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May 7, 2017

posted May 5, 2017, 11:21 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend we have COMMITMENT           WEEKEND IN THE DIOCESE - the beginning of our 2017 CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE.  The name, formerly known as the Annual Catholic Appeal was changed to better describe the end purpose of the drive – to fund our Catholic Ministries. Our targeted amount is $144,000.00 for this year, approximately $3,000.00 less from last year.  The monies collected from the parishes go to fund ministries (and only  ministries) that the diocese sponsors.  These ministries are divided into three categories: Caring for the Poor and Strengthening Families (Catholic Charities, Family Life, Fulton County Catholic Mission), Nurturing Our Youth (Campus Ministry, Educating Youth, Preparing for the Sacraments, Youth Ministry), Forming Clergy and Laity (Adult Enrichment, R.C.I.A., Evangelization, Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Priest’s Vocations, Ongoing Formation of Priests and Deacons). The Fund no longer supports core administrative office of the diocese and only 1.5% of the target goal will be budgeted for campaign expenses.  And remember all contributions exceeding the parish’s target goal will be refunded to the parish free from assessment.  Here at OLV, the money returned will go to strengthen our parish budget for our own expenses.  Please try to be as generous as possible.  In my years here we have always  exceeded our goal and I am confident that we will again do the same.  Envelopes may be returned through the mail, through the collection basket or dropped off at the rectory during office hours.  I ask God’s blessings upon us during this drive and I am grateful in advance to all those who will contribute to the 2017 Catholic Ministries Drive.


Last weekend was a very big weekend for our parish.  On Saturday we celebrated FIRST                  COMMUNION for our younger parishioners and on Sunday afternoon, we will celebrated the SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION for our 11th graders with Bishop Mark.  As we continue to    journey through this Easter Season, isn’t it wonderful that we can rejoice with our young people as they celebrate these milestones in their lives.  I do want to congratulate them and pray that the grace of God will continue to lead them and guide them through this life until we reach the eternal life of heaven.  Congratulations!


And along those lines, I want to THANK their teachers and parents for helping them prepare for these  sacraments.  A lot of time and preparation went into getting them ready for this moment in their lives.  As pastor, I want you to know how grateful I am for your ministry to God, our church and your students.  May God bless you for your generosity and kindness.


Next Sunday we celebrate MOTHER’S DAY.  As always we will remember our mothers during the    Masses that weekend.  If you would like your mother to be remembered, whether living or deceased, please return your envelope to the rectory.  We will then place the names before God’s altar, asking God to bless our mothers if they are still alive or to grant them eternal peace if they are deceased.  There are extra envelopes present in the church near the entrances.


I want to take this time to thank all parishioners who have INCREASED THEIR WEEKLY  CONTRIBUTION to OLV.  Many have responded and I am pleased with the increase in the offertory.  In fact, our Easter collection has surpassed last year’s total in just the first week!  Again, I ask God to bless all who have heeded my call and are sacrificing just a bit more for the good of our parish.


For those who stand against the back wall during our liturgies, please take note that we have INSTALLED NEW KNEELERS on the backside of the last pews on the sacristy side of the church.  A request was made and I felt it was a very good and valid request.  I would encourage those who stand against the wall to please use them during the consecration at Mass.  When the kneelers are used it at that time, it does show a huge sign of respect and humility during this most holy and precious time at our Mass.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, 'Who was THAT?'