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June 16, 2019

posted Jun 14, 2019, 6:13 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this Sunday we celebrate FATHER’S DAY.  I found this story about a dad that speaks of a father’s love for his children.  “My dad delivered bread for a living. We enjoyed each other’s company, so he’d drive home at lunchtime and I’d go with him. One day, we delivered to a large grocery store. When we pulled in back, the manager saw me and said, “I heard it’s your birthday, so go pick out anything in our toy aisle free.” I excitedly grabbed some paper dolls, but the big surprise was still ahead. Dad, the store manager, and the employees stood with a huge lit cake, singing me “Happy Birthday.” I’d turned seven, and this was my first-ever birthday party. Thanks, Dad!”  Today we remember and thank all those fathers who give of themselves, without notice, to make the lives of their children enriched and loving.  Thanks, dads for being there for us and leading us in the way of the Father's love.

 

This Sunday we welcome a missionary from the Catholic Diocese of Zaria, Nigeria. We are            participating in the MISSIONARY COOPERATIVE PROGRAM in which every parish participates. I  received a letter from Father and I would like to share it with you this weekend. 

 

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Victory Church,

The Diocese of Zaria is situated in Kaduna State, in Northern Nigeria. It was created on the 5th of December 2000 and erected on 3rd March 2001 with Bishop George J. Dodo installed as the first bishop. It has a population of about 70,000 Catholics, mostly peasants who live on subsistence farming. Since the creation of the diocese, we have struggled to sow the seed of the faith in an area that is the stronghold of the Islamic religion, which has a long history of Hausa/Fulani hegemony. As a result of religious persecutions, Christians have often been the target of orchestrated attacks, intimidation, harassment, and burning of places of worship at no provocation. The attacks on Christian places of worship and other civilian targets have continued unabated by the extremist Islamic sect, Boko Haram. The situation is worse because the state does not provide adequate protection for those persecuted. This has caused a mass exodus of Christians from the diocese.

Despite our precarious situation, we are making giant strides in strengthening the faith among our vulnerable population. Thanks be to God our Catholics are tenacious in the practice of the faith. However, more work needs to be done in the areas of faith formation, rebuilding of churches and rectories. With the insecurity in the country, many families have lost their means of livelihood and thus unable to provide for themselves basic necessities of life, let alone make any meaningful financial contribution to the church.

The mission appeal in your parish is to solicit for your prayers and financial support to the                 struggling church in Zaria where Christ still weeps. We ask for your support in rebuilding the churches and rectories destroyed, and in the training of priests and catechists for grassroots evangelization. We look  forward to your kind and generous support. May the Lord reward your generosity, bless your families, and all you do for the kingdom of God.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Jonathan Yabiliyok

Catholic Diocese of Zaria, Nigeria.

 

We will take up a SECOND COLLECTION next weekend to help the Catholic Diocese of Zaria.  Missionary Co-op envelopes will be found at the entrances of the church and in the baptistery area.

 

This weekend we WELCOME FR. RALPH back to our parish.  After being away from us for a year, it is a pleasure to welcome him back to his second home.  He will be with us for about 6 weeks, resting and  giving us a helping hand.  Also at some time during his stay, he will bring us up to date on the work that is continuing through the help of OLV.  Welcome back Fr. Ralph!!!

  

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A small boy was at the zoo with his father.  They were looking at the tigers, and his father was telling him how ferocious they were. “Daddy, if the tigers got out and ate you up…” “Yes, son?” the father asked, ready to console him. “…Which bus would I take home?”

 

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