FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY…..This Thursday our nation celebrates THANKSGIVING DAY. I love this holiday because it is one of the few national days that still keeps its true meaning and purpose – to thank God for all the blessings He has given us. In today’s world, so often the praise of thanksgiving given to God seems to take a back seat to other activities. We are so conscious of so many things that the one thing that is most important – recognizing the many blessings we have from God – is forgotten. This day reminds us that we need to understand how blessed we truly are and acknowledge who is the giver of such blessings. In order that we may pause and give thanks, there will be ONE MASS celebrated at 9:00 AM on Thursday. It is my hope that the church will be full of parishioners and guests taking time to thank God for being a wonderful God.
There will be a collection taken up at the THANKSGIVING DAY MASS for the work of the Interfaith Human Services Group that aids the needy in the area. I think this would be a great way to show our thanks to God by sharing just a little of our resources with those in need.
Because of the holiday, there will be an ADJUSTMENT IN THE MASS AND OFFICE SCHEDULES. The rectory office will be closed THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. Also, there will be only one Mass on Friday, celebrated at 9:00 AM. All day/night adoration WILL NOT BE HELD on Thursday as well. I am very hesitant to leave the Blessed Sacrament exposed without a priest being around. Plus I truly feel that the Good Lord would want us to be with our families celebrating His blessings. This will allow staff and even your priests (who have family also) to enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, Dec. 2. I thank you for your understanding in this matter. And on a personal note, I always have felt that “family” is very important in our society. That is why I normally have the adjusted schedules for the parish – it allows priests, staff and parishioners to truly enjoy one of the greatest gifts given to us – our families.
And while in a thankful mood, I do want to THANK all parishioners for making my transition here to OLV as smooth as possible. It has been a huge adjustment for me; but almost everyone has made an effort, trying to make it as easy as possible – and I am very grateful for that. I am looking forward to many happy years with you, God willing.
Also a huge THANKS to the MARTHA HELPERS GROUP who are working hard to keep our church looking neat, clean and beautiful. I have heard many compliments on how pleased people are with the upkeep of the church due to their work. May God bless all who are giving of their time for God’s church.
There will be a SECOND COLLECTION next Sunday for the relief of those afflicted by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The second collection will be taken up immediately after the regular collection. As you have seen on the television coverage, the destruction is tremendous. Please be as generous as possible.
In next week’s bulletin, I will have the NORTHERN DEANERY CONFESSION SCHEDULE. As you will know there will be about 10 days your priests will be out of the rectory hearing confessions and helping out brother priests at this busy time of the year. Because of the schedule there will be some minor adjustments in our schedule here. I will let you know about them as they come. As Dean of the Northern Deanery, I feel it is very important that all priests help out each other so that no one is burned out at this time of the year. And I will count on you for your understanding when some changes do occur. And by the way, OUR PENANCE SERVICE will be on DEC. 22 at 2:00 PM. This will be the final scheduled confession time here at OLV. With as many opportunities that will occur, no one will be able to say they did not have a chance to celebrate the sacrament. Again, the schedule will be in next week’s bulletin.
THANKSGIVING DAY HUMOR – (FORGIVE ME)
- A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?” “No, ma’am. They’re dead.”
- Josh: Why did the farmer run a steamroller over his potato field on Thanksgiving Day?
Josh: He wanted to raise mashed potatoes.
- A man buys a parrot, only to have it constantly insult him. He tries everything to make the parrot stop, but nothing works. Frustrated, the man puts the parrot in the freezer. After a few minutes the insults stop. The man thinks he might have killed the parrot, so he opens the freezer and takes the parrot out. The parrot is shivering. It stammers, “S-s-sorry for being r-r-rude. Please f-f-forgive me.” Then, after a moment, the parrot softly asks, “W-w-what exactly d-d-did the turkey do?”