From the Desk of the Pastor

                                                                                                              

 

 

 

Father Robert Easter 2024 Message

 

 

                    

               


 
 
Archbishop Listecki Easter Letter 2024
 
 
 
 
 

 
You Are Invited!!!
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

 
Last Saturday, I celebrated the dedication of the new church of St. Charles in Hartland. (See the photo below.) While traveling on Highway 16, proceeding to my destination, I viewed the steeple of the new church and the accompanying bell tower, both with a cross affixed to their top. Still in the shadow of the Triduum, I heard echoing in my mind, “Behold the wood of the cross, on which hung the savior of the world. Come, let us worship.” This was a statement that connected me to my faith. 

Now, I have driven this road a hundred times before, sometimes whispering a prayer, sometimes looking at the trees, but now I was reminded of my Catholic and Christian identity. Here was an intentional statement of Christ’s presence in this world and a reminder of the first place that worship must occupy in my life. 

All of us must humble ourselves before God. It is a true recognition of our nature in relationship to the Divinity. The cross is a statement of God’s unconditional love for us, His creatures. 

Those attending the dedication were treated to a beautiful and highly symbolic liturgy. The pastor, Fr. Ken Omernick, was the driving force behind the establishment of this new worship space. As a dedicated priest in service to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, his relationships to many were evident in the crowd who desired to celebrate this moment. Fr. Ken possesses a unique talent for assisting in the formation of many of our seminarians and newly ordained priests. Currently, Fr. Ariel Orozco is his associate pastor who will mark this moment, the dedication of the new church, as a development in his priestly character. 

It is always remarkable what affection a good priest generates in the lives of his communities. The pride of the community of St. Charles was overflowing and rightfully so. The church was beautiful, with tremendous care given to every detail. But the church itself reflects the beauty of the parish community working to witness the Lord’s presence in the community of Hartland. 

This was the establishment of a new temple, where priests would offer the sacrifice now for ages to come. The congregation would be called to the altar of sacrifice where Jesus would offer Himself as the lamb that would be sacrificed for our salvation and redemption. Christ would be for us who are living now, and for those who would come in the future, to receive His Body and Blood, food for our journey from this life to our life in Christ, awaiting all who believe.

Present that day were seminarians, past associates of St. Charles Parish, priests, fellow pastors, retired clergy, religious, parish staff members and parishioners. There were also three bishops, Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange, California, a close friend of Father Ken’s, Bishop Donald Hying of the Diocese of Madison and a former auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and Bishop Mark Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, who growing up was a former member of the parish and baptized at St. Charles.  

I remarked that when Bishop Seitz was anointing the walls of the church during the ceremony, there was a true connection made with the source of his family’s faith and the mark that he would receive in baptism, which would lead him to his journey to the episcopate. Everyone had a connection to this church – a source of God’s grace extended to us, the children He loves.

I am extremely privileged to have officiated at the consecration of this new church. I remarked that 50 years from now, although I will not be around to verify it, this church, St. Charles of Hartland, will be calling people to worship, being a continuous source of God’s grace. It will direct people from Highway 16 and beyond, to the way. 

St. Charles Borromeo, patron of the parish and the patron saint of Catechists (teachers of the faith), will inspire the community to proclaim the Truth, and His Real Presence in the Eucharist will offer His Life to all who believe. As Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” 

He came so that we might have love in abundance, so let us LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
  
 
 Sincerely,

Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki

Archbishop of Milwaukee

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 
 

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