FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, the onlookers will begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build, and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, as he goes to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him that comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation, and asks conditions of peace…” Luke 14:28-32. I am reminded of this passage as we begin CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK throughout the nation. All of us desire a nation, a church, a family to be one who follows the teachings and values of Jesus Christ, leading to true joy and happiness in this world. And we also desire that this be the dream and goal of all of our young people. However I believe we all know that this must begin with a firm foundation started early in life. Our society and culture at times is counterproductive to the teaching of Christ. Our young people face so many challenges as they grow into adulthood. And, if we want them to be able to cope and deal with these pressures, they must have that firm foundation founded upon the ROCK OF JESUS CHRIST. That is what Our Lady of Victory and St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy provide. By encouraging the students to bring Jesus Christ into a closer union with their lives, by encouraging them to walk in the ways of Christ, by supporting them on their journey, our Catholic Schools are providing the “firm foundation” needed. I am very proud of our schools and I am very pleased that so many families are taking advantage of this treasure we have. To our families and to those who are considering sending their children to our school, please take advantage of the many programs going on at the schools. Call for an appointment to talk to the principals. Take a tour of the school and see how wonderful our Catholic Schools are. For in keeping with the theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017, our “Catholic Schools: are Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”
This Friday the church celebrates the MEMORIAL OF ST. BLASÉ. He was Bishop of Sebastea in Armenia and was martyred around the year 316 during the persecution of Licinius. As you would know, one of his “legendary acts” involved a woman who brought to him a little boy who was at the point of death due to a fishbone lodged in his throat. The Saint prayed over him and the boy was healed. Following this legend, throats were blessed asking his intercession for protection from all sickness of the throats and every kind of evil. Throats will be blessed at OLV after the 7:00 and 9:00 AM Masses.
After waiting for the diocesan Report, the TOTALS FOR THE ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL have come in. Once again, OLV was assessed the most in the Diocese and has surpassed all churches in returns. Our goal was $147,384.00. The total pledged was $236,801.64, with $89,417.64 being returned to the church. Outstanding (pledges yet to be fulfilled) $3,135.00. I want to thank all those who contributed to this Annual Appeal. It goes to show that OLV parishioners are the most generous in the diocese in supporting their church and the ministries the diocese provides. Thank you so much and may God bless each and every one of you.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – More Life Advice from Kids:
On style: “Wear more leather jackets. And spiky pants. But not with spikes on your butt. Just spikes everywhere else.” – Gemma, 7. “Stick with plaid and fedoras.” – Morgan, 8.
On relationships: “First try to underestimate her and say you don’t like her and stuff, and then next year just ask, “Will you marry me?” – Logan, 7. “Don’t put a glue stick in her hair. It sounds funny, but she never thinks so.” – Charlie, 5. “Well, you have to be near her but also not too near – like, medium. Kind of near but also not. Go away from her when she wants you to, but also come near her.” – Gavriella, 7.