FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this past Friday on the Feast of Our Lady of Victory, we dedicated the MADONNA AND CHILD CARRERA MARBLE STATUE in honor of Fr. Val. Many have wondered if there is a story concerning the statue. I had Chris look it up and he found out that the statue is based on the famous painting created by Roberto Ferruzzi called the “Madonnina,” (Little Mother) or as it is better known today, the Madonna della Strada, the Madonna of the Street. In l896, Ferruzzi was in Venice when he notice a girl with a baby – she was draped against the cold and holding the child close to help them both stay warm. She displayed an arresting maternal gentleness that was irresistible to the artist. The painter depicted the child safely cuddled and asleep in the arms of his mother Mary while Our Lady appears to be standing on somebody’s doorstep asking for shelter and food. Many people see in this picture (and statue) a direct and personal challenge, expressed in Mary’s look, to open our hearts to her Son and the needs of the world.
ANSWERS TO A FEW QUESTIONS –
1. Are we going to go back to the original schedule now that Fr. Antony is here? The answer is no. With an uncertain future for OLV with its staffing, I do not want to go back (if we do) in case I
have to change it again at a later time. It does not make sense to keep changing it, only to
2. What is the banner in the sanctuary representing? The answer is that the banner represents the
image of the heart of Jesus in the Divine Mercy Picture. As we are celebrating the Jubilee of
Mercy this year, I thought we needed a remembrance of that celebration, reminding us of the
call to mercy by Pope Francis.
3. Any more on the additional parking measures for our parish? We are still looking at possible
areas for the spaces. This is all dependent upon the Borough and their regulations, water run-off,
etc. Possibly the best place might be in front of the pre-school and school along the Parkway.
There would then be “head to head” parking with exit onto Saxton Drive. But again, we are look-
ing into this, with nothing yet determined and probably won’t be until next spring/summer when
the children are out of school. If this becomes the case, it will mean that the front of our parish
will look a little different than what it is now; but knowing how the guys have taken care of the
plant this past spring and summer, I am sure it will look just as beautiful as it is now. And
besides, isn’t it great that we need additional parking? It means that we are growing, active and
Due to the HOLIDAY OF COLUMBUS DAY, the rectory office is closed on Monday, the 10th and will reopen on Tuesday at 9:00 AM. Please, if at all possible, keep all calls to the rectory for emergency issues only. God bless and thanks.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - After dying in a car crash, three friends go to Heaven for an orientation session. They are all asked the same question: "When you are in your casket and family and friends are mourning over you, what would you like to hear them say about you?" The first guy responds: "I would like to hear them say that I was one of the greatest doctors of my time and a great family man". The second guy says: "I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and a school teacher who made a huge difference in the children of tomorrow". The third guy thinks for a while and then replies: "I guess I'd like to hear them say 'Look - he's moving!'"