FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, I would like your prayerful consideration for the following OPEN LETTER TO PARISHIONERS by your pastor. My dear friends, as you know, when the number of priests for Our Lady of Victory decreased from 3 to 1 and now to 2, I moved to make some changes that would help me guide the parish in a fruitful and beneficial way. I moved confessions to Saturday morning, which proved to be a good move since we are hearing more confessions now than before. I moved the Saturday evening Mass to 4:00 PM and that Mass has now become the second largest attended Mass at OLV. I moved the All-day Adoration to Wednesday so that our school children will hopefully come to love this beautiful tradition in the Church. Other changes were small but necessary. But, one of the major changes was to eliminate the Sunday afternoon Mass. I prayed a lot about this move and came to the conclusion that this change was necessary for the health and well-being of your priests. One item that was brought to my mind with this change was the fact that we will lose some income. I never base a decision I make on “money.” However, the reality came true – we did lose income, roughly $1,500.00 per week. Over a period of time this will add up and affect our budget. I have been thinking about this for the past 2-3 months now and I have come before you with a request: Would it be possible for every contributing member of the parish to increase their offering by 10%? For example, if you weekly offering is $20.00 and increase of 10% would be $22.00. A weekly offering of $50.00 would increase to $55.00 and so on. You know I never preach on money, except when it comes to the Annual Catholic Appeal. But at this time I feel I need to ask my parish family if my request could be fulfilled. We are meeting every bill and paying every assessment. We are in the black, with money in the bank. But if this trend continues we might have to dip into our savings and adjust the budget to stay in the black for a very long time to come. I know that there will be those people who might say, “See I told you so” or “You should never have eliminated the 5:00 PM Mass” or “He should know better than that.” Well so be it; I cannot stop talk. But it was either the elimination of the Mass or the health of your priests. I hope and pray for your understanding. OLV has and will always be known as a very generous parish for so many important items that come up through the course of the year. I hope that you might agree with me that an additional 10% will not be all that much and that we will all join in the effort for an increased offering. May God bless you and please give my comments above a prayerful consideration. Thanks so much.
Beginning February 20th I will be conducting another ADULT EDUCATION CLASS entitled “A Look At The Old Testament Prophets.” The focus will be on 3 prophets in particular – Amos, Hosea and Isaiah. This will be our Lenten class. I am beginning it 2 weeks before Lent starts because as you know as Easter approaches I will be busy with the “confession circuit” in the Northern Deanery parishes. The class will be held as usual on Monday evenings from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. All parishioners are invited to attend.
The call goes out for any Eucharistic Minister willing to TAKE HOLY COMMUNION TO THE HOSPITAL AND/OR A NURSING HOME. We had some ministers retire and now we are looking for more volunteers to help in this ministry to “visit the sick” as the gospel states. If you are interested, please call the rectory to leave your name. If you are a new person interested in this ministry, we will have a brief instructional session after a Sunday Mass. If you have done this in the past, then you will immediately be assigned to begin this ministry. Thank you for your help in this wonderful and beautiful ministry.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The math teacher saw that Little Johnny wasn't paying attention in class. She called on him and said, "Johnny! What are 2 and 4 and 28 and 44?" Little Johnny quickly replied, "NBC, CBS, HBO and the Cartoon Network!"