FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as part of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States during the Conference on the Family last week, Our Lady of Victory Parish will hold a PARISH MISSION on October 4-7. The Mission’s speaker is John Leonetti, a well-known international Catholic speaker. The mission’s focus will be “SURGE OF THE HEART” with three talks given on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings. Jon will speak at all Masses on the 3rd and 4th encouraging full participation during the evenings. Each evening Jon will be presenting from 7-8 PM on three distinct topics within our Catholic faith. Evening 1: Understanding better how God has revealed himself to the Church and the world. Evening 2: The response of those before us. And evening 3: Understanding the three most effective ways to grow in faith. And along those lines I have asked that NO MEETINGS BE HELD so that all parishioners will have the opportunity to come and listen to Jon. Here are a few comments on what others are saying about Jon: “One of the most gifted speakers I’ve heard in my years as a priest”, Fr. Rich O’Donnell, VT. “Engaging, entertaining, and hilarious”, Erin Walsh. “One of the most compelling parish missions we have ever experienced”, Fr. Winston Bath, NY. Please plan to attend and may God continue to bless our parish, renewed through Jon’s presentations.
Due to the evening conferences, there will be NO TUESDAY EVENING MASS or CONFESSIONS this week. There will be A 7:00 PM MASS ON WEDNESDAY celebrating OUR LADY OF VICTORY DAY. I moved the Mass to Wednesday as a fitting ending to our Parish Novena. I hope that many will come out and celebrate with thanksgiving the many blessings God has given to our parish.
And once again, we will have to POSPONE THURSDAY ADORATION. Thank you for your understanding. This situation will be evaluated each week and decisions made accordingly.
This past Thursday, October 1, the Church celebrated the MEMORIAL OF ST. THERESE, THE LITTLE FLOWER. If you do not know by now through my homilies and talks, I have a special devotion to St. Therese. She has helped me and my friends in very many ways. I would like to share a thought with you from a delightful book entitled, Three Gifts of Therese of Lisieux, by Bishop Patrick Ahern. While writing to her sister Marie who was concerned that she would never reach the heights of holiness that she saw in Therese, St. Therese reassures Marie that she can and will. Bishop Ahern writes that indeed, “they (Marie and Therese) all had faults until the day they died. So did Therese. She was not interested in an asceticism that would make one perfect in all virtues. She was more concerned in us having EVER-INCREASING CONFIDENCE IN THE MERCIFUL LOVE OF GOD. Therese knows with certainty that it is the nature of God’s love to come down, to bend low over us with tender affection, as a mother and father bend with love over the cradle of their newborn baby, overjoyed to be his parents BEFORE he has done anything to deserve their love. They love him because he needs to be loved. This is the spirituality of Saint Therese, who loved her littleness, her helplessness, and wanted no more than to be the child of God, thoughtless of her merits and wanting to give herself with utter abandonment to His love. How much she was telling us when she remarked with joy and without and hesitation that she would gladly go to God “with empty hands.” WOW! What a beautiful lesson for all of us. God’s love cannot be earned; it is a free gift. His love is merciful, forgiving, compassionate and tender. What a different picture than from what we might believe – a vengeful, wrathful, demanding God who is ready to pounce. For those who feel it is by keeping laws that we are saved, I hope Therese’s message might help us think differently. For those us who struggle each day, I hope Therese’s message brings comfort and the strength to continue your journey to the Kingdom where God will embrace us ever so tenderly.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – MURPHY’S LAWS OF PROBABILITY:
Law of the Workshop - Any tool, when dropped, will roll or slide to the least accessible corner.
Law of probability - The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.
Law of the Alibi - If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.
Law of Variation - If you change traffic lanes or lines at the store, the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you are in now.
Law of the Result - When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.
Law of Lockers - If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.