FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as I type these words to you this week, I just want you all to know how grateful I am to all who made our ANNUAL PARISH BAZAAR such a huge success. As I walked through the gym throughout the day, I heard very often how wonderful this event is and that this bazaar was one of the finest at OLV. As pastor, I was edified by the laughter of the children playing games, enjoying themselves; I was pleased with the many friendships that were renewed; I was happy to see so many dedicated parishioners working so hard in their own particular area in the gym; and I was pleased with the financial returns that the bazaar will give the parish. However, for such an important event in the parish to run so smoothly, it needed much direction and help. Therefore, I would like to THANK Chris Kirkpatrick for spearheading the bazaar. Chris worked very many hours to insure its success and I am grateful. I am also thankful to all the workers who volunteered their time and talent to make the bazaar enjoyable and successful. There are so many people to thank and I am afraid that I would miss some if I named them all. So please accept my blanket “thank-you” and know you have a grateful pastor. I also want to thank all those who came out to support the bazaar, both financially and socially. I have always said that a parish that prays and plays together, stays together. As for the bottom line, things are still be tallied up and bills are still being paid. As soon as we have the totals, be assured that I will publish the results. But until that time we can all sit back, relax a day or two and take in the joy and fulfillment of a job well done. MY THANKS TO ALL.
This Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6:00 PM we will have a SPECIAL MASS AND CANDLE LIGHTING for all those who have died from OLV this past year. Also remembered will be all the deceased, but in particular the loved ones who passed this year. Families of the deceased loved ones as well as all parishioners are invited to attend this Memorial Mass. Following the Mass there will be a reception in the Baptismal Area for all in attendance.
Just a look ahead…..my memories of Thanksgiving Day as a child growing up was the picture of my mother getting up very early in the morning, putting the turkey in the oven and getting us ready for our Thanksgiving Day celebrations. By the end of the day, she was exhausted. And sadly, because of all the work that needed to be done, she was not able to attend Mass on the morning of Thanksgiving. Therefore with those memories, we will still have morning Mass at 9:00 on Thanksgiving, but we will also have a SPECIAL ANTICIPATED MASS ON WEDNESDAY EVENING AT 7:00 FOR THANKSGIVING. The choir will be present to celebrate and I hope that many people will be in attendance. Again, this is for all those families who might be traveling that day or for those who would like a little extra time on Thanksgiving Day morning to get things done without worrying about wanting to get to Mass to thank God for His many blessings. There still will be a morning Mass on Thanksgiving Day; but the night before might help many parishioners.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – LETTER TO A PASTOR…
- Dear Pastor, I would like to go to heaven someday because I know my brother won't be there. Stephen. Age 8, Chicago
- Dear Pastor, I know God loves everybody but He never met my sister. Yours sincerely, Arnold. Age 8, Nashville.
- Dear Pastor, Please say in your sermon that Peter Peterson has been a good boy all week. I am Peter Peterson. Sincerely, Pete. Age 9, Phoenix
- Dear Pastor, My father should be a minister. Every day he gives us a sermon about something. Robert Anderson, age 11
- Dear Pastor, I'm sorry I can't leave more money in the plate, but my father didn't give me a raise in my allowance. Could you have a sermon about a raise in my allowance? Love, Patty. Age 10, New Haven
- Dear Pastor, My mother is very religious. She goes to play bingo at church every week even if she has a cold. Yours truly, Annette. Age 9, Albany