FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, today we celebrate EPIPHANY OF THE LORD. In its fullest meaning this solemnity commemorates the coming of the Word into the world and His revelation to the nations. The Lord’s love for the world is just that – love for all people of every race, time and place. Tomorrow we celebrate the SOLEMNITY OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD. Would you believe that this celebration marks the end of the Christmas Season and we move into Ordinary Time – until Ash Wednesday? The Christmas season has come and gone so fast and now we continue to journey through the New Year. However, I wanted to reach out to many who made our celebrations so wonderful for the parish and those who made Fr. Antony‘s and mine Christmas so wonderful:
· I want to thank those who sent us cards and cookies to the rectory. We appreciated being thought of at this
time. Again, it is so wonderful to have a parish family who does care about their
priests. God bless you all. Now I must hit the pavement to remove all those calories from my
· Thanks to all those who wrote kind messages of support and appreciation to us. I appreciate all
the love and support I receive from parishioners. Like I always have said, it is so comforting to
know that so many parishioners appreciate their pastor and assistant.
· Thanks to all those who decorated the church for our liturgies. The church looks absolutely
beautiful and I am absolutely sure the liturgical environment was an aide to prayer and personal
· Thanks to Joe and the choirs and cantors, musicians and singers who helped us pray through
their music ministry. As St. Augustine said, “he who sings prays twice.”
· To all those who served as lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, ushers and altar servers, I give my
thanks. Because of your ministry to the parish, we all benefited from your service.
· To Deacon Dave and Bobbie for helping to set up the gym for the 4:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass.
It is not all that easy to transform the gym into a worship space.
· Thanks to all parishioners who came to worship with us this Christmas Season. Your
participation at the liturgies was uplifting to me and Fr. Antony.
· Thanks to Nancy Gulley, Jen Rogan, Sue Steyers and all those who prepared the reception after
our Advent Confessions for the priests. They always enjoy coming here and I am grateful to all
who volunteered dishes and prepared the food for the guys. I was so nice not to have to worry
about a thing.
· And to the rectory staff for manning the phones and helping to put things in order for me and Fr.
Antony. We have a great staff and I am very grateful to them for all the help they give me not just
now, but throughout the year.
If I have missed anyone, please forgive me. I am a grateful pastor. And now, even though the Christmas Season is over on Monday, I pray that the meaning of Christmas – the love of God coming into our world will never be lost throughout 2017. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS OLV and I feel He does each and every day.
JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT DUE TO HOLIDAY TRAVEL - This winter season has started early for us here at OLV. I want to stress once again that if the weather is bad, please use common sense in coming to church. If you miss Mass due to the weather, IT IS NOT A SIN. I am sure that God would want you safe at home rather than endangering yourself or others on snowy or icy roads. Again, please use common sense.
SOME FINAL CHRISTMAS HUMOR - When her daughters were little Margaret would always tell them around Christmas that this is Jesus' birthday and he only received 3 things so do not be disappointed in what lies under the tree. When it came time for worship on Christmas morning, Margaret asked the children what they thought Jesus would think of Santa and all the hype. Would he ask Santa a question? Her youngest daughter replied, "I think Jesus would ask how come I only got three things and none of them were toys?"