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September 3, 2017

posted Sep 1, 2017, 8:42 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  HOW GRATEFUL WE SHOULD BE! I am sure all of us are well aware of the devastating damage and loss of life people in Texas, and possibly in Louisiana, are experiencing right now.  The pictures and images coming out of Texas are heart wrenching.  I will not forget the picture of the nursing home with some residents sitting in wheelchairs with water up to their waists.  It really leads one to cry.  This weekend the Diocese is asking churches to take up a SECOND COLLECTION for the people in Texas.  I know this is a short notice; but the need is right now.  And since this is short notice, I will hold sending the money till the following week so that those who were not prepared to contribute at this time can place their contribution in an envelope next weekend. PLEASE MARK ON YOUR ENVELOPE “FLOOD RELIEF.” I am certain that OLV will come through for the poor residents in Texas.  And through all this, for us, may we all come to realize how blessed we are. 


 Because Labor Day is a national holiday in the United States, the rectory office WILL BE CLOSED on Monday and there will be only one Mass celebrated at 9:00 AM.  This will allow staff and priests to enjoy the “last day of summer vacation” with family and friends.


Last week OUR LADY OF VICTORY SCHOOL opened its doors once again to welcome students to  another school year.  Yes, the summer indeed went fast.  It seems like yesterday that we sent the students home for vacation.  I am looking forward to another great school year.  Our enrollment has  increased by 12 students; the teachers are excited to begin again; and your pastor is happy to see the future of the church walking the halls of our school.  May God bless us with another good year.


Next weekend our parish will be sharing in the DIOCESAN MISSIONARY COOPERATIVE ONCE AGAIN. As you recall from previous years, each parish in the Diocese hosts a missionary priest/sister asking for financial help.  This year we will be welcoming Rev. Evod Shao a member of the Spiritan Religious Congregation working throughout the world.  The Spiritans are a Roman Catholic religious  missionary congregation – the Congregation of the Holy Spirit – with a 300-year legacy of announcing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor and serving as “the advocates, the supporters and the defenders of the weak and the little ones against all who oppress them”. Their Motto - Cor Unum et Anima Una – One Heart and One Soul. (Acts 4:32) Their Mission - “The evangelization of the “poor.” Therefore they go especially to peoples, groups and individuals who have not yet heard the message of the Gospel or who have scarcely heard it, to those whose needs are the greatest, and to the oppressed. The Spiritans also willingly accept tasks for which the Church has difficulty finding workers. They are dedicated to the Holy Spirit, author of all holiness and ‘source of the apostolic spirit̀’. They place themselves under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who was filled beyond measure by the same Spirit ‘with the fullness of holiness and apostolic zeal’.  Their lifestyle is community centered, simple and  unencumbered. They get to know, accept, and respect each other as a family. They then try to serve others by living in solidarity with them.   The Spiritans are all around the globe, living where conditions are most difficult, where people are suffering and diminished in spirit. They work with communities in need, serving in parishes, schools, prisons, and many other marginal works of the Church, in their home countries and overseas in international missions educating young men and women to serve                   humanity.  Welcome Fr. Shao!


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - At the end of their first date, a young man takes his favorite girl home.    Emboldened by the night, he decides to try for that important first kiss.  With an air of confidence, he leans with his hand against the wall and smiling, he says to her, "Darling, how 'bout a goodnight kiss?"  Horrified, she replies, "Are you mad? My parents will see us!"  "Oh come on! Who's gonna see us at this hour?"  "No, please. Can you imagine if we get caught?"  "Oh come on, there's nobody around, they're all sleeping!"  "No way. It's just too risky!"  "Oh please, please, I like you so much!!"  "No, no, and no. I like you too, but I just can't!"  "Oh yes you can. Please?"  "NO, no. I just can't."  "Pleeeeease? . . ."  Out of the blue, the porch light goes on, and the girl's sister shows up in her pajamas, hair disheveled. In a sleepy voice the sister says: "Dad says to go ahead and give him a kiss. Or I can do it. Or if need be, he'll come down himself and do it. But for crying out loud tell him to take his hand off the intercom button!"