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January 20, 2019

posted Jan 18, 2019, 8:31 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, I would like to respond for the final time on the REPORTS OF CHILD ABUSE BY CLERGY AND RELIGIOUS, especially since we constantly read about it in the local paper.  I want to begin by saying that I too am deeply troubled with the child abuse that has gone on within the Catholic Church.  My heart aches for the victims of abuse by supposedly “trusted adults” within the priesthood.  I have spent much energy in trying to keep my spirits up as well as those of all parishioners, a difficult task to say the least.  However, there are signs that the situation is improving and hopefully will only get better within our diocese.

                Many changes and additions are being implemented within our Diocese and within the Church as a whole.  There is a full page information section in our Catholic Register that continually runs inviting abuse victims to come forward.  Our Diocese has run workshops for the priests             informing them that they MUST REPORT any and all incidents that occurred or heard to have        occurred as mandated by the Dallas Charter of 2002.  Our Bishop has removed some priests       immediately upon hearing of abuse while the incident is being investigated with law enforcement. The Bishop has formed a committee to look into allegations made up of Catholic and non-Catholic lay people, priests, social workers, and lawyers.  All employees and volunteers working within any parish or school must undergo background checks and complete an online “Protecting God’s             Children” program. Seminaries are increasing the psychological testing on possible candidates. These are just a few of the policies implemented.

                I share the heartache of my parishioners.  For my own spiritual growth, I need to keep        reminding myself and possibly others that the Church on earth is directed by men and women, frail and fragile.  But the Lord promised that it is guided by the Spirit even through hard and difficult times. We must remain focused upon the Lord’s leadership and guidance throughout this part of the history of the Church.

        But to say the least, it is not easy. But my faith is in the Lord Jesus, not people.  I am nourished by the Eucharist to be the best possible priest I can be, even with my own weaknesses.  But please be assured that your priests and deacon at OLV have no allegations against them and that also includes the rest of the priests in our Diocese.  The Attorney General's office has inspected all our files and everyone serving in the Diocese today is cleared of any wrongdoing.

                In faith, I know that we will get past all this and the Church will come out stronger than       before.  Maybe that is the “silver lining” in all this.  But until that happens, let us continually pray for the children who were victimized and for their families that they may find peace at last and come to know of God’s love through the working of many good dedicated priests. 

                Please my dear parish family, hang in there.  I am trying to do the same and I feel like St. Peter who responded to the Lord when asked, “Will you too go from me?”  He responded, “Lord, where shall I go.  You have the words of everlasting life.”  I believe that with my whole heart.  Those words from Peter keep me here; I hope they do the same for you.

 

Next week, we will celebrate CATHOLIC SCHOOL WEEK. The week will open at the 9:30 AM Mass on Sunday the 27th, with the children participating.  There will be activities for the children                  throughout the week and prospective parents thinking about sending their children to our school will have the   opportunity to visit and observe throughout the week.  More information will be included in next week's bulletin.  As always, I ask God’s blessings upon our school that we may continue to be a light shining in the darkness of this world. 

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A man went to his lawyer and told him, "My neighbor owes me $500 and he won’t pay up. What should I do?" "Do you have any proof he owes you the money?" asked the lawyer. "Nope," replied the man. "OK, then write him a letter asking him for the $5,000 he owed you," said the lawyer. "But it's only $500," replied the man. "Precisely. That’s what he will reply and then you’ll have your proof!"

 

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