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January 5, 2020

posted Jan 3, 2020, 5:34 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend, we celebrate the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR BLESSED LORD. Epiphany means "manifestation."  With the Three Wise Men coming to offer their gifts to the newborn babe, the love of God is now manifested to the Gentile world – signified by the Three Wise Men.  God's love and care are just not limited to the "chosen race" but include all people of every time and every place.  May we always remember and never despair of God's love for us or anyone else.  His love is always constant and present.  May we grow in that love each day this New Year.  Praise God that we have such a loving and wonderful Father.


A THOUGHT FOR THE NEW YEAR - As glasses are raised and fireworks explode into the sky, it’s important to recognize the special symbolism this New Year holiday brings with it.  A time of new beginnings and fresh starts also comes with a time of reflection. Whether your resolutions consist of keeping your hands out of the cookie jar or giving your heartfelt word to work on relationships with loved ones, it can take work.  As we   continue in this New Year, may we never fear that it is too late to begin again, and again, and again.  The New Year has begun.  May God bless us individually and as a parish family.  Enjoy this special time of year with those you love, and may the Lord bless you all with a happy and healthy New Year.


I want to take this time to THANK all those who sent Fr. Jonathan and me Christmas greetings through cards and baked goods.  It is so nice to know and feel loved by our parish family.  I feel we have grown throughout the years and, as I state above, I hope and pray that we will continue to grow together as a parish family under God our Father.  Thanks again and now…….to the treadmill!


While I am still thanking people, I want to extend a HEARTFELT THANKS to our decorating   committee under the careful eye of Ann Rigo.  Once again, as you look at our beautiful altar, you can see the setting of the Christmas scene that lends itself to much meditation and prayer.  When sitting in front of the altar in prayer, such a peaceful atmosphere is present and one can truly see in the eyes of the newborn babe the love of the Father.  Thanks to everyone for making our altar space such a beautiful expression of love.  God bless.


I also want to THANK GLENN FLEMING AND KOCH FUNERAL HOME for footing the bill for our 2020 calendars. We have always had a wonderful relationship with Glenn and I am very  appreciative of his generosity and kindness in handling this for us.  May God continue to bless him and reward him and his company for their wonderful contribution to the parish.


ONE LAST TIME FOR THOSE WHO WERE AWAY - As we complete our Christmas gift-giving, may I ask parishioners to REMEMBER OUR LADY OF VICTORY AT COLLECTION TIME? This past year was one that was truly miraculous.  When a parish can raise 1.6 million within a year, it is truly a testament to the generosity of parishioners.  However, ordinary expenses kept accruing.   Bills still need to be paid out of our Sunday Collections.  What we have put off has now come due.  So if I can ask, please remember OLV in your Christmas and regular Sunday offerings.  We are not hurting  tremendously, but we do need to make up some ground in the finance department.  And please remember that if you travel over the holidays and attend mass somewhere else, the bills continue at your parish church.  As I have said before, we are a little behind projected collections.  Remember OLV over the next few weeks. Things will improve, I am sure when capital campaign pledges are fulfilled and our Christmas collection comes through.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A Dad’s New Year’s Eve Jokes

-   Every year on New Year's Eve, when everyone's counting down the final ten seconds to ring in

       the New Year, I get up off the couch and stand up. I stand up and raise my left leg and just

       leave it raised for a little while until the countdown finishes and midnight strikes so that I always

       start the New Year off on the right foot.

-   New Year? I just got used to this last one!

-   My wife still hasn't told me what my New Year's resolutions are.