September 24, 2017

posted Sep 22, 2017, 8:23 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  I received the following e-mail from FR. RALPH so I thought I would share it with you. “Greetings from Ghana!  I am pleased to be in touch with you today. It is my prayer that you are faring well as I am doing here. Seminary has resumed and we are all doing our best. Our school van is also repaired and will be ready for the new school year. The school is also being painted as planned. I can say that we are moving towards the right direction. But the good news is that we presented 10 candidates to write the State exams that will make it possible for them to get to High school. All the 10 passed and they qualify to go to high school. This is another landmark victory in the history of our school. We are yet to see how many will make it to the high school. So far I have not heard of anything negative about anyone so we will see when school reopens on Sept. 11th. I want to say thank you so much for your immense support and financial help to our mission in Ghana.  The church is completed and I am going to discuss it with the Bishop so as to set the date for its rededication. I will get you the latest pictures when I go to Beyin. Thank you so much for everything. God bless.”  I share it with you because the breakfast this Sunday morning in the Activities Center  is to sponsor the 10 students who passed their exams for entrance into the High School.  It speaks volumes on what our school in Ghana is doing to change the lives of many of the children. If you are able to support the breakfast                   sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, please know that you are helping to send children on to higher education, thereby affording them a better life.  Thanks and God bless all who are                  supporting this wonderful ministry.

 

In just a few weeks, our parish will be celebrating our feast day of Our Lady of Victory on Saturday, October 7th.  Around this time we try to have something special for the parish.  We have had parish missions or a special Mass in the past.  OLV school celebrates the day with fun activities.  This year, we will be having A PARISH MISSION.  It will be entitled A DIVINE MERCY PARISH MISSION given by Fr. Dan Cambra, MIC, Director of the Marian Evangelization Team.  Father will be speaking at all the Masses next weekend inviting all parishioners to attend the special days  devoted to understanding better God’s wonderful mercy.  Please mark the calendar and be with us October 2-4.

 

Once again, the GENEROSITY OF OLV PARISHIONERS has shown forth within our community.  As you know, we have been asked to contribute to 2 charities or organizations.  The first was for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the second was for Fr. Shao, a missionary who spoke to us a few weeks ago.  OLV contributed $25,000.00 for the hurricane relief appeal and $8,582.00 for Fr. Shao and his missions.  From my heart, as your pastor, I want to THANK ALL who contributed to help relieve the hurt and sufferings of others. OLV has always been a light  shining out in a darkened world.  Your help and generosity does serve as an inspiration to others without gaining any recognition from the “outside world.”  OLV, in conjunction with her many charitable gifts, contributes more financial aid and services than any other church in the diocese, Catholic and non-Catholic alike.  I am very proud of you.  We might not gain the recognition as  other churches might and we do not seek out the approval and recognition.  However, the only recognition that we do receive comes from the Heavenly Father and I am sure for all of us that is the only recognition worth receiving. May God bless you for your kindness and outreach to all of God’s children.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A high school teacher was giving a true/false test. He was strolling up and down the aisles surveying the students at work. He came upon one student who was flipping a coin, then writing.  Teacher: What are you doing?   Student: Getting the answers to the test. The teacher shook his head and walked on. A little while later, when everyone was finished with the test, the teacher noticed the student was again flipping the coin.  Teacher: Now what are you doing?   Student: I'm checking the answers.

 

September 17, 2017

posted Sep 15, 2017, 5:33 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   in just a few weeks, our parish will be celebrating our feast day of Our Lady of Victory.  Around this time we try to have something special for the parish.  We have had parish missions or a special Mass.  The school celebrates the day with fun activities.  This year, we will be having ANOTHER PARISH MISSION. It will be entitled A DIVINE MERCY PARISH MISSION given by Fr. Dan Cambra, MIC, Director of the Marian  Evangelization Team.  As your pastor and being a priest for over 36 years, I feel that we cannot talk enough about God’s Divine Mercy for us, His children.  As we were growing up how often were we “preached at” concerning God’s wrath and punishment?  Our spirituality was based on a fear         mentality. I feel that as we continue our spiritual journey we need to make St. John’s words – GOD IS LOVE – the foundation of our spiritual development and from that grow in the understanding of the words spoken by St. Pope John Paul II – “Do not be afraid.”  Fr. Dan is a member of the Mother of Mercy Province of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  He received a Masters of Religious Education from Providence College in June 1983 and a Masters of Theology in May 1986 from Sacred Heart School of Theology.  The Marians of the Immaculate Conception are the religious community entrusted by Pope Francis to spread the message and devotion of Divine Mercy.  Fr. Dan will speak at all the Masses the weekend of September 30 –  October 1.  There will be evening talks then on Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday at 7:00 PM, October 2, 3, 4.  Please make the date on your calendars and plan to be with us as we grow in the knowledge of God’s Mercy and Love for us.

 

Just a reminder that the INFORMATIONAL SESSION FOR THE OBERAMMERGAU TRIP will be next Saturday, Sept. 23 at 5:00 PM in the Activities Center.  As of right now, there is no obligation involved in this meeting, although trip confirmations with down payments will be accepted.  It is informational, especially to answer any questions parishioners might have.

 

Next Sunday after the morning Masses we will have a PANCAKE BREAKFAST for future  scholarships to attend high school for children from Fr. Ralph’s School in Ghana.  After finishing the 8th grade many students drop out of school due to lack of finances to attend high school.  The tuition for high school in Ghana is $1,500.00 and many families cannot afford to pay the fee.  All proceeds from the breakfast will go to support as many children as possible.  So instead of going to the Waffle Shop after Mass, why not just meander to the Activities Center for a delicious breakfast.  This event is sponsored by The Knights of Columbus and assisted by the Holy Name of Mary Committee.

 

At the end of this month, we will begin the PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS. With a few people reaching the end of their terms, I am looking for their replacements.  The Parish Council is an advisory council and is extremely helpful to me.  With their input, I am able to make decisions   regarding the path our church pursues.  If there is anyone wanting to serve on the Council, please leave your name at the rectory.  Or if you know anyone whom you feel could serve for the good of the parish, please give us their names as well.  I will collect the names and then select the needed replacements.  The deadline for submission is Monday.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - An 80-year-old couple was worried because they kept forgetting things all the time. The doctor assured them there was nothing seriously wrong except old age, and suggested they carry a notebook and write things down so they wouldn't forget.  Several days later, the old man got up to go to the kitchen. His wife said, "Dear, get me a bowl of ice cream while you're up." "Okay," he said. "...and put some chocolate syrup on it and a few cherries, too," she added. "You'd better write all this down." "I won't forget!" he said.  Twenty minutes later he came back into the room and handed his wife a plate of scrambled eggs and bacon. She glared at him. "Now, I told you to write it down! I knew you'd forget." "What did I forget?" he asked. She replied, "My toast!"

 

September 10, 2017

posted Sep 8, 2017, 6:44 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  over the past week, I had the honor of attending 3 picnics dealing with the parish.  We had the back to school picnic on the school grounds, the Knights of Columbus family picnic and our parish picnic.  For all three events, the weather was beautiful, parishioners were smiling and happy and everyone was having a good time.  I want to THANK those individuals who were instrumental in the running of the picnics.  For our Parish Picnic, I want to thank Mary and Bob Hershey, Mary Grunthaner, Steve Milillo, Rodney and Pat  Hopkins, Bob and Nancy Jacobs, Carol and Lee Gouty, Pat Lutz, Paul Fritzsche, Bob and Kathleen Crowe, Dennis Marince, Deacon Dave, Dave DeAntonio, Karen Anstett, Jim Loughran, Andy        Mazzara, Ken Hart, the Sicree Family, Lionel Bassett, the Knights of Columbus and Catholic  Daughters.  Once again, we had an overflow crowd, the most for a parish picnic.  For the Knights of Columbus picnic, I want to THANK Dennis Marince and all the Knights in general who made the evening very relaxing for everyone.  Again, I was told it was the most attended picnic for them so far.  And for the school picnic, I want to THANK Annie Foytack for chairing the picnic, and the Cub and Boy Scouts for their help and all those who worked so quietly, esp. those who got up on the dunk tank.  We had over 450 parishioners enjoying themselves before school started.  If I forgot anyone who worked on any of the 3 picnics, please forgive me.  I tried to be as complete as possible.  Our parish, in my eyes, truly is a family (a big one) in the image and likeness of God.  May God bless you all!

 

In 1600’ & in the midst of the horror of the 30 Years’ War, the dreaded plague swept across Europe. High in the Bavarian Alps, the villagers of OBERAMMERGAU attempted to seal themselves off from the outside world. When a homesick young man sneaked into the village and brought the  pestilence with him, 84 residents died within just 3 weeks.  In desperation, the town council made a solemn vow that IF God would stop the plague, out of gratitude, they would remember the life and suffering of Christ with a play for the duration of their existence. Miraculously, the plague took no more lives in the town. True to their word, the villagers performed their first play. At Pentecost 1634, they fulfilled their pledge for the first time on a stage they built above the fresh graves of the 84 plague victims. The year 2020 will celebrate the 42nd time the play has been produced.   If you are interested, there will be an informational meeting on Saturday, September 23 at 5:00 PM in the   Activities Center Gardiner Social Hall.  At the meeting we will be discussing prices, down payments and answering any questions from the representative from Kish Travel who will be helping us organize this trip.  Spaces are limited so please attend this important meeting.  Some might say, “It is a little less than 3 years away.  Why are we planning this at this time?  Who knows where I will be 3 year from now?”  Those are all valid questions.  However, since this play runs only once every 10 years, travel agencies are already filling up their reservation lists; so must we.  Everyone will have the opportunity to purchase cancelation insurance which allows for refunds.  All that will be    explained at the information meeting.  So if you are interested, I hope to see you on the 23rd of September.

 

This weekend our parish will be sharing in the DIOCESAN MISSIONARY COOPERATIVE ONCE AGAIN.  As you recall from previous years, each parish in the Diocese hosts a missionary priest/sister asking for financial help.  This year we will be welcoming Rev. Evod Shao a member of the Spiritan Religious Congregation working throughout the world.  We welcome Father to our parish.  The envelopes that were in your packet earlier will be used to help Father as well as the  envelopes found at the entrances of the church and in the baptistery.  Once again, welcome Father.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - An elderly woman walked into the local country church. The friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps. "Where would you like to sit?" he asked politely.   "The front row please." she answered.   "You really don't want to do that", the usher said. "The pastor is really boring."   "Do you happen to know who I am?" the woman inquired.  "No." he said.   "I'm the pastor's mother," she replied indignantly.   "Do you know who I am?" he asked.   "No." she said.   "Good", he answered.

 

September 3, 2017

posted Sep 1, 2017, 8:42 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  HOW GRATEFUL WE SHOULD BE! I am sure all of us are well aware of the devastating damage and loss of life people in Texas, and possibly in Louisiana, are experiencing right now.  The pictures and images coming out of Texas are heart wrenching.  I will not forget the picture of the nursing home with some residents sitting in wheelchairs with water up to their waists.  It really leads one to cry.  This weekend the Diocese is asking churches to take up a SECOND COLLECTION for the people in Texas.  I know this is a short notice; but the need is right now.  And since this is short notice, I will hold sending the money till the following week so that those who were not prepared to contribute at this time can place their contribution in an envelope next weekend. PLEASE MARK ON YOUR ENVELOPE “FLOOD RELIEF.” I am certain that OLV will come through for the poor residents in Texas.  And through all this, for us, may we all come to realize how blessed we are. 

 

 Because Labor Day is a national holiday in the United States, the rectory office WILL BE CLOSED on Monday and there will be only one Mass celebrated at 9:00 AM.  This will allow staff and priests to enjoy the “last day of summer vacation” with family and friends.

 

Last week OUR LADY OF VICTORY SCHOOL opened its doors once again to welcome students to  another school year.  Yes, the summer indeed went fast.  It seems like yesterday that we sent the students home for vacation.  I am looking forward to another great school year.  Our enrollment has  increased by 12 students; the teachers are excited to begin again; and your pastor is happy to see the future of the church walking the halls of our school.  May God bless us with another good year.

 

Next weekend our parish will be sharing in the DIOCESAN MISSIONARY COOPERATIVE ONCE AGAIN. As you recall from previous years, each parish in the Diocese hosts a missionary priest/sister asking for financial help.  This year we will be welcoming Rev. Evod Shao a member of the Spiritan Religious Congregation working throughout the world.  The Spiritans are a Roman Catholic religious  missionary congregation – the Congregation of the Holy Spirit – with a 300-year legacy of announcing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor and serving as “the advocates, the supporters and the defenders of the weak and the little ones against all who oppress them”. Their Motto - Cor Unum et Anima Una – One Heart and One Soul. (Acts 4:32) Their Mission - “The evangelization of the “poor.” Therefore they go especially to peoples, groups and individuals who have not yet heard the message of the Gospel or who have scarcely heard it, to those whose needs are the greatest, and to the oppressed. The Spiritans also willingly accept tasks for which the Church has difficulty finding workers. They are dedicated to the Holy Spirit, author of all holiness and ‘source of the apostolic spirit̀’. They place themselves under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who was filled beyond measure by the same Spirit ‘with the fullness of holiness and apostolic zeal’.  Their lifestyle is community centered, simple and  unencumbered. They get to know, accept, and respect each other as a family. They then try to serve others by living in solidarity with them.   The Spiritans are all around the globe, living where conditions are most difficult, where people are suffering and diminished in spirit. They work with communities in need, serving in parishes, schools, prisons, and many other marginal works of the Church, in their home countries and overseas in international missions educating young men and women to serve                   humanity.  Welcome Fr. Shao!

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - At the end of their first date, a young man takes his favorite girl home.    Emboldened by the night, he decides to try for that important first kiss.  With an air of confidence, he leans with his hand against the wall and smiling, he says to her, "Darling, how 'bout a goodnight kiss?"  Horrified, she replies, "Are you mad? My parents will see us!"  "Oh come on! Who's gonna see us at this hour?"  "No, please. Can you imagine if we get caught?"  "Oh come on, there's nobody around, they're all sleeping!"  "No way. It's just too risky!"  "Oh please, please, I like you so much!!"  "No, no, and no. I like you too, but I just can't!"  "Oh yes you can. Please?"  "NO, no. I just can't."  "Pleeeeease? . . ."  Out of the blue, the porch light goes on, and the girl's sister shows up in her pajamas, hair disheveled. In a sleepy voice the sister says: "Dad says to go ahead and give him a kiss. Or I can do it. Or if need be, he'll come down himself and do it. But for crying out loud tell him to take his hand off the intercom button!"

 

August 27, 2017

posted Aug 31, 2017, 11:37 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  as you know by now, Our Lady of Victory Parish, led by your pastor, is planning a trip to THE TOP OF SWITZERLAND AND   OBERAMMERGAU from May 24 -June 2, 2020.  Why so far in the future?  Because the  PASSION PLAY in Oberammergau is performed once every 10 years.  Oberammergau Passion Play has been performed since 1634 as a tradition by the inhabitants of the village of  Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany. It was written by Othmar Weis, J A Daisenberger, Otto      Huber, Christian Stuckl, Rochus Dedler, Eugen Papst, Marcus Zwink, Ingrid H Shafer, and the  inhabitants of Oberammergau, with music by Dedler.  Since its first production, it has been  performed on open-air stages in the village. The play is a staging of Jesus' passion, covering the short final period of his life from his visit to Jerusalem and leading to his execution by crucifixion. The trip includes a 9 day journey from Zurich to Munich, with the play being performed on day 7 of the trip. If you are interested, there will be an informational meeting on Saturday, September 23 at 5:00 PM in the Activities Center Gardiner Social Hall. At the meeting we will be discussing prices, down payments and answering any questions from the representative from Kish Travel that will be helping us organize this trip.  Spaces are limited so please attend this important    meeting.  Some might say, “It is a little less than 3 years away.  Why are we planning this at this time?  Who knows where I will be 3 years from now?”  Those are all valid questions.  However, since this play runs only once every 10 years, travel agencies are already filling up their reservation lists; so must we.  Everyone will have the opportunity to purchase cancellation insurance which allows for refunds.  All that will be explained at the information meeting.  So if you are interested, I hope to see you on the 23rd of September.

 

I also want to take this time to THANK all parishioners who contributed to this year’s DIOCESAN MINISTRIES DRIVE (formerly known as Annual Catholic Appeal). With parishioner                     contributions, we have a total of $235,789.00 pledged with $91,789.00 returning to the parish to balance our  budget.  Your generosity is outstanding, especially since this was accomplished with only 577 families pledging and promising their contributions. What is also hopeful to your pastor is that there are over 1,200 pledge cards still out.  If they are returned with a  contribution, we can insure that OLV will have the needed funds to accomplish much more with our own charitable ministries as well as with our campus plant.  Thank you all so much for your generosity to God’s people and to OLV.

 

Please plan to attend our ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC this Sunday afternoon, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Knights of Columbus grounds.  Each year it gets bigger and bigger and I am so pleased with the   attendance.  It speaks highly of an active parish. It will be held come rain or shine.  Plan to be with us as we celebrate OUR LADY OF VICTORY FAMILY.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - FIRST BURIAL SERVICE

 

A newly appointed young preacher was contacted by the local funeral director to hold a graveside service at a small country cemetery. There was to be no funeral, just the committal, because the  deceased had no family or friends left.  The young pastor started early to the cemetery, but soon lost his way.  After making several wrong turns, he finally arrived a half-hour late.  The hearse was no where in sight, and the workman were relaxing under a nearby tree, eating their lunch.  The pastor went to the open grave and found that the vault lid was already in place.  He took out his book and read the service.

 As he returned to his car, he overheard one of the workman say, "Maybe we'd better tell him that's a septic tank."

 

August 20, 2017

posted Aug 18, 2017, 12:57 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  Fr. Ralph wanted me to print the following letter from him to you. “My Dear Family of God, as I head back home, I would like to share these few reflections with you. First of all, I want to express my profound gratitude to you for giving me the chance every year to visit your parish to update you on my mission back home with the children in our school; a project which is being accomplished as a result of your kind and generous financial support. Goethe once said, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” You have treated me as though I were capable of reaching the stars. Because of you I have. You are so thoughtful and generous in your gift giving; hence,      together, we are CHANGING and TRANSORMING LIVES! And instilling HOPE in these children. No words can express, no act of gratitude can relay, no gift can represent what your love and            support have meant to me, the children in our school, the people in our church and the entire village. You are the most generous people I have ever known! Please accept this note as an indicator of my heartfelt appreciation for everything you are. You light up my life and give me the opportunity to do what I am doing now. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. May God bless and protect you all”……….Fr. Ralph.

As you are winding down the summer vacation season and beginning to think ahead, so am I. At the end of September, we will begin the PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS. With a few people reaching the end of their terms, I am looking for their replacements.  The Parish Council is an advisory council and is extremely helpful to me.  With their input, I am able to make decisions regarding the path our church pursues.  If there is anyone wanting to serve on the Council, please leave your name at the rectory.  Or if you know anyone whom you feel could serve for the good of the parish, please give us their names as well.  I will collect the names and then select the needed replacements.  The deadline for submission is September 10th.

A LOOK AHEAD – Please plan to attend our ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC. It will be held on August 27th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Knights of Columbus grounds.  Each year it gets bigger and bigger and I am so pleased with the attendance.  It speaks highly of an active parish.  Mark your calendars and be with us as we celebrate OUR LADY OF VICTORY FAMILY.

Once again I want to THANK PARISHIONERS OF OLV for their generous contributions that will go towards Fr. Ralph and his school in Ghana along with his wish of a new bus.  To date we have      received $19,046.00.  If anyone wishes to still contribute, there will be the gold envelopes in the   baptistery on top of the counter.  Please return the envelope with you donation at your                     convenience.  May God continue to bless our parish and all the outreach programs we support.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – (As told by Ken) - A few days ago, after leaving a meeting at church, I reached for my car keys in my pocket, only to discover they weren't there. Desperately, I gave         myself a quick personal pat down. But they were not in any of my pockets. So, I went back to the meeting room and looked every place I had been. Suddenly it dawned on me; I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot.  My wife, Diane, has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition. My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them. Her          theory is that the car will be stolen. As I burst through the doors of the church, I came to a terrifying conclusion. Her theory was right. The parking lot was empty.   I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen. Then I made the most difficult call of all.  "Honey," I stammered. I always call her "honey" in times like these. "I left my keys in the car, and it has been stolen."  There was a period of silence. I thought the call had been dropped, but then I heard Diane's voice.  "Ken," she barked, "I dropped you off!"  Now it was my time to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, "In that case, would you please come and pick me up?"  Diane retorted, "I will....... just as soon as I can convince this policeman I didn't steal your car."

 

August 13, 2017

posted Aug 11, 2017, 12:56 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Tuesday we celebrate the ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION.  On   November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the ASSUMPTION OF MARY TO BE A DOGMA OF FAITH: “We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.” The pope proclaimed this dogma only after a broad consultation of bishops, theologians and laity. There were few dissenting voices. What the pope solemnly declared was already a common belief in the Catholic Church. We find homilies on the Assumption going back to the sixth century. In following centuries, the Eastern Churches held steadily to the doctrine, but some authors in the West were hesitant. However by the 13th century there was universal agreement. The feast was celebrated under various names–Commemoration, Dormition, Passing, and Assumption–from at least the fifth or sixth century. Today it is celebrated as a solemnity.           Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s Assumption into heaven. Nevertheless, Revelation 12 speaks of a woman who is caught up in the battle between good and evil. Many see this woman as God’s people. Since Mary best embodies the people of Old and New Testaments, her Assumption can be seen as an exemplification of the woman’s victory. Furthermore, in 1 Corinthians 15:20, Paul speaks of Christ’s resurrection as the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. Since Mary is closely associated with all the mysteries of Jesus’ life, it is not surprising that the Holy Spirit has led the Church to believe in Mary’s share in his glorification. So close was she to Jesus on earth, she must be with him body and soul in heaven (Fr. Don Miller, OFM). Masses will be                              celebrated Monday evening at 6:00 and Tuesday at 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM and 12:05 PM.

 

This Sunday evening we will spend a NIGHT WITH THE SPIKES WITH THE NORTHERN          DEANERY at 6:00 PM.  As Dean of the Northern Deanery, I think this is a wonderful way to              celebrate the great parishes we have in the North.  So often the only time we get together is during the Penance Services.  Here we get a chance to play together and root on the Spikes.  Please call the rectory for your reservation.  The cost is just $10.00.  Choirs from the churches will sing the      National Anthem and God Bless America before and during the game. As of this typing we are sold out. However, since there are no tickets available with us you can purchase your own and still join us for the game.  The more the merrier as we represent our Catholic Churches of the Northern Deanery.

 

A LOOK AHEAD – Please plan to attend our ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC. It will be held on August 27th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Knights of Columbus grounds.  Each year it gets bigger and bigger and I am so pleased with the attendance.  It speaks highly of an active parish.  Mark your calendars and be with us as we celebrate OUR LADY OF VICTORY FAMILY.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Due to some mistakes in my bulletins over the past years, I think the following bulletin bloopers are very appropriate.  I can truly identify with them:

*Sign-up sheet for anyone wishing to be water baptized on the table in the foyer.

 *Newsletters are not being sent to absentees because of their weight.

 *Helpers are needed! Please sign up on the information sheep.

 *The Advent Retreat will be held in the lover level of St. Mary's Cathedral.

 *The District Duperintendent will be meeting with the church board.

 *As soon as the weather clears up, the men will have a goof outing.

 *Fifth Sinday is Lent.

 *Thank you dead friends.

 *Diana and Don request your presents at their wedding.

 

August 6, 2017

posted Aug 4, 2017, 5:12 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, THIS WEEKEND we CELEBRATE THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD. I or the computer made a mistake last weekend when I transferred this article for the bulletin.  I was a week ahead.  But these things will happen when working with bulletins a week or so ahead of time.  However, to state it once again as a reminder, the Church celebrates this Solemnity even when it falls on a Sunday.  The numerical consecutive Sundays take a pause while we remember this wonderful experience.  Why?  I think it is needed as a reminder to all of us – that despite the many sufferings, trials and tribulations we face in this life, we are assured of the ultimate victory in Christ Jesus.  We cannot stay on top of the mountain forever.  We need to continue to walk through this valley of tears.  The Transfiguration gives us the courage, strength and assurance that if we don’t quit and give up, we will be victorious in the power of Jesus Christ who Himself accepted the Crown of Thorns before the Crown of Victory.

 

On Monday, our dear friend FR. RALPH will be returning to Ghana.  It was a pleasure to have him here.  Not only did he help with the schedule; but it was also great to hear what progress he has made with the school with the help from his American friends.  I am sure we all wish him a safe trip to Ghana and will look forward to his return with more great news next year.  There are still gold envelopes  available for the continuation of his work, especially with the procurement of a school bus next year.  The envelopes will remain in the baptistery area throughout the year.  Anyone at any time can contribute to this worthwhile cause.  God bless you Fr. Ralph and may you have a safe return trip. 

 

Next Sunday evening we will spend a NIGHT WITH THE SPIKES WITH THE NORTHERN         DEANERY at 6:00 PM.  As Dean of the Northern Deanery, I think this is a wonderful way to celebrate the great parishes we have in the North.  So often the only time we get together is during the Penance Services.  Here we get a chance to play together and root on the Spikes.  Please call the rectory for your reservation.  The cost is just $10.00.  Choirs from the churches will sing the National Anthem and America the Beautiful before and during the game.

 

We had our final instructions concerning THE NEW PHONE SYSTEM FOR THE SCHOOL,            PRE-SCHOOL AND RECTORY. We wanted the phone systems in each place to be tied together and hopefully they are.  For us they should be a bit easier to work with and I hope that turns out to be true.  However, still be patient with us until we learn all the ins and outs of the new system.  If you get cut off, please call back.  Once everything is worked out, it will be a wonderful change to our parish plant.

 

A LOOK AHEAD – Please plan to attend our ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC. It will be held on August 27th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Knight of Columbus grounds.  Each year it gets bigger and bigger and I am so pleased with the attendance.  It speaks highly of an active parish.  Mark your calendars and be with us as we celebrate OUR LADY OF VICTORY FAMILY.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Some Ways To Terrorize A Telemarketer

1. When they ask "How are you today?" Tell them! "I'm so glad you asked because no one these days seems to care, and I have all these problems; my arthritis is acting up, my eyelashes are sore, my dog just died."

2. If they say they're John Doe from XYZ Company, ask them to spell their name. Then ask them to spell the company name. Then ask them where it is located. Continue asking them personal          questions or questions about their company for as long as necessary.

3. 3. Cry out in surprise, "Judy! Is that you? Oh my gosh! Judy, how have you been?" Hopefully, this will give Judy a few brief moments of pause as she tries to figure out how she knows you.

4. If MCI calls trying to get you to sign up for the Family and Friends plan, reply, in as SINISTER a voice as you can, "I don't have any friends... would you be my friend?"

5. If they want to loan you money, tell them you just filed for bankruptcy and you could sure use some money.

 

July 30, 2017

posted Jul 28, 2017, 7:24 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, next weekend we CELEBRATE THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD. The church celebrates this Solemnity even when it falls on a Sunday.  The numerical consecutive Sundays takes a pause while we  remember this wonderful experience.  Why?  I think it is needed as a reminder to all of us – that  despite the many sufferings, trials and tribulations we face in this life, we are assured of the ultimate victory in Christ Jesus.  We cannot stay on top of the mountain forever.  We need to continue to walk through this valley of tears.  The Transfiguration gives us the courage, strength and assurance that if we preserve, we will be victorious in the power of Jesus Christ who Himself accepted the Crown of Thorns before the Crown of Victory.

 

This weekend FR. RALPH will be speaking at all Mass informing us about the great strides that were made in Beyin, Ghana with our school, the church, and bakery and hopefully another project which will benefit the kids of the school.  We can be very proud of the work that is being done under his guidance, all for God’s children and ultimately God’s glory and honor.  Many have come to me and asked, “What is the next project for the school?” As you can see from the front cover of the bulletin, over the next year or so we will be looking for a school bus to replace the broken/repaired van to transport students to the school.  We have 250 students who make use of the school.  Some live in distant villages and are in need of transportation.  The van can only do so much.  So we will be looking for a school bus that can transport 30 students or so over the next year. Does it seem farfetched to dream for a bus?  Some might say,  But you know, 7 years ago, I, two parishioners and a friend of the parish dreamed of a working school for the children of Beyin.  It would begin as a dream and end in a reality.  I feel that it will (not can) be the same with a school bus.  God does   provide for those who believe and dream big.  For anyone who would like to help continue his work there will be envelopes available in the baptistery.

 

As you have seen (or can see today), due to the goodness of a couple of the parish, OUR IN HOUSE WATERFALL WALL near the sacristy has been cleaned up.  Since we have replaced the roof and are somewhat assured that the leaking has stopped, the wall was cleaned.  Thanks to the couple what wants to be anonymous.  I appreciate your kindness and generosity to your parish.

 

There are still seats available for our NIGHT WITH THE SPIKES WITH THE NORTHERN               DEANERY on August 13th at 6:00 PM.  As Dean of the Northern Deanery I think this is a wonderful way to celebrate the great parishes we have in the North.  So often the only time we get together is during the Penance Services.  Here we get a chance to play together and root on the Spikes.  Please call the rectory for your reservation.  The only cost is $10.00.  Choirs from the churches will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America before and during the game.

 

A QUESTION – Are you happy with the condition of our “new church carpet?”  Just asking.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Tool Definitions

1. DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted part which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

2. WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, ''What the...??''

3. ELECTRIC HAND DRILL: Normally used for spinning pop rivets in their holes until you die of old age.

4. SKILL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.

5. PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.

6. BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.

 

July 23, 2017

posted Jul 21, 2017, 5:30 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend at the 9:30AM Mass we             welcome FR. CANICE, a native son, who was ordained a priest in May at St. Vincent’s                   Monastery.  I invited Fr. Canice to return to his home parish and offer a Mass of Thanksgiving,         allowing any and all parishioners the opportunity to celebrate the gift of his priesthood through the     offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  There will be a small reception in the Activities Center  after his Mass instead of having donuts.  May God continue to bless him and all the priests with many years of happy and successful years in service of the Lord and His people.

And isn’t it wonderful that OUR LADY OF VICTORY has been the home of so many vocations in  recent years.  I think of Fr. Canice and Brother Matthew for the Benedictines.  I think of Peter Crowe ordained for our diocese.  I think of our own Fr. Jonathan who spent a summer with us, growing in his vocation.  How many in the past and how many more to come?  I think that speaks highly of the prayerfulness of our parish and the openness of our young people to respond positively to the call of God.  Please keep praying for more vocations, praying that more young people – men and women- will give their wholehearted YES to God.

Next weekend FR. RALPH will be speaking at all Masses informing us about the great strides that were made in Beyin, Ghana with the school, the church, and bakery and hopefully another project which will benefit the kids of the school.  We can be very proud of the work that is being done        under his guidance, all for God’s children and ultimately God’s glory and honor.  For anyone who would like to help continue his work there will be envelopes available in the baptistery.

I would like to take this time to THANK MR. CHRIS CHIRIELEISON, for his work over the past 4 years in assuming the job of principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy.  Chris is leaving us to go to another ministry in the field of education.  Chris has been a wonderful principal, leading the             Academy over the past 4 years.  Under his leadership, the school has grown in number of         students, has been accredited through Middle States, has received local and national recognition and has turned out 100% student enrollment in colleges after graduation.  But, I feel that the most important fruit Chris has produced is overseeing the formation of students as faith leaders in the community, following the gospel values put forth by Jesus. To see these men and women living the Gospel is very heartwarming to me as a pastor.  Chris will be missed, but I am sure that we all wish him well as he begins a new chapter in his life.  May God continue to bless him and his family.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Diet Excuses

1.  But the doughnut was calling my name.

2.  I felt left out because they were eating.

3.  But it was my birthday, so I had to eat the whole cake.

4.  The kids overseas are starving, so naturally I have to clean my plate.

5. I had to get the bitter taste out of my mouth from eating the so- called dish, so I had an ice       cream.

6.  If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it has no calories.

7. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, the calories in the candy bar are canceled out by the  

    diet soda.

8.  When you eat with someone else, calories don't count if you don't eat more than they do.

9. Food used for medicinal purposes NEVER count, such as hot chocolate, brandy, toast and  Sara Lee Cheesecake.

10. If you fatten up everyone else around you, then you look thinner.

 

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