FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, last Sunday evening over 100 people from the Northern Deanery (many from OLV) attended the SPIKES BASEBALL GAME. The evening was beautiful; the Catholic Choir did a stupendous job of singing the National Anthem and God Bless America; there were many families at the ballpark; and the Spikes won! I bring this to your attention because as pastor and Dean of the Northern Deanery it was a wonderful site to see. Parishioners having fun together as a family, enjoying a night out together was heartwarming for me. As you have heard me say so often, I believe that a church not only prays together but also plays together and the other night we had an enjoyable evening playing together. I want to thank Chris Kirkpatrick for doing the “leg work” in getting everything set up so that we could just sit back and enjoy the evening. As the saying goes, “a good time was had by all” and it truly was!
This Saturday, August 15 is the SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. Normally it is a holy day of obligation. However, since it falls on a Saturday, this year, IT IS NOT AN OBLIGATORY HOLY DAY. However, we will have Mass celebrating Mary’s Assumption at 9:00 AM for those who wish to participate in the liturgy.
Once again, I want to THANK parishioners for another successful ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL for the year 2015. As of this typing, we have pledged $224,703.55 towards our goal of $138,976.00. We have exceeded our goal by $85,727.55. The monies “over goal” will be applied to repairing the rectory and church roofs. And the amount so far is approximately $10,000.00 over the total for last year. I am very grateful for the generosity shown to OLV by the families who participated. The Appeal is still on-going and parishioners can still pledge. If you need a pledge card, please pick one up in the Gathering Space. Your generosity is truly a shining light to the rest of the diocese. May God bless all who are so generous.
And speaking of the CHURCH AND RECTORY ROOFS, the approximate startup date will be September 14. It will take about 6-8 weeks to finish. While the work is going on, we might have to make some adjustments, like we did when the church carpet and pews were installed. We are not sure yet, but we will play it by ear when the time comes. The changes will not be as drastic as before, but some might have to be made. I am sure parishioners will understand when it does happen. Again, thanks to all for your generosity allowing us to make the needed repairs.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - An elderly man driving erratically was stopped by the police around 2:00am and was asked where he was going at that time of night. The man replied, "I'm on my way to a lecture about alcohol abuse and the effects it has on the human body, as well as smoking and staying out late." The officer then asked, "Really? Who's giving that lecture at this time of night? The man replied, "That would be my wife in just a few minutes.”