FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as you know from my homilies or past bulletins, I like to travel. During those travels, I visit and attend church on the weekends like everyone else. Besides giving God the worship that is due Him, I like to see how things are done in other churches and to compare them with ours. I always leave other churches with a very proud feeling of what happens here. First, parishioner participation at OLV is tremendous. The singing and vocal responses from parishioners far out shines any other churches I have attended. Second, the warmth and friendliness of OLV parishioners is truly an example for other parishes. It has been told to me that when parishioners leave our parish after a celebration, they leave with a warm and friendly feeling. It is almost like experiencing a “family like” environment. Third, our liturgies are celebrated properly and in line with what “The Church” wants. When I go elsewhere, I wonder at times, “Where did they get that from?” Or “Why are they doing that?” I am not judging what other churches do; I am just commenting and THANKING all of you for making OLV a wonderful parish family, like I always say in my opening line of each pastor’s page. The Spirit of God is very much alive in our parish; and as your pastor, I am thankful.
I extend my THANKS also to Joe and the choirs and to Gail and the Handbell Choirs for a job well done over the past liturgical year. As we end another year in the church calendar (with Ordinary Time), the choirs take the summer off to recoup and prepare for the fall. May God bless them all for their ministry to OLV.
Last Saturday we had the 5K VICTORY RUN/WALK. Over 120 runners and walkers participated (more than last year) and I am grateful for the monies raised to support the Athletic Program at our school. Thanks to Todd and Julie Hershbine for their work in this very successful project and to the volunteers and runners/walkers for making this a wonderful event for the church and school. And by the way, I came in 4th in my age group (the elderly group)! Not bad for your pastor.
This Saturday, May 21, ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY had their Baccalaureate at OLV and their graduation at the State Theatre. 35 students are now moving on in their spiritual and life long journey. I am very proud of our Academy and the students that are being formed by the administration and staff. St. Joseph’s is truly a blessing to our area, especially to our parish since now any child has the opportunity to receive a Catholic Education from K-12. Being a Trustee on the Board, I am very much aware of the work that is done “behind the scenes.” God has blessed us and I pray that each graduate will continue to allow the Spirit of God to lead and guide them to their true happiness and fulfillment as they leave the Academy. Congratulations young men and women; we are very proud of you.
Another reminder that our parish will be attending the PITTSBURGH PIRATES VS. THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS baseball game on Thursday, June 23. The cost is $71.00 which includes bus transportation and ticket to the game. It is a 12:35 start time and I hope to return back to the rectory by early evening. Call now for your reservation since tickets are going fast.
ANOTHER REMINDER - 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. It will involve number of Masses prayed on Sunday and the time for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and a few other items.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Things Parents Learned from Their Children
Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.
You probably do not want to know what that odor is.
Always look in the oven before you turn it on.
Plastic toys do not like ovens.
The fire department in Austin has a 5-minute response time.
The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.
It will however make cats dizzy AND
Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.