FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend our parish will participate in the DIOCESAN MISSIONARY COOPERATIVE. We have Fr. John Samala from the SALESIAN MISSIONS to speak to us on their work throughout the world. In 1859, a young priest named John Bosco and eighteen young men – who were once poor street children he cared for – began a new society. John Bosco called them the “Salesians” after St. Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, whom he had always admired for his kindness and religious zeal. The men and women who have followed in his footsteps have dedicated their live to be friends, counselors, and educators of poor young people. The Salesians have made their mark throughout the globe in the following areas: Youth Education and Trade Schools, Infrastructure and Capacity Building, Health Services, Emergency Relief, Family Assistance and Women Development, Homeless Youth, Refugee Camps and Displaced Populations, Youth Clubs and Food Security Programs. There will be a second collection take up next weekend for the Salesian Missions. Please be as generous as your finances allow. There were envelopes in your May packets or please take an envelope found in the baptistery area of the church.
The rectory will be closed this Monday in OBSERVANCE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY, a.k.a. THE 4th OF JULY. There will be only one Mass that day celebrated at 9:00 AM. The rectory will reopen on Tuesday, July 5 at 9:00 AM.
Some parishioners have asked me if I have heard from the diocese as to what might be happening up here at OLV with the PRIEST SHORTAGE and how possibly it might affect us. As of this writing, I can honestly say that I have not heard yet. Now since I am writing this a little early, we might have heard already. But as of now, I haven’t. But again, I hope that when changes have to be made, I would have the understanding of parishioners. The changes will affect the number of Masses celebrated during the week and on the weekend and the time for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday’s. OLV always had 3 priests ministering to parishioners. I am certain that that number will not be the same in the future. All I can ask is that when the necessary changes are made, I would have the cooperation of all parishioners and together make whatever happens here work for the good of all – including the priests. Again, as soon as I know for sure, I will let all people know.
FROM POPE FRANCIS’ MISERICORDIAE VULTUS – “We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.”
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - After a particularly poor game of golf, a popular club member skipped the clubhouse and started to go home. As he was walking to the parking lot to get his car, a policeman stopped him and asked, "Did you tee off on the sixteenth hole about twenty minutes ago?" "Yes," the golfer responded. "Did you happen to hook your ball so that it went over the trees and off the course?" "Yes, I did. How did you know?" he asked. "Well," said the policeman very seriously, "Your ball flew out onto the highway and crashed through a driver's windshield. The car went out of control, crashing into five other cars and a fire truck. The fire truck couldn't make it to the fire, and the building burned down. So, what are you going to do about it?" The golfer thought it over carefully and responded... "I think I'll close my stance a little bit, tighten my grip and lower my right thumb."