FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, many people have asked me or wondered about our PARISH DIRECTORY. “When is it coming out?” It is a valid question since many of the family pictures were taken at the end of last year. In answer to the question I would like to say that it is my hope that the directory will be ready by late fall. Why so long? I wanted the directory to be the most complete directory possible. I wanted pictures for all the events we have here throughout the year; I wanted the group pictures to be as complete as possible; I wanted as many families to be photographed as possible. I just wanted it to one of the best directories we have had in a long time. That is why it is taking so long to complete. We did not want to rush through it just to get it done!
FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE DRAWING - I am now taking nominations of parishioners who would like to serve on the OLV PARISH COUNCIL. With 2 members leaving, I need to replace them by the next meeting which will be held in September. If you know someone who you think would make a good member, please submit their names to me; or if you, yourself would like to serve on the committee, you can also submit your name to me. After a few weeks, I will “place the names in a hat” and draw 2 of them at a Mass. The deadline for name submission is July 26th. I rely on the Council for their advice in making decisions about the parish. If you or someone you know would like the opportunity to serve, please send in the names so be placed in the hat.
SCHOOL TRAILERS – As you have read from a previous bulletin article, it was my hope to have 2 new trailers supplied by the Intermediate Unit for use during the upcoming school year.Unfortunately, those plans were not fulfilled. When the old trailer was moved and we were ready to place the new ones, it was discovered that there was a gas pipeline that was standing in the way. This was not known before plans were made. And secondly, the trailers, due to code restrictions, could not be placed elsewhere. So it was decided to place the old trailers back they were and forgo the placement of the new ones. To say the least, I am somewhat disappointed for I was looking forward to using the new facilities as well as beautifying the area around the “new trailers.” As the saying goes, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.” Maybe once all the adjustments are made, we might be able to revisit the project for the next school year.
Next weekend, Fr. Ralph will speak to us about all the good that has been accomplished at our school HOLY NAME OF MARY in Ghana. Fr. Ralph will be leaving shortly and I wanted him to relate to us all the good work that is happening at the school due to the generosity of parishioners at OLV and St. John’s in Bellefonte and from good people throughout our area. Parishioners will have an opportunity to make contributions to the school at a upcoming weekend Mass or take a pledge card home to give periodically throughout the year. I am very proud of the school and the many, many lives we are touching in Ghana.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A man was stopped by the fish and game-warden in Alberta recently. He had with him two buckets of fish. He was leaving Shaw's Point on Slave Lake, well known for its great fishing. The fish and game warden asked the man: 'Do you have a license to catch all those fish?' The man replied to the game warden: 'No, sir. These are my pet fish.' 'Pet fish?' the warden replied. 'Yes, sir. Every night I take these here fish down to the lake and let them swim around. After a while, I whistle and they jump back into their buckets, and I take them back home again.' 'That's a bunch of hogwash! Fish can't do that!' was the outburst from the Warden. The man looked at the game warden for a moment, and then said: 'Here, I'll show you. It really works.' 'O.K. I've GOT to see this!' The game warden was curious now. The man poured the two buckets of fish into the lake and stood and waited. After several minutes, the game warden turned to the man and said, 'Well?' 'Well, what?' the man responded. 'When are you going to call them back?' The game warden prompted. 'Call who back?' The man asked. 'The FISH.' the warden said. 'What fish?' The man asked.