FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we start off the New Year together and making resolutions, I thought it would be appropriate to see what our Holy Father Pope Francis is saying about the upcoming New Year. As you can see from the quotation below, he sees HUMILITY as an important virtue to pursue in 2017. He writes, “Then at Christmas, we see this smallness, this little thing: a baby, a stable, a mother, a father… little ones. (They have) big hearts but the attitude of a child. And the Spirit of the Lord, the Holy Spirit comes to rest on this shoot and this small shoot will have the virtue of the childlike and the fear of the Lord. He will walk in the fear of the Lord. Fear of the Lord is not terror: no, it is putting into practice God’s commandment that he gave to our father Abram: ‘Live in my presence, be perfect,’ Humble – this is humility, fear of the Lord is humility.”
“Living our humility, Christian humility means having this fear of the Lord which, I repeat, is not terror but is: ‘You are God, I am a person, I journey forward in this way with the little things of life but walking in Your presence and trying to be perfect.’ Humility is the virtue of the childlike and this is true humility and not a rather theatrical humility: no, not that: the humility of somebody who said: ‘I am humble but proud of being so.’ No, that is not true humility. The humility of the childlike is that of somebody who walks in the presence of the Lord, does not speak badly about others, looks only at serving and feels that he or she is the smallest …. That is where their strength lies (my underline).
“Looking at Jesus who rejoiced because God reveals his mystery to the humble, we can ask for the grace of humility for all of us, the grace of fear of God, of walking in his presence trying to be perfect. And in this way with this humility, we can be vigilant in prayer, carrying out works of brotherly charity and rejoicing and giving praise.”
As most of you have already done in picking up the 2017 calendars, I want to take this time to THANK THE KOCH FUNERAL HOME for sponsoring them again this year. My thanks is extended to Glen Fleming, Supervisor, for being so kind and generous in “footing the bill”. They have always been a friend of OLV and I am appreciative for their continuous support. May God bless them for their goodness to our parish.
Please note that the rectory WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, January 2 allowing the staff and priest an extra day to enjoy the holidays, especially the bowl games on Monday.
This winter season has started early for us here at OLV. I want to stress once again that if the weather is bad, please use common sense in coming to church. If you miss Mass due to the weather, IT IS NOT A SIN. I am sure that God would want you safe at home rather than endangering yourself or others on snowy or icy roads. Again, please use common sense.
REAL STATEMENTS FOUND ON CHURCH BULLETINS – another installment
· The 1991 Spring Council Retreat will be hell May 10 and 11.
· Weight Watchers will meet at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door
at the side entrance.
· Pastor is on vacation. Massages can be given to church secretary.
· The senior choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir.
· Please join us as we show our support for Amy and Alan in preparing for the girth of their first child.
· Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to
· The associate minister unveiled the church’s new giving campaign slogan last Sunday: “I Upped My
· 8 new choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several new members and to the
deterioration of some older ones.