For St. Jude Parish (and Sacred Heart, if not already doing so), we discussed doing the Prayer to St. Michael (as Bishop has requested of parishes to consider doing in these times) but we’ve not done so thus far because of already having a Prayer for Vocations. Can one pray too much? Well, maybe if done all at the same moments at the end of Mass and with other announcements as well! Many such prayers are not necessarily intended for public times of worship as they are personal prayers of piety and devotion, to be prayed on one’s own.
Having said that, we still decided the times call for us to encourage prayer against Evil and the disvalues that seem to be creeping into our culture. We don’t want to eliminate the parish’s desire to pray for more vocations to priesthood and religious life and dedicated laity serving the needs of the Church. We can do both. As when Bishop is in a parish for Confirmations or pastoral visits, he tends to begin the Prayer to St. Michael after the final blessing and as he is moving to the altar to reverence, and then proceeding to the foot of the steps to genuflect and leave. We can do the same. Since ushers are dismissing by pews anyway, there is plenty of time for people to pray that prayer even if they are beginning to exit their pew. The music person(s) will wait till the prayer is finished before beginning any postlude.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS (OUTDOORS): at St. Jude, many when walking between the rectory and the church, will notice that there are now The Stations posted beautifully along the walkway. We can thank Nick Kenkel and Tom Grzesiak, and John Krisch for the hard work of placing the posts , as well as thanking many of the St. Mary’s families who donated to cover costs of materials. They are the same outdoor Stations that used to line the one side of the parking lot at St. Mary’s. Nick and Tom polished them all and put a sealer on them, so they should remain nice for some time to come. Nick, Tom, and Bob Kusmiez, and others who helped with costs, also placed beautiful new outdoor Stations at Sacred Heart, at the cemetery and around the altar that is at the entrance. We thank all involved (and if I missed recognition of someone) for their dedication to the Prayer of the Stations, and to their desire to see lasting improvements to the two campuses. A special thanks to the Sacred Heart guys who took the initiative to make it all happen for BOTH parishes. We’ve had the Stations that were from St. Mary’s since the parish was closed and it took this many years and those men to do something beautiful with them. I’ve talked about it over the years, but never got it moving, to my chagrin. Bless you guys! ~Fr. John