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January 21, 2018

posted Jan 19, 2018, 5:37 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   last week I published a summary of where some of our collections go.  I hope most of you read it and came to the same conclusion I did – what a generous parish we have.  The generosity shown to our parish allows us to follow the Gospel’s precept to show this generosity to others.  Again, I thank you for your continued support.  May God bless us as we continue to bring the Good News of the Kingdom to others.

I want to THANK JOE AND SUE ROGACS for their marvelous donation of $50,000.00 towards a matching gift challenge.  Because of their donation, an additional $60,565.00 was raised for a total of $110,565.00 to be used for upgrades to the gym, school kitchen and cafeteria.  As I just  mentioned above, the generosity of parishioners, esp. Joe and Sue, allow us to continue improve our parish, allowing us to minister better to our parish community.  May God bless Joe and Sue for their generosity and also may God bless those who helped us reach the additional $60,565.00 for the school.

As many of you read in our diocesan paper, the CATHOLIC REGISTER, all churches in the diocese will be beginning a 3-year program called ARISE TOGETHER IN CHRIST. This is a three-year,  parish-centered process of evangelization and spiritual renewal that enables people to develop a close relationship with Christ, grow in community, and reach out in service to others.  It encourages putting faith into action in daily life and fosters spiritual renewal and bonds of friendship in the parish.  The first session will begin in the Fall.  Our Lady of Victory was chosen as an informational site for core committees chosen by the various pastors, for the Northern Deanery.  The session will be held on Saturday, January 27 at 9:30am.  Because this meeting requires the presence of the priests, we will have to cancel confessions that morning. More information will follow in future bulletins so stay tuned.

With every New Year, churches face the same dilemma – THE SCHEDULING OF MASSES. There seems to be a rush to get Mass intentions scheduled for the year.  And when that happens, there surfaces a backlog of Masses to be prayed.  With our parish being so large, the same thing is happening here.  We have had a lot of deaths which means a large amount of Masses are requested.  I want parishioners to know that we do as best as we can to accommodate as many parishioners as possible.  But we might not be able to meet all requests throughout the year.  We try; but it is impossible.  So I am asking parishioners to be aware that we will be scheduling Masses as we can.  It might mean that some Masses will be scheduled months from now.  Please be understanding; there are only so many Mass times that will be open for scheduling.

HOSPITAL STAYS – Please call the rectory informing us of any parishioner who is being admitted to the hospital or who is in the hospital.  We have not been receiving the information concerning admissions.  If we do not know who is in the hospital, we cannot come out to anoint or inform the Eucharistic Minister to take communion to the room.  So please let us know.  And if you know someone from another Catholic parish who is in the hospital, please inform them to call their pastor so that he can come out to visit and anoint.  We do our best to take care of the sick; but it also is the responsibility of other pastors to visit as well.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - It had been snowing for hours when an announcement came over the intercom: "Will the students who are parked on University Drive please move their cars so that we may begin plowing." Twenty minutes later there was another announcement: "Will the nine hundred students who went to move fourteen cars return to class."