MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY…..One thing that I have learned over the years of being a pastor is that normally an eye has to be kept on everything. A pastor becomes more conscious of things going on around him, things that maybe being an assistant did not matter too much – paying bills, scheduling and attending meetings, making sure the sacramental needs of parishioners are met, filling out reports for the diocese, etc. I cannot say anymore, “See the pastor about that.” One of the things that I am very alert to is the paying of bills. I am very pleased to say that we do not seem to have any problem at all in meeting our bills and assessments. I am grateful to God for that and grateful to the many good and kind parishioners we have at OLV. However, I do try to make sure that the bills are kept as low as possible, especially in the area of the ELECTRIC BILLS. Throughout my months here with you, I have gone and shut lights off throughout our complex – church, school, activities center and rectory. And that is why I am asking for your help. Please if you are leaving a room in the school or activities center or the church, please turn the lights out. If not, the lights burn all night, wasting precious resources and running up our electric bill. So please if you could help – finished in a room, shut the lights off.
Last week I had my first PARISH COUNCIL MEETING and I want to congratulate Tracy Sepich for being the chairwoman of the Council, Michael Stumbers for being the vice-chair and Patti Guay for being the recording secretary once again. I want to thank those who have agreed to serve on the Council for the next year. I am looking forward to working with them in keeping our parish going forward to better serve our parish community. Finally, I want to thank those who have served in the past for their wonderful work in bringing the parish to the place it is now. Thank you all so much for your dedication and love for Our Lady of Victory.
Just a reminder to parishioners that we are having our HOLY HOUR this Monday, October 7 beginning at 7:00 PM in honor of our feast day Our Lady of Victory. The Holy Hour will consist of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, readings, a brief homily, litany and Benediction. However, in keeping with the “9 day novena” tradition, on Sunday, Sept. 29, we began saying the OLV Novena prayer at all Masses. I know that our Blessed Lady has blessed us in so many ways over the years and through her intercession. May her Son continue to bless our parish as we journey to the Kingdom of God.
Our WALK-A-THON FOR OUR SCHOOL will be held this Monday, Oct. 7. As I have been told by many this is THE major fundraiser for the school throughout the year. I am anxious to participate with the children and I do thank all those who contributed to this event. May God bless all those who have worked so hard in organizing this and all those who have contributed and all those who will walk. Thanks so much for your love for OLV School.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - WHAT ARE SOME SUREFIRE WAYS TO MAKE A PERSON FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU?
- "Tell them that you own a whole bunch of candy stores." - Del, age 6
- "Yell out that you love them at the top of your lungs. . .and don't worry if their parents are right there." - Manuel, age 8
- "Don't do things like have smelly, green sneakers. You might get attention, but attention ain't the same thing as love." - Alonzo, age 9
- "One way is to take the girl out to eat. Make sure it's something she likes to eat. French fries usually works for me." - Bart, age 9
- "Shake your hips and hope for the best." - Camille, age 9