FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, 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 John 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. And 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 weekend we will take up a SECOND COLLECTION for Sr. Ellen Anderson’s community Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary. She spoke to us last weekend about the work her group is doing throughout the world. There are envelopes in the Gathering Space for this collection.
ANOTHER REMINDER - MAJOR CHANGES FOR THE WEEK – due to the fact that work began on the church and rectory roofs last week, there needs to be some changes to our schedule:
1. ALL WEEKDAY MORNING MASSES will be held in the Activities Center (except Wednesday
School Mass). 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 1st of October will be postponed. The Church will 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 remain 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.
4. 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.”
5. PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH THE PARKING SITUATION. Some spaces might be needed
for the equipment necessary to repair the roofs. Again, thanks for your understanding until this
project is over.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - One day, three Military Officers were hiking together and unexpectedly came upon a wide, raging, violent river. They needed to get to the other side, but had no idea of how to do so. The Air Force Colonel called out to God, praying, "Please God, give me the strength to cross this river." POOF! God gave him big arms and strong legs, and he was able to swim across. It did, however, take him more than an hour and he almost drowned a couple of times. Seeing this, the Army Colonel prayed to God saying, "Please God, give me the strength and tools to cross this river." POOF! God gave him a rowboat and oars. He was able to row across but it still took almost an hour, it was very rough, and he almost capsized several times. The Navy Chaplain saw how things worked out for the other two, so when he prayed to God, he said, "Please God, give me the strength, tools, and the intelligence to cross this river." POOF! God gave him a map and after looking at the map he hiked upstream a couple of hundred yards, and walked across the bridge.