Posted: Apr 14, 2013 4:08 PM by Dennis Carlson
One week after vandals damaged Bozeman's Holy Rosary Catholic Church, services resumed this weekend.
Parisheners this morning heard a message of renewal as the church works to recover from the damage and forgive those responsible.
"You know with a lot of work and a lot of care and a lot of support from people we got everything cleaned up and we were able to be back in here this weekend," says Father Leo Proxell.
Sunday morning mass was crowded this morning. Through music, worship, the observance of the church ordinances and with the sprinkling of holy water on the walls where the damage was done last week, church members were able to get a sense of renewal, according to Father Leo.
"To remind us that this is a holy place so it was a kind of a renewal of the space and our use of it as a sacred space."
This morning's homily was entitled, 'Habemus Ecclesia Nostra' ... We Have Our Church.
"Our church," said Father Leo, "is us."
Also this morning, the church prayed for those responsible for last week's destruction.
"And Christ calls us to that compassion and that's what we need to speak about," says Father Leo.
It seems particularly appropriate that this Sunday Father Leo and the church welcomed a pair of new members to the fold...two baptisms were held at Holy Rosary...celebrations of new life.
"We are always looking to the future," says Father Leo. "Our little ones are always the sense of the future...that's what life is all about,it is always being perpetually renewed."