FROM THE PASTOR….MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, I am not sure how many of you were privileged to see the Middle School’s play GODSPELL JUNIOR last week. If you did, I am sure you spent an enjoyable evening. Those who participated in the production did a wonderful job and I want to congratulate them for their performance. I saw the musical on Broadway and I can truly say that our production reflected the professional performance beautifully. As I sat there, I just thought of how much fun the kids were having in presenting the Gospel of Mathew in a loving and enjoyable way. I am very proud of them all and I know that God was pleased with their performance as well. To all – job well done.
This Friday, we will have the 8TH GRADE GRADUATION MASS at 12:45 PM in the church. Please note the time change from evening to afternoon. When I arrived, it was asked of me by parents through Kathy Bechdel if the time could be moved. Since it was requested, I agreed to the change. Parishioners are invited to attend the Mass as we send our 8th graders off with God’s blessing and our prayers.
As we come to the end of another school year, I want to THANK our teachers and administration at the school for their ministry to our children. Working in a Catholic School is a ministry and not just a place to “get a paycheck.” It involves many thankless hours in insuring that our children receive the best possible education. My motto in any Catholic School in which I have worked is – “WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE CHILDREN?” And please know that this motto is what will move me in my decisions made concerning school policies and personnel. May God bless all the teachers and administrators, coaches and staff who are making Our Lady of Victory School a shining light in our Diocese. God bless you all.
Next weekend I will be your MISSIONARY COOPERATIVE SPEAKER. As you know from past years, we have a missionary come in and speak to us concerning their mission work in Africa, India, etc. This year, I will be speaking to you about another group I belong to – KINDRED JOURNEY. It is a group of priests, nuns and lay people who work for the poor in Haiti. I have belonged to this group for 28 years now and I hope to share with you my experiences and will be asking for your financial support. There is an envelope in your packet for this collection. If you do not have an envelope, please take on from the baptismal area.
There are only 19 TICKETS LEFT FOR THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES BASEBALL GAME on June 19th. The cost is only $55.00 which includes bus transportation and first base field box seat. Call the rectory as soon as possible to reserve your seat for a relaxing and fun-filled afternoon (win or lose).
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – If you have ever been in a taxi in New York, you will understand:
At the pearly gates again, a taxi driver and minister are waiting in line. St. Peter consults his list and says to the taxi driver, "Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven." St. Peter next greets the minister saying, "Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” "Just a minute," says the minister. "That man was a taxi driver, and he gets a silken robe and golden staff while I get a cotton robe and wooden staff. How can this be?” "Up here, we work by results," says St. Peter. "While you preached, people slept; while he drove, people prayed."