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August 26, 2018

posted Aug 28, 2018, 11:21 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  for the last 5 plus years that I have been your pastor, one issue that keeps coming up throughout the year is the scheduling of Masses.  Very often I will hear, “I have not had my Mass scheduled yet; it has been over a year.”  “Why does this person or that person have so many Masses prayed?”  “I hear the same name mentioned                   constantly” and so forth.  The complaints come to the office then to me.  Let me comment on this for a few minutes.  First of all, the offering of Masses for a deceased person or for the intentions of someone living is a very good thing.  The church encourages this practice.  By offering a Mass for someone, we are affirming the tradition of the communion of the saints held within the church.    Second, one Mass prayed for someone IS OF INFINITE VALUE. The grace bestowed through the offering of a Mass known to God alone has value beyond all telling. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, the grace gained, which is of infinite value before God, is bestowed (for lack of a better word) upon one who has gone before us or one who is still living.  Therefore the number of Masses prayed  technically is of little significance before God since our base principle is that one Mass is of  INFINITE VALUE. Third, we are a very large church and we have many Masses that are requested.  We have a backlog of Masses extending over a period of months.  Therefore, in order to accommodate all parishioners who are requesting Masses, we will now schedule Masses over a  period of 4 months.  That means that a Mass for an individual person will be honored as soon as possible.  However, there will be a period of 4 months before another Mass will be offered for that same person by the same family or person.  This will allow other parishioners access to dates that might have been taken. Please understand, we are trying to accommodate as many people as possible, but we also want to be fair in the process.  This will go into effect beginning September 1, 2018, and  it will not affect any Masses already schedule. This new  policy has the backing of Fr. Jonathan and Fr. Antony as well.  


And along those lines, IF SOMEONE NEEDS A MASS PRAYED IMMEDIATELY remember that Msgr. Saylor concelebrates the 9:00 AM Mass every day.  Masses can be sent to the Franciscans in Loretto or the Benedictines in Latrobe.  There are missionaries who would be happy to satisfy            Masses; we can send them to them if you want.  Again we are trying to accommodate all people and I hope that is the understanding many will take from this new policy.


The totals for the CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE SCHOOL keep going up.  To date we have pledges totally $734,007.49. In just over a month and a half, we have raised almost $750,000.00.  That is incredible.  And yet, there are still so many pledge cards outstanding.  I want to thank all those who contributed to date and I encourage those who have not done so, to please consider helping us out.  The school is a vital part of our parish; many, many families have benefited by the education received here at OLV.  We want to make our school the best and safest school in the diocese and we are succeeding.  Our reputation for providing students with an excellent                  education is far-reaching.  Become part of this project and help us reach our goal.  God bless and thanks to all who have participated thus far.   


This Sunday OUR PARISH PICNIC begins at 4:00 and ends around 7:00.  As always it will be held on the Knights of Columbus grounds.  This event for the parish has grown each year and I am        anticipating another successful turnout to celebrate our parish family.  More information can be found in this bulletin. Please plan to attend this wonderful event, celebrating family life within our parish.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A husband and wife were driving through Louisiana. As they                  approached Natchitoches, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the town. They argued back and forth, and then they stopped for lunch. At the counter, the husband asked the blonde           waitress, "Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please            pronounce where we are very slowly?" She leaned over the counter and said, "Burrr-gerrr Kiiing."