May 14, 2017

We, as a Diocese and as a Parish, are undergoing such a tremendous period of transition! We are waiting for a new bishop and looking for his leadership. I believe that we need to root ourselves in prayer and pray as we prepare for a new bishop. Also within the parish and the school we have many more transitions, Fr. Sullivan’s retirement, celebrating Deacon John Strmac’s life, Rich Samide joining our staff, for Fr. Eric Garris and his first assignment, in gratefulness for Loretta Pilla’s ministry, for her health, and finding a new principal are things of note among many other changes. We are formally dedicating these and all upcoming events like the Festival, along with your personal intentions, to the intercession of our Blessed Mother with a 54 day Rosary Novena. The 54 day Rosary Novena consists of five decades of the Rosary each day for 27 days in petition; then immediately five decades each day for 27 days in thanksgiving, whether or not the specific requests have been granted. The meditations vary from day to day. On the first day meditate on the Joyful Mysteries; on the second day the Sorrowful Mysteries; on the third day the Glorious Mysteries and on the fourth day the Luminous Mysteries; and so on throughout the 54 days. This is an arduous novena but it is a novena of love. Look upon each Hail Mary as a rare and beautiful rose which we lay at Mary’s feet. These spiritual roses, bound in a wreath with Spiritual Communions, will be a most pleasing and acceptable gift to her and will bring down upon us special graces. This can be done at home, in the Chapel, or anywhere. There are no formal times unless you want them. I will be giving different intentions throughout the Novena so we can continue to consecrate and celebrate the incredible gifts that God pours out in abundance. The timing of this works out very well, beginning the Novena on May 23, the 54th day is July 15, when we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Wickliffe and one day before Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Feast day. This is also the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima. Just a gentle reminder that we are celebrating 150 years and forty hours of priesthood (the four men who are celebrating milestones, including soon to be Fr. Eric Garris) on May 21. All are invited and welcome. Please help with desserts, side-dishes, and food items for this enormous reception. Blessings of the Resurrection, the Priesthood, and be encouraged, we are all journeying with you. I pray our Lord richly blesses you. Always remember that I love you, there is no way I will ever love you less, and I will continue to pray for you every day. ~ Fr. Behrend