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February 11, 2018

posted Feb 12, 2018, 12:42 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   “Here we go again.”  Sound familiar?  Yes, it is that time again when the church enters into the SEASON OF THE DESERT – LENT. It seems like just last week, we were singing “Joy to the World” and now we will be singing “O Sacred Head Surrounded.”  Time does fly doesn’t it?  Yes, on Wednesday we begin our desert walk for the next 6 or so weeks.  We begin our Lenten Journey leading up to the walk through Holy Week, culminating in the grand Easter Celebration.  I call these next 6 weeks our “Season of the Desert.”  Why?  Because for anyone who has been in the desert you know that there is nothing there.  One can drive for miles and miles through barren lands before coming to some sort of city or village.  Well, that is what the early Israelite nations faced – barren land to learn to be completely dependent upon God for everything.  That is the lesson for us as well – to understand our complete and utter dependence upon God for everything.  So very many times, we want to be in control of our lives or in control of other people’s lives.  We want to “play God” and tell Him what is best for the world.  Maybe these next few weeks, we can learn to let God be in control of lives.  How we would grow spiritually if that would become a reality in our life.  So instead of saying, “Another 6 weeks of Lent” with a discouraging attitude, maybe we can say, “Wonderful.  A journey through the desert.  Let’s do it.”

This Wednesday we begin our SEASON OF THE DESERT with Mass celebrated at 7:00 and 9:00 AM, 12:05 and 6:00 PM.  At each Mass ashes will be distributed DURING THE MASS.  I think it is only fitting and proper that ashes are distributed within the most perfect prayer we can offer to God – the liturgy.

Another reminder that this Monday evening, I will be holding another ADULT EDUCATION CLASS ENTITLED THE FOUR GOSPELS.  We will look at the origins of the gospels and briefly discuss the major themes proper to each gospel writer.  We will begin at 7:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM.  The class will be held in the Activities Center as usual.  If you want more penance for the Lenten season, this is the way to do it!  Come and listen to me.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed each Friday evening at 7:00.  The school children will be praying the CHILDREN’S STATIONS OF THE CROSS on Friday afternoons at 1:30.  And of course, parishioners are always invited to join the children at this time.

As of this writing, we are finalizing the NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICE FOR THE LENTEN SEASON. For your personal information, the penance service for OLV will be on Palm Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 PM.  As soon as we confirm the times in the other parishes, I will let you know.  But for now, mark down the 25th of March and plan to be with us.

I want to take this time also to THANK THE CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS for their wonderful brunch prepared for us at the Diocesan In-Service for our Arise Program.  Everyone in attendance, especially. the national team, commented on how wonderful “the spread was” and how grateful they were for the hospitality.  Thanks again ladies for your help and assistance to OLV.

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A Teenager Is . . .

· A person who can't remember to walk the dog but never forgets a phone number.

· A weight watcher who goes on a diet by giving up candy bars before breakfast.

· A youngster who receives her allowance on Monday, spends it on Tuesday, and borrows it from her best    friend on  Wednesday.

· Someone who can hear his favorite singer 3 blocks away but not his mother calling from the next room.

· A whiz that can operate the latest computer without a lesson but can't make a bed.

· A student who spends 12 minutes studying history and 12 hours studying for her driver's license.

· A connoisseur of 2 kinds of fine music -- loud and very loud.

· An enthusiast who has the energy to bike for miles but is usually too tired to dry the dishes.

· A young woman who loves the cat and barely tolerates her brother.

· A romantic who never falls in love more than once a week.

· A budding beauty who never smiles until her braces come off.

· A boy who can sleep till noon on any Saturday -- he suspects the lawn needs mowing.

    An original thinker who is positive that her mother was never a teenager.