FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Tuesday the church remembers Saint Blaise. Tradition has it that St. Blaise saved a young child from choking by invoking a blessing from God. The child did not die due to the intercession of St. Blaise. In following a long-standing practice in the church, we will BLESS THROATS after each Mass on Tuesday, Feb. 3. The blessing will take the place of the final blessing. Therefore, if you want your throat blessed, the times will be after the 7:00 and 9:00 AM Masses and after the 6:00 PM Mass.
This Monday begins the scripture study on the BOOK OF JOB given by me in the Activities Center from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. We will look at Job’s situation in life and see how maybe it impacts our lives. This will be a prayerful reflection, hopefully helping us to cope with the suffering that God allows to enter into our lives. It will run for 6-8 weeks, depending on my schedule, especially as the Lenten Season progresses and the penance services begin in the Northern Deanery.
Over the past few years that I can remember, the school has always held a golf tournament as a fund-raiser. This year the Athletic Council decided that we would like to get more families involved in an event for the school. Therefore after careful consideration it was decided that we would have a 5K VICTORY RUN on May 16 of this year. To make donations and/or to participate as a runner in this event please log on to OLVevents.org/events/victory-5k-run-donation for more information or you can use the same web site to register to run. I think this will be a great event for our school and more families – Mom, Dad and children – will be able to participate and enjoy the day. I was given a peek of the medals that will be awarded for the winners in the various age groups and they are professionally done and they will be a great addition to any serious runner’s trophies and medals. There is more information in the bulletin, but I wanted to give a little heads up to spur on interest in this wonderful event for the school. So please mark your calendars for May 16 and run for victory.
As we have experienced in the past few weeks, Mother Nature has decided to remind us that it is still winter time. With that reminder comes the snow, sleet and freezing rain. I would like to state once again, that IT IS NOT A SIN TO MISS MASS due to the weather conditions. At times I will hear in the confessional that someone missed Mass due to the bad driving conditions. Please know that I am sure God would want you home safe and sound instead of causing an accident and getting hurt or hurting someone else. If you do have to stay home, please make an effort to watch the Mass on TV for the day and know that the obligation is fulfilled. Again, there is no need to confess missing Mass due to the bad weather we get now and then.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A man sobering up from the night before is sitting through the Sunday sermon, finding it long and boring. Still feeling hung over and tired, he finally nods off. The pastor has been watching him all along, noticing his apparent hangover and is disgusted. At the end of the sermon, the preacher decides to make an example of him. He says to his congregation, "All those wishing to have a place in heaven, please stand." The whole room stands up except, of course, the sleeping man. Then the preacher says even more loudly, "And he who would like to find a place in hell please STAND UP!" The weary man catching only the last part groggily stands up, only to find that he's the only one standing. Confused and embarrassed he says, "I don't know what we're voting on here, but it sure seems like you and me are the only ones standing for it!"