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Redeemer Radio is a Catholic radio station which broadcasts from Fort Wayne. After a long process of research, marketing, and negotiations, the organizers have now purchased a station in South Bend, with the idea of having Catholic radio available throughout our diocese. The broadcasting tower and equipment have been purchased, and the organizers now need office space and a broadcasting studio. They are looking seriously at the middle floor of our parish office building, the former rectory.

Our former rectory is attached to the west end of the church. It is comprised of three levels. Our parish offices are located on the top level. The garages and maintenance rooms are on the bottom level. These areas would not be affected. The radio station is looking at middle floor, an area which is currently largely unused. The radio station is proposing isolating the area and adding a separate entrance to this floor from the lower parking lot.

Bishop Rhoades is encouraging us to take part in a Marian consecration on August 15. There is a 33-day program of prayer and reflection leading up to that date. The preparation prayers and reflections can be done at home using a book called 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley. We have a few copies of the book available in the parish office or you can order it online. For those who want to offer the consecration on August 15, the 33 days will begin today, July 13. For those who drag their feet and start late, the Blessed Mother won't mind if we pick a little later date.

We started a new fiscal year on July 1, and we have finished a good year financially. Donations have been very generous, we made some budget cuts, we sold the parish bus, and we had some generous bequests. The final balances for the year will be good. When the final numbers are all settled and the bookkeeping is done, we will publicize a full financial report.

The bishop is recommending that all of us consider a consecration to Mary, in the light of the teachings of St. Louis de Montfort. A book is available called 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley. (We have some copies available in the parish office.) It gives a 33-day series of reflections leading to this consecration. Bishop Rhoades is encouraging us to make the consecration on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. To do so, our 33 days will begin July 13. On Saturday evening, July 12, Fr. David Mary Engo will give a talk about Marian consecration in our parish center at 7 p.m. Fr. David Mary is the founder of the barefoot Franciscan brothers in Fort Wayne. He is a tremendously dynamic speaker, and I know that those who can join us will enjoy his talk. We are honored to have this city-wide event taking place in our parish center.

During the week of Corpus Christi we offered an hour of quiet Adoration in the church each evening from 8-9 p.m. It was a beautiful chance for quiet prayer time and it was edifying to see 15 to 20 people here each night. I'll be talking about this with the parish staff and the parish council in the weeks ahead. As I see it, we have people hungering for such opportunities.

I returned from our youth mission trip with a renewed sense of the bright promise of our Church. Our parish group traveled to a depressed area in Niagara Falls, New York, for a week of service. We joined a group from my previous parish in Fort Wayne and a Methodist group from Pennsylvania for a week of hard work, prayer, recreation time, and reflection on the life of faith. It was a great week. We have young people to be proud of.

We have a fun event for our youth this Sunday evening, June 29, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. We will gather at the rectory, 18160 Bailey Ave., for a cookout, yard games, and a water fight. All 8th grade graduates through new high school graduates are invited to join us for some good, clean fun.

LETTER FROM BISHOP RHOADES

Dear Friends in Christ,

I cordially invite you to the Festival of Faith sponsored by our Knights of Columbus on August 15-16 this year. It is a wonderful opportunity for the people of our diocese to gather for fellowship and fun.

This year, the Festival of Faith begins on the feast of Our Lady's Assumption. I will be celebrating Mass on Friday, August 15th, at 6 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne. All are invited to participate. At the end of Mass, I will be leading all who have done the 33 Days of preparation in the Consecration to Jesus through Mary. Then we will have a large Marian procession to Headwaters Park.

This weekend is the Feast of Corpus Christi. We remember the great gift we are given in the Eucharist. More than anything, this is what sets the Catholic Church apart from other Christian traditions. The Eucharist is the center of our lives of faith. As part of our parish focus on the Body and Blood of Christ, we are going to offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each evening this week, Monday through Friday, from 8:00-9:00 p.m. Come and join us for a beautiful way to end the day.

I thank everyone who donated in the Pentecost collection for seminarian education. If you missed that collection, you may still make a donation. This is a major financial commitment in our diocese.

Last week I reported that our financial picture has been very good this year. The Finance Committee has recommended that we embark on some big projects. The first two aren't very glamorous. We owe money to the diocese due to our shortfalls for several years in the Bishop's Appeal. We also need to take care of some insulation and heating issues in the parish center. We are in a position to take care of both of those.

The next priority project, though, is one that will be much more noticed. I recently met a man who told me that he was an active parishioner here for many years, but he left the parish because he couldn't hear and understand what was said in our church. He joined a parish with a better sound system. Our current sound system has been through upgrades through the years, but there is new technology in this field which could make a big difference.

This Sunday (June 8), we are gathering for a Pentecost Praise Potluck. We will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 3:30-5:00 p.m. The first hour will be quiet prayer time, and the last half hour will include lively praise music. Around 5:00, we will have Benediction and then move to the Parish Center for a potluck. (Please bring a dish to share. The parish will provide meat, drinks, and table settings.) Please join us for as much of the afternoon as you are able.
This Sunday, we are gathering for a Pentecost Praise Potluck. We will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 3:30-5:00. The first hour will be quiet prayer time, and the last half hour will include lively praise music. Around 5:00, we will have Benediction and then move to the Parish Center for a potluck. (Please bring a dish to share. The parish will provide meat, drinks, and table settings.) Please join us for as much of the afternoon as you are able.

We have a new plan this year for Vacation Bible School. Joining forces with St. Anthony Parish, our two parishes together will be able to put on a much bigger event. Spenser, our seminarian, has been working with the crew and reports that the Lord's Prayer will be highlighted with a Circus Parade theme. I'm not exactly sure how that fits together, but it sounds like fun. Call the parish if you have children ages 4 through incoming sixth grade. We'll get registration information to you.

Fr. Tad Balinda is a Ugandan priest who is now serving in our diocese. A few years ago, some of our parishioners helped his hometown by purchasing goats for residents.