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July 30, 2017

posted Jul 28, 2017, 7:24 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, next weekend we CELEBRATE THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD. The church celebrates this Solemnity even when it falls on a Sunday.  The numerical consecutive Sundays takes a pause while we  remember this wonderful experience.  Why?  I think it is needed as a reminder to all of us – that  despite the many sufferings, trials and tribulations we face in this life, we are assured of the ultimate victory in Christ Jesus.  We cannot stay on top of the mountain forever.  We need to continue to walk through this valley of tears.  The Transfiguration gives us the courage, strength and assurance that if we preserve, we will be victorious in the power of Jesus Christ who Himself accepted the Crown of Thorns before the Crown of Victory.


This weekend FR. RALPH will be speaking at all Mass informing us about the great strides that were made in Beyin, Ghana with our school, the church, and bakery and hopefully another project which will benefit the kids of the school.  We can be very proud of the work that is being done under his guidance, all for God’s children and ultimately God’s glory and honor.  Many have come to me and asked, “What is the next project for the school?” As you can see from the front cover of the bulletin, over the next year or so we will be looking for a school bus to replace the broken/repaired van to transport students to the school.  We have 250 students who make use of the school.  Some live in distant villages and are in need of transportation.  The van can only do so much.  So we will be looking for a school bus that can transport 30 students or so over the next year. Does it seem farfetched to dream for a bus?  Some might say,  But you know, 7 years ago, I, two parishioners and a friend of the parish dreamed of a working school for the children of Beyin.  It would begin as a dream and end in a reality.  I feel that it will (not can) be the same with a school bus.  God does   provide for those who believe and dream big.  For anyone who would like to help continue his work there will be envelopes available in the baptistery.


As you have seen (or can see today), due to the goodness of a couple of the parish, OUR IN HOUSE WATERFALL WALL near the sacristy has been cleaned up.  Since we have replaced the roof and are somewhat assured that the leaking has stopped, the wall was cleaned.  Thanks to the couple what wants to be anonymous.  I appreciate your kindness and generosity to your parish.


There are still seats available for our NIGHT WITH THE SPIKES WITH THE NORTHERN               DEANERY on August 13th at 6:00 PM.  As Dean of the Northern Deanery I think this is a wonderful way to celebrate the great parishes we have in the North.  So often the only time we get together is during the Penance Services.  Here we get a chance to play together and root on the Spikes.  Please call the rectory for your reservation.  The only cost is $10.00.  Choirs from the churches will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America before and during the game.


A QUESTION – Are you happy with the condition of our “new church carpet?”  Just asking.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Tool Definitions

1. DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted part which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

2. WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, ''What the...??''

3. ELECTRIC HAND DRILL: Normally used for spinning pop rivets in their holes until you die of old age.

4. SKILL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.

5. PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.

6. BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.