FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, a representative of the MISSIONARY SISTERS OF THE HOLY ROSARY will be with us this weekend, speaking to us of their mission and their need from us. The community was founded in Ireland in 1924 to work with the women of Nigeria, West Africa. The Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary are now an international community working in nine countries of Africa, Brazil and in Mexico. They are a strictly missionary group with no institutions in the United States or Canada, so therefore they rely almost exclusively on funds provided through the Society for the Propagation of Faith and the generosity of the people back home to support their sisters on mission. Sr. Ellen Anderson will be speaking at all the Masses, asking for our help. Please use the envelopes found in the gathering space or the “Missionary Cooperative Envelopes” found in your packets. There will be a SECOND COLLECTION next weekend for Sister’s mission appeal.
As part of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States during the Conference on the Family, Our Lady of Victory Parish will hold a PARISH MISSION on October 4-7. The Mission’s speaker is Jon Leonetti, a well known international Catholic speaker. The mission’s focus will be “SURGE OF THE HEART” with three talks given on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings. Jon will speak at all Masses on the 4th encouraging full participation during the evenings. Each evening Jon will be presenting from 7-8 PM on three distinct topics within our Catholic faith: Evening 1: Understanding better how God has revealed himself to the Church and the world. Evening 2: The response of those before us. Evening 3: Understanding the three most effective ways to grow in faith. And along those lines I have asked that NO MEETINGS BE HELD so that all parishioners will have the opportunity to come and listen to Jon. Here are a few comments on what others are saying about Jon: “One of the most gifted speakers I’ve heard in my years as a priest”, Fr. Rich O’Donnell, VT. “Engaging, entertaining, and hilarious”, Erin Walsh. “One of the most compelling parish missions we have ever experienced”, Fr. Winston Bath, NY. Please plan to attend and may God continue to bless our parish, renewed through Jon’s presentations.
This is another reminder that the NEW PARISHIONER PICNIC GATHERING will be held this Sunday afternoon in the Activities Center after the 5:00 PM Mass. I am looking forward to meeting all our new parishioners and their families at this gathering. We are so very blessed to have over 68 new families join our parish since January, but over 120 since last year’s picnic. Once again, I do not want to beat the same drum over and over again; but that is absolutely marvelous that so many want to be part of our parish family. I give you my thanks for being a welcoming and loving parish – a dream that I, as your pastor, will always try to engender at OLV.
MAJOR CHANGE FOR THE WEEK – due to the fact that work will begin on the church and rectory roofs this week, there need to be some changes to our schedule:
1. Beginning Monday ALL WEEKDAY MORNING MASSES (except Wednesday School Mass)
will be held in the Activities Center. The TUESDAY EVENING MASS will still be held in the Church
with confessions beforehand. The WEEKEND MASSES will still be celebrated in the church.
2. Due to the noise and possible dust, ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT on Thursday
the 24th of September and the 1st of October will be postponed. The Church will still be opened all day
so parishioners can still come and pray before the Blessed Sacrament at any time of the day.
3. We will evaluate week by week to determine how long these changes will be in effect.
The work is estimated to take 6-8 weeks; but the changes might be shorter due to the circumstances and progress of the work I do ask for your cooperation until this project is over. I hope all parishioners will understand the importance of finishing this project before the snow “flies.”
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – After dying in a car crash, three friends go to Heaven for orientation. They are all asked the same question: "When you are in your casket, friends and family are mourning over you, what would you like to hear them say about you?" The first guy immediately responds, "I would like to hear them say that I was one of the great doctors of my time, and a great family man." The second guy says, "I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher who made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow." The last guy thinks a minute and replies, "I'd like to hear them say...... LOOK, HE'S MOVING!!!!!"