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January 27, 2019

posted Jan 25, 2019, 5:41 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, since 1974, NATIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2019 is January 27 - February 2. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2019 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities, and our nation.   As we “kick-off” the week at Our Lady of Victory at the 9:30 Mass, I just want to say how proud I am of our school.  We have over 300 in our K-8 and almost 100 in our pre-school program.  We have very dedicated teachers who are some of the best in the Diocese working with your children, instilling in them not only academic studies but also giving them the opportunity to further their relationship with Jesus Christ.  We have very dedicated and capable administrations in both the school and pre-school.  Samantha and Dawn are 2 excellent administrators and I am very happy to have them both working with us.  Our school is blessed with many wonderful volunteers who work for the good of the children and the greater glory of God.  And our supporting staff gives of themselves so very often,  ensuring that our children are attended to very well.  I am very proud of our school and when I am at meeting with other pastors who have school, I brag about how active and alive we are and what we are planning to do with our school and safety improvement campaign.  Some pastors see their schools as a drain on their parish.  I see our school as the instrument God is using to keep our parish active and alive in His Spirit.  Many activities will be held throughout the week involving our students.  I do thank those parents who have chosen a Catholic Education for their children.  I know of the sacrifice made to have your children enrolled in the school and I am grateful for your choice and sacrifice.  I do encourage those who are thinking about sending your children to our school to please come and visit; talk to Samantha and the teachers; talk to the students and come to better understand why our school is, in my eyes, the best Catholic Elementary School in the Diocese. And how fortunate it is that our children can receive a Catholic Education from pre-school through the 12th grade.  I pray that God will continue to bless us as we continue His call to go and bring His Good News to His children.



1. National High School Graduation Rates      2. Percentage of High School Graduates who attend a 4 yr. college

                   99.2  Catholic Schools                                       86.5   Catholic Schools

                   97.5  Other Religions                                         63      Other Religions                         

                   93.9  Non-Sectarian                                           56.8   Non-Sectarian

                   84.1  Public Schools                                          44      Public Schools             


3. Based on the average public school per-pupil cost of $11,454.00, Catholic Schools provide $21 billion in savings  

       each year for the nation.


Next Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. It is also February 3, the traditional day that the Church remembers ST. BLAISE.  It is also the traditional day that throats are blessed.  Because it falls on a Sunday this year, the blessing will take place in a different manner.  Since we have a very large number of people at the Masses on Sunday and individual blessings would take too much time, the church directs, for pastoral reasons, that a priest or deacon may give the blessing to all by extending his hands, without crossed candles, over the people while saying the prayer of blessing.  Therefore we will conclude each Mass on Sunday with the prayer taken from the blessing of throats.



“How on earth can you see the TV sitting so far back?”

“Just leave all the lights makes the house look more cheery.”       

“Let me smell that shirt—yeah, it’s good for another week.”

“Go ahead and keep that stray dog, honey. I’ll be glad to feed and walk him every day.”

“Well, if Timmy’s mom says it’s OK, that’s good enough for me.”

“The curfew is just a general time to shoot for. It’s not like I’m running a prison around here.”   

“I don’t have a tissue with me...just use your sleeve.”

    “Don’t bother wearing a jacket—the wind-chill is bound to improve.”