MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY…..As all of you know our NEW SOUND SYSTEM is not working as well as we had hoped. There are some dead spots in the Church, areas where the sound is not coming through clearly enough or areas where the sound is just garbled. I want all parishioners to know that we are working on this almost every day. Please know that I hear the complaints and I am working on the issues brought to my attention. Last weekend I went to all the Masses asking for parishioner input. We are gathering data and I am in contact with the University professionals looking for their input. Please know that I am aware of all these present issues and hopefully all will be rectified in the very near future.
Even though it is a little early, we are now taking reservations for our CHRISTMAS SHOW at Sight and Sound in Lancaster on December 6th. The cost for the trip is $75.00 which includes bus transportation, a ticket for the musical and dinner at Hershey Farms afterwards. If you are interested in going, please call the rectory for your reservation. We only have 40 tickets available. For more information, please see the extended article in the bulletin.
Enclosed in the bulletin you will find part of the TEXT OF POPE FRANCIS’ interview that caused a little upheaval for some Catholics. Some, especially in the media, thought he was changing the Church’s teaching on abortion, homosexuality and contraception. As you can clearly see from the text he was NOT DOING AWAY WITH THE TRADITIONAL AND SOUND MORAL DOCTRINE of the Church. I think what he was trying to say is that the Church must not forget that there are many other issues that she must not overlook – helping the poor, assisting those less fortunate, etc. So please read the text and know that we are still on sound moral ground and so is the Holy Father. I guess it can be summed up this way, “Hate the sin, love the sinner.”
Once again, thanks to all who helped to make OUR LADY OF VICTORY DAY a memorable one for our students. Even though the walk was held on Tuesday (a day I could not attend the walk due to an appointment with my oncologist), I feel the students still had a great time. May God bless all those who worked so hard for the kids and for Catholic education at Our Lady of Victory.
This Tuesday, I will be taking a break for a little R & R. Each year over the last 2 weeks of October I get a way to rest a little before hitting the final months of the year and everything that it entails, e.g., Advent and the preparations for Christmas. I will return the first of November. I leave the church in the capable hands of Fr. Matt, Fr. Val and Deacon David.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT, RIGHT? An honest man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.