Memory of St. Therese in New Columbus
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Father Pat Schoenauer celebrates the mass in honor of St. Therese, the Little Flower on Oct. 1 at the Grotto in New Columbus.
Carmel's blessed Little Flower, St. Therese, was honored during the Saturday mass at the grotto in New Columbus. Rev. Father Francis "Father Pat" Schoenauer celebrated the mass under cloudy skies, but the showers held off during the Eucharistic celebraton.
In place of the former Shower of Roses, the mass took place to remember the Little Flower of Lisieux, France who entered the Carmelite convent to become a nun at the age of 15. Though spectacular feats denied her, she could throw flowers from the sky (offer up all the little occasions to love which life presents each day). On September 30, 1897, at the age of 25, St. Therese died of tuberculosis after a heroic battle with this illness.
Roses, baked goods, and candles were sold at the mass which were symbolic of The Shower of Roses held at the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church which is still standing. Although the church has been suppressed, many still hold the church dear to their hearts.
Father Pat told those in the audience that "God welcomes you. It's amazing what this woman had on the entire world. She was declared a doctor of the world. Always kind and gracious. May this little way become the way today." He went on to thank everyone who prepared the area for the mass and then went on to bless the candles and flowers.