FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, I want to extend my thanks to all those parishioners who signed up to ring bells for INTERFAITH HUMAN SERVICES a few weekends ago. Because of your kindness, OLV was able to cover 3 days from now until Christmas at two different locations. Again, with the monies collected, the less fortunate of the area will be able to have their fuel bills paid for this winter or have a first month’s rent take care of or have their needed medications. Thank you all so much for once again proving that OLV is a caring parish, as Pope Francis called us to be.
Another Reminder…..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. ALL DAY/ALL NIGHT ADORATION WILL NOT BE HELD ON THANKSGIVING. THE RECTORY WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY ALLOWING THE PRIESTS AND STAFF TO ENJOY THE HOLIDAY WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
I am finalizing the NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICE for Advent. In next week’s bulletin, I will have the complete schedule. But for those who want to schedule earlier, ours will be on Sunday, December 21 at 2:00 PM. This will be the last scheduled time before Christmas. Again, the complete list for all the churches in the Northern Deanery will be in next weekend’s bulletin.
Seats for our NEW YORK CITY TRIP on December 3 are still available. The cost is $45.00 and the day will be free to do as you please. Please call the rectory ASAP to reserve your seat to see New York City during the holiday season.
LECTOR WORKBOOKS for the New Year are available in the sacristy after all Masses over the next few weekends. Lectors are asked to please stop in and sign yours out as you prepare to proclaim the Word of God at our liturgies.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - One man was from England, one from France and one from Canada. They got acquainted and started talking about their wives. The guy from England began by saying: "I told my wife in no uncertain terms that from now on she would have to do her own cooking. Well, the first day after I told her, I saw nothing. The second day I saw nothing. But on the third day when I came home from work, the table was set, a wonderful dinner was prepared... and even dessert." Then the man from France spoke up: "I sat my wife down and told her that from now on she would have to do her own shopping, and also do the cleaning. The first day I saw nothing. The second day I saw nothing. But on the third day when I came home, the whole house was spotless, and in the pantry the shelves were filled with groceries. The fellow from Canada was married to an enlightened woman from the prairies... He sat up straight, pushed out his chest and said: "I gave my wife a stern look and told her that from now on she would have to do the cooking, shopping and housecleaning. Well the first day I saw nothing. The second day I still saw nothing. But on the third day I could see a little bit out of my left eye.