FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Monday our nation celebrates LABOR DAY. Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. However, I would like to place a “Christian Spin” on the day. For me, it is the time when we implore God’s blessing on the work that we do to build up the kingdom of God on this earth. Yes, we can work solely for our own gain; or we can see work as a participation in God’s creative puroses in bringing about His Kingdom in the here and now. There will only be ONE MASS celebrated that day at 9:00 AM and the rectory will be closed.
I was sitting in church one afternoon spending some time with the Lord, and it came to me that I just wanted to THANK OLV PARISHIONERS for many things in my life and in the life of the parish:
- First, I want to thank all those who have sent me e-mails or letters of encouragement or spoken to me directly since the changes when into effect at our parish. I have received only one negative comment over the first month and I am truly appreciative of the love and warmth you show your pastor. In fact, I have received more offers of help than ever before. May God bless all those who have offered their support.
- Second, I want to thank all those who have and are contributing financially for the support of OLV parish. Our collections have not dwindled; in fact they have gone up from the past year even through the summer vacation season. And on top of that, we have surpassed our ACA goal again this year by over $85,000.00. Your generosity is a shining light in the diocese and I am very proud of all of you.
- Third, I want to thank parishioners for being a welcoming and warm parish. Since January 1 of this year, we have had 58 new families register with us. We are growing each week by 2-3 new registrations and I attribute it to you and your warm presence when people come to worship with us.
- Fourth, I want to thank you for your participation at our liturgies. The prayerful responses and the spirit-filled singing fill the church with the praises of God. When I am away from OLV parish for vacation or travel and attend other churches, I realize just how blessed we are at OLV to have such participation.
- Fifth, I want to thank all those who volunteer throughout our parish, from school, pre-school and church that I might have forgotten. We do have many dedicated parishioners who want OLV to be the” light on the hill” and as pastor, I am grateful. It takes everyone working together to bring a little of God’s Kingdom upon this earth. Thank you for making that happen.
These were just a few of my thought and I want you all to know that I appreciate all that parishioners do for me and the parish and I will never take you for granted. God bless and thanks.
And while in the thanking mood, I want to thank all those who made our PARISH PICNIC such a huge success. By all observations, this was the largest turn-out despite the threat of rain and storms. I want to thank Bob and Mary Hershey and Mary Grunthaner for overall planning. Others who helped in many and valuable roles to run the picnic, i.e., set-up, cooks, cleanup, food table helpers were the following - Bob and Kathleen Crowe, Steve Milillo, Dave De Antonio, Deb and Joe Reese, Paul Fritzsche, Deacon Dave Lapinski, Kathy Hershbine, Pat Lutz, Pat Hopkins, and Rodney Hopkins. For the Bocci Tournament - Andy Mazzara; Bingo - Ken Hart; Children's Games - The Sicree Family. And thanks to Lionel Bassett and the Knights of Columbus for the use of the hall and the picnic pavilion. Truly, a good time was had by all.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A small child was taken to the emergency room by his parents one evening for a very bad cough. A nurse examining the child’s lungs with a stethoscope said to calm him, “I have to see if Barney is in there.” The child replies, “I have Jesus on my heart. Barney is on my underwear.”