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August 21, 2016

posted Aug 18, 2016, 6:26 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as told to you last week, FR. RALPH sent us a note and I would like to share it with you:        Thank you note from Fr. Ralph:

 This is unbelievable! It has actually been a fantastic encounter, these six weeks! I would like to use this medium to express my utmost thanks to Very Rev. Fr. Neil Dadey, my good friend, for being so instrumental in my ministry, and giving me the privilege every year to preach in his parish about our school and projects back home. I also want to express my most profound gratitude to Msgr. Saylor and Deacon Dave for their friendship. And you, My Dear Family of God, on behalf of the faculty staff and the students of Holy Name of Mary School, I am so thrilled to express my sincerest appreciation to you for your love, kindness and generosity. I was introduced first to you about 4 years ago without knowing how it was going to be like, but you have been very welcoming and supportive.

 Thanks to you, we now have a school, starting from KG through the 9th Grade; everything is now set for the bakery to take off. We are getting a new good generator to power our bakery, and most of all we are going to start work on the restoration of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Beyin. You give me the confidence to do what I am doing because you never turn your back on me, but continue to support me to accomplish my dream to help these poor children have a future, hope and life. You are such a wonderful, great and fantastic family!

 As a result of your financial contribution we are helping these children acquire values that stand them in good stead throughout their lives. The biblical tradition and the Catholic faith taught by Christian teachers in Holy Name of Mary School not only allow us to understand the world around us, they also serve as an entry point to vast areas of learning. Without this foundation our educational system will not produce a generation of creative freethinkers but instead young people with huge holes in their knowledge and a striking inability to think critically. As a Catholic priest I always encourage people in my village to remember that Christian education is not a privilege  enjoyed by a legacy of religion but rather a gift we owe to children and wider society. And this is        exactly what you are helping promote among these young people in my village.

Thank you very much for making it possible for me to bring into reality my dream to make life better for these 280 children in our school. We love you all. You are indeed awesome. We shall keep you in our prayers. God bless you all.”


Today is our ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC at the Knights of Columbus picnic pavilion from 4:00 – 7:00pm.  I always look forward to this time together and I hope that many of our families will come and enjoy this wonderful parish event. I will see you all there.


And speaking of picnic, I want to remind families who have children in our school that we will have our BACK TO OLV SCHOOL PICNIC this Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:30 PM on the front lawn. Details were e-mailed to families. However, if you did not receive one, please link on to the school page for more details. Again, I hope to see many of our school families on Wednesday. Also, do not forget the school MEET AND GREET AND KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION held before the  picnic from 5:30-6:00.



   -        Mom: What did you do at school today? Mark: We did a guessing game.   Mom: But I thought you were having a math exam. Mark: That’s right!

   -        Luke comes home from his first day of school, and his mother asks, “What did you learn today?” “Not enough,” Luke replies. “They said I have to go back tomorrow.”

   -        Teacher: Daniel, I’ve had to send you to the principal every day this week. What do you have to say for yourself? Daniel: I’m glad it’s Friday!