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January 28, 2018

posted Jan 26, 2018, 7:40 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,    this week OLV school, with all Catholic Schools in the country will celebrate CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK.  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, January 28 - February 3. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2018 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Our school theme is “Follow the Son.”  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. We are truly blessed to have a very  active and vibrant Catholic School in our parish.  For me, seeing the young children at work and play gives me hope for the future of the church.  We have dedicated staff, administration and clergy which work very hard to instill Catholic values into the hearts and minds of our children.  With over 450 students (pre-school through the 8th grade), I am sure the future of the church is in good hands.  I am very proud of our school; I talk about it to other priests; and I am very blessed to be pastor of such a wonderful school.  If there are any parents considering sending your children to our school, please stop in and talk to Samantha (principal of the school) or Dawn (principal of the pre-school).  Take a tour of our buildings; see what we offer and be assured that your child grow in his/her faith and will receive the best education possible.

 

This Saturday, February 3rd the church remembers St. Blaise, who had studied philosophy in his youth, was a doctor in Sebaste in Armenia, the city of his birth, who exercised his art with  miraculous ability, good-will, and piety. When the bishop of the city died, he was chosen to succeed him, with the acclamation of all the people. His holiness was manifest through many miracles: from all around, people came to him to find cures for their spirit and their body; even wild animals came in herds to receive his blessing. In 316, Agricola, the governor of Cappadocia and of Lesser Armenia, having arrived in Sebastia at the order of the emperor Licinius to kill the Christians, arrested the bishop. As he was being led to jail, a mother set her only son, choking to death of a fish-bone threw herself at his feet and implored his intercession. Touched at her grief, he offered up his prayers, and the child was cured. Consequently, Saint Blaise is invoked for protection against injuries and  illnesses of the throat. THROATS WILL BE BLESSED AFTER THE 9:00 AM MASS ON  SATURDAY.

 

Beginning February 5 and continuing for 6 weeks I will be holding another ADULT EDUCATION CLASS ENTITLED THE FOUR GOSPELS. We will look at the origins of the gospels and briefly  discuss the major themes proper to each gospel writer.  We will begin at 7:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM.  The class will be held in the Activities Center as usual.  If you want more penance for the           Lenten season, this is the way to do it!

 

On February 9, the Athletic Council will once again sponsor TRIVIA NIGHT. There will be a live  Trivia Competition. Auction Items, Raffles, Games, Cash Prizes, snacks, beer and wine and much fun.  Doors will open at 6:30 and Trivia competitions will begin at 7:00 PM.  Everyone had such a good time last year and I am sure this year will be the same.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A woman called a travel agent to make reservations "I want to go from Chicago to Hippopotamus, New York" The agent was at a loss for words. Finally, the agent asked "Are you sure that's the name of the town?" "Yes, what flights do you have?" replied the customer. After some searching, the agent came back with "I'm sorry, ma'am, I've looked up every airport code in the country and can't find a Hippopotamus anywhere" The customer retorted, "Oh don't be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!" The agent scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered "You don't mean Buffalo, do you?" "That's it! I knew it was a big animal" was the reply.

 

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