Tuesday has dawned here in Chicago; crisp and cool.
Last night, at St. Paul of the Cross church in Park Ridge, Illinois, family and friends gathered to celebrate the
Funeral Mass for Margaret A. (Mickey) Paluch. Two bishops and scores of priests were in attendance. We had a fifty voice choir, made up of staff members here at WLP and J. S. Paluch, representatives from the Notre Dame Folk Choir, including their director, Steve Warner, several seminarians from Mundelein Seminary, good friends from other publishing houses, as well as a core contingent from the parish choir. In my own parish experience we are currently without a pipe organ (since our church building has been closed for several months now). The singing was tremendous, supported by the fine pipe organ at St. Paul's parish. I was especially grateful for the choir members from the parish who sang their hearts out for Mickey. She had been a music minister there for many, many years.
This morning, I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude to the Paluch family, whose company has served the Church since 1913.
Mickey, may the angels lead you into paradise.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.
(Gotta get to work!)