is my hope that in the not too distant future, he can return so we can have a formal "farewell reception" for him. He deserves all thatóand more! Please keep Father Petko and all priests in your prayers.

Father Dennis Duvelius comes to us from his last assignment in Pequannock, New Jersey. He has been serving as administrator of Our Lady of Fatima Chapel there. Father Duvelius is a native of Oldenburg, Indiana. His parents now live on the north east side of town and are members of Saint Lawrence Parish. We have had several chances to talk and I know he is anxious to begin his ministry here at Holy Rosary. I also know that his parents and family are happy to have him back in the area. Please welcome him!

This is Labor Day Weekend. We thank God on Monday for the opportunity to live in this so-called "land of opportunity." We have a chance to work at the trade or skill of our choice. When we do whatever we do for God, using the talents He has given to us, we give God glory and praise.

Itís wonderful that the unemployment rate in our area of Indiana is fairly low. However, please keep the unemployed in your prayers. Do the same for those who are in college or in training for their future lifeís work. There will be a special Labor Day Mass (English) on Monday, the 6th, at 9:00 a.m. (There will be no Monday evening Mass this week.)

As I mentioned last week, the vast majority of our parish council meeting was an excellent presentation on our roof situation at Holy Rosary. Just ask the Council anything you want to know about roofing. We are all experts!

We received some good recommendations. More bids and more advice from various companies has been received this week too. We do have some serious concerns. I donít want to see any more leaking like we had last winter. You can still see the effects in the Southeast and Southwest corners of the church ceiling.

We are also continuing to take advice and bids on an elevator. Itís more of a project than I had imagined! We want the elevator to not only allow access to the main body of the church, but also to the choir loft and Priori Hall downstairs.

Given that our church now has a new confessional or reconciliation room, here are some more thoughts on this sacrament of Godís mercy and peace:

How often should I go to confession? Well, the obvious answer might beóhow often do you need to go to confession? Naturally, anyone who is in the state of serious or mortal sin should go to confession immediately so as to once again live in Godís grace.

We know that each time we attend Mass, our venial sins are forgiven. (Baltimore Catechism #372 and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1394) Yet the Catechism goes on to say that "confession of everyday faults (venial sins) is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church. It helps us form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves be healed by Christ, and progress in the life of the Holy Spirit. (CCC #1458)

Most parishes have a Communal Penance Service (which includes individual confession and absolution) during Advent and Lent. Is that enough, twice a year? I really donít think so. Do I need to go every single week? Hopefully not; so the answer to how often lies somewhere in between.

In Godís Providence,

Msgr. Schaedel