FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, even though it was a week or so ago, I want to take this time to say how wonderful it was to see OLV parishioners and friends enjoying themselves at the SPIKES BASEBALL GAME. Even though it was a bit damp to start with, I thought the evening was delightful. I was very proud of those who sang the National Anthem and America the Beautiful. Everyone sounded great and it was a very nice display of our Catholic identity. I want to thank Chris Kirkpatrick for doing the leg work in making this event a successful experience for our parish.
I would like to welcome back to OLV SCHOOL our students and teachers as we begin another school year together. It is very hard to believe that we are back in full swing again. It seems like only a few days ago we had our last Mass with the students and now we are beginning all over again. Well as we all know, as we get older the faster time goes; and I will be the first to testify to that truth. This year I am very pleased that the theme for the school is DOING SMALL THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE, a motto that Mother Theresa used with her work with the poor in Calcutta. The students will be practicing each month a different way of doing small things with great love for God and for others. May God bless our students and teachers and staff as we begin the new school year with great anticipation.
Once again, I would like to THANK ALL PARISHIONERS who contributed to repairing Fr. Ralph’s church, St. Patrick’s, in Ghana. Another $18,200.00 was donated which brings the totals to around $36,400.00! That is absolutely amazing and I am so very proud of our parish. This will allow Fr. Ralph to repair his church, buy a generator for the bakery, and have some extra monies for the school and the children. Not in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought the total would reach that high. But on second thought, why not? OLV is the most generous parish in the diocese and when there is a need, you always come through. I am very proud of our parish for following the Lord’s call to “feed the hungry…cloth the naked…give drink to the thirsty…” God bless and thanks so very much.
A LOOK TO THE NEAR FUTURE – As you know there have been some changes here at the church and I am most appreciative for all the support that I have gotten concerning them. Your love, support and offers of help “whenever needed” truly give me the strength and ability to go on and be able to minister here at OLV. There will be another change that will be shortly implemented. Since there will be days when no one will be here throughout the night and at the advice of our local police, our OLV Councils and our Insurance Company, the CHURCH WILL BE LOCKED from 10:00 PM – 5:00 AM. The doors have been altered so that they can be locked and opened by computer. This is a major change in our history; but we need to understand this is not the 1930’s anymore. And by the way, there is not one church in the Diocese that is open all night – not even St. Peter’s in Rome. As one of the policemen said to me, “You are just an incident waiting to happen.” I do not want that to become an incident. I will let you know the exact date when we are ready to implement this new policy.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – Actual letters written to pastors by children…
- Dear Pastor, I hope to go to heaven someday but later than sooner. Love, Ellen, age 9
- Dear Pastor, Please say a prayer for our Little League team. We need God's help or a new pitcher. Thank you. Alexander, age 10
- Dear Pastor, My father says I should learn the Ten Commandments. But I don't think I want to because we have enough rules already in my house. Joshua, age 10
- Dear Pastor, Who does God pray to? Is there a God for God? Sincerely, Christopher, age 9
- Dear Pastor, Are there any devils on earth? I think there may be one in my class. Carla, age 10
- Dear Pastor, I liked your sermon on Sunday. Especially when it was finished. Ralph, age 11
- Dear Pastor, How does God know the good people from the bad people? Do you tell Him or does He read about it in the newspapers? Sincerely, Marie, age 9