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June 3, 2018

posted Jun 1, 2018, 5:31 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this Sunday we celebrate THE SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST, also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to "Body of Christ." This feast originated in France in the mid-thirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Trinity Sunday or, as in the USA, on the Sunday following that feast. This feast calls us to focus on two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist, and the Church. The primary purpose of this feast is to focus our attention on the Eucharist. The opening prayer at Mass calls our attention to Jesus' suffering and death and our worship of Him, especially in the Eucharist. At every Mass, our attention is called to the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ in it. The secondary focus of this feast is upon the Body of Christ as it is present in the Church. The Church is called the Body of Christ because of the intimate communion which Jesus shares with his disciples. He expresses this in the gospels by using the metaphor of a body in which He is the head. This image helps to keep in focus both the unity and the diversity of the Church. The Feast of Corpus Christi is commonly used as an opportunity for public Eucharistic processions, which serves as a sign of common faith and adoration. Our worship of Jesus in His Body and Blood calls us to offer to God our Father a pledge of undivided love and an offering of ourselves to the  service of others.


I want to take this time to CONGRATULATE OUR 8TH GRADE CLASS of OLV School on their graduation.  Graduation is always a happy time but at the same time a sad experience with leaving familiar surroundings.  I hope and pray that the 8 or so years spent at Our Lady of Victory formed in them a firm foundation in their lives with the Lord Jesus.  Yes, our school formed them academically, giving them the tools needed to move on to the next level of their education.  But for me, it also gave them the living experience with the Risen Lord.  That experience by far outweighs anything they can learn in the academic field.  Many might disagree with me; however, if one does not have a loving relationship with Jesus, then one has nothing, as St. Paul says, “I consider everything as loss except the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  May God bless you and keep you always.  We will celebrate a Graduation Mass for the 8th graders on Friday, June 8 at 7:00 PM.  Parishioners are  invited to attend.


As Jesus often left His disciples and went off to the mountain or seashore to be alone with His  Father, so too is each priest called yearly to do the same. This week, Fr. Antony will be on the DIOCESAN PRIEST RETREAT at St. Vincent’s Monastery in Latrobe.   Please keep him and the all the priests on retreat in your prayers. This is also the time for the annual Deacon’s retreat, so Deacon Dave will also be on retreat.  Please keep him and all the deacons on retreat in your prayers. This time alone with the Lord is a very special time for them all.


As we did for our mother’s, this weekend you will find FATHER’S DAY CARDS at the entrances of the church.  In three weeks we will honor our fathers throughout the weekend. If you would like your father remembered at all the Masses, please take a card, fill it out and return it to the rectory.  The cards will be placed in front of God’s altar all weekend.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A father likes to read his two young sons fairy tales at night. Having a deep-rooted sense of humor, he often ad-libs parts of the stories for fun.  One day his youngest son was sitting in his first-grade class as the teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs. She came to the part of the story where the first pig was trying to acquire building materials for his home. She said, "And so the pig went up to the man with a wheelbarrow full of straw and said, "Pardon me sir, but might I have some of that straw with which to build my house?" Then the teacher asked the class, "And what do you think that man said?"  My friend's son raised his hand and said, "I know! I know! He said: "Holy smokes! A talking pig!"  Note: The teacher was unable to teach for the next 10 minutes.