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July 29, 2018

posted Jul 27, 2018, 7:29 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, I find it hard to believe that I am going to type the following words to you – this week I will begin my 6th YEAR as your pastor.  As the saying goes, how time flies.  I remember when the Bishop called me and asked me to be your pastor 6 years ago, I was filled with both joy and apprehension.  Joy, because since I was here before I knew many people and I knew what a great parish this was and continues to be.  Apprehension, because being the largest parish in the Diocese with the largest school, I knew that there would be many challenges ahead that I did not face being an assistant years ago.  I can no longer say, “Go talk to the pastor about this or that” for I am he.  But as I look back and see where we have come, I can honestly say that I believe we are moving in the right direction.  The parish is vibrant and alive; the Masses are very well attended; the financial support is always present; parishioner support for their priests is constant; the staff, from school to rectory to maintenance, works so very hard for the good of God’s family; and there seems to be a “family atmosphere” within a areas of the parish; and I have two assistants and a deacon that share the same vision as I do.  I am truly blessed to be here with you as we journey together.  Now, realistically, that does not mean that everything has been smooth sailing.  There have been challenges throughout.  I am sure that some of the things I have done have not been liked by some (hopefully, not many – 1 or 2).  Some difficult decisions and        policy issues had to be made.  But honestly, overall I think we are a parish that loves God and wants to continue to grow in His love and compassion.  And so I thank you for being a wonderful parish      family and for as long as the Bishop wants me here, I will stay and try to be the good shepherd God wants me to be.   And please keep all priests in your prayers.  For your information, there are only 53 Diocesan priests working in many areas of the diocese.  Many of us have more than one         responsibility than just ministering in a parish.  We have the addition of 59 religious order priests in ministry in the Diocese helping out and if it were not for them, we would be in major difficulty.  So please pray for your priests working very hard for the people of their parishes and the diocese.  And please pray the more men would respond to the call from God to go into the vineyard.  The call is there; some choose not to listen.  


As FR. RALPH PREPARES TO LEAVES US on the 7th of August, I want to announce that there will be a second collection this Sunday for the continuation of his work at Holy Name of Mary School that he talked about last weekend.  As always, this is purely voluntary and anyone who wishes to contribute can place their financial assistance in the collection basket during the second                   collection.  Thank you in advance.


I want to take this time to THANK the KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS for sponsoring the breakfast for scholarships for Holy Name of Mary School last Sunday.  The turnout was wonderful and the           breakfast was delicious.  The money raised totaled a little over $2,500.00 which will provide a    scholarship for a boy or girl for 2 years of high school.  I am very pleased and grateful to the Knights.  Also involved in the breakfast that deserves thanks are the women who baked the sweet rolls on Saturday morning before the breakfast and the scouts who worked the tables.  As your        pastor, it was heartwarming to see so many working together making this fundraiser a huge success for children of Beyin.  God bless everyone and thanks again. 



HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Hospital regulations requires a wheelchair for patients being                  discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn't need my help to leave the hospital.  After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the        elevator.  On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him. 'I don't know,' he said. 'She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.'