In Loving Memory of Fr. Don Schwalm 1927-2018

On the evening of Ash Wednesday we lost our dear spiritual father and friend, Fr. Don Schwalm. He passed just as the 6:30 pm Mass was beginning at St. Hedwig. We are all grieving together and grateful that he has been so much a part of our lives and the life of our parish. Sunday, February 18th would have been his 91st birthday. We entrust him to the Lord’s mercy and care. The visitation will be held at St. Hedwig from 3-8 PM on Tuesday, February 27th. A rosary will be prayed at 4 PM, a Divine Mercy Chaplet at 4:45 PM and the Vigil Prayer Service will take place at 6:30 PM. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 AM at Holy Cross on Wednesday, February 28th followed by a luncheon in Kolbe Hall.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Dear friends in Christ,

About a month ago I shared a message from Fr. Don Schwalm about his need for a respite from parish ministry to find proper rest and support. The team of caregivers assembled around Fr. Don in recent months have been striving to respect his desire for privacy while at the same time keeping his beloved parishioners informed. With Fr. Don’s willingness to now have this information shared, I write to offer an update and clarify some recent developments. Following a cancer diagnosis and the need to begin hospice care, Fr. Don has been moved to a different facility where he can receive more adequate support and pain management. We can be confident that he is receiving the care that he needs. If you wish to write to him, cards can be dropped by the St. Hedwig office and they will be delivered to him. This is heavy news about one who has given us so much. I ask you please to keep him in your daily prayers, especially using the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet asking for him (at his own request) the grace of a happy death.

May Jesus, Mary and Joseph be close to Fr. Don in his time of need!

Fr. Howe