Pastor's Column

February 17, 2019 Pastor's column

     Many people have asked about the new priest celebrating Masses at St. Charles.  In fact, he is not very new.  Fr. Phil DeVolder has been living at St. Charles since June, recovering from cancer treatments and a bone marrow transplant last spring.  As he has picked up strength he is covering more Masses and confessions in the parish.  Fr. Phil has previously served in Warsaw, Decatur and Elkhart but hasn’t served at a Fort Wayne parish before.  We are blessed to have him here.

     We have a second-century description of the Mass which includes people bringing gifts of bread and wine to the altar before the priest begins the prayers of consecration.  At St. Charles, we are trying to recruit more willing volunteers to help with this simple task.   At the Saturday evening Mass and 9:00 and 11:00 Masses on Sunday, we bring eight different items up the aisle.  This is an ideal job for a family or a group of four or more.  For the 7:30 Mass and the Sunday evening Mass, we are going to reduce the number of items so that we only need two volunteers to bring up the gifts.  There is a book stand in the Gathering Space which has instructions and signup sheets.  During the petitions, those bringing up the gifts should come to the back of the church.  A server will lead them up the aisle where they will hand the gifts to the priest.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!

     Please call the parish office if you or someone you know is homebound and would like to receive Holy Communion at home.  Our priests and a group of parishioners are happy to make home visits and bring Communion.

     Lent is only 17 days away.  This is a good time to start making plans.