FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, beginning this Monday, 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 in the Activities Center Gardiner Social Hall. All parishioners are invited to attend.
Due to the goodness of a couple from our parish, we now have received a HEARTSTOP DEFIBRILLATOR. This device is used to aid a person who might be having a heart attack when coming to OLV for liturgies or other ceremonies. It is something that was on my “bucket list” for a long time and now that wish is completed. The defibrillator will be installed in the baptismal area, near the picture of Msgr. Fleming. For those who might want to know how to use one in aid of someone suffering a heart attack, we will be offering a brief session on March 14th at 6:30 PM in the baptismal area. Any and all parishioners are invited to attend this instructional session in order to come to the aid of parishioners or guests who are having heart issues while in OLV church.
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. Being that I am the only priest here with a car (Fr. Antony is now learning how to drive), it is important that some parishioners do “come to our assistance” in fulfilling this ministry. 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 work in bringing the Lord to those who desire to have Him.
ATTENTION ALL LECTORS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS – as you know from past experiences, we would always have sign-up sheets in the baptistery asking for our ministers to sign-up for various roles in ministry for Christmas, Easter and holy days. After observing that not every slot was filled in, the Liturgy Committee with my agreement decided that we will stop the sign-up sheets and instead begin assigning people to fulfill the various ministry slots present – just like we do for ordinary Sundays. Therefore, if you are assigned a ministry on one of those days and you cannot make it, please do what you do when you cannot make a Sunday – request a substitute through the computer. This will make things a lot easier for the office and for all involved. Normally we have enough ministers who attend the Masses, so this will not be a problem. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Today's riddle: Here is the situation:
· You are on a horse, galloping at a constant speed.
· On your right side is a sharp drop-off.
· On your left side is an elephant traveling at the same speed as you.
· Directly in front of you is a galloping kangaroo and your horse is unable to overtake it.
· Behind you is a lion running at the same speed as you and the kangaroo.
· What must you do to get out of this highly dangerous situation?
· Get off the merry-go-round and go home; You've had enough excitement for one day...