FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, Tuesday evening, March 29, we had a very beautiful MEMORIAL MASS FOR FR. VAL. I felt that he truly was smiling down upon us, humbled by the outpouring of love given to him. He was and is a dear friend and I will always have fond memories of him. For 10 years we shared the gift of priesthood, encouraging and supporting each other along the way. As it has happened, many people have come up to me asking if there might be some way we can remember him at Our Lady of Victory. Is there some MEMORIAL we can establish in his honor? I have thought about this and I came up with the idea to have a Statue of Mary erected in his memory. Mark and the guys will be “redoing” the circle in front of the rectory. We will be taking down the large overgrown pine tree and making the ground into a garden. A Statue of Mary will be placed upon a pedestal behind the “Our Lady of Victory” wall, greeting all who come to worship at our church. At the bottom of the Statue will be an engraved plaque with Fr. Val’s name upon it. This garden will clean up the front of the church and it will be a very fitting tribute to our beloved assistant. If anyone wishes to contribute to the Statue, you may make a donation to OLV with the word “statue” in the memo line so we can direct all contributions to its proper place. I think this will be a very wonderful way to remember Fr. Val, celebrating his life and ministry given to our parish.
This Friday evening, we will WELCOME BISHOP MARK to our parish for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation to our 11th grade students. This is a major spiritual step in the lives of our young adults and I do ask you to remember them in your prayer this week. And of course parishioners are invited to attend this celebration.
Since I had to work ahead on the bulletins, I have not had the opportunity to THANK all those involved in making our HOLY WEEK AND EASTER CELEBRATIONS so beautiful. I want to begin by thanking Deacon Dave who worked hard behind the scenes getting things ready and then made sure our services were conducted with grace and dignity. My thanks is extended to all those who decorated and prepared the church for the services, especially Bobbi Kenney. I have always said that prayer is supported by the visual. The church looks beautiful and I am grateful to those who helped. To Joe and the Choirs and Cantors, to Mary and her group, thank you for your ministry in making our hearts soar to God. To all those who exercised their ministry – lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, altar servers, ushers, greeters – thanks for giving of yourselves in service. To Mary Ann and the RCIA team, I say thanks for walking with the newly initiated all year, enabling them to reach this point in their spiritual journey. To the CDA for the wonderful reception after the Easter Vigil – thanks. To all parishioners who came and worshipped our wonderful and loving God and who grew in their spiritual walk, than you for your participation. And finally, I want to thank our Mighty God for leading us out of the slavery of sin to a new life in Him. I pray that He was glorified in our church and may the new life He has given us be lived out each and every day of our lives. God bless all and thanks so much.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A MOTHER’S DICTIONARY:
Bottle feeding: An opportunity for Daddy to get up at 2 am too.
Defense: What you'd better have around de yard if you're going to let the children play outside.
Drooling: How teething babies wash their chins.
Dumbwaiter: One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.
Family planning: The art of spacing your children the proper distance apart to keep you on the edge of financial disaster.
Feedback: The inevitable result when the baby doesn't appreciate the strained carrots.
Full name: What you call your child when you're mad at him.
Grandparents: The people who think your children are wonderful even though they're sure you're not raising them right.