FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, on a VERY PERSONAL NOTE, I want to take the time to express my gratitude to parishioners who expressed to me and my family their prayers, thoughts and sympathy on the death of my Dad. Also, thanks to all those who offered Masses for Dad, here and away. Your thoughtfulness means so much to me and my family. Dad was a man with a very deep faith. From the very beginning he did not just profess his faith, but he lived it and was an inspiration to me. He was 95 years old and his life mirrored his love for God and his love for us and others. When my Mom died 8 years ago, his only wish was that he could be with her and my older brother who died years earlier. A few Sundays ago, I anointed him and when finished he said that now he can go and be with Mom and Mark. God granted him that beautiful gift on December 29th. My comfort is knowing where he is and that he, my Mom and brother will be enjoying eternal happiness and love. Thank you for all you support, prayers and concern. God bless.
Another reminder that I will be having another LENTEN ADULT EDUCATION CLASS this spring. Beginning on Monday, February 1 and for the following 6-7 weeks, we will take a look at some major themes found in St. Paul’s letters. We cannot cover his entire writings, but we will cover some of his theology as found in certain letters. Again, the class will run from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Activities Center.
I am very pleased to announce that once again we are having our EUCHARISTIC ADORATION resuming at OLV. I want to thank all those who have been very patient and understanding when we had to make some changes while the roof was being replaced. The roof still has some touch up work to be done; but the roofers said their work will not interfere with Adoration. Thanks again for your patience as we finish another important project at the parish.
Now with that said, I have another IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE CONCERNING EUCHARISTIC ADORATION. After prayerful consideration and in consultation with Fr. Val and Fr. Mike, beginning on the WEDNESDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY, our Eucharistic Adoration Day will be held on WEDNESDAYS from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Please note the change in DAY and TIME. The change is made for various reasons. With its being held on Wednesdays, our school children will experience the tradition of Eucharistic Adoration. We will have one class each week stay after Mass for a short period of time to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. Secondly, with the 9:00PM closing time, each priest and Deacon Dave will be available to close with Benediction, instead of having Fr. Mike close with a simple reposition every Thursday. I know from previous experiences that the change might not sit well with some parishioners. But I feel the change is for the better for the priests as well as for the children in our school. Again, I do ask for your understanding and cooperation. And just a note, many parishes in the Diocese do not even have weekly adoration. We are blessed to be able to offer it as we do and as we are able to do.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A man and wife rushed into a dentist's office. The wife said, "I want a tooth pulled. I don't want gas or numbing cream or anything because I'm in a terrible hurry. Just pull the tooth as quickly as possible." "You're a brave woman," said the dentist. "Now, show me which tooth it is." "The wife turns to her husband and says, "Open your mouth and show the dentist which tooth it is, dear."