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August 5, 2018

posted Aug 3, 2018, 8:35 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we have just begun the parish-wide capital campaign for the SCHOOL RENOVATIONS/UPDATES I want to take the time to THANK all those who have contributed so far.  To date, we have raised $542,947.49 on 101 pledges.  What wonderful news that is for a successful campaign since most of the money was raised during a “silent phase” part of the campaign.  We are moving forward on the project and we are anticipating reaching our goal of 1.5 million to complete the school cafeteria renovations and updates, the air conditioning of the school and increased security measures.  All parishioners should have received my letter asking for help along with a pledge card.  If I could humbly ask that all prayerfully consider a gift to the school so that we can make our school the best example of what a Catholic Elementary School can be.  Thanks to all who have donated and anticipated thanks to those who will contribute in the near future.


This Tuesday we will once again say GOOD-BYE TO FR. RALPH.  His summer stay with us will end and now he will return to Ghana to resume his teaching in the seminary and working in the chancery as Chancellor.  We had a second collection for his school last weekend and we so far have collected a little over $15,000.00 that will be used for the continued running of the school.  I want to thank all those who contributed to the school, bringing a new life to God’s children in Beyin.  God bless.


While I was away officiating at my nephew’s wedding, there was a SCAM E-MAIL sent in my name   asking the recipients to please send some money to me or to open an e-mail from me explaining my need for some financial help.  Please know without a doubt, I will NEVER, EVER, EVER e-mail anyone asking for money (that is what family is for, only kidding).  So please if you get something from me asking for money through an e-mail or something looks suspicious, do not open it, do not give any information, and do not do anything in response.  Just delete the e-mail and let it go.  I find it very amazing that this only happens when I am away??????? 


So often when I am out and about, like in a mall or recently airport, people recognize me from Our    Lady of Victory as their pastor.  Unfortunately for as big as our parish is, I am not able to recognize    parishioners and sometimes that might be taken as a slight.  Please understand that if I might walk past someone who is a parishioner and I do not acknowledge you, it is not because I am slighting you; it is because I do not know that you are one of my parishioners.  That is one of the downfalls of such a large parish.  That is one of the reasons I try to greet people at Sunday Mass or have our bus trips.  But there is a solution.  If I am out and our paths cross and I do not recognize you, please stop me and say “HI, I AM/WE ARE so and so”.  That would help me to get to know faces and names  better.  But please understand, it is not a slight on my part.  I hope all you would understand that after 5 plus years of being your pastor.


Please mark on your calendars August 26 for OUR PARISH PICNIC.  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 will be forthcoming in future bulletins; but until that time, please mark your calendars in advance so that you will be able to attend this wonderful event, celebrating family life within our parish.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A plane was taking off from the Winnipeg Airport.  After it reached a      comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, “Ladies and      gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, nonstop from Winnipeg to Montreal .. The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax... OH, MY GOD!” Silence followed, and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said, 'Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier. While I was talking to you, the flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!' A passenger in Coach yelled, 'That's nothing. You should see the back of mine.’