Monday, June 8, 2009

Holy Cross celebrates Fr. Wheeland's 70th


Sunday was a very busy day at Holy Cross Parish. In addition to celebrating Trinity Sunday with a traditional procession and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the parish also celebrated Fr. Thomas Wheeland's 70th birthday.

Beacon Place, the new name for the totally refurbished school cafeteria, was the site and approximately 200 parishioners and other well-wishers showed up to join in the festivities.

A couple of Fr. Tom's old altar boys from his Holy Rosary days were also on hand. John and Joe Dady, a.k.a. The Dady Brothers, provided the crowd with a couple hours of country, bluegrass, folk and, of course, Irish melodies, along with a couple of anecdotes from their 10th Ward days.

Fr. Tom was having such a good time that he even entertained the crowd with a bit of an Irish jig.

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7 comments:

Dr. K said...

Do you happen to know what years he was at Holy Rosary?

~Dr. K

Interstate Catholic said...
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Interstate Catholic said...

Just read his eulogy of Sr. Carmella in the Courier. That is an interesting story on how God called him to the priesthood.

Mike said...

Dr. K.,

Offhand, no. But I suspect it was quite a while back (early 1970s?), as the Dady Brothers have been performing for over 30 years and it had to be prior to that.

I'll see if I can find out more.

Mike said...

Dr. K.,

I emailed Fr. Wheeland and he just responded that he was at Holy Rosary from "1966 to 1970, my first assignment."

Dr. K said...

Thanks!

~Dr. K

LarryD said...

Fr Wheeland was associate pastor at Sacred Heart when I was a mere youth, and he trained me as an altar server. He was, and still is, a close friend of the family, most recently presiding at my niece's wedding 2 summers ago.