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January 13, 2018

posted Jan 11, 2019, 10:22 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR….MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, today we celebrate THE BAPTISM OF JESUS CHRIST BY JOHN THE BAPTIST.  From the Catholic Catechism, I found this bit of information helpful in explaining this celebration.  In "Christ's Baptism:

 

(1223) All the Old Covenant prefiguration find their fulfillment in Christ Jesus. He begins his public life after having himself baptized by St. John the Baptist in the Jordan. After his resurrection Christ gives this mission to his apostles: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."

 

(1224) Our Lord voluntarily submitted himself to the baptism of St. John, intended for sinners, in order to "fulfill all righteousness." Jesus' gesture is a manifestation of his self-emptying. The Spirit who had hovered over the waters of the first creation descended then on the Christ as a prelude of the new creation, and the Father revealed Jesus as his "beloved Son."

 

(1225) In his Passover Christ opened to all men the fountain of Baptism. He had already spoken of his Passion, which he was about to suffer in Jerusalem, as a "Baptism" with which he had to be baptized. The blood and water that flowed from the pierced side of the crucified Jesus are types of Baptism and the Eucharist, the sacraments of new life. From then on, it is possible "to be born of water and the Spirit" in order to enter the Kingdom of God. See where you are baptized; see where Baptism comes from, if not from the cross of Christ, from his death. There is the whole mystery: he died for you. In him you are redeemed, in him you are saved.

 

And since the Baptism of Jesus marks the end of the Christmas Celebrations, my wish for the rest of the New Year is that we all may come to know and live in God’s love for us and then respond with confidence and trust in His presence with us every day and with every step we take. May God bless us now and always.

 

Just a note to all parishioners that beginning this weekend PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE FLU will be instituted once again.  There will be no drinking from the cup and parishioners are asked to refrain from handshaking at the sign of peace.  You will be kept up to date when these changes will be rescinded. 

 

SCHOOL AND SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN UPDATE – I am very happy to report that we are approaching our goal of 1.5 million for the school safety and improvement campaign.  Over the past month of December, some parishioners have made additional contributions pushing our totals so far to $1,302,633.45.  I am so very grateful to those who have contributed which will allow us to move forward with this project, a project that will be completed before the next school begins in September.   I, once again, ask those who have not contributed to consider doing so.  Your contribution will go a long way in leaving a wonderful legacy for Our Lady of Victory School.  Unfortunately many leave their financial gains to others after their death without seeing the good it may have done.  Why not leave some now where you will be able to see the fruits of your donations.  These children, entrusted to us, are the future of the church.  It is for them that these improvements are undertaken, and it is for them that we are upgrading the safety of the school.  Please consider giving and helping us to reach our goal.  I thank you in advance for the support and help already given and will be given.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - For the second week in a row, a mother and her son were the only ones who showed up for his soccer team’s practice. Frustrated, the mom told her son, “Please tell your coach that we keep coming for practice but no one is ever here.” The son rolled his eyes and said, “He’ll just tell me the same thing he did before.”  “Which was?”  “That practice is now on Wednesdays, not Tuesdays.”

 

 

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