On September 29, 2014, Marnee Torchia unexpectedly lost her devoted brother, Gary Torchia. He lived in Peoria, Illinois all his life and worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for over thirty-five years. Gary was a long-time member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Peoria and is remembered by his fellow parishioner and fellow-workers as a very good man who was devoted to his Catholic faith. He loved to test the new pieces of Caterpillar earth moving equipment at the Peoria Proving Grounds to validate their durability and reliability. Gary was loved by his family, neighbors, friends and, of course, his little sister.
Upon his death, it was Gary’s desire to make a donation to the Church. In his honor, a new statue of St. Louis, King of France has been donated to St.Dominic Savio Church. St. Louis is the principal patron of our Archdiocese
and it is fitting for this statue to be located adjacent to the statue of St. Vincent de Paul who is the secondary patron of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. In your kindness, please offer a prayer on behalf of Marnee’s dearly departed brother, Gary. The weekend preceding the Feast of St. Louis (August 25), we will bless our new statue of St. Louis.
We are in the process of beginning our RCIA program and are ready to welcome candidates this year. The RCIA program begins in August and continues to the end of the Easter season in May of 2016. The RCIA (Rite of Christian
Initiation for Adults) is the Church’s process of forming new Catholic Christians. We have a strong tradition of forming disciples at St. Dominic Savio. The candidates can be unbaptized or already baptized in another Christian faith. Sometimes they are Catholics who were baptized, but were never raised in the practice of the faith. If you know anyone who might be interested in learning more about the beauty of the Catholic
faith, let me know.
This past week, we had two server training sessions (Thursday night and Saturday morning). We are grateful to those among us who have dedicated themselves to this most important part of our Sunday worship. In order to
make better use of the ramp on the south side of the sanctuary, we moved some of the items for Mass to the north side of the sanctuary as well as one of the servers (the Bell). Those who have difficulty using the steps can
access the sanctuary by the ramp that was installed during the most recent renovation of the parish church.
Since the reform of the Mass following the Second Vatican Council, many people find our worship even more accessible. Not only do the reforms allow the lay faithful to actively participate, the Mass is not as fully
celebrated without the dynamic involvement of the whole Body of Christ. One good example of this is the opportunity to receive Holy Communion under both species (Body and Blood). With the assistance of Extraordinary
Ministers of Holy Communion, the people of God can commune deeply in the Love of God that comes to us in the reception of Holy Communion. If you would like to help with the distribution of Holy Communion and/or take Holy
Communion to our sick and elderly homebound, please contact me for additional information.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us,
Fr. Paul Rothschild