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June 2, 2019

posted May 31, 2019, 5:30 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   this Friday evening, June 7 at 7:00 we will     celebrate a MASS OF BLESSING for our 8th-grade students leaving Our Lady of Victory School.  At this mass, we will ask God’s blessing upon our students leaving us for their high school experience,  wherever that leads them.  It is my hope that a spiritual foundation was built within their hearts that will strengthen them and give them the wisdom to always choose the path that God has planned for them.  As we always hear at times like these, this ceremony is not an end, but a new beginning.  May God bless them as they leave the friendly confines of Our Lady of Victory School and embark on a new chapter in their lives.  Parishioners of OLV are invited to come and pray with us.

It is not too late to participate in the KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BABY BOTTLES FOR A CHANGE for the Gabriel project.  The bottles are found at the entrances of the church and can be brought back by Father’s Day.  Please do not place the bottles in the collection baskets; rather place them in the baskets provided at the doors of the church.  This is a wonderful project and the financial results will go a long way in helping mothers with young babies.

Another reminder that Sunday, June 16, our nation REMEMBERS OUR FATHERS, on FATHER’S DAY.  We need to stop and thank our Dads (if they are living) for all the things they have done for us.  We need to say “thanks” before the time comes when we will not be able to say it to them while on this earth.  As we always have done in the past, our fathers will be remembered on their day at the altar during the masses.  If you would like your father remembered, whether living on earth or with God, please return the envelopes found at the entrances of the church.  They will be placed in the sanctuary for the remaining weeks of June.

A look ahead – on June 11, we will celebrate the SACRAMENT OF THE SICK at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 6:00 PM.  By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests, the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ. Christ's compassion toward the sick and his many healings of every kind of infirmity are a resplendent sign that "God has visited his people" and that the Kingdom of God is close at hand.  Jesus has the power not only to heal but also to forgive sins; he has come to heal the whole man, soul, and body; he is the physician the sick have need of.  His compassion toward all who suffer goes so far that he identifies himself with them: "I was sick and you visited me." His preferential love for the sick has not ceased through the centuries to draw the very special attention of Christians toward all those who suffer in body and soul. It is the source of tireless efforts to comfort them. Moved by so much suffering Christ not only allows himself to be touched by the sick, but he makes their miseries his own: "He took our infirmities and bore our diseases." But he did not heal all the sick. His healings were signs of the coming of the Kingdom of God. They announced a more radical healing: the victory over sin and death through his Passover. On the cross, Christ took upon himself the whole weight of evil and took away the "sin of the world, “of which illness is only a consequence. By his passion and death on the cross, Christ has given a new meaning to suffering: it can henceforth configure us to him and unite us with his redemptive Passion   (Reflections From the Catholic Catechism).  For those who are elderly or suffering from sicknesses and who wish to be anointed, please mark this date on your calendar and plan to be with us.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Some Signs Your Guy Hates Shopping

1. You catch him staring into the store's security cameras, waving his arms in the air and       mouthing:   "Help me!"

2. In the last year of hitting the mall together, he's gained 20 pounds trying to self-medicate on cheese  fries from the food court.

3. He sleeps like a baby …on the bench by the fountain.

4. The store's lounge area has turned into a therapy circle for men, with your Guy acting as moderator.    You catch him shooting the breeze about baseball and trying to place an eighth-inning bet . . . with  a mannequin.