FROM THE PASTOR….
MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY…..One of the areas with which I am impressed here at Our Lady of Victory is the overwhelming support of the various ministries present in the church. From lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, music department, youth and young adult groups, etc…, many people have stepped forward to give of their time and talent. That is truly indicative of an active and vibrant parish. Being new here I am still trying to learn and understand the who, what, when and where of the various ministries and groups. Therefore, I have been meeting with those involved in the ministries. Continuing with the meetings, I am planning a EUCHARISTIC MINISTER MEETING in the Church on Monday, September 23 at 6:00 PM. At that meeting I will discuss the procedures to be performed at Mass and I will talk to those taking the Eucharist to the homebound, making sure our entire homebound parishioners are “covered” with someone visiting them. This will accomplish several things. First, after the meeting, everyone will hopefully be on the same page when it comes to “what to do at Mass” and second, it will allow me to meet more people and answer any and all questions that people may have. I hope to have another meeting in the near future for lectors.
At the above meeting, I do invite those who would like to BECOME A EUCHARISTIC MINISTER for the parish. The person must be a confirmed, active, practicing Catholic in good standing with the church. If you want to be a Eucharistic Minister, please know that you are welcomed and plan to attend this meeting.
As I type the above words, I want to remind all parishioners to please be PATIENT WITH ME and with decisions that need to be made. It truly has been a whirlwind experience for me these past few weeks that I have been here. With so many people wanting to speak with me, so many meetings to attend and so many things that need to be done by a pastor in the normal course of a day, there are only so many hours that I can give. So please, if I have not been attentive to a particular area that someone might want me to pay particular attention to, again be patient. Rome was not built in a day. Thanks for your understanding.
I was very pleased with the response we received from parishioners taking the book THE FOUR SIGNS OF A DYNAMIC CATHOLIC. I believe over 1000 books were given out. There might be a few left around the church. This book is a continuation of the small prayer gatherings started last year with the Catholicism videos and discussions. It is the hope of the Outreach Committee that each family will read the book, discuss it within the family confines or, as in the past, discuss it within the small meeting groups that were formed over the past year. I highly support this program and hope that many will take advantage of this spiritual growth opportunity.
A LITTLE HUMOR, BUT A GREAT TRUTH FROM THE MOUTH OF BABES…..A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible -- Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the verse. Little Bobby was excited about the task, but he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line. On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Bobby was so nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, "The Lord is my shepherd . . . and that's all I need to know!"