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May 5, 2019

posted May 3, 2019, 7:42 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  unless one has just moved into the area from another town, I am sure all parishioners know that we are undergoing a MAJOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT CAPITAL CAMPAIGN. Since July of 2018, we have been soliciting donations from families to help us improve school  security, renovate the kitchen/cafeteria and install air conditioning in every classroom.  Also since July, I have kept the parish informed as to how the campaign is going through bulletin updates and the chart found in the baptistery.  Now, I would like to give you a realistic picture of where we are.  As you can see, we are  approximately $125,000.00 short of our goal to accomplish all the items mentioned above.  Construction on the kitchen/cafeteria phase is now in progress and will reach full speed when school lets out in June.  The same will be with the new security renovations at the main entrance of the school.  However, and this is huge, the full air conditioning of the school might not occur due to the lack of funds. This need not happen!  The 1.4 million was raised on the donations of only 500 families or so.  That means there are approximately 1800 families who have decided not to contribute for whatever reason.  And some of these are families have children in our school who will directly be affected by the new safety procedures and air-conditioned classrooms.  I know that we are going through the Diocesan Appeal again this year.  I have no control over that; it is a Diocesan requirement.  However, I am boldly asking that those who have not contributed to the school campaign to please consider doing so.  In my ideal world, if 1800 families would contribute a minimum of $600.00 (just $50.00 per month for one year) we would have the additional monies to fully complete the project giving our children a safe and enjoyable environment to learn for many generations to come.  I know that finances are tight for most people; I myself had to extend my pledge over a period of 3 years.  It seems like everyone is asking for financial help.  Our Lady of Victory has always been the most generous parish in the Diocese.  I truly believe that.  I would like it also to be the best parish with the best school as well.  We can do it!  Therefore, I am asking once again for the financial help to complete the entire project.  What a wonderful legacy for families to leave.  What a wonderful gift to give to our children for future generations to come.  I trust in God that He will see this to completion with the assistance of many good and generous families.  Thank you so very much to those who have already given so generously.  And I ask those who have not to please help us to achieve our goal!


THANK YOU!!! We have reached out CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE AND HAVE GONE OVER! To date we have received 386 pledges promising $162,867.00.  We are over our goal by $14,911.00.  Now all monies pledged will be returned to help in the school safety/improvements campaign.  I am so very grateful to all who helped us reach this goal once again this year.  It takes a lot off of my mind.  So now, all monies pledged from this time forth will be benefiting OLV.  Can I count on the rest of parishioners to help us?


If you have not noticed, the CATHOLIC REGISTER, OUR DIOCESAN PAPER, is no longer being delivered to your homes.  It is being delivered to each parish and can be picked up in the baptistery area.


Next Sunday, May 12, the nation REMEMBERS OUR MOTHERS, on this day, MOTHER’S DAY. We all should stop and thank our moms (if they are living) for the very life that they gave us and for all the things they have done for us.  We need to say "thanks" before the time comes when we will not be able to say it to them while on this earth.  As we always have done, our mothers will be remembered on their day at the altar during the Masses.  If you would like your mother remembered, whether living or with God, please return the  envelopes found at the entrances of the church.  They will be placed in the sanctuary for the remaining weeks of May after Mother's Day.


This Sunday afternoon, we welcome Bishop Mark who will be celebrating the SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION for our 11th grade students. The liturgy will begin at 3:00 PM and it does satisfy the Sunday obligatory Mass. Therefore parishioners are invited to be with us as we celebrate this major  spiritual milestone for our 11thgraders.  I also extend my congratulations to our students and ask the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and direct them throughout their adult lives.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A married couple had a quarrel and ended up giving each other the silent treatment. Two days into their mute argument, the man realized he needed his wife’s help. In order to catch a flight to Chicago for a business meeting, he had to get up at 5 a.m.  Not wanting to be the first to break the  silence, he wrote on a piece of paper, “Please wake me at 5 a.m.”  The next morning the man woke up only to discover his wife was already out of bed, it was 9 a.m., and his flight had long since departed. He was about to find his wife and demand an answer for her failings when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. He read, “It’s 5 a.m. Wake up.”