MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY…..With the month of October coming upon us and the month being dedicated to Mary, our Liturgy Committee met last week and our FEAST DAY AND NOVENA were discussed at great length. It was decided at the meeting that we would have a “scaled back” Novena this year. With the changes that occurred within our parish and the diocese, it was decided that we would have a HOLY HOUR on Monday, October 7, beginning at 7:00 PM. The Holy Hour would consist of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, readings, a brief homily, litany and Benediction. However, in keeping with the “Nine Day Novena” tradition, we will say the Novena prayer at each Mass starting this Sunday, the 29th. The prayer can be found at the entrances of the church and in the church bulletin, to be prayed at home if you wish to do so. I know that our Blessed Lady has blessed us in so many ways over the years and through her intercession may her Son continue to bless our parish as we journey to the Kingdom of God.
I want to take this time to CONGRATULATE THE CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAS on the occasion of their 10th anniversary celebration to be held at the noon Mass this weekend. I am very pleased with the work of the CDA over the years of my priesthood and the gratefulness is extended to our Court here at OLV. I welcome all the State Representatives that have made the journey to be with us. May God continue to bless all those in our Catholic Daughters Court and may they be rewarded for their kindness and generosity shown to our parish.
I want to take this time to THANK the volunteers who are forming MARTHA’S HELPERS, a group dedicated to keeping the church looking clean and bright after the renovations. I am appreciative of Nancy Jacobs and Sheryl Balkey for spearheading this organization. I highly encourage anyone interested in being part of this group to please e-mail Nancy at email@example.com. The tasks assigned will be just some light housekeeping a few hours a month. Thanks to those who have signed up and an anticipated thanks to those who will become part of MARTHA’S HELPERS.
Last Sunday evening I met with Maria and members of the High School Youth Council for OLV. I thought we had a wonderful meeting and I am very pleased with their plans for our young people and I encourage all teens in grades 9-12 to please consider becoming members and making our OLV Youth Group a strong presence in our church.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Two little boys, ages 8 and 10, are excessively mischievous. They are always getting into trouble and their parents know all about it. If any mischief occurs in their town, the two boys are probably involved. The boys' mother heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The clergyman agreed, but he asked to see them individually. So the mother sent the 8 year old first, in the morning, with the older boy to see the clergyman in the afternoon. The clergyman, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, "Do you know where God is, son?" The boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there wide-eyed with his mouth hanging open. So the clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God?!" Again, the boy made no attempt to answer. The preacher raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face and bellowed, "Where is God?!" The boy screamed and bolted from the room, ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him. When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, "what happened?" The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, "We are in BIG trouble this time dude. GOD is missing, and they think we did it!