FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, over the many months I have been with you, I have done a lot of observing – how things run, what can be improved, what should be left alone, etc. I have implemented a few of the changes in order to make Our Lady of Victory the best possible parish it can be, as I said in the bulletin two weeks ago. There is another change that I will be making in just a few short weeks and I want to give you a head up on it since it will involve a lot of parishioners. As you know it is getting darker earlier each day now, and we will be changing the clocks on the first weekend in November – falling back one hour. With that change, it will be getting darker even earlier, making it a little more difficult for our older parishioners, especially in the winter time with snow and ice, coming to Saturday evening Mass. Therefore after many months of careful consideration and getting input from the Parish Council and Liturgy Council (and their backing):
1. THE SATURDAY EVENING MASS TIME WILL BE CHANGED TO 4:00 PM BEGINNING NOVEMBER 1.This will hold throughout the winter months and if received favorably, it might stay permanently.
2. CONFESSIONS WILL BEGIN AT 3:00 AND END AT 3:30. The 3:30 ending time will allow the
priest celebrating the evening Mass to be prepared, both mentally and liturgically.
3. ANY WEDDINGS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ALREADY SCHEDULED FOR 2015 WILL NOW
BEGIN AT 1:00. If you have already scheduled a wedding for 1:30 during the year 2015, you
WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP THAT TIME. However, with any new wedding now being scheduled
and if the couples want an afternoon wedding, the latest time will be 1:00 PM.
Please understand that the changes above are for the GOOD OF THE PARISH AS A WHOLE. There will probably be a few parishioners who might not like them; but again, I am making these to benefit parishioners, especially during the winter months. I thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. There will be signs on the church doors reminding you of these changes throughout the month. Please tell any guest or non-parishioner whom you might know that comes to our parish for Saturday evening Mass. I WILL RUN THIS ANNOUCEMENT THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF OCTOBER SO ALL MAY BE PREPARED.
I want to take this time to THANK those who made the SCHOOL WALK-A-THON very successful. My thanks is extended to Bill Zally and Danielle Montler for chairing this successful event. To all those who pledged money, from companies to families and relatives, I give a heartfelt thanks. And to all who walked, I say “thank-you” for giving your time. We reached a total of a little over $55,600.00 as of this typing. However, that will not be the final total, since pledges will be coming in over the next few weeks. And the good thing about this is that ALL MONIES WILL BE GOING TO THE SCHOOL FOR SCHOOL RELATED ACTIVITIES AND NEEDS.
MY THANKS also is extended to all who made OUR LADY OF VICTORY DAY so enjoyable for the students. Mary smiled down upon us with bright sunshine and blue sky. The students had a great time. Hearing their laughter and seeing them enjoying themselves was uplifting. May God bless all who made the celebration of our parish feast so wonderful for the kids.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do? His mother had an idea: "Why don't you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your place for a home-cooked meal?" He thought this was a great strategy and arranged a date for a week later. His mother called the day after the big date to see how things had gone. "The evening was a disaster," he moaned. "Why, didn't she come over?" asked his mother. "Oh, she came over, but she refused to cook."