This weekend, July 24-25, Fr. Walsh will be in Medjugorje, and Fr. Tom Carroll, a member of the Piarist Fathers, will say Mass in his place. The Piarist Fathers were founded in Rome by St. Joseph Calasanz in 1617. In addition to the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, the Piarists take a fourth vow to educate youth. They operate approximately 200 Catholic schools which are located in 32 countries around the world. One of those schools is the one Fr. Carroll is associated with in the Appalachian region of Kentucky, where less than one-half of one percent of the people are Catholic. It is an impoverished area, and while very few students who attend the school are Catholic, the Piarists seek to provide an excellent Catholic education for those students as well as outreach programs for their families. Fr. Carroll’s visit to Sacred Heart is part of our diocese’s Missionary Cooperative Plan, which sends missionaries to speak at parishes and to take up a special collection for their work each year. (Last year, because of the pandemic, Sacred Heart did not receive a visit from the missionary priest who had originally been scheduled to come here.) Checks for the support of the Piarists’ mission can be made out to Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, with the notation, “Missionary appeal.” Please be generous in welcoming Fr. Carroll to Sacred Heart.
Also visiting Sacred Heart during Fr. Walsh’s absence will be Fr. Frank Uter, who will say Mass on two Tuesdays, July 20 and 27; and Fr. Tony Russo, who will say Mass on Thursday and Friday, July 22-23 and also July 29-30. (Fr. Walsh will be in Medjugorje July 20-28, but will take three more days off after his return.) While Fr. Walsh is away, our Mass schedule will remain the same.
A message from Fr. Walsh: Be assured that I will be praying for all of you and for your special intentions while in Medjugorje. This will be my third trip to Medjugorje, but I have not been there for 31 years. This year I am going in observance of the 40th anniversary of Our Lady’s visit to Medjugorje, and I will be staying at the home of Marija Pavlovich, one of the six visionaries whom I got to know quite well in years past. Medjugorje has been a very important part of my own spiritual journey in life, and throughout the years, I have seen the enduring fruits of Our Lady’s visit and her call to prayer and penance…in my own life and in the lives of many loved ones and friends. I hope and pray that this pilgrimage will deepen my own personal conversion to Jesus Christ. Please pray for me while I am away, as I promise to pray for all of you! Fr. Miles Walsh