St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-
Feast Day: October 1
Patron Saint of: missions
As the youngest child of a French watchmaker, Therese Martin was doted on by her family. They modeled a complete trust in God the Father which would characterize her whole life. When her older sisters entered the Carmelites Therese begged permission to enter at age fifteen. Hers was a hidden life. Under obedience she wrote The Story of a Soul, outlining her “Little Way” of serving God in the small acts of everyday life. She saw herself as a little flower in God’s garden, unnoticed by others but loved by Him all the same. She envisioned her mission of intercessory prayer continuing after death. “I will spend my heaven doing good on earth,” she wrote. “After my death I will let fall a shower of roses.” For someone who died so young, she left a large body of writing. Therese was named a Doctor of the Church in 1998, the third woman to be so honored.
SAINT HYACINTH CHURCH
1906 ST. HYACINTH PARISH, CLEVELAND
Father Sztucki and the parishioners of St. Hyacinth Parish navigated through the trying years of the Great Depression and the Second World War, all the while decreasing the community's debt. In January 1947, Father Sztucki announced the retirement of the parish's debts and plans for the construction of a new church. After three years of fund-
Archbishop Hoban appointed Father Joseph Rutkowski third pastor of St. Hyacinth Parish on September 4, 1957. With a finished campus, Father Rutkowski devoted most of his energies to the spiritual and communal development of the parish—an effort which increased the membership of the parish. After 15 years of service, Father Rutkowski retired in 1973. Bishop Clarence G. lssenmann appointed Father John Deka pastor of St. Hyacinth Parish on January 15, 1973. In the face of falling enrollment, St. Hyacinth School closed in June 1990. Through Father Deka's efforts to share the responsibility of operating the parish with his parishioners, St. Hyacinth Parish remains a strong faith community anchored in the traditions of its Polish-