FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, I want to take this opportunity to THANK the 8th grade class under the direction of Mark Schnars, our plant manager, and the maintenance crew for a wonderful addition to our landscape. The 8th grade class gift to the school and in turn to the parish is the renovated courtyard near the entrance to the school gym off the parking lot. With the Sacred Heart Statue in its prominent place, surrounded by flowers, plants and a beautiful wall, I hope that those who pass by will be lifted in spirit by the Lord Jesus and His great love for us. It truly is a beautiful addition and I am very pleased. If you have not seen it yet, please stop by and admire the beauty of the courtyard.
Always open to suggestions to make our parish parishioner friendly, I was approached by some parishioners asking if the TUESDAY EVENING MASS might be moved to 7:00 PM. The 6:00 PM time seems to prohibit some from attending due to family dinner time. This attempt at a move might allow us to keep the Mass instead of canceling it due to lack of attendance. After talking with the other priests and the Liturgy Council, I have decided that beginning July 7, the first Tuesday of July, the new Mass time will be 7:00 PM. However, WEDNESDAY EVENING CONFESSIONS will then also be moved from Wednesday to Tuesday beginning at 6:00 PM and lasting until we finish –6:15, 6:20, whatever. This move will also allow the priests to have another evening free for appointments or whatever instead of “tying up the priests” over a period of 2 evenings. So once again, beginning July 7, the Tuesday evening schedule is: CONFESSIONS at 6:00 PM, followed by MASS at 7:00 PM. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
As we close out another school year this Wednesday, I want to THANK the students, teaches, aides, administrative staff and volunteers for making this year a great year. Every time I entered the school or pre-school, there was a spirit of joy, happiness and unity. For that, as pastor, I am proud and grateful. Everyone worked so hard to make OLVCS and OLV Pre-School a place of love, growth and development in the Lord. Now, everyone please enjoy the summer, enjoy your vacations and return to us ready for another great school year. To celebrate our school, Samantha and I will be hosting a school picnic on the school lawn this Sunday afternoon, June 7th. Again, this is another time we can PLAY TOGETHER as a parish family. The gathering will be from 1:00-4:00 PM. I hope many school families will be in attendance to continue to foster the spirit of unity within our parish and school. The bus will depart at Noon.
ANOTHER TIME - As a parish that prays together, come and LET US PLAY TOGETHER on June 27th. Our Parish is sponsoring at trip to see the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park on the 27th for a 4:05 PM starting time. The seats we have reserved are field boxes and the cost is just $71.00, which includes bus transportation and your seat. This is a wonderful way to see a baseball game because you can just sit back and enjoy the air conditioned bus ride and not worry about the drive or parking. You can enjoy the Pirates beating the Braves, have a beverage or two and then sit back and enjoy the trip home. Call the rectory now to reserve your seat. Tickets are still available.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Pat and Mike, both in their 90's, had played professional baseball together and, after they retired, had remained close friends. Pat suddenly fell deathly ill. Mike visited Pat on his deathbed. After they talked a while and it became obvious that Pat had only a few more minutes to live, Mike said, "Listen old friend. After you die, try and get a message back to me. I want to know if there's baseball in heaven." With his dying breath, Pat whispers, "If God permits, I'll do my best to get you an answer." A few days after Pat died, Mike is sleeping when he hears Pat's voice. Pat says, "Mike, I've got good news and bad news. The good news is, yes, there IS baseball in heaven. The bad news is, you're scheduled to pitch the top half of tomorrow's double-header."