FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, how beautiful it is to sing, ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! THE LORD IS RISEN. For over 40 days we have been preparing to sing those words from hearts renewed by our Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving. As I was trying to reflect on the meaning and message of the Resurrection, I came across a passage from a talk given by Pope Francis at a General Audience on April 3, 2013. I feel he best catches the spirit when he says, “It is the Resurrection itself that opens us to greater hope, for it opens our life and the life of the world to the eternal future of God, to full happiness, to the certainty that evil, sin and death may be overcome. And this leads to living daily situations with greater trust, to facing them with courage and determination. Christ’s resurrection illuminates these everyday situations with a new light. The Resurrection of Christ is our strength!” What beautiful and reassuring words he speaks. And what comfort and peace they also bring to those who believe them. I pray that this Easter Season brings us the confidence to live our daily lives with greater trust, courage and determination. ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! THE LORD IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED.
I want to take this time to THANK all those who make our Holy Week celebrations a wonderful experience for parishioners. I want to thank Joe Malafarina and the Music Ministry for their uplifting and spiritual selections of music. My thanks are extended to all the lectors, Eucharistic ministers, ushers and altar services for their assistance in performing their ministries for the parish. To all those who helped clean and decorate the church I am grateful for your assistance. To Fr. Val, Fr. Mike and Deacon Dave, I thank them for their talents in making our journey through Lent to Easter a very spiritual journey leading us to the Easter Life that Pope Francis talked about in the above paragraph. And to all parishioners and guests to came and worshipped with us – thanks for a beautiful expression of faith in the Resurrection.
There will be only ONE MASS on Easter Monday – at 9:00 AM. This will allow your priests to enjoy a little Easter with family and friends. Also, there will be neither evening Mass on Tuesday nor confessions on Wednesday evening. Thank you for understanding in these matters. Your priests are only human also and need a little breathing room from time to time.
The first annual 5K VICTORY RUN/1 MILE WALK is off to a great start to reach its fundraising goal. The fundraising goal for the May 16th event is a total of $15,000 profit. All monies will be used to help keep athletics affordable for student athlete participation, assist in supplementing coaches’ salaries, equipment/uniform costs, field rental costs and travel costs. As of today, all our T-Shirt Sponsorships have been filled. We greatly appreciate and are thankful for such generosity. The goal for the Friends of the 5k Banner was to raise $4,000. To reach the goal we were hoping to get 40 people/businesses to donate $100 each to support the OLVCS Athletic Programs. To date, we are halfway to that goal having raised $2,000. We also were hoping to have at least 200 runners/walkers with 100 sign-ups before the Early Bird Deadline of April 15th. To date we have 32 runner/walkers signed up and ready to run. If you would like to help us reach the goal please consider going to the website:www.olvcatholicschool.org, click on the 5k Victory Button which will take you to the page to the 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 email@example.com.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A man was in his front yard mowing grass when his neighbor came out of his house and went straight to the mailbox. The neighbor opened it, looked inside, slammed it shut, and stormed back into his house. A little later the neighbor came out of his house again, went to the mailbox, again opened it, and slammed it shut again. Angrily, back into the house the neighbor went. As the man was getting ready to edge the lawn, here came his neighbor again! The neighbor marched to the mailbox, opened it and then slammed it closed . . . harder than ever! Puzzled by his neighbor's actions, the man asked, "Is something wrong?" To which his neighbor replied, "There certainly is! My stupid computer keeps telling me I have mail!"