FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we begin the summer season in full swing, I want to inform the parish what projects we will be undertaking over the next few months. Since school is out and hopefully things will slow down a bit here, it is time to go forward on various projects that have been planned. First, as you have probably seen, we are going to replace the trailer down at the school with 2 new trailers. Mark and the guys have been preparing the ground and getting things ready for the removal of the old trailer. Our hope is that they will be up and running for the new school year. The addition of the trailers will give us 4 new classrooms and much needed space for the school. Second, the pre-school building will be completely air conditioned. This is a priority since the building is used year round, esp. during the hot summer months. Again, this project will be completed this summer. And yes, we are looking at air conditioning the major school building as well. But that will come after the pre-school project. Third, we hope to have the rectory and church roofs replaced. This will come later on in the summer or early fall due to the schedule of the contractors. These THREE PROJECTS will be the main emphasis of the next 6 months. I am asking parishioners to please be patient with all the projects going forth. I also know that there are many other areas that needs attention and to these attention will be given. But remember, Rome was not built in a day. We are moving forward; but progress takes time.
Once again, I want to THANK all parishioners who have participated in the ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL. To date we have received $217,428.55 in pledges! What an amazing amount since it is over goal by $78,452.55. So far, that is the amount that will be returning to the parish. And what is more amazing is that our amount surpasses last year’s amount by over $2,000.00. There are still almost 1000 outstanding pledge cards still to be collected. If you have not pledged as yet, there is still time and remember, all monies now given will be used for parish projects; a few were mentioned above. Thanks to all who contributed and may God bless you for your continued support of OLV parish.
Also, during the next few weeks, the PINE TREES that line our property along the open field will be ministered to and action taken. Some of the trees have died, others have vines growing up through the middle, and some are diseased. We have a professional company looking at them and they will remove, clean out or apply the necessary treatments to save and restore the trees. Again, this is another on-going project to keep our property in the best shape possible.
FINAL REMINDER - once again, beginning this Tuesday evening, the schedule is:
CONFESSIONS at 6:00 PM, followed by MASS at 7:00 PM. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. There will be no evening confessions on Wednesdays. Hopefully this will increase attendance at the evening Mass on Tuesday.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A large, well established, Canadian lumber camp advertised that they were looking for a good Lumberjack. The very next day, a skinny little man showed up at the camp with his axe, and knocked on the head lumberjack’s door. The head lumberjack took one look at the little man and told him to leave. "Just give me a chance to show you what I can do," said the skinny man. "Okay, see that giant redwood over there?" said the lumberjack. "Take your axe and go cut it down." The skinny man headed for the tree, and in five minutes he was back knocking on the lumberjack's door. "I cut the tree down," said the man. The lumberjack couldn't believe his eyes and said, "Where did you get the skill to chop down trees like that?" "In the Sahara Forest," replied the puny man. "You mean the Sahara Desert," said the lumberjack. The little man laughed and answered back, "Oh sure, that's what they call it now!"