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January 12, 2020

posted Jan 10, 2020, 5:55 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend’s Feast marks the conclusion of the Christmas Season and the beginning of Ordinary Time. It's a feast of transition from Jesus' hidden life to that of His public ministry.  It also echoes the theme of the Epiphany in that the Baptism of the Lord is another manifestation announcing Jesus' divinity to all of His first followers and to the disciples of John the Baptist.  First of all, it needs to be pointed out that Jesus did not need the baptism of John.  John was baptizing as a call to and sign of interior repentance.  Jesus had no need to repent.  Nonetheless, He comes to John.  John resists at first but Jesus insists.  Why did He receive baptism? First, by accepting the baptism of John, Jesus affirms all that John has said and done and affirms his sacred role of preparing the way for Jesus and a new era of grace.  Therefore, the Baptism of Jesus acts as a bridge between the Old Testament  prophets (of which John was the last) and the New Testament era of grace and truth. Second, it has been said that when Jesus entered the waters of baptism, He was not baptized by the waters, rather, His Baptism was one in which all the created waters of this world were, in a sense, “baptized” by Him.  By entering into the waters, Jesus sanctified water and poured forth His grace making all water the future source of salvation. Third, the Baptism of Jesus was an epiphany.  It was a moment of manifestation.  As He emerged from the waters, "Heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove.  And a voice came from Heaven, 'You are my beloved Son; with you, I am well pleased.'"  This manifestation of the sonship and divinity of Jesus took place in a physical, audible and visible form so that all present would know, without question that Jesus was the Son of the Father.  Thus, His baptism is a way in which the Father introduced His Son and His Son's mission to the world. As we prepare to begin  Ordinary Time, reflect, today, upon these words of the Father at the Baptism of Jesus.  Hear the Father speaking to You about the divinity of His Son.  Turn your eyes to Jesus and prepare yourself to follow Him and to heed every word He speaks.  He was sent into this world to draw us to the Father, allow Him to fulfill that mission in your own life – from Catholic Culture.org.

 

I want to extend a heartfelt THANKS TO ALL PARISHIONERS WHO TOOK TO HEART MY CALL TO “REMEMBER OLV AT CHRISTMAS TIME.” Over the month of December, our ordinary Sunday collections have gone up and I am looking at a wonderful Christmas collection as well.  As you know the extra money will go to replenish the monies we had to take from our reserves and spend it on the school security and improvements project.  I did not know how my request would go over, but once again the generosity of so many parishioners speaks highly of the love you all have for our church.  Because of your financial help, we are beginning to pay off all assessments and bank the extra so that we will once again have our reserve.  May God bless each and every one of you who heeded my call.

 

I want to THANK all those parishioners who rang bells for INTERFAITH HUMAN SERVICES over this past Christmas Season.  Our Lady of Victory was well represented over the days of ringing.  I want to thank also Kathy Hershbine for organizing this event for the group of churches.  I heard that many who rang did enjoy it and met many new friends from the parish and our borough.  Thanks to all who made Christmas a little brighter for many this year.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK: New Year's Resolutions for Internet Junkies...

· I will try to figure out why I *really* need 9 e-mail addresses.

· I will stop sending an e-mail to my wife (husband).

· I resolve to work with neglected children -- my own.

· I will answer my snail mail with the same enthusiasm with which I answer my e-mail.

· I will stop sending an e-mail, ICQ, Instant Messages and be on the phone at the same time with the same person.

· I resolve to back up my 12GB hard drive daily...well, once a week... okay, monthly then...or maybe... I will spend less than one hour a day on the Internet. This, of course, will be hard to estimate since I'm not a clock watcher.

· When I hear "Where do you want to go today?" I will not reply "MS Tech Support." When I hear a funny joke I will not reply, "LOL... LOL!"

· I will read the manual... just as soon as I can find it.

· I will think of a password other than "password."

· I will stop checking my e-mail at 3:00 in the morning...4:30 is much more practical.

 

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