FROM THE PASTOR…..this Friday the Church celebrates the SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD, a holy day of obligation. Masses will be celebrated on Thursday at 4:00 PM, and Friday at 9:00 and 11:00 AM. Please note there will be no 7:00 AM Mass on Friday. The rectory will be closed on Thursday and Friday of this week. Once again this will allow priests and staff to celebrate the Christmas season with friends and family. The rectory will reopen on Monday, January 4 at 9:00 AM.
And please note also that there will be NO TUESDAY EVENING MASS NOR CONFESSIONS ON THE 29TH.
WOW!!!!! AND THANKS SO MUCH!!!!! What can I say that I have not already said before – OLV truly is a generous parish. A few weeks ago, over 600 angels were picked up off the tree in the Gathering Space with the corresponding 600 gifts returned. Those 600 hundred gifts helped to make Christmas a little more special than otherwise would have been for so many families. You can rightfully be proud of your church and the generosity of so many parishioners. I can only pray that God will bless each and every one of those who participated in anyway. All of you make a pastor proud. Thanks so much.
In the name of Fr. Val, Fr. Mike and myself, I want to THANK all those good people who sent us Christmas greetings, gifts and baked goodies. It is very heartwarming to know that the parishioners of Our Lady of Victory appreciate their priests. May God bless each and every one of you. And because of your kindness, I must once again renew my new year’s resolution to lose some weight, only to renew it once again next year. Oh well, it is so hard. Thanks!
Once again, I want to THANK all of you who made our CHRISTMAS PARTY such a wonderful time for OLV. It was so nice to see so many people just enjoying themselves for a few hours. The party was sponsored by me so that everyone could come without bringing something and just enjoy. That is one of my goals here – to make OLV a true parish family who supports and builds each other up as we JOURNEY TOGETHER to the Kingdom. May God continue to bless us, as He has and may we continue to grow in His love and peace.
POPE FRANCIS SPEAKS – “True joy does not come from things or from possessing, no! It is born from the encounter, from the relationship with others; it is born from feeling accepted, understood, and loved, and from accepting, from understanding and from loving; and this is not because of a passing fancy but because the other is a person. Joy is born from the gratuitousness of an encounter! It is hearing someone say, but not necessarily with words: ‘You are important to me.’ This is beautiful….And it is these very words that God makes us understand. In calling you, God says to you: ‘You are important to me, I love you, I am counting on you.’ Jesus says this to each one of us! Joy is born from that!” From an address on July 6, 2013 given to seminarians and Novices. What truth our Holy Father speaks. I feel again that as we celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, all of us need to hear these words over and over again.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - While a man had gone out driving to do some Christmas shopping, his wife had been watching TV when she heard the announcer say, "be very careful and watch driving on Interstate 5 today, there is a motorist driving the wrong way"! His wife got hold of him on the cell phone to warn him, and his reply was: "You tell me, there are hundreds of them here".