FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY as you all know, as one ages, the hearing might be the first to go. I am finding that in myself, unfortunately. Because of that fact, I am asking a favor from parishioners. When you call the rectory to leave a message, please speak slowly and when you give a phone number, can you please repeat it? I have found that sometimes when I am listening to a message, I cannot make out a name or number, even after many attempts. Because of that, I am unable to return a phone call or when I try to return a call with a perceived number, it ends up being the wrong number. So please, if you can help yout aging pastor, speak slowly and repeat the number twice. That will help us out tremendously.
A look ahead – very shortly, we will begin to put together a PARISH DIRECTORY for OLV. It has been quite a few years since the last one and I feel it is time for another. So often when someone calls me, I refer to the directory to place a name with a face. I also use it to find a phone number without having to go to the rolodex. So for me, a directory is very important and I hope that we will have full cooperation when we begin the picture taking and information gathering. I know that many others use the directory for similar reasons. There have been so many changes; we need an updated one to help us. We are looking at the fall to begin this project, after vacations are finished and everyone is back to a somewhat normal schedule. So please when we begin make yourselves available as we try to have as complete a directory as we can.
Before FR. RALPH left for Ghana, he wrote this note to all parishioners and I would like to share it:
Very Rev. Fr. Neil Dadey and the Parishioners of OLV,
As I leave for my home country, Ghana, I have these few words to share with you: In the first place, thank you so much for being so great a friend. Many thanks for allowing me to spend the summer with you every year. I want to thank you all, dear family of God, for being open and warm to me during my 4 week stay at your parish. It has actually been a wonderful summer, and I love it here. I have really enjoyed your hospitality and friendship very much.
You have been very kind and generous to me by supporting me financially to build my school in Ghana. Thank you so much. Just as I ask you to keep me and my staff, and the children at the school in your prayers, I also assure you of my constant prayers for each one of you.
May God always bless and reward you, and may The Blessed Virgin Mary guide you always.
Once again, I would like to thank all those who contributed to his school, Holy Name of Mary. Very shortly, I will take up a second collection for those who would want to help the school continue its mission of educating God’s children.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The worried housewife sprang to the telephone when it rang and listened with relief to the kindly voice in her ear. "How are you, darling?" she said. "What kind of a day are you having?" "Oh, mother," said the housewife, breaking into bitter tears, "I've had such a bad day. The baby won't eat and the washing machine broke down. I haven't had a chance to go shopping, and besides, I've just sprained my ankle and I have to hobble around. On top of that, the house is a mess and I'm supposed to have two couples to dinner tonight." The mother was shocked and was at once all sympathy. "Oh, darling," she said, "sit down, relax, and close your eyes. I'll be over in half an hour. I'll do your shopping, clean up the house, and cook your dinner for you. I'll feed the baby and I'll call a repairman I know who'll be at your house to fix the washing machine promptly. Now stop crying. I'll do everything. In fact, I'll even call George at the office and tell him he ought to come home and help out for once." "George?" said the housewife. "Who's George?" "Why, George! Your husband!....Is this 223-1374? "No, this is 223-1375.” "Oh, I'm sorry. I guess I have the wrong number." There was a short pause and the housewife said, "Does this mean you're not coming over?"