FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as my life is always open to change, I need to make a change from an announcement from last week’s bulletin. I said that we would be having an evening Mass on Friday, October 7th (the Feast Day of Our lady of Victory) and then hopefully blessing the STATUE IN HONOR OF FR. VAL. However, I found out that I will be having a meeting with the Bishop that evening and I will have to cancel the planned Our Lady of Victory Day evening mass. However, always ready to adjust, we will celebrate Our Lady of Victory Day Mass with the school children at the 9:00 AM Mass on Friday, October 7th and then with the children, we will process out to the statue (hopefully) and bless it then. I did not know about the Bishop’s meeting until after the bulletin went out. Thank you all for your understanding.
This Wednesday, I need to shorten the ALL DAY ADORATION TIME by one hour. The R.C.I.A. team and new perspective members of OLV need to use the church beginning at 8:00 PM. Therefore, we will have Benediction at 7:50 PM this Wednesday instead of 8:50 PM. Please be alerted to the change so that it will not be a surprise for ones coming at 8:00 PM for their adoration time.
If you have not heard by now, BETH DOUGHERTY, our pre-school director for the past 23 years, has resigned from the position. I have accepted her resignation with great sadness. Beth has done an outstanding job over the past 23 years, growing the pre-school, making it financially stable and instilling in our younger parishioners the love of God. I am appreciative for her work and I do ask God to bless her for all her years of work and labor of love. And may she now enjoy a well-deserved break. Along those lines, I want to introduce to the parish community DAWN LORENZ as the new director. She comes to us qualified to continue the tradition of having a great and outstanding pre-school program. May God bless Dawn also as she begins her new role as our pre-school director.
As now we begin a “new year” of church activities, I want to remind the Parish Council Members that our first meeting will be THIS TUESDAY AT 6:30 in the regular meeting room. I do ask all members to please try and be present as we gather ourselves once again after the summer vacation and begin to plan and lead the parish community once again.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things. They decide to go to the doctor for a checkup. The doctor tells them that they're physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember. Later that night while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. His wife asks, "Where are you going?" "To the kitchen," he replies. "Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?" "Sure." "Don't you think you should write it down so you can remember it?" she asks. "No, I can remember it." "Well, I'd like some strawberries on top, too. You'd better write it down, because you know you'll forget it." He says, "I can remember that! You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries." "I'd also like whipped cream. I'm certain you'll forget that, so you'd better write it down!" she retorts. Irritated, he says, "I don't need to write it down, I can remember it! Leave me alone! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream -- I got it, for goodness sake!" Then he grumbles into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes the old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs. She stares at the plate for a moment and says... "Where's my toast?
Disciples of the Lord need to know what is truly important in their faith life. Distractions, possessions, and attachments must be left behind. Following Jesus demands a total commitment and an understanding that the Lord is the first priority in life and relationships. Such a life presumes the virtue of mercy. Filled with compassion and charity, believers witness to the faith with a love that reflects the face of God. The baptized need the wisdom to choose that which is of God and reject that which is not of God. In mercy we support one another in the serious call to follow Christ in our daily lives.