At the 10 a.m. Mass, I almost blew it completely by missing the Mother’s Day Blessing (done at the other two Masses) but was saved by a Hail Mary Pass or something like that just after the end of the closing song. Sorry moms, it wasn’t as formal a blessing as at the other two Masses!
When you read this, our 8th grade will have already attended their 8th Grade Baccalaureate Mass, this past Monday, at St. Matt’s—with the classes from other local Catholic schools. I’m told this will be the last time they do the all-school Baccalaureate Mass in that way. By next year, we will have put our heads together as staff, maybe asking the input of the School Board or HASA, and our liturgy director, to have a special Mass for our graduating class here in the parish, maybe of an evening, when others can more easily attend. We have a Monday evening Mass as it is, so maybe we can make the one closest to graduation exercises a Baccalaureate Mass, with special music, students participating, and anyone from our parish attending who may wish to celebrate (prayerfully) our graduates. Your thoughts welcomed! I always had the feeling the Mass and the graduation ceremony should be within a day of one another, but we’ll see. A Monday night Mass and a Tuesday evening graduation? It would be nice if anyone from our parish community could celebrate our graduates and what better way to do so than at Holy Mass.
Congrats again to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bates, married this past Saturday at Sacred Heart, and followed by a lovely reception at St. Hedwig’s Hall. Larry’s wife (known to so many of us) passed away this past year as did the husband of his new wife (her husband died several years ago as I understand). Interestingly, Larry’s first wife’s brother was his new wife’s husband! So much for taking a long time for getting to know one another! They were in-laws for a long time! How fun their decision to marry each other! Many blessed years ahead to them!
Congratulations too, to the Henry family, Tom and Jane, on the marriage this past weekend of their daughter, Claire. The wedding took place at the Basilica on campus.
Our summer seminarian of three years ago, Rev. Mr. Stephen Felicichia, was ordained to the Diaconate (this weekend) on Saturday morning at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Fort Wayne. We hope to be able to have him join us at some time this summer with him serving as Deacon for the Mass. Congratulations to Stephen. He will serve a year as a transitional Deacon and then, please God, be ordained to Holy Priesthood for our Diocese. While Stephen is a Deacon (now) in transition to the Priesthood, we also have a number of men currently studying for the Permanent Diaconate for our Diocese, among them our own, Brent Jagla and former parishioner, John Burzynski. Please keep them in your prayers too.
- Fr. John