FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, just a reminder that this is the LAST WEEKEND FOR 5:00 PM MASS ON SUNDAY AND 3:00 PM CONFESSIONS ON SATURDAY! I again want to thank all those who offered me words of encouragement and support over the announcement of the VARIOUS CHANGES that will occur beginning on August 1. Your support and prayers of concern mean so much to me. But as I said during a homily, we will journey through this together and we will come out stronger. For those who missed the homily describing the upcoming changes, please take note of them below:
- The 5:00 PM Mass on Sundays will be discontinued
- Saturday confessions will now be heard at 9:45 AM
- The Friday morning Mass at 7:00 will be a Communion Service led by Deacon Dave
- The evening Mass at 6:00 on a holyday will be discontinued; but we will continue to have the Vigil Mass the day before the holyday
- There might have to be other changes as we journey through the months ahead; but I will let you know what they might be as they come up.
Once again, thank you for all the support and understanding that I have received. May God bless us and continue to watch over us.
FOR THOSE WHO WERE NOT HERE LAST WEEKEND, I would like to make a correction to an article that was found in the bulletin under OLV YOUTH GROUP NEWS. The article read that since Fr. Mike was transferred to Queen of Archangels Parish there “was no Youth Minister available here at OLV…” I would like to correct that statement by saying that I have a Youth Minister already in place for OLV. Since I knew that Fr. Mike was leaving to take over the pastorate at Queen of Archangels, I was looking for his Youth Ministry replacement. The youth ministers are Brenden and Kristy Bagley – already Religious Education Coordinators for the 9-10 grades. We have been talking and have come up with a plan that religious education and youth ministry will be related and worked together. As to how it will work out will be determined as the days go on; but I want to let the parish know that the article in the bulletin last week was incorrect. Fr. Mike is planning on trying to organize a regional Northern Deanery Youth Ministry Program. However, we will have our own independent Youth Group under the direction of the Bagley’s.
As FR. MIKE leaves our parish, I want to wish him well in his new ministry. Being a pastor is so very different from being an assistant, as he will soon find out. When everything depends upon you, no longer can you say, “See the pastor!” Please keep him in your prayers as he enters a new phase in his life. God bless you Fr. Mike.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Three ladies were discussing the travails of getting older. One said, "Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand, while standing in front of the frigerator, and I can't remember whether I need to put it away, or start making a sandwich." The second lady chimed in with, "Yes, sometimes I find myself on the landing of the stairs and can't remember whether I was on my way up or on my way down." The third one responded, “Well, ladies, I'm glad I don't have that problem. Knock on wood," as she rapped her knuckles on the table, and then said, "That must be the door, I'll get it!"