Message from Msgr. Schwanger


My Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,

I have many congratulations to pass around!

First I want to thank and congratulate Fr. Javier and our Lourdes to Lourdes Hospitality for the beautiful Eucharistic Procession with Blessing of the Sick this past 11th. Many people commented to me how special it was and what a shame it was that I couldn’t be there. I agree that it was beautiful. I was particularly happy about the number of brothers and sisters who are sick but were able to attend and that we had help available for them so that they could participate in the procession as well as Benediction. I know that because, as it turns out, I was there.

I want to congratulate George, Carlos, and Claudio – our tech team – for bringing Livestreaming to Our Lady of Lourdes. What a blessing! I was at the airport in Paris on my way home from Lourdes and I realized that it was time for the procession. I checked the website and there it was! I picked up the procession as you were turning the corner at the school and stayed with you through the blessing of sick to the closing hymn. It really was beautiful and it was such a blessing for me to have been able to be present in that way. I was particularly impressed that Fr. Javier could lift up that huge monstrance!

I encourage everyone to take advantage of our Grotto webcam and also to join us through Livestreaming when you are unable to come to parish due to travel or illness. It really makes a difference. Please continue to let everyone know about it and to help our homebound brothers and sisters to set up their computers and mobile devices so that they are easily able to check in with us each Sunday and for special occasions. Remember that we will now have either the Eucharistic Procession with the Blessing of the Sick or the Candlelight Rosary Procession to the Grotto on the 11th of every month – in honor the Mary’s first appearance to Bernadette at Lourdes on February 11, 1958.

So many blessings…
Msgr. Schwanger