FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, HAPPY EASTER!!!! We have waited 40 long days to say those words and today we can proclaim with our hearts and lives that “Jesus is Risen; He is Risen indeed”, as the ancient Christian proclamation is remembered. Indeed Jesus is Risen and the new life that He gives is His gift to us – a life that sin and death cannot destroy; a life that darkness cannot snuff out; a new life that will be forever ours. In today’s world, how we need to hear the words, “He is alive”. Being human and finite, we always look for something more…something that will finally satisfy us completely…that one item that will bring us the joy that we need. Our celebration of Easter stands out and above all those finite and limited items we find so necessary, with which we cannot live without. Our Risen Lord stands before us today and says to us to look no further than Him. If we want that something more…that something that will finally satisfy us completely…that one item that will bring us the joy we need…then look to the SOMEONE who can do just that. Our full fulfillment will only occur in heaven; but until the time Jesus calls us to Himself, may we always look to Him, see Him standing before us, calling us to a deeper union with Him. May this Easter Season move our hearts to grasp His hand and continue our journey to the Kingdom where one day we will celebrate an eternal Easter. Happy Easter everyone and may God continue to bless us and our parish.
ON A VERY PERSONAL NOTE, I want to THANK ALL PARISHIONERS who have been so supportive of your priests here at the parish. The past few weeks have been truly a walk through a Lenten desert for all of us. Our faith has been challenged and many questions have come up concerning the Diocese and priests. But through all this I have not received one negative e-mail or comment about the priests of the parish nor about our church. In fact, all e-mails I received were e-mails of support and prayers. I received cards from parishioners encouraging me and all of us not to be discouraged, but to keep going forward. And please let me tell you that I am grateful for your love, care and encouragement. Throughout my Lenten journey, I had glimpses of Easter joy and peace through you and your words of love. Thank you so much! OLV has been through so much over the years; but one thing that remains is your faith in Jesus Christ and your support for your priests. God bless you and thanks!
Please note the following changes to our normal schedule this week. There will BE NO 7:00 AM MASS ON MONDAY. There will be no scheduled confessions on Tuesday, just 2 days after Easter. There will be a MEMORIAL MASS FOR FR. VAL this Tuesday at 7:00 PM in the church. Parishioners are invited to come and celebrate the life and ministry of this dedicated and loving priest.
Our parish will be going to SIGHT AND SOUND THEATRE on Tuesday, May 3rd to see the 2:45PM showing of the musical, SAMSON. The cost is $85.00 per person which includes bus transportation, ticket to the show and dinner at Hershey Farms after the show. The bus will leave promptly after the 9:00 Mass, stop for a quick breakfast stop and return after dinner, around 10:00PM. Call now for reservations since only 40 tickets have been purchased. The bus is full, but there is a waiting list.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – Since we live in a college town,
A college pizza delivery boy arrived at the house of Larry Johnson. He delivered the pizza to his trailer. After giving it to him, Larry asked: "What is the usual tip?" "Well," replied the youth, "this is my first trip here, but the other guys say if I get a quarter out of you, I'll be doing great." "Is that so?" snorted Larry. "Well, just to show them how wrong they are, here's five dollars." "Thanks," replied the youth, "I'll put this in my school fund." "What are you studying in school?" asked Larry. The lad smiled and said: "Applied psychology”.