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November 19, 2017

posted Nov 17, 2017, 7:41 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we celebrate THANKSGIVING DAY on Thursday, I found the following “THINGS FOR WHICH I NEED TO BE THANKFUL.” It truly gives us pause for thought, especially since we seem to live in an entitlement society:  Trains, cars, airplanes, horses and buggies that allow us to travel great distances to share Thanksgiving with our loved ones. The spouse who complains when dinner is not on time, because s/he is home with me, not with someone else. The teenager who is  complaining about doing dishes, because that means she is at home & not on the streets. The mess to clean after a party because it means I  have been surrounded by friends.  The taxes I pay because it means that I'm employed.  The clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.  My shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.  A lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning  and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.  All the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech. The space I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.  My huge heating bill because it means I am warm. The lady       behind me in church who sings off key because it means that I can hear.  The piles of laundry and ironing  because it means I have clothes to wear. Weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive. The alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means that I'm alive.   Getting too much email bogs me down but at least I know I have friends who are thinking of me.  How often we complain about so many things.  Maybe this Thursday we can stop and truly realize how blessed we are by our loving God.  So that many parishioners as possible can attend Mass over the Thanksgiving holiday season, we will have a Mass on WEDNESDAY EVENING AT 7:00 PM and THURSDAY MORNING AT  9:00 AM. Adoration will end at 6:00pm on Wednesday evening. The Wednesday evening Mass is for anyone but especially for those who might be traveling Thursday morning or who might need the extra time at home preparing things for company coming.

The RECTORY WILL BE CLOSED FROM NOON WEDNESDAY, THE 22nd THROUGH SUNDAY THE 26th.  This will allow the priests and staff to spend some time with their family and friends.  There will be only one Mass on Friday at 9:00 AM.


I want to take this opportunity to THANK ALL THOSE WHO MADE OUR BAZAAR a wonderful success again this year.  As you know from a previous article, I had a schedule conflict and could not be here.  But I heard it was a great event.  I want to thank Chris Kirkpatrick for chairing this fund raiser for the parish.  I want to thank all the chair people who headed up their own individual booths. I want to thank Fr. Antony and Fr. Jonathan for being present to our parish family.  And I want to thank all those who came and supported this important fundraiser for OLV.  We have such a wonderful parish and as we continue to grow, I hope that events like these will help us to continue to grow as a family within our larger community.  God bless and thanks to all.  The final totals are still being calculated and will be reported when finished.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION - You are probably, as we all are, acutely aware of the tragic events at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas earlier this month.  As the largest and very visible Catholic Church in this area, we at OLV remain alert to the growing need for effective security in both our schools and our church.  At the same time, we also want to project the image of OLV as a welcoming place of worship.  To that end, we have been ardently pursuing an improved safety and security posture since my assignment as your pastor.  We have an active Security Committee. We have had security assessments done, and have implemented new equipment (doors, cameras, etc.) and new policies, with plans to do more. While we cannot prepare for, or anticipate, every possibility, we can continue to improve.  I ask all of our parishioners to remain patient with any upcoming changes, and more importantly, to stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings and the environments in our church and in our schools.  As they say, “See something, say something.”  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me, or Andy Mazzara, the head of our OLV Security Committee.

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Baby Bruno was sitting in his grandmother's kitchen, watching her prepare the Thanksgiving meal. "What are you doing?" Bruno asked. "Oh, I'm just stuffing the turkey," his grandmother replied. "That's cool!" Bruno said.  "Are you going to hang it next to the deer?"