FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, every once in a while, something happens that surpasses any expectations one might have. That happened to me this past week. I was a little hesitant in having a second collection for Fr. Ralph’s church in Ghana, ST. PATRICK’S. In the last stages of the Capital Campaign, in collecting for the Annual Catholic Appeal, and hoping to the regular Sunday collections to remain high, I was wondering if we could reach his goal of $10,000.00 for the repairs needed. Late Monday morning I received from Diane the weekend collection report and it is amazing. In just one weekend we collected $18,135.00 for St. Patrick’s. I am completely at a loss of words to express my deep appreciation of your love for Fr. Ralph and the villagers in Beyin, Ghana. The collection will truly repair the church and allow the people, especially the children, to continue to worship in their church, knowing that it will not fall down. My heart is truly warmed by such a show of love and support. OLV parishioners are the most generous parishioners I have ever had the privilege of serving. Your willingness to go the extra mile for the less fortunate is truly a shining light on a hill, as Jesus said we all should be. I can only ask the Father in heaven to bless all those who contributed and might still want to contribute to Fr. Ralph’s church and school. Father Ralph is leaving on Monday and he is very anxious to get the work started on the church. He promises to send us pictures of the completed work. Again, may God bless each and every one who helped in this work of mercy during this Year of Mercy. God bless you all and thanks so much.
ONE FINAL TIME FOR THOSE WHO WERE ON VACATION – changes in our parish schedule:
- The 5:00 PM Mass on Sunday is discontinued
- Saturday confessions will now be heard at 9:45 AM
- The Friday morning Mass at 7:00 will be a Communion Service led by Deacon Dave
- The evening Mass at 6:00 on a holyday will be discontinued; but we will continue to have the Vigil Mass the day before the holy day
- There might have to be other changes as we journey through the months ahead; but I will let you know what they might be as they come up
Once again, thank you for all the support and understanding that I have received. May God bless us and continue to watch over us.
Just as a reminder – even though it has been in the bulletin, I invite parishioners to our ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC on Sunday, August 21 at the Knights of Columbus Pavilion from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. In past years we have had such a great attendance and I hope to have the same this year. This picnic is a time for us to play together as a family and enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed atmosphere. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Steven Spielberg was discussing his new project - an action docudrama about famous composers starring top movie stars. Sylvester Stallone, Steven Segall, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger were all present. Spielberg strongly desired the box office 'oomph' of these superstars, so he was prepared to allow them to select whatever composers they would portray, as long as they were very famous. "Well," started Stallone, "I've always admired Mozart. I would love to play him." "Chopin has always been my favorite and my image would improve if people saw me playing the piano" said Willis. 'I'll play him." "I've always been partial to Strauss and his waltzes," said Segall. "I'd like to play him." Spielberg was very pleased with these choices. "Sounds "Sounds splendid." Then, looking at Schwarzenegger, he asked, "Who do you want to be, Arnold?" So Arnold says . . . . . . . . "I'll be Bach.”