FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, if anyone did not realize, there is still time to contribute to the ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL. At the time of this typing, we have received in pledges $225,971.64 on 589 pledges. Understanding that many parishes are having trouble achieving their goal, our totals are absolutely wonderful. Once again it speaks of the generosity and goodness of Our Lady of Victory. From the many programs we have going on in the parish, to our liturgical parishioner participation, to the Annual Catholic Appeal, to our Catholic School, to our outreach into the community with assistance and to the dedication of parishioners willing to volunteer in our many ministries, I truly feel that OLV is a shining light in the Diocese as to what a church can be and can do. I am very proud of all of you. We are a people who seek the Kingdom of God first and then everything else will be given to us. So if you still want to participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal, there are envelopes in the baptistery area. And remember, any contribution now made to the Diocese comes back here 100% for our operating expenses.
Remember, as we start the summer vacation season, there should not be a vacation from Mass attendance. There is a wonderful web site MASSTIMES.ORG that 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.
Next weekend our parish will participate in the DIOCESAN MISSIONARY COOPERATIVE. This summer we will have Fr. John Samala from the SALESIAN MISSIONS speak to us on their work throughout the world. In 1859, a young priest named John Bosco and eighteen young men – who were once poor street children he cared for – began a new society. John Bosco called them the “Salesians” after St. Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, whom he had always admired for his kindness and religious zeal. The men and women who have followed in his footsteps have dedicated their live to be friends, counselors, and educators of poor young people. The Salesians have made their make throughout the globe in the following areas: Youth Education and Trade Schools, Infrastructure and Capacity Building, Health Services, Emergency Relief, Family Assistance and Women Development, Homeless Youth, Refugee Camps and Displaced Populations, Youth Clubs and Food Security Programs. There will be a second collection take up the weekend of July 9-10 for the Salesian Missions. Please be as generous as your finances allow. There should be envelopes in your May packets or please take an envelope found in the baptistery area of the church.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Some clever and amusing thoughts on being a Christian.
- Under same management for over 2,000 years.
- Soul food served here.
- Tithe if you love Jesus! Anyone can honk.
- You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
- Beat the Christmas rush, come to church this Sunday!
- Don't wait for the hearse to take you to church.
- We should be more concerned with the Rock Of Ages, instead of the age of rock.
- Don't give up. Moses was once a basket case!
- Come early for a good seat in the back.
- Life has many choices, Eternity has two. What's yours?
- Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due.
- The best vitamin for a Christian is B1.
- A man's character is like a fence. It cannot be strengthened by whitewash. Wal-Mart isn't the only saving place.