FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend I want to congratulate PETER CROWE once again on the occasion of his ordination to the DIACONATE. Peter will be assisting at Mass this weekend and I hope and pray that his ministry is fruitful and, as he journeys to the priesthood I pray that God will bless him with the many graces to be a true servant of the Lord. The word “diaconate” comes from the Greek word diakonoß which means “to serve.” Please keep Peter in your prayers as he continues to follow his call from the Lord to the priesthood.
And please keep in your prayers JONATHAN DIXON who was also ordained to the diaconate with Peter. As you remember Jonathan was with us for a summer 2 years ago. Working with him, I am absolutely sure he will be a true servant of the Lord. May God bless Jonathan also as he begins his ministry to the people of our diocese.
As you know from a bulletin or two ago, I said that there would be some CHANGES IN OUR PARISH SCHEDULE due to the death of Fr. Val and the reality that we will not be having a replacement in the near future or ever. Since that heads-up, some parishioners have asked me what those changes might be. The full slate of changes has not yet been finalized due to the fact that I am waiting on the diocese to inform me fully as to what will happen up here. But I can tell you that it will involve adjustments in the Mass schedules as well as the times for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. And when the changes do occur, I hope to have the understanding of all parishioners since man power or (priest power) is in very short supply at OLV. With all the added responsibilities given to priests in today’s church, changes are a necessary item for the health and sanity of your pastor and assistant. However, one of the adjustments that I can tell you and will be made is that beginning June 1, there will no longer be a Tuesday evening Mass nor confessions. With retreats in June and summer plans, it is necessary to eliminate the Tuesday evening regular schedule. The other adjustments will be made known once I hear what the diocese has in mind for OLV.
Bishop Mark Bartchak will be visiting our parish this Thursday for a DIOCESAN PRAYER SERVICE FOR HEALING. The service will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Evening Prayer and a homily given by Bishop Mark. The service will begin at 7:00 PM. Parishioners are invited to come and pray for healing needed throughout our Diocese.
Our RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM has concluded for the school year. At this time I want to thank all the VOLUNTEER TEACHERS AND AIDES and HELPERS who made this year a huge success. The people who help us in the program are volunteers. They receive no recompense except that approving eye of our Lord and His blessings and my gratitude for their service. It is a demanding and at time a thankless ministry; but it is also an essential one for our parish. I am very proud of their dedication and willingness to every week take time out of their schedule to bring the Lord’s teachings and blessings to our children. God bless you all and have a relaxing and peaceful summer.
MORE MOTHER’S DAY HUMOR….YOU KNOW YOU ARE A MOTHER WHEN…
1. Your feet stick to the kitchen floor.....and you don't care.
2. The kids are fighting, you threaten to lock them in a room together and not let them out until someone's bleeding.
3. You can't find your cordless phone, so you ask a friend to call you, and you run around the house madly, following the sound until you locate the phone downstairs in the laundry basket.
4. You spend an entire week wearing sweats.
5. Your idea of a good day is making it through without a child leaking bodily fluids on you.
6. Popsicles become a food staple.
7. Your favorite television show is a cartoon.
8. Peanut butter and jelly is eaten at least in one meal a day.
9. You're willing to kiss your child's boo-boo, regardless of where it is.