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May 12, 2019

posted May 9, 2019, 10:36 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  On August 16, 1987, Northwest Airlines flight 225 crashed just after taking off from the Detroit airport, killing 155 people. One survived: a four-year-old from Tempe, Arizona, named Cecelia. When rescuers found Cecelia they did not believe she had been on the plane. Investigators first assumed Cecelia had been a passenger in one of the cars on the highway onto which the airliner crashed. But when the passenger register for the flight was checked, there was Cecelia's name.   Cecelia survived because, even as the plane was falling, Cecelia's mother, Paula Cichan, unbuckled her own seat belt, got down on her knees in front of her daughter, wrapped her arms and body around Cecelia, and then would not let her go.  Nothing could separate that child from her parent’s love—neither tragedy nor disaster, neither the fall nor the flames that followed, neither height nor depth, neither life nor death.  This weekend we honor all those MOTHERS who gave us our life and supported us throughout our lives.  May God bless all our Moms both living and deceased.  They will all be remembered at the Masses this weekend.


I would like to take this space to THANK Jim Hoy and all those VOLUNTEER   RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TEACHERS AND AIDES who gave of themselves this past school year.  I know that many times it seems to be a thankless ministry.  Probably this side of heaven, they will never see the fruit of their efforts.  And for most of us, that is the way it is to be.  All we can do is plant the seed of God’s word and life into the hearts of His children and we need to let Him do the rest.  Thank you all so much for a job well done and for now enjoy the free Sundays you will have during the summer.  God bless.


The month of May is DEDICATED to Mary, the Mother of God.  In most churches, May Crowning is a tradition that still exists.  This weekend at the 9:30 Mass, the children will crown Mary once again.  Since we are under the protection of Our Lady, may her prayers protect us and continue to encourage us to walk the path of faith that she had to walk.  Mary, Mother of God, pray for us         sinners now and at the hour of death….Amen.


This coming Saturday, ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC ACADEMY will graduate their senior class.  I want to congratulate all graduates, but especially the graduates from OLV for reaching this milestone in their life and to ensure them of our prayers as they continue their  studies.  Congratulations and God bless.


For your information, one of the projects for the spring/summer is to replace and renovate the SIDEWALK OF THE CHURCH THAT LEADS INTO THE BAPTISTERY AREA. As you can see, the sidewalk is crumbling in many areas and parishioners and guests have to be very careful when walking on it.  I have received numerous emails asking that something be done.  I talked to Mark and Ron and they will undertake the project to reconfigure the walk, replace the cement and remake it into a very beautiful entrance to the church.  I do ask parishioners to please be careful if the construction of the walk is taking place while you are attending church services.  I am so very sure that you will be pleased with the work that will be accomplished as you have been with the rest of the improvements you have seen around the total property.



HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A young man called his mother and excitedly announced that he had just met the woman of his dreams.  His mother said, “Why don’t you send her flowers and invite her to your apartment for a home-cooked meal?”  The day after the big date, his mother called to see how things had gone. "Mom, the evening was a complete disaster," he replied. "It was horrible!" "Why, didn't she come over?" his mother asked. "Yes, she came over. But she refused to cook!"