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September 1, 2019

posted Aug 30, 2019, 9:52 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Monday our country                            celebrates LABOR DAY. Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength,  prosperity, and well-being of our country.  Even though it is a secular holiday, possibly we could consider it in a spiritual way.  Maybe we could see this day as a way to celebrate all the ways people over the centuries have contributed to the "strength, prosperity and well-being" of our church and even the Kingdom of God.  I believe that God has given each one of us a task to  fulfill for the building up of His Kingdom upon this earth.  Maybe this day we can ask ourselves, "Have I built up His Kingdom by my life and words or have I impeded the coming of the Kingdom by my life and words?"  This Monday maybe a pause in our life will give us the answer to this question.


Because it is a national holiday, there will be ONLY ONE MASS AT 9:00 AM celebrated.  Also, since it is the unofficial end of the summer season, the rectory will be closed on Monday and will  reopen on Tuesday at 9:00 AM so that our priests and staff may enjoy the day with family and friends.


These past weeks at Our Lady of Victory we held two very successful social events. I want to acknowledge those who were instrumental in working the events so that we could have a       wonderful time.


         1.  The BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC – even though the rain fell right before the picnic, we moved into the gym and new lunchroom.   The rain did not dampen the fun and enthusiasm for the over 500 parents and students in attendance. It was great seeing families enjoying                  themselves and having an all-around good time. As pastor, it warmed my heart to see our           families celebrating our school and parish. I want to THANK Annie Foytack and her long list of volunteers who made this evening so  enjoyable for everyone. The attendance was the highest ever and I am so very proud of our school staff and volunteers.


     2. Our PARISH PICNIC – what a wonderful evening we had last weekend as our                parishioners celebrated their parish family. As I looked around as saw the immense crowd  I was so very proud that many came to this event. I do believe by the pictures taken that this was the largest crowd to date.   Once again, to see everyone having a good time, laughing and talking with each other, watching the kids just being kids and seeing the smiles on the faces of those present, I was filled with gratitude for our parish being a place where we not only pray together, but we play together. I want to THANK Mary and Bob Hershey and all the multitude of  volunteers for working so hard to make this event possible. I want to THANK the Knights of Columbus for hosting the picnic on their grounds. You have always been so very gracious to our parish.



· A Mom says to her son, "What did you do in school today?" Her son replies, "We played a guessing game." The mom says, "I thought you had a math exam?" The boy says, "That's right."

· A young boy goes into school one day and says to his teacher, "Would you punish me for         something I didn't do?" His teacher says, "Of course not." The boy says, "Good. I didn't do my homework."

· Teacher: “Daniel, I’ve had to send you to the principal every day this week. What do you have to say for yourself?” Daniel: “I’m glad it’s Friday!”