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September 17, 2017

posted Sep 15, 2017, 5:33 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   in just a few weeks, our parish will be celebrating our feast day of Our Lady of Victory.  Around this time we try to have something special for the parish.  We have had parish missions or a special Mass.  The school celebrates the day with fun activities.  This year, we will be having ANOTHER PARISH MISSION. It will be entitled A DIVINE MERCY PARISH MISSION given by Fr. Dan Cambra, MIC, Director of the Marian  Evangelization Team.  As your pastor and being a priest for over 36 years, I feel that we cannot talk enough about God’s Divine Mercy for us, His children.  As we were growing up how often were we “preached at” concerning God’s wrath and punishment?  Our spirituality was based on a fear         mentality. I feel that as we continue our spiritual journey we need to make St. John’s words – GOD IS LOVE – the foundation of our spiritual development and from that grow in the understanding of the words spoken by St. Pope John Paul II – “Do not be afraid.”  Fr. Dan is a member of the Mother of Mercy Province of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  He received a Masters of Religious Education from Providence College in June 1983 and a Masters of Theology in May 1986 from Sacred Heart School of Theology.  The Marians of the Immaculate Conception are the religious community entrusted by Pope Francis to spread the message and devotion of Divine Mercy.  Fr. Dan will speak at all the Masses the weekend of September 30 –  October 1.  There will be evening talks then on Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday at 7:00 PM, October 2, 3, 4.  Please make the date on your calendars and plan to be with us as we grow in the knowledge of God’s Mercy and Love for us.


Just a reminder that the INFORMATIONAL SESSION FOR THE OBERAMMERGAU TRIP will be next Saturday, Sept. 23 at 5:00 PM in the Activities Center.  As of right now, there is no obligation involved in this meeting, although trip confirmations with down payments will be accepted.  It is informational, especially to answer any questions parishioners might have.


Next Sunday after the morning Masses we will have a PANCAKE BREAKFAST for future  scholarships to attend high school for children from Fr. Ralph’s School in Ghana.  After finishing the 8th grade many students drop out of school due to lack of finances to attend high school.  The tuition for high school in Ghana is $1,500.00 and many families cannot afford to pay the fee.  All proceeds from the breakfast will go to support as many children as possible.  So instead of going to the Waffle Shop after Mass, why not just meander to the Activities Center for a delicious breakfast.  This event is sponsored by The Knights of Columbus and assisted by the Holy Name of Mary Committee.


At the end of this month, we will begin the PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS. With a few people reaching the end of their terms, I am looking for their replacements.  The Parish Council is an advisory council and is extremely helpful to me.  With their input, I am able to make decisions   regarding the path our church pursues.  If there is anyone wanting to serve on the Council, please leave your name at the rectory.  Or if you know anyone whom you feel could serve for the good of the parish, please give us their names as well.  I will collect the names and then select the needed replacements.  The deadline for submission is Monday.



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!"