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May 20, 2018

posted May 18, 2018, 7:30 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, There is probably no sacrament more                   misunderstood than the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. And it likely goes back to the time when it was called Extreme Unction—the Last Anointing. In their attempt to revitalize all seven sacraments, the bishops of Vatican II not only looked at the way each sacrament was celebrated, but the theology behind each  celebration. In the case of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, they renewed the theology, gave it a new name, and revised the ritual. Let’s look at what they did and why. Moments of mental or physical illness can be times of crisis. They can mean a time of loss and pain, a time of insight and growth, or anything in between (cf. CCC 1501). Regardless, our loving God wants to be a part of our experience. He wants to share our lives with us, the bad and the good (cf. CCC 1503). But his presence and support often comes in and through the Church—our faith community. The kind words and help that we receive from others are a part of this, for God works through human means. We need to pay attention to how God works through them. The Church can officially support us through the sacraments.  In the case of an illness, that support comes in the form of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick (cf. CCC 1511). And, as the ritual clearly states, the focus is life, health, and well-being. But we must remember that a part of the fullness of life is our spiritual lives with God, which begun at Baptism and will inevitably lead to death and resurrection (cf. CCC 1523). Clearly recognizing that human frailty is a part of the reality of life, our loving God is with us through this sacrament to strengthen us when our minds or bodies grow weak. Thus, a person facing a significant surgery is encouraged to avail themselves of this sacrament (cf. CCC 1515), as well as the aged or seriously ill (cf. CCC 1513). The bishops at Vatican II were realistic in recognizing human illness and frailty. If death should be the result of the illness, God and his Church assist the journey into new life by offering the Eucharist as Viaticum. Just as the Eucharist nourished us throughout life, so it is nourishment for our travels into new life. This sacrament, then, is not to be viewed as the kiss of death, but one of healing and life. (From Franciscan Media) Our Lady of Victory will celebrate the SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING on Wednesday, May 30 at 6:00 PM.  I know it still is a few weeks away, but I wanted notice to go out so nursing homes and individuals will be able to make arrangements to be with us.  For those wishing to be anointed, you are most warmly encouraged to attend this beautiful Mass of Anointing.


Because this Mass will be celebrated on a Wednesday, ALL DAY ADORATION on the 30th will end at 5:00pm allowing the priests to set up the church for the liturgy.


THANK YOU…THANK YOU…THANK YOU…our Diocesan Ministries Appeal has reached a grand total of $227,417.00 on 531 pledges.  This amount is $85,180.00 over our goal of $142,237.  The monies over goal will be used to upgrade the school cafeteria, install air conditioning in the school and improve security even more.  I am very grateful to all who are participating in this Appeal.  Not only is it helping here at OLV, but it is also allowing us to help those in need throughout the Diocese.  There are still about 1500 pledge cards outstanding.  If you have not contributed as yet, please consider doing so.  May God bless all who have given so generously to the Appeal.


And as a note to the above announcement, I will be speaking to the parish community about the undertaking we will be beginning concerning the UPGRADES TO THE SCHOOL.  We are now getting things in proper order and in the very near future I will be holding a parish wide meeting in the school gym outlining in more detail the plans we have.  More information will be coming in the bulletin and at a special meeting.



HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A Secretary's Rules For The Boss: "Rules Of Work"

1.   Never give me work in the morning. Always wait until 4 PM and then bring it to me. The challenge of a              deadline is refreshing.

2.   If it is really a rush job, run in and interrupt me every 10 minutes to inquire how it is going. That helps. Even better, hover behind me, and advise me at every keystroke.

3.   Always leave without telling anyone where you are going. It gives me a chance to be creative when some one asks where you are.

4. If my arms are full of papers, boxes, books or supplies, do not open the door for me. I need to learn how to function as a paraplegic and opening doors with no arms is good training in case I should ever be

injured and lose all use of my limbs.

5.   If you give me more than one job to do, do not tell me which is a priority. I am psychic. Do your best to keep me late. I adore this office and really have nowhere to go or anything to do. I have no life beyond work.