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February 17, 2019

posted Feb 22, 2019, 6:07 AM by Diane Lapinski   [ updated Feb 22, 2019, 6:09 AM ]

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  I just want to give parishioners some PASTORAL INSIGHT into some decisions made by me concerning cancellations of events within the parish, esp. All-Day Adoration.  As you know, there are times I will send out the notice that we will not have adoration at the church due to weather.  In making this decision, I as pastor, must take into consideration the weather forecast (right or wrong), the number of people who come in from a distance, the older parishioners who come faithfully and the like. I make these quick decisions after looking at Accuweather, the Weather Channel and our local forecast.  I would hate to have someone involved in an accident on the way or slip on our sidewalks.  In fact during my first winter here with you, I was warned by someone that if they fell, they will sue.  And you know what I have much on my plate that I do not want to have to deal with law suits or the like here at OLV.  So understand that I make all decisions for the good of my parishioners.

 

Along those same lines, please be careful WHERE YOU PARK when coming to Mass at OLV,  especially when it snows.  Remember, the snow plows need to plow the streets and they do not want us parking on the parkway while they are going up and down the street.  There were plenty of parking spaces in our lot one Sunday during a snow storm, yet the snow plows had to negotiate cars that were parked on the street.  Please be sensitive, especially when there are snow emergencies in the borough.

 

In order to make our liturgies run as smoothly as possibly, I want to remind ALL EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS who volunteer for both the morning masses and weekend masses to please come up upon the altar and stand behind the priest RIGHT AFTER THE OFFERING OF THE SIGN OF PEACE. There seems to be a little confusion over the movement from the pews to the altar.  If you leave right after the sign of peace, this will then allow the rest of the Eucharistic Ministers in church to see if their help is needed through a “head count.”  The priest will not start of Lamb of God until the ministers are up in place.  I think there was a little misinformation put out there, so I wanted to correct the record and have everyone do the same thing.

 

A little late, but I want to THANK ALL THOSE WHO MADE OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK CELEBRATION such a huge success.  As you know from past bulletins, I am very proud of our school and pre-school and I feel that we have the best elementary school and pre-school in the   diocese.  I know that I am a little partial to our school (as I should be), but I truly feel it is  correct.  From administration to faculty, staff and volunteers, we do stand out as one of the best.  And special thanks to all parents who chose our school for the academic and spiritual education of their children.  May God continue to bless us with many more years together.

 

Just for parishioner information, I will be having a class this Lent entitle JESUS, HIS MESSAGE AND MISSION. It will be based on the scriptures and some biblical scholarship.  The sessions will begin on February 25 and go for about 6 weeks.  It will run from 7:00 – 8:00 PM as usual and be held in our Activities Center. I am just letting you all know now because people have been asking me if I plan on giving a class again this Lenten Season.  I guess there are those who want to make it a special penance practice!

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - HOW TO STOP PEOPLE FROM BUGGING YOU ABOUT  GETTING MARRIED - Old aunts used to come up to Judy at weddings, poking her in the ribs and cackling, telling her, "You're next." They stopped after she started doing the same thing to them at funerals.

 

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