Dear Monsignor Biedermann,
...look at the palms of your hands and remember back to that day when your bishop anointed them and sent you forth to love and serve us...remember the plans you had that day for these hands to gather and minister to your people...think back now to the babies these hands have baptized...think of the children these hands have held and caressed...think of the hundreds of homilies these hands have written...think of the countless times the hands have been held up in blessing and forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation...now think of each Mass, when you took plain bread and wine into these hands, and changed them into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ...think of the hands, our hands, young and nervous, which your hands have joined in the Sacrament of Matrimony...think of the sick in mind and body who have come to you seeking help and left with hope...think of the dying bodies these hands have anointed.
Today, we anoint your hands anew with our love; not just our love, but the love of your entire Sacred Heart Church Family. If ever, in the days ahead, you feel lonely or discouraged, please remember today. Please hold up your hands and look at them and remember how they fed us the Bread of Life, how they brought hope back into our loves, how they comforted us, and even welcomed us home to our church again.
We wish we could take you by the hand and stand out on Henderson Road and shout to the world, “look everyone...this is our beloved pastor, in whom we are well pleased.” Thank you for faithfully loving and serving us. We love you and we are so proud that you have been our Pastor.
A Note from Our Beloved Msgr. Biedermann
Dear Parishioners of Sacred Heart,
We, Isolde Von Flue and I, arrived at the Zurich Airport some how tired after a nine hour flight from L.A.
to Zurich Airport. Two cars were waiting for us at the airport, Chris and his wife Mariam with their two
boys. We were overjoyed seeing them. After a one hour drive from the airport to Vaduz, Liechtenstein by
streaming rain, we went directly to Beatrice, my sister’s apartment, where we rent the lower street
apartment, much smaller than what I used to have in Ventura. It takes a few days of rest to recover from
the trip here. But all will be well, thanks to you! You have been gracious to me at the reception and
hereafter. You made me very happy! It has been very sad to leave you all, but the new arrangements
are of benefit to both of us in many ways.
Thanks again for all you have done for me, God Reward and Bless You.
As always I am your friend and benefactor of all your love.
Gratefully in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. Arnold Biedermann