MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,
I want to extend a word of THANKS to all those who made our Parish Picnic a huge success last Sunday. I was very pleased with the attendance and the smiles that were plentiful. However, to have such a successful event, many people had to be involved. I want to thank Mary and Bob Hershey, Mary Grunthaner, Nancy and Bob Jacobs, Heidi Tittmann and Pam Scott for a job well done. It was told to me that they were present early and stayed late to set up and clean up. I am grateful to them for their kindness and generosity with their time insuring that a good time was had by all. Events like these are very important for a parish family. It builds community, makes friendships and allows us not only to pray together, but to play together as well. As I looked around the grounds and saw all the smiling faces and heard the laughter, I believe that a good time was had by all. Thanks to all for making it a special day for the parish.
This past Tuesday we started a NEW SCHOOL YEAR FOR OUR LADY OF VICTORY. I am very excited about the new year. Over my entire priesthood, I have been associated with schools – from being an assistant at parishes with a school to being pastor of a parish with it's own school. I believe very strongly in the importance of a Catholic Education. If we want our young people to grow and develop in the image and likeness of God, then a solid and firm foundation in the values of Jesus Christ is very important. And where else can that foundation be established than in our Catholic school? I will work hard to make OLV School the best possible school it can be. May God bless us and our efforts as we work together to instill His values in the hearts and lives of His children. And just a reminder that the yearly School Masses will now be celebrated on Wednesdays at 9:00 AM.
This Monday is LABOR DAY. Traditionally it is recognized as the “unofficial” end of summer. Because it is a national holiday, the rectory office will be closed to allow priests and staff to enjoy a day with family and friends. Therefore after the morning Masses, the rectory office will be closed.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - An 80-year-old couple was worried because they kept forgetting things all the time. The doctor assured them there was nothing seriously wrong except old age, and suggested they carry a notebook and write things down so they wouldn't forget. Several days later, the old man got up to go to the kitchen. His wife said, "Dear, get me a bowl of ice cream while you're up." "Okay," he said. "...and put some chocolate syrup on it and a few cherries, too," she added. "You'd better write all this down." "I won't forget!" he said. Twenty minutes later he came back into the room and handed his wife a plate of scrambled eggs and bacon. She glared at him. "Now, I told you to write it down! I knew you'd forget." "What did I forget?" he asked. She replied, "My toast!"