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May 14, 2017

posted May 12, 2017, 6:45 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, This weekend we celebrate MOTHER’S DAY. Ever wonder what a MOTHER”S LOVE looks like.  I found these and I think they fill the bill.  I loved you enough to ask where you are going, with whom, and what time you would be home. I loved you enough to insist that you save your money and buy a bike for yourself even though I could afford to buy one for you.  I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover that your new best friend was a jerk. I loved you enough to make you pay for the toy you had taken and tell the clerk “I stole this yesterday, and I want to pay for it."  I loved you enough to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your room, a job that should have taken 15 minutes.  I loved you enough to let you see anger, disappointment, and tears in my eyes. Children should know that their parents aren't perfect.  I loved you enough to let you assume the responsibility for your actions even when the penalties were so harsh, they almost broke my heart.  But most of all, I loved you enough to say NO when I knew you would hate me for it. … Those were the most difficult battles of all. I am glad I won them, because in the end, you won too. And someday when your children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates parents, you will tell themThank you Mom for all those things you did for us, even if we did not realize you did them out of love for us. To all Moms, have a blessed day and God bless.


One of the advantages we have here at OLV is the use of an ACTIVITIES CENTER. Church meetings, parish events, and church gatherings are all held there.  We are blessed to have such a building here on our grounds.  However, there is beginning to occur a trend.  It seems that there is a misguided belief that the Center is open to any and all people and groups.  Word on the street is, “Go use the OLV Activities Center.  They will allow you and it is free.”  Very rarely do we receive any remuneration for the use of the hall by any group that uses it.  Heating, air conditioning, clean-up, use of the kitchen, etc. all take financial resources to maintain its use.  No other hall in the borough runs like this.  I guess that is why “word is on the street.”  Because of that, the Parish Council and I will be developing a policy concerning the Activities Center.  Until that time comes we are limiting its use to church sponsored functions and church meetings.  I do not want this to be harsh since parishioners have donated for use.  But the building is about 20 years old and it is going through a lot of wear and tear.  So please be patient until the Council and I have developed a policy that will be fair to all.


This Tuesday our parish will be attending the MUSICAL JONAH at Sight and Sound.  For those going, the bus will be leaving at 9:30 from Holmes Foster Park.  You can park in the church upper parking lot.  We will stop for lunch at the Rockvale Outlets where there are approximately 5-8 eating places.  Please be on time for boarding.


I few weeks ago I was sent this wonderful article entitled, “WHY GO TO CHURCH?” You might have read this before, but I thought I would print again and hopefully it might help some come back to church:  “A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.  He wrote: "I've gone for 30 years now, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000  sermons, but for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time, the preachers and priests are wasting their’s by giving sermons at all". This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column. Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: ‘I've been married for 30 years now.  In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!’ 



1. A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2,000 sq. ft. house 4 inches deep.

2. If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite.

3. A 3-year old Boy's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.

4. If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound

        boy  wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however, if tied to a paint

        can, to spread paint on all four walls of a 20x20 ft. room.

5. You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on. When using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have  

         to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.