FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, I want to take this time to THANK all those who made our CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK an enjoyable one for our children and an informative one for parents who have children in the school and those considering sending their children to our school. Even though the children had a few days off due to the weather, I am still certain they enjoyed the week and hopefully have come to understand what a wonderful thing it is to attend a Catholic School. As I said at the Mass on Sunday, the 25th, I am very proud of our school, the staff and administration. I feel we give our students a wonderful education and an important foundation in Jesus Christ as they continue to mature. May God continue to bless us all as we continue to minister to His children.
ANOTHER REMINDER -This Monday we will continue our study of 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 maybe sees how 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. And if by some chance parishioners or guests have missed any of the classes, please feel free to come to the following class. Normally, at the beginning of each class I review what was presented the week before.
One of the great things Vatican II did was to stress the importance of the role of the laity in the church. With the decrease of priests ministering, Rome indeed stressed the increasing importance of using lay men and women to assist in the functioning of the local churches. With that in mind, a few weeks back I put the call out for those interested in ministering in the church and LECTORS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS. I would like to thank and acknowledge those who came forth to help in the ministries.
- I would like to welcome and thank our NEWLY INSTALLED LECTORS: A.J. Madden, Judy Speedy, Karen Anstett, Kathy Marusa, Eva Corsaro, Terri Finke, Kaitlin Quigley, Matt Hunt, Kathy Hershbine.
- I would like to welcome and thank our NEWLY INSTALLED EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: Kathy Marusa, Matt Hunt, Riley Wales, Peter Tittmann, Lynn Yecina, Barbara Harling, Larry Hutchinson, Bonnie Hutchinson.
I appreciate your willingness in answering the call to assist the priests of the parish. May God bless you and may you grow in your own personal holiness as you minister to God’s people.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Poor Leroy had fallen on hard times. He lost his job at the fertilizer plant, his wife had left him, his unemployment had run out, and he was evicted from his apartment. He packed what little he had in a knapsack, made a little sign that read "Will work for food" and set off down the road on foot. Toward the middle of the day, he came to a farmhouse. He was getting very hungry, and so he knocked on the front door. A woman answered, and Leroy explained his situation, and how he could do most anything and how hungry he was. At first the woman wanted no part of Leroy, but he persisted. Finally she asked "Can you paint?" "Oh yes, ma'am," Leroy said, "I sure can paint. I've done a lot of painting. Just let me show you." The woman relented, found a can of paint and a brush and said, "You go around back and paint the porch, and I'll fix you dinner." Happily, Leroy went to work. About 40 minutes later, Leroy appeared at the front door. "Are you finished so soon?" asked the woman. "Oh yes, ma'am," said Leroy, "but I think you ought to know that's not a Porsche, it's a Volvo."