New Pastoral Council Members: We selected the new Pastoral Council members (two men and two women) during the 9:00am Mass on Saturday, June 9th.
Coming This Fall! To celebrate the Year of Faith and respond to our Holy Father’s call for a New Evangelization, our Parish Outreach Committee, after consulting with me and with the Pastoral Council, will be offering an opportunity to gather in small groups to view and discuss the very popular DVD series Catholicism. Perhaps you have seen some of the programs on PBS or EWTN. The groups will meet at different times and days during the daytime and evenings. The creators of the DVD’s have also written accompanying supplemental materials which we will use to guide our discussions as we together deepen our understanding of the Catholic faith. You can watch a preview at http//www.wordonfire.org.
If you would like to join or help to facilitate a group this October, please call the parish office at 237-7832 or email us at email@example.com.
Attention Married Couples: As part of his Marriage Building Initiative, Bishop Bartchak has asked that each parish in the Diocese ask prayers once a month for those married couples of our parish who are celebrating a wedding anniversary that month. Here at OLV, we will begin doing this in June. The weekend will be that of June 16/17. If you are celebrating your wedding anniversary in June and would like to be mentioned in the announcements and included in the petitions, please notify Diane at the church office by June 14th.
Capital Campaign Update: I wish to thank all who have contributed to or worked for our Parish Capital Campaign. The response has been extremely good! We have received $2,533,793.00 in pledges from 563 donors. We have received $1,048,502.98 in cash from the payments on pledges. God bless all of you.
Marriage Building Initiative: Husbands and wives have plenty of opportunities to be experts in forgiveness. Some situations require talking through, some only a quick “I’m sorry” and “you’re forgiven.” However, forgiving abuse is a long journey and does not require one to stay and take more. See the “When I Cry for Help” pamphlet at the U.S. Bishops’ website usccb.org or request a free copy from the Family Life Office (814-886-5551).
Father’s Day Mass Cards are now available in the Gathering Spaces. Offerings will be donated to the local branch of Habitat for Humanity.
Arizona Mission Trip: This week we are sending a group of ten adults and high school youth to our twin parish in Arizona. St. Peter’s is in fact a mission church for Native Americans near Phoenix. Please keep our missionaries and the members of our twin parish in your prayers.