For CAHNS it was a great and momentous day. It was Fr. Michael Bowler’s last official day of service to us after six years of his spiritual leadership and friendship. During Mass at St. Barbara parish the oath of office was administered to his successor, Fr. Andrzej (Andrew) Beltowski. Also in attendance and concelebrating the Mass with Fr. Bowler and Fr. Beltowski was Fr. Nick Monco. Fr. Nick Monco, O.P. just last week was announced as the new Dominican Promoter of the Holy Name Society for the Province of St. Albert the Great.
Attending the Mass were members of the St. Barbara Holy Name Society who were in procession with members of the CAHNS Board of Directors and representatives of other member parishes. Fr. Beltowski also had family members from Poland at the Mass to witness his installation.
The reflection was by Stan Baran, CAHNS President. Stan used the message in all three readings of the day to show how the mission of the Catholic Church and that of the Holy Name Society are the same. That mission, not always emphasized, is to bring not only Holy Name members to the salvation promised by Our Lord, Jesus’ suffering and death on the Cross, but also as many others as possible to that salvation and eternity with Him.
Stan indicated how the Confraternity of Holy Name of Jesus throughout history has had the support of the papacy with at least four specific examples. Including that Pope Pius XII Council specifically emphasized the objective of working together by priests and the laity. He added that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has as part of its own Strategic Plan, “marshalling and empowering the resources and energies or a regional (lay) effort of group closely associated with the Conference and with each other.
In closing, he urged members of the congregation who are not yet members, to consider joining the Holy Name Society for the benefits of personal sanctification, piety, devotion to Jesus and the Eucharist, and the salvation He earned and promised us.
After Mass, the St. Barbara Holy Name Society held a luncheon reception celebrating Fr. Beltowski’s installation. There CAHNS presented Fr. Bowler with a small token of appreciation for his service and spiritual guidance during his term as Spiritual Moderator.
Article submitted by Stan Baran/CAHNS President