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October 22, 2017

posted Oct 20, 2017, 6:18 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  if you recall a few weeks ago when we were asked by the Diocese to take up a second collection for the relief efforts after Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, I mentioned to you that OLV is the most generous parish in the Diocese.  And so very often, we do not receive any recognition for the good that we do.  I said to you that it should be that way….since our recognition comes from the Lord Himself.  Well, a few weeks ago during our 9:30 AM Sunday Mass, a guest was having difficulty.  Many parishioners came to his aid; I anointed him in the ambulance and he was taken to the  hospital.  A few weeks ago his wife sent  a card and asked me to read it to all of you.  I thought it would be better to print it in the bulletin.  “Dear Father Dadey, My husband, daughter and I went to the 9:30 AM Sunday Mass, Sept. 24th.  After the homily, Jack, my husband, became lightheaded and very sick.  He is a diabetic and had 2 heart attacks along with by-pass surgery.  In the pews the people could see that he was ill.  We told a lady he was a diabetic.  She went out of her way to get my husband orange juice and a muffin.  Then a lady came over to us and said she was chiropractic.  She treated him to see if he had a possible stroke.  It became obvious to another parishioner that we needed 911.  So he asked if he could call for us.  Another  lady who was in the pew in front of us asked if she could have the Eucharistic Minister give us Holy Communion.  A doctor in scrubs came to see what he could do.  He later stopped in the Emergency dept. to look in on us.  A priest anointed my husband with holy oil in the ambulance.  Parishioners stopped and said that they would pray for us.  Your parishioners not only believe in their faith but really practice their faith.  We were blessed to be in your church.  My husband Jack was in the hospital for three days.  He had a-fib along with his other medical conditions.  But he is doing well.  We are home how in South Jersey.  Our family will always remember your church and its faithful parishioners.  P.S.  Your homily last Sunday was about thankfulness.  If possible, Father, if you could read this to your parishioners after the homily to tell them how thankful our family was to be in your church in our time of need. God blessed us that Sunday morning!”  Jack, Barbara and family.

I COPIED THIS LETTER in whole for two reasons.  First, she asked me to let you know how thankful she was for the kindnesses shown to her and her husband.  And second, so often we (the church) face criticisms from people who have nothing better to do and who will find fault with everything done.  It can get very old after a while.  It is so nice to hear something positive and to receive a pat on the back.  So I do echo the words of Barbara – My “parishioners not only believe in their faith but really practice their faith.”  Thank you for being a parish that cares.

Just a reminder to all guests and parishioners that our ANNUAL PARISH BAZZAR will be held on Saturday, November 4 in the school gym from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Please plan to attend and enjoy the good food, games for the children and the chance to win great baskets and prizes.  You will even have the opportunity to do a little Christmas shopping at our Christmas booth.  Unfortunately due to a schedule conflict, I will not be able to be present.  However, Fr. Antony and Fr. Jonathan will be present carrying the torch for me.



HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – Things You Never Hear in Church

· Hey! It's MY turn to sit on the front pew!

· I was so enthralled; I never noticed your sermon went over time 25 minutes.

· Personally, I find witnessing much more enjoyable than golf.

· I've decided to give our church the $500.00 a month I used to send to TV evangelists.

· I volunteer to be the permanent teacher for the Junior High Sunday School class.

· Forget the denominational minimum salary: let's pay our pastor so s/he can live like we do.

· I love it when we sing hymns I've never heard before!

· Since we're all here, let's start the worship service early!

· Pastor, we'd like to send you to this Bible seminar in the Bahamas.

· Nothing inspires me and strengthens my commitment like our annual stewardship campaign!