FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Sunday we celebrate the DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY. The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:
A - Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.
B - Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.
C - Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.
This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread. The message and devotional practices proposed in the Diary of Saint Faustina and set forth in their web site and other publications of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception are completely in accordance with the teachings of Church and are firmly rooted in the Gospel message of our Merciful Savior. Properly understood and implemented, they will help us grow as genuine followers of Christ. Spend time to learn more about the mercy of God, learn to trust in Jesus, and live your life as merciful to others, as Christ is merciful to you.
I will have the recitation of the DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET after the 9:30 Mass this Sunday (10:30 for those not attending the Mass).
As I write these words to you I can proudly say that OUR LADY OF VICTORY HAS REACHED ITS ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL GOAL of $147,384.00. To date, we have pledged $154,061.74. This is $6,677.74 over our goal, now coming back to us. Because we have reached our goal, all monies now being contributed to the Appeal will come back directly to the church for budgetary concerns. As I said before to all parishioners, our budget for the parish and school is around 2 ½ million dollars. Every dollar now pledged and fulfilled helps to keep us in the black and continue to make the needed improvements and upgrades for the parish plant. I want to thank all those who contributed to the Appeal, helping out the Diocesan ministries and now helping out your own parish. Remember, it is never too late to contribute. If you need a pledge card, there are extra’s in the gathering space on the cabinets. You are l truly a generous parish and I am very proud of you. God has blessed us. May we continue to be a shining light in our Diocesan Church.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – (It has been a long month – please forgive me):
A car was involved in an accident in a street. As expected a large crowd gathered. A newspaper reporter, anxious to get his story could not get near the car. Being a clever sort, he started shouting loudly, "Let me through! Let me through! I am the son of the victim." The crowd made way for him. Lying in front of the car was a donkey.