They are off on their honeymoon seeing parts of EU, including a visit to the Eternal City, where (taking her wedding dress along) they hope to participate in a papal blessing offered (apparently) to newlywed couples who arrive before the Holy Father dressed in their wedding attire.  In any event, if we do not see a picture of the three of them, I’m including one of the two of them for all to enjoy!  It was a very beautiful wedding and the liturgy and music/singing were wonderful to be a part of.  I’m sure it helped to have many voices of friends from St. Olaf’s College, known well for their music and voice department (Abe’s alma mater). 

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ON A MUCH MORE SOMBER AND SAD NOTE, primarily to the St. Jude Community, I learned this past week of the passing of Mr. Dick Schultz, one of our long-time and great teachers here in our school.  Equally sad was that his wife, known to many at Marian High School had passed away only weeks before Dick—so often the case that a husband of so many years dies soon after he loses his wife, or vice versa.  I understand they both died in this past April.  We will schedule Holy Mass for them in the near future. Please watch up-coming bulletins for more information. I ask that all who knew Dick well (and Caroline) keep them in your prayers.  May they rest in peace. 
- Fr. John
St. Jude Usher’s Room/Communication Room: Some may notice that (in the next couple of weeks) there will be some new cabinets in the Usher’s room.  Did we spend money we don’t have, some may ask?  Nope!  We are finally using what remained of the kitchen cabinets from the old rectory kitchen, thanks to the efforts of Bob Swick & Joe Molnar, and any others they may have asked to help them in this endeavor. 

The cabinets were not that old when the new rectory was built, so some were repurposed into the lower level of the new rectory, a few in the garage, and now the balance being used in this room that serves the church and school.  As they used to say, “waste not, want not.” They were good cabinets that looked very nice and they have not gone by the wayside. Just wanted people to know.

Thanks to the crew of great guys who are on Bob’s team doing this work!

Sacred Heart/St. Jude: Between Fran (who does scheduling) and I, we are making a concerted effort to make sure I make it to Sacred Heart at least every four weeks (exceptions, plus or minus, as necessary) which means I will try to be there the first weekend of each month, and Fr. Julius at St. Jude.  I wish I could bi-locate as I very much enjoy being at Sacred Heart every bit as much as I do St. Jude.  Both are filled with great people who are fun to visit with before and after Mass, or just to see on a weekly basis.  Lots of warm, friendly, and kind people; true of every parish I’ve ever served!

Sacred Heart/St. Jude: It is after the Baptism of Our Lord (this weekend) that all the lovely Christmas decorations come down and we return to Ordinary Time until Lent is upon us—which will come soon enough.  This is a good time to say “thanks” to those responsible for the Christmas decorations at both churches.  We are blessed to have enjoyed true professionals when it comes to church decor, regardless of the season.  Each year has its little differences, and it is always a joy to see it on Christmas Eve and after.

Birthdays:  Since so close to the weekend, if you see Fran, her birthday was Thursday, and Abraham’s is Saturday!  Abe laughed and said he “is now old enough to rent a car without an extra fee!”  [I’m thinking to myself that I am getting close to being old enough that they won’t even rent a car to me when in EU!  I think they stop at 75.  I’ll be 70 this year!  Yikes!].