From the desk of Fr Stephen
Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Alphonsus, the founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, or Redemptorists. It is good that we take the time to remember St. Alphonsus and what he did as a priest and Redemptorist. He lived a long life, 91 years that were filled with much energy. Besides giving hundreds of missions, he was the Superior of the Redemptorists at the time, he wrote 110 books, and he was the Bishop of St. Agatha of the Goths for about fifteen years. One word seems to describe his energy--ZEAL. During his lifetime, he vowed never to waste a moment, which he seemed to live out quite literally. He was a true Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, and I am grateful to have become a Redemptorist myself. I hope we can appreciate the effort the Redemptorists have provided over the last 153 years to the “Rock.” There have been hundreds of men, both priests, and brothers, who have touched countless thousands on the corner of Cook and Grand. I hope we, as Redemptorists, have been instrumental in your lives, as we continue to carry on the mission today.
When I was in the 7th grade, I started seriously thinking about the priesthood. It just so happened that my cousin, who was three years older than me, was in the Redemptorist minor seminary in Wisconsin. I didn’t know any better and so followed in his footsteps and was ordained fifteen years later. The most important step in my life was my entrance into the order as a professed member. Every Redemptorist that has ever ministered in the name of the Lord, has been professed, including those ministering at the “Rock” today. This year we are fortunate to have a member, Fr. Pete Schavitz, who is celebrating 50 years of profession. This milestone is usually celebrated with great vigor, but because of COVID, we are not able to give it its proper attention. When you see Fr. Pete, though, be sure to wish him a happy 50th.
Because of the COVID pandemic, we have not been able to have any social gatherings at the church. Unfortunately, this will continue indefinitely. No one is sure when the crisis will be over. Here at the “Rock,” we have been in the habit of gathering in November for the Card Party. Again, we will not be able to do this in person, but we hope to have something set up virtually on that date so that people will have something to do. The Card Party committee has been working hard trying to get a ZOOM Bingo game for that weekend. Although this cannot replace what usually happens, we are hoping the parish will want to participate to try and have some fun together. We still have several months to prepare and more info will be coming out, but I wanted you to be aware of what was happening and to plan for it accordingly. Have a blessed week.