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December 22, 2019

posted Dec 20, 2019, 6:14 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, well, the day is almost here.  In just a few days we will be celebrating the great FEAST OF CHRISTMAS. Christmas can be a season of great joy.  It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.  We can truly be happy at Christmas! No matter what may be happening, we can know that we are His children. We then become sons and daughters of God. Heaven will be our home one day.  Look at Christmas in a new way this year. This is the year to invite Jesus into your heart. You will then have a "Merry Christmas." The joy and peace you will receive will last all year as you look to God for all your needs to be met. 

 

Also below you will find the CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S SCHEDULE FOR YOUR PLANNING

Christmas Eve:  4:00PM Mass in the Church

                          4:00PM Mass in the School Gym

                           6:30PM Mass in the Church

                         10:00PM Mass in the Church (carols begin at 9:15pm)

             Christmas Day:  7:30AM, 9:30AM and 12:00PM

 

             New Year’s Eve:  4:00PM

             New Year’s Day:  8:00AM and 10:00AM   

 

For this Christmas week, there will be a few ADJUSTMENTS in our regular schedule.

 

-   The rectory WILL BE CLOSED from Monday noon through Thursday. Normal office hours will

            begin again on Friday, the 27thth.

-   There will be NO ADORATION on Wednesday, Christmas Day.

-   There will be a COMMUNION SERVICE on Thursday, the 26th at 9:00 AM. There will be no 7:00

       and 9:00 AM Mass on Thursday and only a 9:00 AM Mass on Friday.

-   There will be NO CONFESSIONS held on Saturday, the 28th. After 10 sessions of penance services and

       our own Saturday scheduled time, it is our hope that your priests could catch a little break that day.

 

I hope parishioners will understand that during Christmas week, your priests would also like to celebrate with family and friends. Hence, the adjustments in the above schedule.  It was a long month and it seemed that Fr. Jonathan and I were on the go, hopping from one event to another.  We also need a breather.  Of course, if there is an extreme emergency, please do not hesitate to call the rectory.  Other than that, may I ask to keep all calls and issues until we get back into the swing of things again?  Thanks for your understanding.

 

As we anticipate Christmas gift-giving, may I ask parishioners to REMEMBER OUR LADY OF VICTORY AT COLLECTION TIME? This past year was one that was truly miraculous.  When a parish can raise 1.6  million within a year, it is truly a testament to the generosity of parishioners.  However, ordinary expenses kept accruing.   Bills still need to be paid out of our Sunday Collections.  What we have put off has now come due.  So if I can ask, please remember OLV in your Christmas and regular Sunday offerings.  We are not hurting tremendously, but we do need to make up some ground in the finance department.  And please  remember that if you travel over the holidays and attend Mass somewhere else, the bills continue at your  parish church.  As I have said before, we are a little behind projected collections.  Please remember OLV over the next few weeks. Things will improve, I am sure when capital campaign pledges are fulfilled and our Christmas collection comes through . AGAIN, CONTRARY WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE READ, NO MONIES FROM OUR COLLECTIONS GOES TO THE DIOCESE TO PAYOFF LAWSUITS.  MISINFORMATION IS  DANGEROUS!

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A lady lost her handbag in the bustle of Christmas shopping. It was found by an honest little boy and returned to her. Looking in her purse, she commented, "Hmmm.... That's funny. When I lost my bag there was a $20 bill in it. Now there are twenty $1 bills." The boy quickly replied, "That's right,  lady. The last time I found a lady's purse, she didn't have any change for a reward."

 

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