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August 25, 2019

posted Aug 28, 2019, 10:18 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, It is hard to believe that I am typing these words already, but I want to WELCOME BACK TO OLV SCHOOL our students, teachers, and staff as we begin another school year. Where did the summer go? I am sure that that sentiment is on the minds of so many right now. Much has been going on in and around the school this year and I am sure that all parishioners will be pleased with the outcome of the improvements in the school cafeteria and security. I am looking forward to having a great year and I know that the teachers and staff are looking forward to a fantastic year as well. May God bless us and our school as we begin another year together.


And along those lines, I would like to give the parish an UPDATE ON THE SCHOOL                   PROJECT that has been going on all summer.  As you know, our school will begin this                Monday.  It is and was my hope that everything would be in place ready to go for the first day of school.  Unfortunately, that will not be the case.  The whole project – front entrance, school           cafeteria, and kitchen and security – is approximately 95% finished.  Anyone who has ever dealt with contractors knows, without a doubt, that deadlines seem to be something to shoot for and not a reality.  Circumstances arise throughout the project that prohibits its completion on time.  And it happened here.  There will be some classrooms that will not have their floors waxed; some air conditioning units will not ready for the first day; there might be equipment in and around the school building itself; there will still be some landscaping to be done around the school and there are some other little things that need to be taken care of.  Some of these things were completely out of our control.  I have been praying for this project through all summer and we are very close to having the best elementary and middle school in the diocese.  What I am asking is for all parents to PLEASE BE PATIENT until it is completed in its entirety.  We have worked hard and long on this and I know that we all will be pleased with the results, even though they may come just a few weeks late.  I am personally a little disappointed that we could not have this done completely.  But I am not discouraged because I know what the end  product will be.  It is like walking a spiritual path of faith – we know what awaits us at the end, so the journey to get there might be a little difficult but not enough to give in to discouragement.  So again, please be patient until all is finished.   


I want to THANK ALL PARISHIONERS WHO MADE THIS PROJECT a reality.  We could not have done it with all the financial support and prayers that came our way.  We have been  meeting every bill that has come our way dealing with the project. Since this is the second year of the pledges, I am hopeful that we can meet the remaining bills when they come due through parishioners fulfilling their promises, sooner rather than later.  To those who helped, I am truly grateful and we all can be proud of our parish and what we have accomplished in just 18 months.  Your generosity will be richly repaid by the Lord.


This afternoon, Sunday, Aug. 25, our parish will hold its ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC at the Knights of Columbus grounds from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.  I always look forward to this social because it allows us to celebrate our “parish family.”  Please plan to attend and let us continue to grow in God’s love and love for each other.  Hope to see you there.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A mother was entertaining guests when her five-year-old son        began talking to a fly.  “Do you know that God loves you, little fly?” he asked gently.  Everyone was deeply touched by this.  “And do you love God little fly?” said the budding St. Francis.  The boy’s mother had tears in her eyes.  “Would you like to go to God, little fly?” the boy                          persisted.  The guests looked at him in admiration.  “Then go to God, little fly!” said the boy and squashed it.