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posted Jul 13, 2018, 1:01 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this past week as some of you know if you tried to call the rectory, the PHONE SYSTEM WENT DOWN. From last Thursday after the 4th of July through (whenever, since I am typing this bulletin before the problem is fixed) people could not call into the rectory.  We called for assistance, but the phone company could not come out until this past week, leaving us without service.  I do apologize for this situation, but there was nothing I could do.  We are at the mercy of the phone company, even though I told them we were a church that receives many calls, especially emergency calls.  Believe me, it is truly frustrating knowing that people are calling but our system could not answer.  Hopefully, by the reading of this bulletin, the problem has been rectified.  Short of sending up smoke signals, I do not know how to solve problems that deal with  technology and the like.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.


Next Sunday the Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a BREAKFAST FOR A SCHOLARSHIP TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION FOR A STUDENT IN FR. RALPH’S SCHOOL – HOLY NAME OF MARY. The breakfast will be from 8:15 to 11:30 in the Activities Center Gardiner Social Hall.  The cost will be $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.  The breakfast proceeds will be placed in a scholarship fund, allowing us to send a child to further their education by attending high school.  It costs $1,000.00 per student per year for their tuition.  Please come and  support this wonderful project that OLV has supported over the years.  And just for your information, Fr. Ralph will be speaking at all Masses next weekend informing us of the continuing great work that is being done in Ghana.  We will then take up a second collection the following Sunday for anyone who wants to help contribute to the school and the many issues that require our financial help.


This Monday we will have a PARISH WIDE MEETING to discuss the improvements to the school      cafeteria, the air conditioning of the school and the ongoing safety upgrades on July 16 at 6:30pm in the school gym.  So far, the response has been positive, but there are questions and that is the purpose of the meeting.  I want everyone to be clear with what we are doing so that no false rumors (which some like to spread) will be “out there.”  I would like to answer one question already put to me – “Are you getting an outside firm to handle the Capital Campaign?”  My answer to this is an  emphatic –NO!  I feel in my heart that we can do this on our own and there is no need to pay out $40,000 - $50,000 to a company when this drive can be handled by the capable staff we have here at OLV.  The fees can be used to further our finances.  So please rest assured that every pledge will be used in the projects that have been outlined for you.


Just a reminder to parishioners that we will again have the CATHOLIC COMMUNITY DAY WITH THE SPIKES next Sunday, July 22 at the Medlar field.  The cost is $10.00 and they will play the       Auburn Doubledays.  Our group will also participate in the singing of the National Anthem and God Bless America. Please call the rectory to reserve your seat at the game and enjoy a night out with    fellow parishioners and friends of the neighboring parishes. 


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The following are actual excerpts from classified sections of city               newspapers:

1. Illiterate? Write today for free help.

2. Auto Repair Service. Free pick-up and delivery. Try us once; you'll never go anywhere else again.

3. Man wanted to work in dynamite factory. Must be willing to travel.

4. Stock up and save. Limit: one.

5. Semi-Annual after-Christmas Sale.

6. 3-year old teacher needed for pre-school. Experience preferred.

7. Mixing bowl set designed to please a cook with round bottom for efficient beating.

8. A girl wanted to assist magician in cutting-off-head illusion. Blue Cross and salary.

9. Now is your chance to have your ears pierced and get an extra pair to take home, too.

10. We do not tear your clothing with machinery. We do it carefully by hand.