Father Fred Link, O.F.M.

It is a beautiful Monday morning as I write my letter this week.  We friars attending Chapter at St. Meinrad Archabbey leave at 11:30 this morning.  By the time you read this, our Province will have new leadership.  I’ll share that information with you next week.  However, the way news spreads, some of you may well know it long before next week.  I’m grateful to Fr. Lou and Deacon John for assuring that we have daily Mass and an opportunity for anyone to receive Communion while Fr. Jim and I are away.

Soon after we get home Friday afternoon, I’ll be preparing for our 8th-grade graduation Mass Friday evening at 6 pm.  We’re moving the celebration up an hour since Roger Bacon’s commencement is also that evening at 8 pm.  A couple of our grads have siblings graduating from RB this year.  Obviously, their families want to be present for both.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to let our 8th graders know how proud I am of them

Speaking of graduation, this Sunday morning a number of our high school grads will be having breakfast in the friary. Thanks to our young adult ministers Amy and Jeremy Hemingway for coordinating this event.  I look forward to congratulating these high school grads, most of whom attended St. Clement grade school, and, together with parishioners, blessing them at the 10:30 am Mass this Sunday morning. 

Although you and I aren’t graduating from school, we still are enjoying new beginnings as we prepare for the coming of the grand feast of Pentecost.  I’ve probably told you before that I really love new beginnings.  Our gracious God, who cannot be outdone in generosity, will lavishly shower us with all that we need to continue our journey into the summer and into the rest of our lives as disciples of Jesus.  Our hospitality committee is planning on a parish brunch next Sunday morning after the 10:30 am. Mass.  There may be information about that elsewhere in this bulletin.  And, if we follow our parish tradition, we will also choose new members for our Pastoral Council during Mass on Pentecost.  I will miss the Council meeting this coming Thursday evening for obvious reasons, so it may be that the Council may have other plans.  And, while speaking of celebrations, mark your calendars for our annual Corpus Christi procession through our neighborhood on Sunday, June 18.  Members of the Worship Commission determined to do it a bit differently this year.  As many places do, our procession will follow immediately after the 10:30 am Mass rather than in the evening.  Because we will have just been together for an hour, the procession will be a bit shorter than in previous years.  The hope is that many more folks will be able to join in this public act of devotion to the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. 

 

Three members of our parish family went home to the Lord in the past weeks.  This past Thursday, Fr. Jim celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Woody, who had lived right near the church.  On Friday, Fr. Fred celebrated the funeral Mass of Vicki Wilson, long time parishioner. Both women were in their 90’s.  This Saturday morning, Fr. Jim will lead the service for parishioner Clare Vaughan who was in her 60’s.  On behalf of the parish, I extend our deepest sympathy to their families and bless them with the assurance that their mothers are in the eternal embrace of God.  Regardless of their ages at the time of death, they are now forever young!  Keep the Easter spirit alive in your hearts.