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October 7, 2018

posted Oct 5, 2018, 11:07 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  as most of you know, our feast day is October 7, the FEAST OF THE HOLY ROSARY.  This year it falls over this weekend – on          Sunday.  However, the celebration of a Sunday in ordinary time always takes precedence over a  liturgical memorial.  Still, I would like to have something special for our feast day.  Therefore on  Sunday evening October 7at 6:00 PM, Fr. Antony will have a Holy Hour, consisting of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, scripture reading, homily, rosary, and benediction.  We will also recite the Novena prayer after the Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses for 9 days before October 7.  I do        apologize that we will not have an extended time for a mission or the like.  With all that has been      going on in and around the church these past few months, October 7th came upon me very           quickly.  I do hope that parishioners do understand and know that your pastor is only human with a finite mind that forgets.  Please plan to be with us on Sunday evening  as we honor Mary, our          patron.


ANOTHER REMINDER – Next Sunday Bishop Mark will be with us to celebrate the 60TH                 ANNIVERSARY OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS. Bishop Mark will celebrate the 12:00 Mass.  It is fitting that we honor these men for their dedication to the Church and support of her priests.  I have always felt that they are an “arm of the Church” supporting and nourishing the Church with their faith and their active ministry.  Parishioners are invited to attend this Mass.  I ask God’s blessings upon these men as they continue to give of themselves for the building up the  Kingdom of God upon this earth.


As you read these words, the school had its ANNUAL OUR LADY OF VICTORY DAY AND ANNUAL WALK-A-THON this past Friday.  It involved Mass attendance, service projects completing a walk and having an all-around fun day.  This walk-a-thon is the only fundraising event for the school.  When I came here a few years ago, I did not want to have various fundraisers – magazine sales, hoagies and pizza sales, gift wrapping sales, etc.  It was decided that this one fundraiser would be the sole fundraiser and ALL PROCEEDS WOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SCHOOL. Not one penny comes back to the church for its expenses.  The monies raised pays for field trips, classroom enhancements, and supplies , special event days for the students, just to name a few items.  The total raised is through pledges based on the walking of the students.  It` was not known by the time I am writing this.  I will let you know that later and I will publicly acknowledge the hard work by the volunteers who stepped forward.  But suffice it for now, I am grateful for another successful Walk-a-Thon and Our Lady of Victory Day.  We truly have a great school and I hope all parishioners take pride in it.  I thank all those who supported our children.  May God bless you.


Once again, I THANK ALL THOSE WHO ARE PARTICIPATING in the SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS CAMPAIGN. The support has been overwhelming.  The totals to date are – 310 pledges promising $950,848.36.  I am grateful for the sacrifice and the willingness of so many parishioners who are  giving for the benefit of the children.  Once again, thanks so much and may God bless us all.


MEETINGS THIS WEEK – Liturgy Committee will meet Tuesday, October 9 at 6:00PM and                Finance Council will meet Wednesday, October 10 at 6:00PM.  Since this is the first meeting of the “new year” all members are asked to be in attendance.



HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - You are on a horse, galloping at a constant speed. On your right side is a sharp drop off, and on your left side is an elephant traveling at the same speed as you. Directly in front of you is another galloping horse but your horse is unable to overtake it. Behind you is a lion running at the same speed as you and the horse in front of you. What must you do to safely get out of this highly dangerous situation? Get off the merry-go-round!