FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as you drove into the parish grounds off of the parkway, I hope that you
noticed the pedestal for the STATUE OF MARY in loving memory for Fr. Val. As an update, the statue is on an ocean liner coming from Italy. It is scheduled to be here by the end of September and I hope to have the blessing after an evening Mass on Friday, October 7 – the feast day of our parish. So say a prayer that the statue is delivered in time for our celebration of Our Lady of Victory. The date given to us is September 15; but as you know nothing is ever on time while waiting for a delivery.
Due to a schedule conflict with Deacon Dave and myself, once again there WILL NOT BE A COMMUNION SERVICE this Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 AM. We will have the normal Mass at 9:00 AM.
As we continue through the year during the JUBLIEE OF MERCY, I came across this beautiful passage on God’s forgiveness written by Henri J.M. Nouwen, a very popular spiritual writer who unfortunately died at an early age. As a prayer he writes, “Dear Lord, your disciple Peter wanted to know who would betray you. You pointed to Judas but a little later also to him. Judas betrayed, Peter denied you. Judas hanged himself, Peter became the apostle whom you made the first among equals. Lord, give me faith, faith in your endless mercy, your boundless forgiveness, your unfathomable goodness. Let me not be tempted to think that my sins are too great to be forgiven, too abominable to be touched by your mercy. Let me never run away from you but return to you again and again, asking you to be my Lord, my Shepherd, my Stronghold, and my Refuge. Take me under your wing, O Lord, and let me know that you do not reject me as long as I keep asking you to forgive me. Perhaps my doubt in your forgiveness is a greater sin that the sins I consider too great to be forgiven. Perhaps I make myself too important, too great when I think that I cannot be embraced by you anymore. Lord, look at me, accept my prayer as you accepted Peter’s prayer, and let me not run away from you in the night as Judas did.” What beautiful words that express God’s mercy and the hope we hold in our hearts. Read this prayer often and truly come to believe the words just prayed.
I want to THANK all those parishioners who are contributing to the MATCHING FUNDS PROGRAM THROUGH THE GOODNESS OF JOE AND SUE ROGAS. Joe and Sue have pledged matching funds of $50,000.00 is we raise $50,000.00 for the new Wi-Fi system now in place in our school. The new internet connection replaces an outdated system and has impacted the student computer use in a very positive way. Contributions are still being taken and if you want to help in this wonderful project, payments can be made to the rectory through mail or through the Sunday collection basket. I thank Joe and Sue for their tremendous generosity towards the church and school. I pray that God may bless them for their goodness and kindness.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - After starting a new diet I altered my drive to work to avoid passing my favorite bakery. I accidentally drove by the bakery this morning and as I approached, there in the window were a host of chocolates, donuts, and cheesecakes. I felt this was no accident, so I prayed … “Lord, it’s up to You. If You want me to have any of those delicious goodies, create a parking place for me directly in front of the bakery.” And sure enough, on the eighth time around the block, there it was! God is so good! (I can truly understand this thinking).