FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY…..It has been awhile since I last had the opportunity to talk to you through my page in the bulletin. I am happy to be back with you and am looking forward to going ahead through Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas and the New Year. But as you know, last week the priests were at conference with the Bishop. I would like to give you a PERSONAL REFLECTION from the conference, not dealing with the information given out, but concerning the priests. Did you know that there are only 66 active diocesan priests? When I was ordained there were over 130 active priests. And as I looked around at the gathered priests, I saw priests who were growing older and older. I saw men who were developing health problems. I saw men who were tired and needed that break. But I also saw men who were dedicated to their ministry – priests who loved being priests and enjoy bringing God’s love into the hearts and lives of their parishioners. Why am I saying this? I guess it reminds me that we need to continue to pray for and support our priests, not just at OLV (which I know is here); but throughout the diocese. Our numbers are shrinking but the work continues to increase because of that fact. We have a great bunch of men in the priesthood in our diocese. They truly are dedicated and loving men. Pray for them; support them with your prayers and ask God to bless other young men with the gift of priesthood. I always become reflective when I come home from these meetings. May God continue to bless us all as we journey to the Kingdom.
BAZAAR REFLECTION…..I want to take this time to THANK all those who made our annual bazaar a huge success. Since this was my first bazaar with you “in the modern era” (remember, I was here when we had the Election Day Bazaar under Msgr. Fleming), I did not know what to expect. But the experience still showed me that the spirit of OLV is still present and growing. I saw so many volunteers giving of themselves for the good of the parish. I saw many people come to socialize, to laugh and share stories of years past. I saw children enjoying the games and competing with each other. I saw and participated in the feasting of the fare from the kitchen. Overall, it was an enjoyable day for our parish and I am grateful to all who made it possible. A huge thanks is extended to Chris Kirkpatrick for “chairing” this event. I want to thank all those who worked so hard – too many to mention here. Please note that even though I am not familiar with all the names of those who worked, your presence at the bazaar will be remembered. Thank you all for making this a wonderful event for our parish. It is too early to give you the financial results from the bazaar; but when all bills are paid, I will published the totals, probably in a few weeks. There will be a THANK YOU DINNER FOR THE WORKERS on Sunday, Nov. 24th at 1:30at the Knights of Columbus Hall. RSVP’s are required by calling the office. All you are asked to bring would be a desert to share.
Just a reminder that we will have our MEMORIAL MASS FOR OUR DECEASED LOVED ONES this Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM. Parishioners and friends are invited to attend this Mass of faith and confidence in the resurrection to new life, which we hold dear in our hearts for our deceased. After Mass there will be light refreshments in the social hall.
ATTENTION EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS – I did purchase some BURSES to wear around your neck as you carry the Blessed Sacrament to you fellow parishioners. They can be found in the drawer with the pyxs. Please feel free to take one and use it in your ministry.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A family had twin boys whose only resemblance to each other was their looks. If one felt it was too hot, the other thought it was too cold. If one said the TV was too loud, the other claimed the volume needed to be turned up. Opposite in every way, one was an eternal optimist, the other a doom and gloom pessimist. Just to see what would happen, on Christmas day their father loaded the pessimist's room with every imaginable toy and game. The optimist's room he loaded with horse manure. That night the father passed by the pessimist's room and found him sitting amid his new gifts crying bitterly. "Why are you crying?" the father asked. "Because my friends will be jealous, I'll have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff, I'll constantly need batteries, and my toys will eventually get broken." answered the pessimist twin. Passing the optimist twin's room, the father found him dancing for joy in the pile of manure. "What are you so happy about?" he asked. To which his optimist twin replied, "There's got to be a pony in here somewhere!"