FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, it seems like the end of an era has come to OLV School. As you probably heard by now, our THIRD GRADE TEACHER, MARY WEIDENHOF has retired from teaching. Mary has been a fixture of our school for 40 years. I remember her when I first came to OLV in 1981 and through the years she has remained teaching God’s children faithfully. She has touched many lives, not only in the classroom, but also through her music, her extra projects (Stations of the Cross during Lent, etc.) and her planned children’s liturgies. She will truly be missed at our school and we wish her nothing but the best in her retirement. Thank you Mary for all you have done for us and for being a big part of the OLV School experience for so many children. You will always be fondly remembered and you are always welcome at our school. God bless.
As we continue to observe the JUBLIEE YEAR OF MERCY, I came across a passage from Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC describing what mercy is. Using the Parable of the Good Samaritan and under the influence of St. Therese the Little Flower, he writes:
“What is Divine Mercy? Well, it’s when God doesn’t pass us like the priest and Levite
(in the Parable of the Good Samaritan), but, rather like the Samaritan, comes to us
where we are, sees our weakness, brokenness, and misery, and then acts to heal us
and bring us to a place of comfort and rest. In other words, mercy involves two things:
the heart and the arms. It’s God being moved in compassion at seeing our suffering (heart)
and then taking action to help alleviate it (arms).
And what is the Gospel? Again, it is the Good News of God’s mercy for sinners.
It’s the Good News that Jesus didn’t come for the righteous but for sinners. It’s
the Good News that Jesus has the Heart of the Good Shepherd who will even leave
behind the 99 to go in search of the one lost sheep. It’s the Good News that God
doesn’t love us because we’re so good but because He’s so good, that He loves us
not because we deserve it, but because we desperately need it. It’s the Good
News that God’s love is like water, which always goes to the lowest place. It’s
the Good news that God’s ways are not our ways, that God isn’t attracted to our
gifts, virtues, and talents, but rather, to our weakness, brokenness, and sin.”
What beautiful words and comforting words they are and I hope that throughout this Year of Mercy, we may make them our own and truly come to experience God’s love and mercy in an intimate way.
FATHER’S DAY is next weekend. As we did for our mothers, there are envelopes at the entrances of the church for those who would like the priest to remember their fathers living and deceased on the weekend of the 18th and 19th and throughout the week of the 19th. Please return them with the names of your fathers to the rectory through the collection basket or on a “drop-off” through the mail slot. They will be placed before God’s altar asking God’s blessings upon our fathers who are still with us or asking God to grant our fathers eternal rest for those who have been called from this life.
ANOTHER REMINDER - As we start the summer vacation season, there should not be a vacation from Mass attendance. There is a wonderful web site MASSTIMES.ORG which will locate the nearest Catholic Church in your travels with the Mass times and directions if needed. Please make use of this website and never forget to praise God throughout your travels this summer.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – BULLETIN BLOOPERS:
• The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing "Break Forth into Joy."
• Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
• Eight new choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
• Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles, and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
• Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person(s) you want remembered.
• The church will host an evening of fine dining, superb entertainment, and gracious hostility.
• The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday morning.
• Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Jack's sermons.