FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Sunday we return to ORDINARY TIME in our Church Liturgical Year. It is the name given to the part of the Liturgical Year that does not fall within one of the major seasons (Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter) and does not observe any specific aspect of the mystery of Christ. During this time the Church continues to celebrate our Lord's Resurrection, but in its application to our earthly lives. And that is the point – Ordinary Time reminds us that the major celebrations we remembered at Church should apply to our lives and the way we live in the Presence of the Risen Lord. May our “Ordinary Time” not be ordinary. May it reflect a lived relationship with the Lord Jesus now and throughout the New Year until the day, we can see God face to face.
I want to take this time to THANK GLENN FLEMING AND THE KOCH FUNERAL HOME for once again sponsoring the 2021 calendars. Over the many years I have been at OLV (5 my first time and now 8), OLV has always had a great relationship with Koch’s. I truly appreciate their generosity and kindness in supplying our calendars. There are still some left in the church. Please feel free to take one, if you have not already done so.
Also, if there are any of the books on ST. MOTHER THERESA left, please feel free to take as many as you need. Depending on how many are left, maybe you might know someone who would appreciate having one. With small individual meditations for each day of the year, this book might help us to make each day extraordinary. Thanks again to Rich Gabel for making this gift possible for our church.
As of this typing, our CHRISTMAS COLLECTION is $71,070.00! What an absolutely wonderful amount to report to the parish. Once again, it is a testament to the generosity of most parishioners and their willingness to remember OLV at Christmas time. With the virus and the lack of attendance at the Christmas Masses, I was a bit worried that we might not make our budgeted amount. But we are very close, despite things that are working against us, especially the pandemic. As we begin this New Year, I am hopeful that soon we can get back to some normalcy. May God bless each one of you for your kindness to OLV parish.
A heads up – due to a schedule change, THERE WILL NOT BE A 7:00 AM Mass this Monday, the 18th. There will however be a 9:00 AM Mass.
And just for clarification, when we schedule confessions at 6:00 PM on Wednesdays and 9:30 AM on Saturdays, please understand that as soon as the last person in line is heard, Fr. Jonathan and I leave. We do not sit around and wait for people to come. So, what I am asking is that please come on time to have your CONFESSIONS HEARD. I know that many do not want to wait in line. However, waiting in line is better than missing the chance for reconciliation due to the fact that the priests have already left the church.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - It was the day after Christmas at a church in San Francisco. The pastor of the church was looking over the cradle when he noticed that the baby Jesus was missing from among the figures. Immediately he turned and went outside to look and saw a little boy with a red wagon, and in the wagon was the figure of the little infant, Jesus. He walked up to the boy and said, “Well, where did you get Him, my fine friend?” The little boy replied, “I got him from the church.” “And why did you take him?”
The boy said, “Well, about a week before Christmas I prayed to the little Lord Jesus and I told him if he would bring me a red wagon for Christmas I would give him a ride around the block in it.”