FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, I hope that many of you are still REJOICING in the EASTER GLORY celebrated just 2 weeks ago. So often, the fervor and joy of Easter ends with parishioners leaving the church doors. As I look back over our celebrations, I am most grateful to all parishioners who came and participated so faithfully. All the services and Masses were well attended, almost having a full church for each liturgy. Your participation and faith expression was very uplifting to me as your pastor. We truly are a faith-filled parish and I am very proud of all parishioners. And I thank all those who were very patient with the parking situation over those blessed days. Because there were so many who attended, parking was at a premium. But it all worked out so beautifully. Even if some might have been parked in, I appreciated the patience shown till others were able to leave the parking area. May God continue to bless us all with the Easter Joy that hopefully will last throughout the year, even in moments of darkness. Remember, the light has come into the world and the darkness will NOT overcome it!
As our parish celebrated the entrance of new members into the Catholic Church, I want to thank MARY ANN SPYCHALSKI and the R.C.I.A. TEAM for a job well done. It truly take a lot of work and preparation to run a successful program – preparing for the various rites, teaching every week on Wednesday, breaking open the scriptures on Sunday and working with each person insuring their readiness for the celebration of the Sacraments. I thank them all for a wonderful job and hope and pray that God may reward them for their work. Thanks to the C.D.A. for preparing the reception following the Vigil. They did a wonderful job and I am sure everyone in attendance appreciated their work. Thanks to all!
I am so happy that many parishioners commented on how beautiful our church looks for our Easter celebrations. Especially appreciated is the Risen Christ statue. I also thought it added a prayerful atmosphere for our liturgies. I am now wondering if there would be interest from parishioners who might be willing to purchase a NEW NATIVITY SET for the church – 24 inch figures painted in life like tones. In just a few weeks Chris Kirkpatrick will have a poster showing the nativity set and the price for each figure. We already have 3 of the figures promised and now others will have the opportunity to purchase other statues to complete the set as a memorial for a deceased loved one or in honor of the families who will buy them. Please take a look at the poster in the baptismal area and if you are interested, let us know immediately by calling Chris at the Rectory stating that you would like to buy a statue that will be placed in the sanctuary every Christmas celebrating the love of God for the world.
I want to remind parishioners once again about our 5K VICTORY RUN that will be held on May 16th to benefit the Athletic Programs at our school. We are hoping to have 200 runners/walkers participate. If you would like to help us reach the goal please go to the website www.olvcatholicschool.org, click on the 5k Victory Button which will take you to the page to donate or the page to sign up for the Victory Run/Walk. Thank you again for all your support, without it there would not be opportunities for the students to participate in the athletic programs at a reasonable cost. If you have questions, please contact Todd Hershbine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – TRUTHS CHILDREN LEARN:
1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2) When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Reading what people write on desks can teach you a lot.
7) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
8) Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a tic tac.
9) Never hold a dustbuster and a cat at the same time.
10) School lunches stick to the wall.
11) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
12) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
13) The best place to be when you are sad is in Grandma's lap.