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August 27, 2017

posted Aug 31, 2017, 11:37 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  as you know by now, Our Lady of Victory Parish, led by your pastor, is planning a trip to THE TOP OF SWITZERLAND AND   OBERAMMERGAU from May 24 -June 2, 2020.  Why so far in the future?  Because the  PASSION PLAY in Oberammergau is performed once every 10 years.  Oberammergau Passion Play has been performed since 1634 as a tradition by the inhabitants of the village of  Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany. It was written by Othmar Weis, J A Daisenberger, Otto      Huber, Christian Stuckl, Rochus Dedler, Eugen Papst, Marcus Zwink, Ingrid H Shafer, and the  inhabitants of Oberammergau, with music by Dedler.  Since its first production, it has been  performed on open-air stages in the village. The play is a staging of Jesus' passion, covering the short final period of his life from his visit to Jerusalem and leading to his execution by crucifixion. The trip includes a 9 day journey from Zurich to Munich, with the play being performed on day 7 of the trip. If you are interested, there will be an informational meeting on Saturday, September 23 at 5:00 PM in the Activities Center Gardiner Social Hall. At the meeting we will be discussing prices, down payments and answering any questions from the representative from Kish Travel that will be helping us organize this trip.  Spaces are limited so please attend this important    meeting.  Some might say, “It is a little less than 3 years away.  Why are we planning this at this time?  Who knows where I will be 3 years from now?”  Those are all valid questions.  However, since this play runs only once every 10 years, travel agencies are already filling up their reservation lists; so must we.  Everyone will have the opportunity to purchase cancellation insurance which allows for refunds.  All that will be explained at the information meeting.  So if you are interested, I hope to see you on the 23rd of September.


I also want to take this time to THANK all parishioners who contributed to this year’s DIOCESAN MINISTRIES DRIVE (formerly known as Annual Catholic Appeal). With parishioner                     contributions, we have a total of $235,789.00 pledged with $91,789.00 returning to the parish to balance our  budget.  Your generosity is outstanding, especially since this was accomplished with only 577 families pledging and promising their contributions. What is also hopeful to your pastor is that there are over 1,200 pledge cards still out.  If they are returned with a  contribution, we can insure that OLV will have the needed funds to accomplish much more with our own charitable ministries as well as with our campus plant.  Thank you all so much for your generosity to God’s people and to OLV.


Please plan to attend our ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC this Sunday afternoon, 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. It will be held come rain or shine.  Plan to be with us as we celebrate OUR LADY OF VICTORY FAMILY.





A newly appointed young preacher was contacted by the local funeral director to hold a graveside service at a small country cemetery. There was to be no funeral, just the committal, because the  deceased had no family or friends left.  The young pastor started early to the cemetery, but soon lost his way.  After making several wrong turns, he finally arrived a half-hour late.  The hearse was no where in sight, and the workman were relaxing under a nearby tree, eating their lunch.  The pastor went to the open grave and found that the vault lid was already in place.  He took out his book and read the service.

 As he returned to his car, he overheard one of the workman say, "Maybe we'd better tell him that's a septic tank."