Thank you to all who attended Mass last weekend and adjusted to our temporary plan for seating and the distribution of Holy Communion. Your cooperation is appreciated. The members of the Knights of Columbus have been a great help in implementing the seating plan and in setting up for the Masses in Memorial Park. Many people commented that the Masses in the Park were celebrated well. I know the weather was certainly a help! In the event of inclement weather, the Memorial Park Masses will be moved to the Gym.
This weekend’s Mass schedule is:
Saturday 4 pm Church, Chapel and Memorial Park.
Saturday 5:30 pm Church, Chapel
Sunday, 7:30 am Church, Chapel
Sunday, 9:00 am Church, Chapel
Sunday, 10:30 am Church, Chapel and Memorial Park
Sunday, 12 noon Church, Chapel and Memorial Park
No 1:30 pm Mass
Sunday, 5:30 pm Church, Chapel (No Memorial Park Mass at 5:30 pm)
Bishop Barres has transferred Fr. Sullivan from OLV to St. Rose of Lima in Massapequa as an associate effective July 1. This disappointing news came as a surprise to both Fr. Sullivan and me.
St. Rose will benefit from Fr. Sullivan’s ministry, as we have here at OLV. His ministry as a newly ordained priest has enriched our parish and each of us personally, me perhaps more so than anyone. He will be missed, but we wish him Godspeed as he continues what promises to be a fruitful ministry in our Diocese.
As of this writing, I do not know who his replacement will be, but I will know by this weekend and will announce it at the Masses.
Farewell Car Parade for Fr. Sullivan
Given the current circumstances, we are unable to have a Farewell Reception for Fr. Sullivan. The best we can do is to have a Car Parade next Sunday, June 28th beginning at 1:00 pm, right after the 12 noon Masses. Cars are welcome to line up facing north on Plain- field Avenue, turning right onto Floral Pkwy. passing in front of the church. Fr. Sullivan will be at the Blessed Mother Statue / stop sign to greet you.
Happy Fathers Day
Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers among us who, by their tireless devotion and hard work, reflect the love of God the Father to all of us!
Prayers for fathers who do not currently live with their children, for those who are estranged from their children, for those who mourn the loss of a child. Special circumstances call for even more intense prayers for you.
I also want to remember in a special way the fathers/grandfathers who cannot be visited by family today because they are in nursing homes.
Finally, prayers for our deceased fathers and grandfathers, including my own, whose memory we lift up in prayer today and for whose example we are eternally grateful.
Rosary for Religious Freedom
Please join us for a public recitation of the Rosary on Saturday, June 27th at 10:30 am in front of the church. We will be praying for the protection of religious freedom in our country.
Religious freedom is both an American value and an important part of Catholic teaching on human dignity. When we promote religious freedom, we promote the common good and thus strengthen the life of our nation.
Praised be the name of Jesus Christ now and forever!