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August 20, 2017

posted Aug 18, 2017, 12:57 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  Fr. Ralph wanted me to print the following letter from him to you. “My Dear Family of God, as I head back home, I would like to share these few reflections with you. First of all, I want to express my profound gratitude to you for giving me the chance every year to visit your parish to update you on my mission back home with the children in our school; a project which is being accomplished as a result of your kind and generous financial support. Goethe once said, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” You have treated me as though I were capable of reaching the stars. Because of you I have. You are so thoughtful and generous in your gift giving; hence,      together, we are CHANGING and TRANSORMING LIVES! And instilling HOPE in these children. No words can express, no act of gratitude can relay, no gift can represent what your love and            support have meant to me, the children in our school, the people in our church and the entire village. You are the most generous people I have ever known! Please accept this note as an indicator of my heartfelt appreciation for everything you are. You light up my life and give me the opportunity to do what I am doing now. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. May God bless and protect you all”……….Fr. Ralph.

As you are winding down the summer vacation season and beginning to think ahead, so am I. At the end of September, we will begin the PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS. With a few people reaching the end of their terms, I am looking for their replacements.  The Parish Council is an advisory council and is extremely helpful to me.  With their input, I am able to make decisions regarding the path our church pursues.  If there is anyone wanting to serve on the Council, please leave your name at the rectory.  Or if you know anyone whom you feel could serve for the good of the parish, please give us their names as well.  I will collect the names and then select the needed replacements.  The deadline for submission is September 10th.

A LOOK AHEAD – Please plan to attend our ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC. It will be held on August 27th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Knights of Columbus grounds.  Each year it gets bigger and bigger and I am so pleased with the attendance.  It speaks highly of an active parish.  Mark your calendars and be with us as we celebrate OUR LADY OF VICTORY FAMILY.

Once again I want to THANK PARISHIONERS OF OLV for their generous contributions that will go towards Fr. Ralph and his school in Ghana along with his wish of a new bus.  To date we have      received $19,046.00.  If anyone wishes to still contribute, there will be the gold envelopes in the   baptistery on top of the counter.  Please return the envelope with you donation at your                     convenience.  May God continue to bless our parish and all the outreach programs we support.



HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – (As told by Ken) - A few days ago, after leaving a meeting at church, I reached for my car keys in my pocket, only to discover they weren't there. Desperately, I gave         myself a quick personal pat down. But they were not in any of my pockets. So, I went back to the meeting room and looked every place I had been. Suddenly it dawned on me; I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot.  My wife, Diane, has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition. My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them. Her          theory is that the car will be stolen. As I burst through the doors of the church, I came to a terrifying conclusion. Her theory was right. The parking lot was empty.   I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen. Then I made the most difficult call of all.  "Honey," I stammered. I always call her "honey" in times like these. "I left my keys in the car, and it has been stolen."  There was a period of silence. I thought the call had been dropped, but then I heard Diane's voice.  "Ken," she barked, "I dropped you off!"  Now it was my time to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, "In that case, would you please come and pick me up?"  Diane retorted, "I will....... just as soon as I can convince this policeman I didn't steal your car."