My Dear Parish Family,
Having about 10 days under my belt as your pastor, I just wanted to give a HEARTFELT THANKS for the warm and kind reception both Fr. Val and I received last weekend. The out pouring of welcome and smiles was a delight to my heart. I truly appreciated all who came over to the reception, all who prepared for the reception and all who worked so hard to make our first weekend at OLV a smooth transition. I feel that my stay here will be very satisfying for me and hopefully very spiritually beneficial for all parishioners. Once again, thanks so much.
As we are preparing for the new carpet and pews in our church, I do owe a NOTE OF GRATITUDE to those who are working so hard to make it a smooth transition. First, I want to thank Deacon Dave for overseeing the project, making sure that all the pieces are fitting together. Second, I want to thank Bobbi Kenney and Fr. Matt for spear heading the transition from church to hall for our liturgical celebrations. I know of the hard work that was done to insure that we will continue to celebrate the Lord's sacraments in a very fitting and proper way. I want to thank all those volunteers (too many to be named personally) who worked so hard to prepare the church for the new pews and carpet. They were working after last Sunday's evening Mass until they finished clearing the church. To one and all, thank you.
Just another reminder that all major Masses will be held in the school gym, including the Masses for the holy day this Thursday. It is the celebration of MARY'S ASSUMPTION into heaven, a foretaste of what is to come for all of us. Masses will be celebrated on Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM, Thursday at 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 12:05 and 6:00 PM. Again, the Masses will be celebrated in the school gym. A reminder that there is no 7:00pm Mass on Wednesday and no confessions at 7:00pm on Thursday due to the holy day schedule.
As you know from my introduction to you last weekend, I feel that a SENSE OF HUMOR is very important in the spiritual life. We should not take ourselves too seriously. One of my favorite pictures of Jesus has Him laughing with a belly laugh. I think we do not think of Him in that way. Maybe we should. Therefore, at the end of my column each week there will be HUMOR FOR THE WEEK. Here is the first installment.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Kids on Marriage:
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
- Alan, age 10
- Kirsten, age 10