Thursday, October 31, 2013

Perpetual motion

In the October 13, 2013 bulletin at our parish (St. Alphonsus, Greendale), one of our deacons reports a discovery.
"Besides our weekly liturgies, there are many other activities that take place at St. Alphonsus Parish, too numerous to mention. But I think that there is one that has been hiding, or at least kind of kept in secret unintentionally, since it is listed in the weekly bulletin."
Which just goes to show that publishing something in the bulletin, even every week, doesn't mean it's been communicated to the parish. Next,
"It was a discovery, or at least to my wife, Joan, who became aware of the Rosary and Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions this past January after a right to life prayer service in the chapel. After the prayer service, a few people stayed, including Joan, to recite the Rosary, and then the prayers for the Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions. Joan had no idea that this special devotion to our Blessed Mother was going on every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m., to 7:00 p.m., in the Chapel."
And has been at least back to the 1990s, when I happened upon it when arriving for a meeting.
"Do you remember the Rosary with the joyful, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries, Hail Marys and the Our Father? Joan remembers as a child her father praying the Rosary and going to Mother of Perpetual Help devotions every Tuesday evening at their southside parish."
That "remember the Rosary" etc. might be nostalgic. These might not all be known to recent decades' graduates of a parish's religious education program.

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