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February 3, 2018

posted Feb 1, 2019, 5:37 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  I would like to offer a little PASTORAL  ADVISE to parishioners. Over the past few weeks, we have had some parishioners become sick during Mass.  There are various reasons why someone might become sick.  But for many their blood sugar levels dropped because they have not eaten due to receiving Holy Communion at Mass.  It is felt that one cannot receive communion if they have eaten breakfast.  Let me clear this up.  The rule state that there should be ONE HOUR FAST before receiving Holy Communion – ONE HOUR FROM RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION. The rule is no longer from midnight nor for three hours, but for only one hour.  That means that someone could eat right up to the time of leaving for church and still receive.  How?  Because Holy Communion is not distributed most      likely until 50 minutes of the Mass has passed.  Now add travel time to get to church and you have your one-hour fast rule completed.  And let me ask you?  Do you really think the Lord is sitting up in heaven with a stopwatch, making sure that everyone is observing the one hour rule?  Some might think that, but I do not think so.  And let me take this one step further.  If  someone is feeling sick because their blood sugar dropped and they need some sugar to raise it and they have eaten a piece of candy during Mass, can they still receive?  Absolutely!  I think we need a little bit of common sense in our spiritual life and I truly feel that Our Lord would agree.  So please understand the rule and know that there is plenty of time to eat at home and still receive Holy Communion.

This Sunday is February 3, normally the MASS OF ST. BLAISE. However, when a memorial or an optional memorial of a saint falls on a Sunday it is not celebrated on that day.  The celebration of the Lord's Day takes precedence.  However, we will have the blessing of throats in total at the end of Mass.  What that means is that there will be no individual blessing of throats but we will say the prayer of blessing over the entire congregation at the end of each Mass, thereby accomplishing the same end as if we would bless individually.  Please understand that it would be entirely impossible to bless over 3000 throats throughout the weekend and still have the time to celebrate the Masses properly.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter this year.

I would like to take this time to THANK Andy Mazzara for all the work he has done for us while chairing the Security Committee.  Over the past few years, Andy, with the help of other  volunteers, has made our entire parish campus more safe and secure.  From increasing the role of the ushers to  securing our church during our liturgies, to implementing guidelines for  emergencies, and much more, I am very grateful for all the work Andy has done for us.   May God bless you, Andy for the great work you have brought to OLV.  And I want to let the parish know that Terry Stec has agreed to take over the security at OLV Parish, School, and                Pre-School.   Terry is well qualified and I am sure he will continue the great work started by Andy.

Just for parishioner information, I will be having a class this Lent entitled, JESUS, HIS MESSAGE, AND MISSION. It will be based on the scriptures and some biblical scholarship.  It will begin on  February 25 and go for about 6 weeks.  It will run from 7:00 – 8:00 PM 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 penance practice!


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A Sunday School teacher had just concluded her lesson and wanted to make sure she had made her point. She said, “Can anyone tell me what you must do before you can obtain forgiveness of sin?”  There was a short pause and then, from the back of the room, a small boy spoke up. “Sin,” he said.