We welcome Fr. Thomas Zehr to St. Charles this weekend. Fr. Thomas grew up at Our Lady of Good Hope parish and has been ordained a priest for two years, serving at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. We are delighted to have him. We plan to have Fr. Thomas involved with youth ministries, school religion classes, the Knights of Columbus, and many other activities around the parish. I find that one of his hobbies is fishing. We will have to keep him away from our school fish pond.
As I am writing this column, we have just learned that Fr. Eric Burgener has been diagnosed with COVID-19. As a result, the other three priests at St. Vincent are on quarantine to be sure that they aren’t carrying the virus. I have agreed to cover the weekend Masses on June 27/28, with Fr. James and Fr. Thomas covering the weekend at St. Charles. We pray for all who are sick with COVID, and hope that the St. Vincent priests will soon be able to return to ministry.
This weekend I am blessing brand-new St. Charles mausoleum at Catholic Cemetery. Longtime parishioner Christina Florin was the first person interred there, and I’m told that many St. Charles parishioners have purchased spaces. Stop by sometime to see the two marble statues of St. Charles—one on the front and one on the back of the mausoleum. Portraits of St. Charles show a very distinctive nose. That is faithfully captured on the statues.