Each year a missionary is invited to speak at OLV and to take up a collection for the work of his/.her missionary community. This presentation and collection was scheduled for this weekend, July 25-26. Sister Ellen Anderson was scheduled to be our presenter and to take up a collection on behalf of her community, the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary. However, since Sister lives with older Sisters she thought it best if she stayed home. However, I told her we would receive donations and send them to her.
You can find out about the good work being done by the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary by going to their website at www.mshr.org. Here is some information about them:
“We are Catholic women missionaries (Religious Sisters) alive with the joy of the Gospel bringing Christ’s love and mercy to people in need—materially or spiritually in Africa, South America, Europe and USA.
The Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary are a group of women religious founded in 1924 to collaborate in the evangelization of South Nigeria, particularly by presenting to the women of that land the image of Chris- tian womanhood, modeled on Mary. The Sisters now work in Brazil, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zambia.
Today this group of nuns from different parts of the world expresses their missionary charism through education at all levels, health care, development work and agriculture, advocacy and human rights programs. They work with refugees and formation of indigenous congregations.
Most of the Sisters do not receive either salaries or stipends, but solely depend on the generosity of benefactors.”
You can donate by using the envelopes that are being provided at the doors of the
church and sending your donation directly to the Sisters, or by writing a check to OLV with the notation “Missionary collection.” We will then send a check from the parish to the Sisters.
Our Lady of Victory School Graduation events that were originally scheduled to take place in June will take place this week. The Awards Assembly and Grand March will take place on Thursday, July 30th, and the Graduation Mass and Ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 1st at 11 am. Fr. Sullivan will be returning to speak to the Graduates. Of course, we will follow social distancing recommendations at all events. Attendance is by invitation only.
I am very happy that these students will have the same traditional experience of Graduation – with all the accompanying Catholic memories – that all other alumni of OLV have had!
We will continue to have Outdoor Masses in Memorial Park on Saturdays at 4 pm and Sundays at 10:30 am. However, beginning next weekend, we will discontinue the 12 noon Mass in the park.
Let me once again acknowledge the great generosity of the members of the Knights of Columbus who have set up and taken down the outdoor Mass since we began. Any man in the community who is looking for a way to be involved and to be of service to the community, I would suggest joining the Knights. They do great community service – and enjoy doing it!
Praised be the name of Jesus Christ now and forever!