FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, next weekend we will be celebrating MOTHER’S DAY. For those who still have their mothers with them, it is a time to say “thanks” for all they have done for us. For those who have lost their mothers, it is a time to ask God’s for His blessing upon them and that they may be with Him forever in heaven. For anyone who would like the priests of the parish during the weekend Masses to remember their mothers, you will find an envelope on the tables in the gathering spaces. Please fill them out with the name of your mom and know that they will be remembered and prayed for throughout the weekend. Again, may God bless all those women who gave us life and continue, (hopefully) to nurture us throughout our lives.
May I ask a question? IS THERE JOY IN YOUR LIFE? I ask that question because I just finished reading a book entitled Between Heaven and Mirth by Fr. James Martin. He spends his time stressing the need for joy and laughter for a healthy spiritual life. He continues to say that laughter and humor are signs of the presence of God in one’s life. Why isn’t there more laughter in the lives of people journeying to heaven? He states, “Some religious organizations seem to reward the more serious types; they rise to the top because their dour attitude is perhaps seen as proof and the seriousness of their intent. I often wonder if those selected for ordained ministry are chosen on the same basis. Whenever someone says to me, ‘Boy, I’ve never met a funny priest before, ‘I cringe a little. Is that because they have never known many priests or because their past experience with the clergy leads them to equate ministry with melancholy?” I think it would also be true if we take out the word “priest” and insert “lay person.” Spiritual growth is not melancholy or sad or endured with a long drawn face. Our spiritual growth involves another person – Jesus Christ. And our spiritual growth is a love affair with Him. How can that be joyless or sad? Knowing that we are loved by our Almighty God, the King of the Universe should fill our soul with joy – even in rough times - and laughter despite our human failures and sin. That is one of the reason I always try to place a little humor in my homilies and have a “Humor for the Week” at the end of my column. As Pope Benedict said in his writing God and the World, “I believe [God] has a great sense of humor. Sometimes He gives you something like a nudge and says, ‘Don’t take yourself so seriously!” Humor is in fact an essential element in the mirth of creation. We can see how, in many matters in our lives, God wants to prod us into taking things a bit more lightly; to see the funny side of it; to get down off our pedestal and not to forget our sense of fun.”
The sign up for purchasing a piece of the NEW NATIVITY SET for 2015 is now on the wall in the Baptistry. If anyone would like to buy a piece in memory or in honor of someone, please stop buy look at the pieces still available to purchase and place your name beside the one you want. Chris Kirkpatrick will then contact you with the final details. I am so please that many already have purchased a piece just by word of mouth. I think the new set will make a beautiful picture in front of our altar this coming Christmas.
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 sign up page 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 – A college senior took his new girlfriend to a football game. They found seats in the crowded stadium and were watching the action. A substitute was put into the game and as he was running onto the field to take his position, the boy said to his girlfriend, "Take a good look at that fellow. I expect him to be our best man next year." His girlfriend snuggled closer to him and said, "That's the strangest way I ever heard of for a boy to propose to a girl. But, regardless of how you said it, I accept!"