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August 18, 2013

posted Aug 16, 2013, 11:08 AM by Diane Lapinski



My Dear Parish Family,


So far, the transition to OLV has gone smoothly.  The projects are being completed on time,  Masses are working out pretty well in the school gym and Activities Center, and I am  beginning to "get the hang" of things going on at the parish.  Over all, I could not have asked for anything better.  Again, thanks to all of you who are working so hard, making my transition here easy.


One thing that I have been asked is, "Are there going to be any changes?"  Normally, changes from a new pastor come slowly, after observing what is going on and hopefully any changes made will be for the betterment of the community of the faithful.  With that said, the first change will be with the school Masses celebrated on Fridays.  Beginning with the first school Mass on August 28th, the Masses will be celebrated on WEDNESDAYS.  I feel that spiritually, the   children will benefit more by having the Mass mid-week, hopefully centering their school week around the sacrifice of the Mass.  Then when attending weekend Mass, they will continue to be spiritually enriched, ready to start out their school week.  Because of the move of the school Masses to Wednesdays, their WILL BE A WEDNESDAY MORNING MASS AT 7:00 AM.  We will keep the 7:00 PM Mass in the evening.  There will no longer be a 12:05 Mass on               Fridays. Therefore in summary, the weekday Mass schedule is as                                                   follows:  Monday through Friday: 7:00 and 9:00 AM, with an additional Mass -Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM.  Hopefully, that will be very easy to remember.


Also, CONFESSIONS on Thursday evening will be moved to WEDNESDAY EVENING FROM 6:00 - 6:30.  I am moving it for 2 reasons.  First, I am very uncomfortable having  confessions while Eucharistic Adoration is going on.  The opening and closing of doors, people standing and waiting, people going in and out of the church makes for a little confusion.  All attention should be on Our Eucharistic Lord during those times.  Second, many people find it very useful to come to confessions and then stay right after for Mass.  ALL THE ABOVE CHANGES WILL BEGIN THE WEEK OF AUGUST 25.


It is my hope that with the changes, more people will find our weekday liturgical celebrations more convenient for attending.  I feel the children will benefit by the move and I feel parishioners will experience the Lord's presence in our worshipping community.


Again, thanks for all the help in making my transition run smoothly.  God bless.




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