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September 24, 2017

posted Sep 22, 2017, 8:23 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  I received the following e-mail from FR. RALPH so I thought I would share it with you. “Greetings from Ghana!  I am pleased to be in touch with you today. It is my prayer that you are faring well as I am doing here. Seminary has resumed and we are all doing our best. Our school van is also repaired and will be ready for the new school year. The school is also being painted as planned. I can say that we are moving towards the right direction. But the good news is that we presented 10 candidates to write the State exams that will make it possible for them to get to High school. All the 10 passed and they qualify to go to high school. This is another landmark victory in the history of our school. We are yet to see how many will make it to the high school. So far I have not heard of anything negative about anyone so we will see when school reopens on Sept. 11th. I want to say thank you so much for your immense support and financial help to our mission in Ghana.  The church is completed and I am going to discuss it with the Bishop so as to set the date for its rededication. I will get you the latest pictures when I go to Beyin. Thank you so much for everything. God bless.”  I share it with you because the breakfast this Sunday morning in the Activities Center  is to sponsor the 10 students who passed their exams for entrance into the High School.  It speaks volumes on what our school in Ghana is doing to change the lives of many of the children. If you are able to support the breakfast                   sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, please know that you are helping to send children on to higher education, thereby affording them a better life.  Thanks and God bless all who are                  supporting this wonderful ministry.


In just a few weeks, our parish will be celebrating our feast day of Our Lady of Victory on Saturday, October 7th.  Around this time we try to have something special for the parish.  We have had parish missions or a special Mass in the past.  OLV school celebrates the day with fun activities.  This year, we will be having A PARISH MISSION.  It will be entitled A DIVINE MERCY PARISH MISSION given by Fr. Dan Cambra, MIC, Director of the Marian Evangelization Team.  Father will be speaking at all the Masses next weekend inviting all parishioners to attend the special days  devoted to understanding better God’s wonderful mercy.  Please mark the calendar and be with us October 2-4.


Once again, the GENEROSITY OF OLV PARISHIONERS has shown forth within our community.  As you know, we have been asked to contribute to 2 charities or organizations.  The first was for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the second was for Fr. Shao, a missionary who spoke to us a few weeks ago.  OLV contributed $25,000.00 for the hurricane relief appeal and $8,582.00 for Fr. Shao and his missions.  From my heart, as your pastor, I want to THANK ALL who contributed to help relieve the hurt and sufferings of others. OLV has always been a light  shining out in a darkened world.  Your help and generosity does serve as an inspiration to others without gaining any recognition from the “outside world.”  OLV, in conjunction with her many charitable gifts, contributes more financial aid and services than any other church in the diocese, Catholic and non-Catholic alike.  I am very proud of you.  We might not gain the recognition as  other churches might and we do not seek out the approval and recognition.  However, the only recognition that we do receive comes from the Heavenly Father and I am sure for all of us that is the only recognition worth receiving. May God bless you for your kindness and outreach to all of God’s children.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A high school teacher was giving a true/false test. He was strolling up and down the aisles surveying the students at work. He came upon one student who was flipping a coin, then writing.  Teacher: What are you doing?   Student: Getting the answers to the test. The teacher shook his head and walked on. A little while later, when everyone was finished with the test, the teacher noticed the student was again flipping the coin.  Teacher: Now what are you doing?   Student: I'm checking the answers.