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January 6, 2019

posted Jan 4, 2019, 5:49 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR….MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we celebrate the first weekend of the new calendar year, it is always a time to think back over the past year and anticipate the new year ahead of us.  As I look back I want to take this time to devote most of my page thanking all those who are making our parish the wonderful parish family that it is.

1.   I want to thank the Family Life Committee for heading up our PARISH GIVING TREE. Thanks to Mary  and Bob Hershey and all those who helped make this a huge success. Thanks to those who baked cookies.

2. Thanks to all those who took an ORNAMENT and returned it with their gift. You have made the holiday season a little brighter for those who are less fortunate than we are.

3.Thanks to Joe Malafarina and our CHOIRS for adding an element of joy to our liturgical celebrations. Their music truly represented the joy and happiness that the angels sang at the first Christmas night.

4. Many thanks to the DECORATING COMMITTEE for putting us in the joyous Christmas mood through the beautiful decorations that adorn our altar.

5. Thanks to the ushers, altar servers, lectors and Eucharistic Ministers for exercising their MINISTRY at OLV. I appreciate your dedication and love for the church in giving of yourselves in ministry.

6. I want to thank all those families who have participated in our SCHOOL CAPITAL CAMPAIGN over the past year. We are very close to our goal of 1.5 million, but we are not there yet. I am very grateful to those who have pledged and contributed, allowing us to go forward. I am encouraging those who have not  contributed to think about doing so. These improvements will last for many years to come and what a  wonderful legacy we will leave for generations to come.

7. Thanks to all those who RANG BELLS FOR INTERFAITH HUMAN SERVICES CAMPAIGN again this year. All of our time slots were filled with parishioners and friends who cheerfully rang. We had many sign up on the substitute list, willing to help as well. Thanks and God bless those who made this event a huge  success for the churches of our area.

8. I personally want to thank all PARISHIONERS who have been so very supportive to me and your priests over the past year. As you all know, it has not been easy for the church at this time and by default for your priests either. But the notes and letters of encouragement, the prayers prayed, and the good wishes have been very heartwarming to me, Fr. Antony and Fr. Jonathan. May God bless us all as we continue to journey together until the day when we can all rejoice around the Heavenly throne of God Himself.

9.And of course, I am so very grateful to GOD HIMSELF for watching over us here at Our Lady of Victory and giving us the grace to continue to be a parish family, made in His image and likeness. May He bless us and may our parish continue to be a light shining brightly with His love and kindness. 

And finally, we celebrate the FEAST OF EPIPHANY this weekend.  “Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world. The great feast of Epiphany celebrates the  adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi) from the East, together with his baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee.  In the magi, representatives of the neighboring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation. The magi's coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the star of David, the one who will be king of the nations. Their coming means that pagans can discover Jesus and worship him as Son of God and Savior of the world only by turning towards the Jews and receiving from them the messianic promise as contained in the Old Testament.”  I include this passage from the Catholic Catechism encouraging us all, especially our parish, to manifest God’s love to all this New Year. 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A little boy in church for the first time watched as the ushers passed around the offering plates. When they came near his pew, the boy said loudly, “Don’t pay for me, Daddy, I’m under five.”

 

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