August 19, 2018

posted Aug 17, 2018, 5:19 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  I think I need to remind parishioners again that if someone is in the hospital from our parish, please call the rectory and inform us.  Without the HOSPITAL having a paid chaplain, as they have had in the past, it is difficult at times to know who is in the hospital from our parish.  We are on call for any emergencies that might arise for a Catholic patient and we do take care of them when they arise.  However, if we do not receive a call, we will not know who from our parish is in.  Patients from other parishes are to be visited by their priest/pastor.  And so I am asking your help in this matter.  I would hate to have a parishioner not visited by your priests all due to the lack of a phone call.

Next Sunday,  August 26,  is OUR PARISH PICNIC beginning at 4:00 and ending around 7:00.  As always it will be held on the Knights of Columbus grounds.  This event for the parish has grown each year and I am anticipating another successful turnout to celebrate our parish family.  Please mark your calendars in advance so that you will be able to attend this wonderful event, celebrating family life within our parish.

Just a note on some logistics concerning our SATURDAY MORNING CONFESSION SCHEDULE:  as scheduled, confessions are heard at 9:45 or after the 9:00 AM mass and will continue until finished.  We do not have an end time for hearing confessions.   Sometimes people will come after 10:15 or 10:30 or so in order that they will not have to wait in lines.  Unfortunately if the number coming for confessions is light, we might be gone from the boxes by then.  So please for those coming for confessions, come early so that we will not miss you.

FROM FR. RALPH…..I am very grateful to you, Very Rev. Fr. Neil Dadey for being such a special friend to me, and giving me the opportunity to spend some time with you every summer in your parish. My dear People of God, my visit to your parish this year, has been exceptional and extraordinary, with most of you opening up to me, taking time to talk to me, inviting me out for lunch and dinner, and always welcoming me to your parish. Your generosity and kindness have been terrific and overwhelming as you keep contributing and donating financially to support our school in Ghana. You have been very charitable to us, and we continue to say, ‘thank you so much’!  This brings to mind a question I keep asking myself, “What a wonderful Parish?” which leads me to join Louis Armstrong in singing ... “I see trees of green, red roses too; I see them bloom for me and you And I think to myself what a wonderful world. I see skies of blue and clouds of white; the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night; And I think to myself what a wonderful world. The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky are also on the faces of people going by; I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do, they're really saying I love you. I hear babies crying, I watch them grow; they’ll learn much more than I'll never know. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.”  Indeed, I am most grateful to you. You are such a wonderful people, and I think to myself what a wonderful parish! God bless you all. Oh Yeah!

This Wednesday we will have our ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC for the school children and families.  It will take place in front of the school from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  There will be a brief parent meeting in the gym at 6:00, before the festivities.  All school children and their families are warmly invited to attend.

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - An engineer, a physicist, a mathematician, and a mystic were asked to name the greatest invention of all time. The engineer chose fire, which gave humanity power over matter. The physicist chose the wheel, which gave humanity the power over space. The mathematician chose the alphabet, which gave humanity power over symbols. The mystic chose the thermos bottle.  "Why a thermos bottle?" the others asked. "Because the thermos keeps hot liquids hot in winter and cold liquids cold in summer." "Yes - so what?" "Think about it." said the mystic reverently. "That little bottle - how does it know?"

 

August 12, 2018

posted Aug 16, 2018, 8:14 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  on Wednesday, August 15 the Church will celebrate  THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY INTO HEAVEN. Addressing a jubilant crowd of over 500,000 people packed into St. Peter’s Square, Pope Pius XII solemnly         defined in Munificentissimus Deus on November 1, 1950, that "the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory." Although the solemn definition may have been at the midpoint of the twentieth        century, the belief in the Assumption of our Blessed Mother exemplifies the dynamism of revelation and the Church's ongoing understanding of it as guided by the Holy Spirit.  We believe that the promises our Lord has given to each of us of sharing eternal life, including a resurrection of the body, were fulfilled in Mary.  Since Mary was free of Original Sin and its effects (one of which is        corruption of the body at death), since she shared intimately in the life of the Lord and in His              passion, death, and resurrection, and since she was present at Pentecost, this model disciple        appropriately shared in the bodily resurrection and glorification of the Lord at the end of her life.  (Note that the solemn definition does not specify whether Mary physically died before being  assumed or just was assumed; it simply states, "Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life….")  The Catechism, also quoting the Byzantine Liturgy, states,  "The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son's resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians:  ‘In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your  Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death'” (#966).  Masses will be celebrated on   Tuesday evening at 6:00 and again on Wednesday at 7:00, 9:00 and 12:05.

 

Because of the holy day, we will not be having ALL DAY ADORATION.  I am a little uncomfortable in taking the Lord out of the tabernacle and placing Him back in 3 times. Remember, Jesus is just as present in the tabernacle as He is upon the altar.  There is no increase of grace in either manner of adoration.   

 

Another reminder - Please mark on your calendars August 26 for OUR PARISH PICNIC. As always it will be held on the Knights of Columbus grounds.  This event for the parish has grown each year and I am anticipating another successful turnout to celebrate our parish family.  More information will be forthcoming in future bulletins; but until that time, please mark your calendars in advance so that you will be able to attend this wonderful event, celebrating family life within our parish.

 

A few weeks ago, we completed another successful VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL program here at OLV.  I want to take this time to THANK Jim Hoy and his fine staff of volunteers who conducted and directed this event.  We had a record number of students attend and I have heard nothing but great comments about the program.  I am truly grateful for the help and generosity of so many                 parishioners and friends who worked so hard.  May God bless you for your dedication.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – EXERCISE MOMENTS REALIZED BY PEOPLE:

-    My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. Now she's 97 years old and we don't know where the heck she is.

-    I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently, you have to go there.

-    I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing.

-    I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

-    I have flabby thighs, but fortunately, my stomach covers them.

-    If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

-    And last but not least: I don't exercise because it makes the ice jump right out of my glass.

-    You could run this over to your friends but why not just e-mail it to them!

 

August 5, 2018

posted Aug 3, 2018, 8:35 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we have just begun the parish-wide capital campaign for the SCHOOL RENOVATIONS/UPDATES I want to take the time to THANK all those who have contributed so far.  To date, we have raised $542,947.49 on 101 pledges.  What wonderful news that is for a successful campaign since most of the money was raised during a “silent phase” part of the campaign.  We are moving forward on the project and we are anticipating reaching our goal of 1.5 million to complete the school cafeteria renovations and updates, the air conditioning of the school and increased security measures.  All parishioners should have received my letter asking for help along with a pledge card.  If I could humbly ask that all prayerfully consider a gift to the school so that we can make our school the best example of what a Catholic Elementary School can be.  Thanks to all who have donated and anticipated thanks to those who will contribute in the near future.

 

This Tuesday we will once again say GOOD-BYE TO FR. RALPH.  His summer stay with us will end and now he will return to Ghana to resume his teaching in the seminary and working in the chancery as Chancellor.  We had a second collection for his school last weekend and we so far have collected a little over $15,000.00 that will be used for the continued running of the school.  I want to thank all those who contributed to the school, bringing a new life to God’s children in Beyin.  God bless.

 

While I was away officiating at my nephew’s wedding, there was a SCAM E-MAIL sent in my name   asking the recipients to please send some money to me or to open an e-mail from me explaining my need for some financial help.  Please know without a doubt, I will NEVER, EVER, EVER e-mail anyone asking for money (that is what family is for, only kidding).  So please if you get something from me asking for money through an e-mail or something looks suspicious, do not open it, do not give any information, and do not do anything in response.  Just delete the e-mail and let it go.  I find it very amazing that this only happens when I am away??????? 

 

So often when I am out and about, like in a mall or recently airport, people recognize me from Our    Lady of Victory as their pastor.  Unfortunately for as big as our parish is, I am not able to recognize    parishioners and sometimes that might be taken as a slight.  Please understand that if I might walk past someone who is a parishioner and I do not acknowledge you, it is not because I am slighting you; it is because I do not know that you are one of my parishioners.  That is one of the downfalls of such a large parish.  That is one of the reasons I try to greet people at Sunday Mass or have our bus trips.  But there is a solution.  If I am out and our paths cross and I do not recognize you, please stop me and say “HI, I AM/WE ARE so and so”.  That would help me to get to know faces and names  better.  But please understand, it is not a slight on my part.  I hope all you would understand that after 5 plus years of being your pastor.

 

Please mark on your calendars August 26 for OUR PARISH PICNIC.  As always it will be held on the Knights of Columbus grounds.  This event for the parish has grown each year and I am anticipating  another successful turnout to celebrate our parish family.  More information will be forthcoming in future bulletins; but until that time, please mark your calendars in advance so that you will be able to attend this wonderful event, celebrating family life within our parish.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A plane was taking off from the Winnipeg Airport.  After it reached a      comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, “Ladies and      gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, nonstop from Winnipeg to Montreal .. The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax... OH, MY GOD!” Silence followed, and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said, 'Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier. While I was talking to you, the flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!' A passenger in Coach yelled, 'That's nothing. You should see the back of mine.’

 

July 29, 2018

posted Jul 27, 2018, 7:29 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, I find it hard to believe that I am going to type the following words to you – this week I will begin my 6th YEAR as your pastor.  As the saying goes, how time flies.  I remember when the Bishop called me and asked me to be your pastor 6 years ago, I was filled with both joy and apprehension.  Joy, because since I was here before I knew many people and I knew what a great parish this was and continues to be.  Apprehension, because being the largest parish in the Diocese with the largest school, I knew that there would be many challenges ahead that I did not face being an assistant years ago.  I can no longer say, “Go talk to the pastor about this or that” for I am he.  But as I look back and see where we have come, I can honestly say that I believe we are moving in the right direction.  The parish is vibrant and alive; the Masses are very well attended; the financial support is always present; parishioner support for their priests is constant; the staff, from school to rectory to maintenance, works so very hard for the good of God’s family; and there seems to be a “family atmosphere” within a areas of the parish; and I have two assistants and a deacon that share the same vision as I do.  I am truly blessed to be here with you as we journey together.  Now, realistically, that does not mean that everything has been smooth sailing.  There have been challenges throughout.  I am sure that some of the things I have done have not been liked by some (hopefully, not many – 1 or 2).  Some difficult decisions and        policy issues had to be made.  But honestly, overall I think we are a parish that loves God and wants to continue to grow in His love and compassion.  And so I thank you for being a wonderful parish      family and for as long as the Bishop wants me here, I will stay and try to be the good shepherd God wants me to be.   And please keep all priests in your prayers.  For your information, there are only 53 Diocesan priests working in many areas of the diocese.  Many of us have more than one         responsibility than just ministering in a parish.  We have the addition of 59 religious order priests in ministry in the Diocese helping out and if it were not for them, we would be in major difficulty.  So please pray for your priests working very hard for the people of their parishes and the diocese.  And please pray the more men would respond to the call from God to go into the vineyard.  The call is there; some choose not to listen.  

 

As FR. RALPH PREPARES TO LEAVES US on the 7th of August, I want to announce that there will be a second collection this Sunday for the continuation of his work at Holy Name of Mary School that he talked about last weekend.  As always, this is purely voluntary and anyone who wishes to contribute can place their financial assistance in the collection basket during the second                   collection.  Thank you in advance.

 

I want to take this time to THANK the KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS for sponsoring the breakfast for scholarships for Holy Name of Mary School last Sunday.  The turnout was wonderful and the           breakfast was delicious.  The money raised totaled a little over $2,500.00 which will provide a    scholarship for a boy or girl for 2 years of high school.  I am very pleased and grateful to the Knights.  Also involved in the breakfast that deserves thanks are the women who baked the sweet rolls on Saturday morning before the breakfast and the scouts who worked the tables.  As your        pastor, it was heartwarming to see so many working together making this fundraiser a huge success for children of Beyin.  God bless everyone and thanks again. 

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Hospital regulations requires a wheelchair for patients being                  discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn't need my help to leave the hospital.  After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the        elevator.  On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him. 'I don't know,' he said. 'She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.'

 

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posted Jul 13, 2018, 1:01 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this past week as some of you know if you tried to call the rectory, the PHONE SYSTEM WENT DOWN. From last Thursday after the 4th of July through (whenever, since I am typing this bulletin before the problem is fixed) people could not call into the rectory.  We called for assistance, but the phone company could not come out until this past week, leaving us without service.  I do apologize for this situation, but there was nothing I could do.  We are at the mercy of the phone company, even though I told them we were a church that receives many calls, especially emergency calls.  Believe me, it is truly frustrating knowing that people are calling but our system could not answer.  Hopefully, by the reading of this bulletin, the problem has been rectified.  Short of sending up smoke signals, I do not know how to solve problems that deal with  technology and the like.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.

 

Next Sunday the Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a BREAKFAST FOR A SCHOLARSHIP TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION FOR A STUDENT IN FR. RALPH’S SCHOOL – HOLY NAME OF MARY. The breakfast will be from 8:15 to 11:30 in the Activities Center Gardiner Social Hall.  The cost will be $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.  The breakfast proceeds will be placed in a scholarship fund, allowing us to send a child to further their education by attending high school.  It costs $1,000.00 per student per year for their tuition.  Please come and  support this wonderful project that OLV has supported over the years.  And just for your information, Fr. Ralph will be speaking at all Masses next weekend informing us of the continuing great work that is being done in Ghana.  We will then take up a second collection the following Sunday for anyone who wants to help contribute to the school and the many issues that require our financial help.

 

This Monday we will have a PARISH WIDE MEETING to discuss the improvements to the school      cafeteria, the air conditioning of the school and the ongoing safety upgrades on July 16 at 6:30pm in the school gym.  So far, the response has been positive, but there are questions and that is the purpose of the meeting.  I want everyone to be clear with what we are doing so that no false rumors (which some like to spread) will be “out there.”  I would like to answer one question already put to me – “Are you getting an outside firm to handle the Capital Campaign?”  My answer to this is an  emphatic –NO!  I feel in my heart that we can do this on our own and there is no need to pay out $40,000 - $50,000 to a company when this drive can be handled by the capable staff we have here at OLV.  The fees can be used to further our finances.  So please rest assured that every pledge will be used in the projects that have been outlined for you.

 

Just a reminder to parishioners that we will again have the CATHOLIC COMMUNITY DAY WITH THE SPIKES next Sunday, July 22 at the Medlar field.  The cost is $10.00 and they will play the       Auburn Doubledays.  Our group will also participate in the singing of the National Anthem and God Bless America. Please call the rectory to reserve your seat at the game and enjoy a night out with    fellow parishioners and friends of the neighboring parishes. 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The following are actual excerpts from classified sections of city               newspapers:

1. Illiterate? Write today for free help.

2. Auto Repair Service. Free pick-up and delivery. Try us once; you'll never go anywhere else again.

3. Man wanted to work in dynamite factory. Must be willing to travel.

4. Stock up and save. Limit: one.

5. Semi-Annual after-Christmas Sale.

6. 3-year old teacher needed for pre-school. Experience preferred.

7. Mixing bowl set designed to please a cook with round bottom for efficient beating.

8. A girl wanted to assist magician in cutting-off-head illusion. Blue Cross and salary.

9. Now is your chance to have your ears pierced and get an extra pair to take home, too.

10. We do not tear your clothing with machinery. We do it carefully by hand.

 

July 8, 2018

posted Jul 6, 2018, 5:57 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, Y DEAR PARISH FAMILYI know that I have run this announcement in the bulletin of June 10th.  However, there might be some parishioners who missed the announcement due to traveling, graduations, vacations, etc.  Therefore I would like to repeat it again in this bulletin.  Plus it might not hurt to read it once more in preparation for our meeting on Monday, July 16.  I would like to invite all parishioners into joining a wonderful and needed project that we are about to undertake.  As you know, we had a CAPITAL CAMPAIGN a few years ago.  With those funds we replaced the church roof, replaced the carpet and pews.  We added security around the church and school.  We replaced the school windows, added additional cameras and replaced the  exterior doors on the school.  This summer we will replace all the interior doors in the school.  These improvements and upgrades are just a few, but not all, of the things that were completed.  And so we are in the process of continuing the Capital Campaign for a brief time.  There are some things that still need to be done and I am hoping we can finish them off over the next 2 years.  What are those things that were left undone?  There are three of them. I would like to air condition the school, reconfigure the school cafeteria, kitchen and locker rooms and add an extra security entrance to the main entrance of the school, off of the parkway.  These 3 projects would “complete the work needed for the school” and give us additional security.  Plans have been in the making for a while now.  We are in a silent phase right now and very shortly we will be ready to go forward parish-wide.  Mr. Andrew Charney has agreed to be the chairperson for this project, with Joe and Sue Rogacs and Matt Lingle being co-chairs.  Tom Songer, Dolores Taricani and Bob Leahey are serving on the Steering Committee.  The cost of the  entire project is 1.5 million dollars, with the quiet phase now on-going.  I will be holding a parish-wide meeting in the gym on July 16th at 6:30pm to explain more about this project.  We are then hoping to send out a letter and a pledge card afterwards asking for your financial support.  Just from the feedback that we have gotten already from parents of school children and parishioners in general, there is much  excitement.  We want our children to be secure; we want our children to receive the best education  possible within the best facility; we want to be able to utilize the existing spaces in the school in the best possible way.  Therefore I am asking parishioner help to make this happen. On a personal note, I am undertaking this project with a leap of faith.  I was a little hesitant in undertaking this project and then asking for financial support.  But, parents and other parishioners assured me that they felt this can be accomplished, making Our Lady of Victory School a true model of what elementary schools should be.  It is our hope that everything will be finished for the new school year 2019-20. I pray that God will bless us in this endeavor.  I am confident that we will succeed with the help of all parishioners who want to make our school and church a “light shining on a hill” as Jesus wished.  Please mark your calendars for July 16th at 6:30 and plan to be with us as we begin this journey of faith. And please look at the posters at the entrances of the church to “see” what we are planning to do.

 

Just a reminder to parishioners that we will again have the CATHOLIC COMMUNITY DAY WITH THE SPIKES on July 22 at the ball field.  The cost is $10.00 and they will play the Auburn                  Doubleday’s.  Our group will also participate in the singing of the National Anthem and God Bless America. Please call the rectory to reserve your seat at the game and enjoy a night out with fellow    parishioners and friends from the neighboring parishes. 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – "What does love mean?" when asked of 4-8-year-olds

  “Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.”

“ Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each

       other so well.”

“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and scared. I looked at all the people watching me and           saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.”

  “My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at                night.”

  “Love is when mommy gives daddy the best piece of chicken.”

  “Love is when mommy sees daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert            Redford.”

“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.”

 

July 1, 2018

posted Jun 29, 2018, 7:05 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, This Wednesday our country   celebrates INDEPENDENCE DAY also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth.  It is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  Therefore the RECTORY WILL BE CLOSED on the 4th allowing priests and staff to enjoy the     holiday with family and friends.  The rectory will reopen on Thursday July 5th at 9:00 AM.

Because of the holiday, there will be some changes to our regular schedule, in addition to the rectory being closed:


1. There will be only ONE MASS that morning celebrated at 9:00 AM.

2. There will be NO ALL DAY ADORATION.

 

Please, we need a little help from parishioners. As you know, we take care of emergencies at the      hospital.  We can be called out at any moment, at any hour of the day, including Sundays.  Please DO NOT PARK BACK BY THE RECTORY GARAGES. Over the past few weeks, I have been noticing a trend – for people looking for a space to park, it is handy to use the space back by the rectory garages.  However, this makes it impossible to get out if an emergency arises.  So please, be careful not to park in front of the garages of the rectory.  Thanks for your help and understanding.  I do not want to be mean about this, however, I have to take the precautions necessary.

 

Just a reminder that we will have the PARISH WIDE MEETING to discuss the improvements to the school cafeteria, the air conditioning of the school and the ongoing safety upgrades on July 16th at 6:30 in the school gym.  So far, the response has been positive, but there are questions and that is the purpose of the meeting.  I want everyone to be clear with what we are doing so that no false rumors (which some like to spread) will be “out there.”  I would like to answer one question already put to me – “Are you getting an outside firm to handle the Capital Campaign?” My answer to this is an  emphatic – NO!  I feel in my heart that we can do this on our own and there is no need to pay out $40,000 – $50,000 to a company when this drive can be handled by the capable staff we have here at OLV.  The fees can be used to further our finances.  So please rest assured that every pledge will be used in the projects that have been outlined for you.

 

Just a reminder to parishioners that we will again have the CATHOLIC COMMUNITY DAY WITH THE SPIKES on July 22 at the ball field.  The cost is $10.00 and they will play the Auburn                  Doubleday’s.  Our group will also participate in the singing of the National Anthem and God Bless America. Please call the rectory to reserve your seat at the game and enjoy a night out with fellow    parishioners and friends from neighboring parishes. 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A Michigan woman and her family were vacationing in a small New        England town where Paul Newman and his family often visited.  One Sunday morning, the woman got up early to take a long walk. After a brisk five-mile hike, she decided to treat herself to a double-dip chocolate ice cream cone. She hopped in the car, drove to the center of the village and went straight to the combination bakery/ice cream parlor.  There was only one other patron in the store: Paul Newman, sitting at the counter having a doughnut and coffee. The woman's heart skipped a beat as her eyes made contact with those famous baby-blue eyes. The actor nodded graciously and the star-struck  woman smiled demurely. Pull yourself together, she chides herself. You're a happily married woman with three children; you're forty-five years old, not a teenager!  The clerk filled her order and she took the double-dip chocolate ice cream cone in one hand and her change in the other. Then she went out the door, avoiding even a glance in Paul Newman's direction.  When she reached her car, she realized that she had a handful of change - but her other hand was empty. Where's my ice cream cone? Did I leave it in the store?  Back into the shop she went, expecting to see the cone still in the clerk's hand or in a  holder on the counter or something. But no ice cream cone was in sight. With that, she happened to look over at Paul Newman. His face broke into his familiar warm, friendly grin and he said to the woman, "You put it in your purse."

 

June 24, 2018

posted Jun 22, 2018, 8:20 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this past Tuesday, we WELCOMED BACK FR. RALPH. Our longtime friend will be spending a few weeks with us again this summer relaxing from his work in Ghana.  At some time this summer he will once again bring us up to date on the work he is doing at Holy Name of Mary Academy.  Welcome, Fr. Ralph!

I want to take this time to THANK all those parishioners who have vocalized their support for our “mini capital campaign” for the improvements in the school as outlined in last week’s bulletin.  I have not received one negative word and the excitement among the students of the school, the families who have children in the school and those parishioners who want our parish/school to be the best are overwhelming to me.  As I said earlier, I am taking this step with complete faith and trust in God and in the response of parishioners.  A letter from me with a pledge card will be forthcoming and I want to say "thanks" in advance for all the support received so far.  May God continue to bless us in this endeavor. And please remember our July 16th meeting in the gym.  After the meeting, we will then begin the parish-wide campaign.

This weekend we will take up OUR SECOND COLLECTION for the St. Vincent Monastery            Missions. Fr. Earl was with us last week and informed us of the need for financial help for the         missions in Brazil and Taiwan.  Please give according to your ability to give.  If you need more        envelopes they can be found in the baptistery of the church.  And before leaving, Fr. Earl wanted me to extend to you his thanks for the very warm reception he received while visiting.  I too am grateful to you for the kindness extended to him personally and through your contributions.  

Just a reminder to parishioners that we will again have the CATHOLIC COMMUNITY DAY WITH THE SPIKES on July 22 at the ball field.  The cost is $10.00 and they will play the Auburn               Doubleday’s.  Our group will also participate in the singing of the National Anthem and God Bless America. Please call the rectory to reserve your seat at the game and enjoy a night out with fellow parishioners and friends of the neighboring parishes.  It would be great to have a wonderful show of people representing our Catholic Community.

I am looking for some replacements for those who are leaving THE PARISH COUNCIL. I do rely on the Council for their advice and guidance.  This Board has and is a big help to me as I make the    final decisions for the parish.  Therefore, if there is anyone interested in being part of the Parish Council, please submit your name to me or to Betty by August 1st.  You can submit someone else’s name if you wish.  I will contact them to see if they are interested in running.  Before the September meeting, I will draw the name “from a hat” and they will be then placed on the Council.  Again, please nominate by August 1.

The most up to date totals for the DIOCESAN MINISTRIES DRIVE IS AS FOLLOWS: we have 550 pledges promising $235,564.00.  Our goal is $142,237.00 meaning we will have $93,327.00     returning to the church to help with the school improvements campaign that we will be starting in  July.  I am so very grateful to parishioners who are contributing to this drive benefiting many people in our diocese.  Once again, it is not too late to participate.  If you do not have an envelope, extras can be found on the shelves in the baptistery area.  Again, God bless those who have                   contributed.  May you be rewarded for your kindness.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A family sheltered in the basement after hearing a tornado                      warning.  The husband told everyone to stay put while he got his cell phone from the car, in case the lines went dead. He didn’t return for the longest time, so the wife went looking for him. She was        upstairs calling his name when she heard our phone machine click on. “Hi,” a voice said. “This is Dad. I’m locked out of the house.”

 

June 10, 2018

posted Jun 8, 2018, 6:15 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   I would like to invite all parishioners into joining a wonderful and needed project that we are about to undertake.  As you know, we had a CAPITAL CAMPAIGN a few years ago.  With those funds we replaced the church roof, replaced the carpet and pews.  We added security around the church and school.  We replaced the school windows, added additional cameras and replaced the exterior doors on the school.  This summer we will replace all the interior doors in the school.  These improvements and upgrades are just a few, but not all, of the things that were completed.  And so we are in the process of continuing the Capital Campaign for a brief time.  There are some things that still need to be done and I am hoping we can finish them off over the next 2 years.  What are those things that were left undone?  There are three of them. I would like to air condition the school, reconfigure the school cafeteria, kitchen and locker rooms and add an extra security entrance to the main entrance of the school, off of the parkway.  These 3 projects would “complete the work needed for the school” and give us additional security.  Plans have been in the making for a while now.  We are in a silent phase right now and very shortly we will be ready to go forward parish-wide.  Mr. Andrew Charney has agreed to be the chairperson for this project, with Joe and Susan Rogacs and Matt Lingle being co-chairs.  Tom Songer, Dolores Taricani and Bob Leahey are serving on the Steering  Committee.  The cost of the entire project is 1.5 million dollars, with the quiet phase now on-going.  I will be holding a parish-wide meeting in the gym on July 16th at 6:30 to explain more about this project.  We are then hoping to send out a letter and a pledge card afterwards asking for your financial support.  Just from the feedback that we have gotten already from parents of school children and parishioners in general, there is much excitement.  We want our children to be secure; we want our children to receive the best education possible within the best facility; we want to be able to utilize the existing spaces in the school in the best possible way.  Therefore I am asking parishioner help to make this happen.  On a personal note, I am undertaking this project with a leap of faith.  I was a little hesitant in undertaking this project and then asking for financial support.  But parents and other parishioners both assured me that they felt this can be accomplished, making Our Lady of Victory School (Pre-K to 8th grade) a true model of what elementary schools should be.  It is our hope that everything will be finished for the new school year 2019-20. I pray that God will bless us in this endeavor.  I am confident that we will succeed with the help of all parishioners who want to make our school and church a “light shining on a hill” as Jesus wished.  Please mark your calendars for July 16th at 6:30 and plan to be with us as we begin this journey in faith. 

As Jesus often left His disciples and went off to the mountain or seashore to be alone with His Father, so too is each priest called yearly to do the same. This week, Fr. Jonathan will be on the DIOCESAN PRIEST RETREAT.  Please keep him in your prayers. This time alone with the Lord is a very special time.

Next weekend, our parish will participate in the DIOCESAN MISSIONARY CO-OP PLAN. As you recall from past years, each parish is assigned a missionary to preach at all Masses asking for our financial support.  This year our missionary is coming to us from St. Vincent’s Monastery in Latrobe.  We welcome Father to our parish.

As we did for our mothers, this weekend you will find FATHER’S DAY CARDS at the entrances of the church.  Next week we will honor our fathers throughout the weekend. If you would like your father remembered at all the Masses, please take a card, fill it out and return it to the rectory.  The cards will be placed in front of God’s altar all weekend.

There will be a training session for NEW LECTORS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS on June 12th at 7:15pm in the church.  I am appreciative of those men and women who are willing to give their time and talents for the church and ultimately the glory of God.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The little boy was getting 'poor' grades in school. One day he surprised the teacher.  He tapped her on the shoulder and said, "I don't want to scare you, but my daddy says if I don't get better grades . . . somebody is going to get a spanking . . ."

 

June 3, 2018

posted Jun 1, 2018, 5:31 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this Sunday we celebrate THE SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST, also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to "Body of Christ." This feast originated in France in the mid-thirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Trinity Sunday or, as in the USA, on the Sunday following that feast. This feast calls us to focus on two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist, and the Church. The primary purpose of this feast is to focus our attention on the Eucharist. The opening prayer at Mass calls our attention to Jesus' suffering and death and our worship of Him, especially in the Eucharist. At every Mass, our attention is called to the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ in it. The secondary focus of this feast is upon the Body of Christ as it is present in the Church. The Church is called the Body of Christ because of the intimate communion which Jesus shares with his disciples. He expresses this in the gospels by using the metaphor of a body in which He is the head. This image helps to keep in focus both the unity and the diversity of the Church. The Feast of Corpus Christi is commonly used as an opportunity for public Eucharistic processions, which serves as a sign of common faith and adoration. Our worship of Jesus in His Body and Blood calls us to offer to God our Father a pledge of undivided love and an offering of ourselves to the  service of others.

 

I want to take this time to CONGRATULATE OUR 8TH GRADE CLASS of OLV School on their graduation.  Graduation is always a happy time but at the same time a sad experience with leaving familiar surroundings.  I hope and pray that the 8 or so years spent at Our Lady of Victory formed in them a firm foundation in their lives with the Lord Jesus.  Yes, our school formed them academically, giving them the tools needed to move on to the next level of their education.  But for me, it also gave them the living experience with the Risen Lord.  That experience by far outweighs anything they can learn in the academic field.  Many might disagree with me; however, if one does not have a loving relationship with Jesus, then one has nothing, as St. Paul says, “I consider everything as loss except the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  May God bless you and keep you always.  We will celebrate a Graduation Mass for the 8th graders on Friday, June 8 at 7:00 PM.  Parishioners are  invited to attend.

 

As Jesus often left His disciples and went off to the mountain or seashore to be alone with His  Father, so too is each priest called yearly to do the same. This week, Fr. Antony will be on the DIOCESAN PRIEST RETREAT at St. Vincent’s Monastery in Latrobe.   Please keep him and the all the priests on retreat in your prayers. This is also the time for the annual Deacon’s retreat, so Deacon Dave will also be on retreat.  Please keep him and all the deacons on retreat in your prayers. This time alone with the Lord is a very special time for them all.

 

As we did for our mother’s, this weekend you will find FATHER’S DAY CARDS at the entrances of the church.  In three weeks we will honor our fathers throughout the weekend. If you would like your father remembered at all the Masses, please take a card, fill it out and return it to the rectory.  The cards will be placed in front of God’s altar all weekend.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A father likes to read his two young sons fairy tales at night. Having a deep-rooted sense of humor, he often ad-libs parts of the stories for fun.  One day his youngest son was sitting in his first-grade class as the teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs. She came to the part of the story where the first pig was trying to acquire building materials for his home. She said, "And so the pig went up to the man with a wheelbarrow full of straw and said, "Pardon me sir, but might I have some of that straw with which to build my house?" Then the teacher asked the class, "And what do you think that man said?"  My friend's son raised his hand and said, "I know! I know! He said: "Holy smokes! A talking pig!"  Note: The teacher was unable to teach for the next 10 minutes.

 

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