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January 4-5, 2014

Sat., Jan. 4 8:00a 5:00p Sun., Jan. 5 8:30a 11:00a Mon. Jan. 6 8:00a Tues. Jan. 7 8:00a Wed., Jan. 8 8:00a St. Elizabeth Ann Seton +Nick Cordetti (Margaret & Geno Moro) +Jerry Davanzo (Ruth Davanzo) The Epiphany of the Lord +Angela Moro (Husband) +Felice & Silvia Ciotola (Family) St. Andre Bessette +Joe Grotenrath (Mary Jo Grotenrath) St. Raymond of Penyafort +Corrine Jentgen (Jane Jentgen & Theresa Veremis)


Sunday, Jan. 5 5-Coffee & Donuts Following Masses 8:30a Mass - Church 8:30a CGS-Atrium 9:30a Religious Education K-5th-PLC 11:00a Mass - Church 11:00a CLOW-Church 12:00N Expectant Mothers Blessing-Church Monday, Jan. 6 7:00a 8:00a 6:30p Tuesday, Jan. 7 8:00a

Christmas Weekday Spec.Intention Farler/Newman Family (Rob & Krista Joseph) Thurs., Jan. 9 Christmas Weekday 8:00a +Helen Casasanta (Pat Feamster) Fri., Jan. 10 8:00a Sat., Jan. 11 5:00p Christmas Weekday +Norma Stratman (Family) Christmas Weekday +Louise Bartoline (Margaret Susi)

Eucharistic Adoration-Church Mass - Church Respect Life Mtg.-VH


Wednesday, Jan. 8 8:00a Mass-Church 10:30a Grieving Through the Holidays-PLC Thursday, Jan. 9 8:00a Mass - Church 7:30a R.C.I.A. Church-What Does It Mean to be Church? Friday, Jan. 10 8:00a $4,566.00 1,260.00 612.75 Sunday, Jan. 12 8:30a 9:30a 11:00a 11:00a 6:00p Mass - Church Religious Education K-5th-PLC Mass - Church CLOW-Church ImPact (6th-8th) - PLC

Sun., Jan. 12 The Baptism of the Lord 8:30a +Giovanni DiSante (M/M Vincent DiSante) 11:00a People of the Parish

Gifts for God

116 Envelopes Recd; 762 issued 21 Loose Checks Dec. 21-22 Loose Cash

Mass - Church

Saturday, Jan. 11 10:00a 1st Reconciliation (2nd Grade)-Church 5:00p Mass - Church



Thank you to all who support the work of God

The St Vincent de Paul Society wishes to thank everyone who participated in the ornament tree program this year. We were able to provide Christmas gifts and dinners to 13 families. The receiving families also want to extend their sincere thanks to all of you. It is very gratifying to know that all of us have made a big difference in the lives of these families by sharing God's love.

COFFEE & DONUTS hosted by CLOW will follow

the 8:30 & 11:00a masses on Sunday, January 5 in the Parish Life Center. All are welcome to attend.

THE MONTHLY BAPTISM CLASS is scheduled for Sunday,

January 5 @ 2:00p in the Parish Life Center (Lower Level). This is a mandatory class for all first time parents wishing to have their baby baptized at Our Lady of Victory.

There will be a blessing for Expectant Mothers following the 11:00a Mass today, Sunday, January 5.

FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH EUCHARISTIC ADORATION will be held Monday, January 6 at 7:00a in the
Church. Arrive at 7:00a and stay through Mass or come for any portion.

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e are a group of people bound by our belief in Jesus Christ. Through our baptism, we are called to share in His work. Therefore we pledge ourselves through the ideal of shared ministry to build a community where all are welcomed, loved, needed, and appreciated; to celebrate the gift of life together in word and sacrament; and to promote justice, peace and equality for all people. - Our Lady of Victory Mission Statement

5:00p Saturday, January 11

Extraordinary Ministers: Lectors: Servers: Ushers: Joanne Bellisari, Sr. Dorothy Doyle, Patti Olson, Kati Russell, Andrea Tose, Mary Waterfield Charline Catt, Karin DeLaurentis Joe McCauley, Megan McCauley, Lizzie Murray Renee Williams, Joe Tose, Pat Jeany, Barb Schofield

I Am the New Year

I am the New Year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time. I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned during the last twelve months about life. All the good that you tried to do for others and didnt achieve last year is mine to grant providing you have fewer selfish and conflicting desires. In me lies the potential of all that you have dreamed but didnt dare to do, all that you hoped but did not perform, all you prayed for but did not yet experience. I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Christ who said, Behold, I make all things new. (Rv. 21:5) I am the New Year.
- Author Unknown Reprinted with permission Take Out, a publication of Our Sunday Visitor

8:30a Sunday, January 12

Extraordinary Ministers: Lectors: Servers: Ushers: Ann Cahalan, Pat Hadler, Jacqueline Milsom, Paul Milsom George Blubaugh, Gretchen Blubaugh Nick Gaby, Johnnie Herlihy, Austin Hudson Doug Campbell, Dan Hutson, Jeff Panuto, Randy Harlor Pat Feamster, Marsha Dieker, Ann Gabriel, Debbie Murphy, Patti Olson

Eucharistic Ministers To the Homebound:

11:00a Sunday, January 12

Extraordinary Ministers: Karen Angelis, John Frericks, Joy Russell, Jim Shannon, Isabelle Tonneman, Gisela Vitt Steven Evans, Ann Gabriel Emerson McGinnis, Tristan McGinnis, Gabriella Nicolosi Nick Melaragno, Roy LeMaster, Joe Miller, Cookie Rezabek Barb Schofield, Bill McNary, Joe Tose

Lectors: Servers: Ushers: Collection Counters:


Ryan & Justine Hagness Dr. Michelle & Dan Matusicky & dtr. Anneliese Harry & Frances Ritz Dominic & Carrie Wisler ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WELCOME to PENELOPE ROSE COUTINHO, PAISLEY HARPER COUTINHO, ANNELIESE DANIELLE MATUSICKY, MARCELLA SLOAN SWAIN & CAMDEN MARIE WHITE who were recently baptized at OLV and through the Sacrament of Baptism became members of Gods family.

PRAYER REQUESTS: Dorothy Lang, Eloise Miller, Elizabeth Rusnak, Irene Clay, Patricia Baumann, Patricia Sheehan, Eric Ray, Reid Hudson, Jada Brady, William Reed Orban, Jake Koch, Casey Browning, Eloise McAllister, Betsy Holland, Isabella Karst, Margaret Richards, Jim Young, Elizabeth Kessler, Beverly Daugherty, Andrew Johnson, Frank Michael, John Farrell, JoAnn Riepenhoff, Cynthia Carson, Mary Bass, Irene Pohlman, Steve Hall, Amy PetersThomas, Tom Silcott, Terry Lorenz, Mary Jo (Campbell) Ritzenthaler, Rich Miller. Please remember in your prayers others who are not on this list. (Please notify the parish office of any changes.)

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January 4-5, 2014

OLV Student Ministry

OLV Student Ministrys Vision and Mission: We exist to help students know Christ, own their faith and make their faith known. OLV Student Ministry is dedicated to our Mother Mary and committed to following her example and bringing Christ into the world. Our motto, We can do no great things; only small things with great love. (Blessed Mother Teresa). All are welcomed into our community. SAVE THE DATES DATES: : Our High School Student Ministry Winter Kickoff will be Sunday, January 12th, 6:30-8:00PM, in the Teen Lounge. Join us for: Part I-Theology of the Body Series for Teens. Well be gathering 2-3 times a month this winter and spring, check the bulletin for updates or join our email list About Theology of the Body for Teens Theology of the Body for Teens is a dynamic faith formation program for teens. Using a great mix of stories, real-life examples, activities, prayers, and relevant references to the culture, it goes beyond traditional chastity programs by connecting the two hottest topics on the planet--God and sex. With Blessed Pope John Paul II's compelling vision for love and life, and a language they understand, Theology of the Body for Teens answers the questions teens have about their own bodies, issues on sexual morality, and how they are uniquely created for greatness. March fr Life Pilgrimage Well be joining teens from St. Agatha, St. Andrew, St. Matthew, Immaculate Conception and St. Catharine for the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. Date: January 19th-22nd. Cost: $100.00. Well do some sightseeing, visit and attend Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, participate in the Youth Rally and Mass with thousands of other teens from around the country and end our pilgrimage by marching for a greater respect for life. To sign up: fill out a consent form, which can be found on the Parish website and turn in with payment. 8th Graders, High School teens and parents welcomed to participate.

Middle School Fun Night Kickoff will be Saturday, January 11th, 6:00-8:00PM. Location TBA. Well gather once a month for food, fun, faith and fellowship! For teens in grades 6th-8th. Contact Holly with any questions:


Cookbook will include an updated history of the Parish, pictures, 200 recipes and prayers!

Cost is $20, please turn in with form

Cookbooks should be ready sometime this winter.
Thank you for your support, all proceeds benefit our teens.

Name_____________________________________________ Contact #________________________________________________ Email_____________________________________________

Turn form & money into Parish Office, in a sealed envelope, by January 5, 2014. Contact Holly with questions.

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Crucial Lessons from the Epiphany

By Fr. Roger Landry We have heard the story of the Epiphany the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles represented by the wise men so many times that the truly remarkable aspects of it, and their meaning, can be lost on us. Thats why today I would like to focus on three aspects of the account of todays Gospel, so that we can look at them with fresh eyes, with a fresh heart, and receive from them crucial lessons that will help us live our faith more fully now. Ill focus first on the Star, second on Herod and third on the wise men and the gifts they brought. The Star In order to grasp the importance of the star, we need to understand two things about the ancient world. The first is the importance of stars. The ancients, particularly in the deserts of the Middle East and on the seas, did not have compasses like we do, or highway signs telling us 60 miles to Boston. They were highly dependent on the fixed stars in the sky as references for their direction. They firmly believed that God had made them this way for that reason. Whenever anything happened in the sky that was new like the appearance of a comet, or meteor shower, or a planets or stars shining more brightly the ancients thought that it had to bear some message from God, the creator of the heavens and the earth. So they studied the heavens, because in studying the heavens they were seeking the message of God. The second thing about the ancient world that we have to be aware of is that there were prophecies outside of Israel, from women called Sybils, that heralded the future birth of a King in Israel who would be king of all. One of these Sybilline prophecies predicted that the birth of the king would be preceded by a sign in the heavens. This was the context in which the wise men would have been looking into the heavens. When they saw the star at its rising, they not only interpreted that God was trying to communicate something to them in general, but that God was specifically heralding the birth of the newborn King in the east, who would be a universal king. Led by the star, and their faith in its meaning, the wise men went on a journey toward the Holy Land. We dont know how long their pilgrimage took, but the Gospel gives us indications that it wasnt short. After Herod asked them the exact time of the appearance of the star, and then, a short time later, after they did not return to him, he proceeded to kill every boy in Bethlehem under two. So the time of their preparation and journey probably took 18-24 months. Yet they came. Whether they walked or had the help of animals, we dont know. But they went on a journey of more than a year because they knew God was speaking to them through the star. That they came to Jerusalem shouldnt be a surprise. The distance between Bethlehem and Jerusalem is only six miles; as they were following the star, its very likely that they would have thought that the star was coming to rest on the important capital of the Jews rather than over a small village close by. Moreover, they probably thought that the newborn King of the Jews would be the son of the present king of the Jews, and so its logical that they would want to meet Herod. They received an audience and told Herod the story about why they had come so far to adore a child to whom God in the heavens was testifying by means of this star. Herod called all his experts around him and asked where this universal king was to be born. From the book of the prophet Micah, they told him that he was to be born in Bethlehem of Judea. Then something happened that we really shouldnt miss: only the Wise Men left. None of the experts around Herod, who knew the Scriptures inside out, were curious enough to make the short journey, even though the wise men, who had already journeyed more than a thousand miles, left with zeal. Herod feigned an interest in seeing the child, but he was only trying to deceive the Magi so that he could kill him; the experts seemed to have no fire to discover whether it might be true that the Messiah was only a short distance away. What does this mean for us? Sometimes its those who travel great distances who are hungriest to continue the journey of faith. In Catholicism today, were buoyed by the incredible fire of so many converts from Protestantism, including so many Protestant ministers, several hundred of whom have come into the Church in the past decade. Even in the midst of several difficult years for the Church, theyre still coming. And many of them who do enter want to give their whole lives to God in service to his Church. In many ways, theyre the modern wise men. On the other hand, many who have been Catholics for their whole lives often times can act like Herods experts, pointing out the truths of the Bible or of the faith, but not really living the faith with a searching hunger for God. Chaplains at Catholic colleges and universities often note that some who know their faith very well can begin to think they know it all, that theyve somehow graduated from the need to practice it, and stop practicing it altogether. Sometimes even priests, who have received a great education in the faith, can lose their piety and their people obviously suffer. But for this analogy to hold, we have to ask where the star pointing out Christs presence is still burning. Obviously God is not calling us to walk for 18-24 months to ancient Palestine, but he does call us to follow the indicators of his Sons presence. The star continues to burn in several places, of which Ill mention three: The first is in the red flame of the tabernacle lamp. The star of Bethlehem burned pointing and attracting to the presence of the Son of God. The tabernacle lamp burns pointing to the presence of that same Jesus. The question we need to ask ourselves this great feast day is how zealously we follow that star. The Wise Men traveled for months at great sacrifice to come and adore the Lord. How much are we willing to do to come to Mass or to come to adore him in the Blessed Sacrament? The second place the star continues to burn is in the light of the confessional, which heralds the presence of Christ acting through the ministry of one of his chosen priests in the sacrament of Gods mercy. Christ is truly present there, doing what he came from heaven to be born as a child in order to die to bring about: the forgiveness of sins. We sing the reality of Christs forgiveness in so many of our beautiful Christmas hymns. Hark! the herald angels sing, Glory to the Newborn king. Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled. O holy Child of Bethlehem, Descend to us, we pray; Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today. But, again, we have to ask ourselves how well were following that star.

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A third place the star burns or at least is supposed to burn is in each of us. On the day of our baptism, our Godfathers lit our baptismal candles from the Easter Candle, which is the symbol of Christ the Light of the World. We were instructed by the priest who baptized us in Christs name to keep that light burning brightly. Were called to reflect Christs light so that others in seeing this light might come to Christ, its source. We are supposed to be stars drawing others toward the presence of Christ within us through grace, drawing others to follow our footsteps to the Eucharist, to the confessional, to the faith. But the question is: are we still burning with the light and the warmth of that rising star?

We turn now to Herod Herod was one of the most talented leaders the ancient world had ever seen. A great organizer and builder, he built all types of roads and public works and constructed the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the one which lasted until the Romans destroyed it in 70 AD. As talented as he was, however, he had an extraordinarily serious flaw, one that led him eventually to doing awful things: he wanted to be in control so much that he ended up committing great atrocities. He, who started off as a very religious king, ended up killing three of his own sons, whom he thought were looking a little too forward to eventually being kings themselves. We know what he did in order to try to kill Jesus: he massacred every boy under two in a whole geographical area. He became a mass murderer of the young and innocent rather than lose control over his kingdom. (Little did he know that Christ was not coming to take his job, but to found the kingdom of heaven). And at the end of his life, we see even more of the decay that was corroding his soul. Herod knew that people would celebrate rather than mourn his death and that thought filled him with rage. So he asked his advisors to prepare him a list of the most beloved people in and around the Holy City. They didnt quite know then why he made this request; maybe, they thought, he was trying to ingratiate himself with popular people to make himself more popular. After he had reviewed the list, he told his soldiers to round them up and put them in prison. And as his death approached, he gave orders that, on the moment he breathed his last, every single one of them be slain. They might not mourn BECAUSE of my death, he said, but they would at least cry AT my death. This was a man who, fearing not being in control of everything became capable of such great evil. What do we learn from the life of Herod that can help us in our own lives? We learn the incredible depths to which a human being can fall once he lets his fear of losing control over his life start to consume him and once he begins to make compromises with the moral law. Herod didnt start by terrible acts of mass murder. His fall from the devout religious observance of his youth began in little ways, when he resented not being in control around the house, with his family, with those around him. He stopped practicing the Jewish faith. He stopped going over to the temple he built to pray. He started to have concubines, women who werent his wives. He started to look on his temporal kingdom as the treasure worth sacrificing everything and everyone to maintain, rather than on God and his commandments as the true treasure. Little by little, all of these sins propelled him on the way of becoming the murderous tyrant he turned out to be. The same thing happens with us, too. The great saints have said that venial sins prepare us to commit mortal sins. And mortal sins become contagious and can become more serious with time, because every time we say, MY will, not thine, be done, we can become more capable of horrific sins. Many say these decisions to gradually increase their levels of sin were preceded by their gradual distancing from the practice of the faith. Whatever the individual cases may be, the point that we see in the life of Herod and in modern life is that sin even those sins we might consider small separates from God, and the longer we stay in separation, and the more we act out of a sinful habit and push ourselves away from God, the more likely it is that we can become capable of horrible sins like Herod. What is the antidote to this type of Herodian pattern? We see it clearly in the Wise Men They were wise, because they were searching for God, even when his signal was faint. They were wise because they were hungry to make the Lords wisdom their own. They were wise because they knew that whatever sacrifices they made even giving up probably three years of their life for the round-trip pilgrimage to Bethlehem, at great personal cost was a small price to pay in order to find the Lord. They were wise because when they found him in a manger, they gave him the best and most costly gifts they had: gold, frankincense and myrrh. And they were wise because they realized that not even that was enough. Their greatest gift to their infant Savior came when they dropped to their knees and gave him their hearts in adoration. The antidote to becoming like Herod is to become like the wise men, to have a hunger to make whatever sacrifices necessary to search for and find God, to follow the star that continues to burn, to base our lives on his wisdom, to be generous with God and give to him who has given us everything the best we have. The remedy is to adore Christ in all our actions. The same Jesus who was placed in the manger will soon be placed in your mouths or in your hands. The Eucharist is the pearl of great price, worth selling everything we have to obtain. The Mass is the continual manifestation of God, the on-going Epiphany. It is the new Bethlehem. This is where the new wise men and women, young and old, come with joy. This is where the new wise men and women depart, by another way, far away from Herod, changed by Christ forever. Fr. Landry is a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, and serves as the executive editor of THE ANCHOR the newspaper of the Diocese of Fall River.

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WINTER COUPLES RETREAT: Friday, January 10 January 11, 2014 Facilitated by Dan and Mary Ann Kerscher;"Apples and Oranges? Two Peas In A Pod?" Whichever you are as a couple: join us to explore ways to strengthen your relationship with each other and God. Arrive at 7:30p Friday evening and depart Saturday after the candlelight dinner at 5:00p. Cost is $120 per couple, includes overnight stay, breakfast, lunch and candlelight dinner; Sts. Peter and Paul Retreat Center, 2734 Seminary Rd. Newark, OH 43056. Visit our website at, email us at or call (740) 9284246 to register today! Availability is limited.

THE 7TH ANNUAL COLUMBUS CATHOLIC WOMEN'S CONFERENCE will be held on Saturday, February 22,
2014 at the Ohio Expo Center Voinovich Building from 8:00a-4:00p. Speakers will include wife, mother, and author Kimberly Hahn who will speak on practical insights of how to apply the truths of our Faith to everyday life, Collegiate volleyball player Sr. Miriam James, SOLT desires to bring the power of God's love to life in the hearts of those with whom she speaks, and Olympic Cross Country Skier Rebecca Dussault who will speak on her experiences as an athletefaced with many challenges to her faith and morals. Please consider a ticket to the conference as a Christmas gift for the women in your life! Visit

RESPECT LIFE MASS: In observance of the Day of Prayer

for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children The Most Rev. Frederick F. Campbell, Bishop of Columbus, will be the celebrant at a Respect Life Mass on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 212 E. Broad Street, Columbus. On this day of the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, our diocese will join all of the dioceses of the United States in observing a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. All are invited to attend. A Rally for Life sponsored by Greater Columbus Right to Life will be held following the Mass at Noon at the Statehouse. Many of those participating in the Mass will be walking to the Statehouse.

JUBILEE MUSEUM PRESENTS Mangers at the Museum: Come see the large display of nativity sets from
around the world at the Jubilee Museum & Catholic Cultural Center 57 S. Grubb Street, Columbus; Open weekends through January 5 and Monday, January 6; Saturdays from 11:00a-3:00p; Sundays from 1:00p-4:00p. Other times by appointment only. Phone 614-221-4323, ext. 111 for more information or email: The CATHOLIC RECORD SOCIETY, founded in 1974, is dedicated to preserving the history and bringing into better light the heroism of those who laid the foundation of today's Diocese of Columbus. The accomplishments of those early pioneers, despite tremendous hardships, is an inspiring and encouraging story for today's Catholic. The Society also supports the Diocesan Archives, which preserves the official records of the Diocese. Meetings are held quarterly. Society members receive a calendar year subscription to the monthly Bulletin, the Barquilla de la Santa Maria, which contains records and excellently written accounts and illuminations of the people and events of the historic Diocese of Columbus. The Society maintains a wide variety of materials and records and responds to individuals seeking genealogical information or historical information on the parishes, institutions, religious orders, and clergy of the Diocese of Columbus. Basic membership is $12 with digital Bulletin, $25 with paper Bulletin, and an Institutional Subscription is $35. Please send check or money order before January 31, 2014 to Catholic Record Society, 197 E. Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Also contact us by phone at 614-241-2571 or by email


Incarnation reminds us of how Christ becomes present in the world through the sacraments, including marriage. At a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend, you'll learn how to make your home a stronger sign of the Lord's presence. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends are in the new year on February 14-16 and April 4-6, 2014 both in central Ohio. For more information or to register, contact Paul & Marilou Clouse at 740-746-9003 or visit our website at

Bishop Ready High School for a fun night of Euchre at the cost of $25/person, this includes 11 games of Euchre, food and soft drinks. Beer will be available to purchase as such this is a 21 and over event. Doors open at 6:30p and playing begins at 7:00p. Please contact Mary Beth Culbertson (614) 791-8861 to register or with any questions.

CLERGY WHO COOK returns to the Jessing Center at the Josephinum at 7:00 p.m. on January 31, 2014. Diocesan Clergy will again compete with their culinary favorites to be the Peoples Choice. Guests will vote with cash donations for their favorites. This popular event has sold out for the past 3 years. Cost is $40 per person; a cash beverage bar will be available. Reservations can be made online starting January 2: visit or call Carrie at 614-985-2234. Reservations will close when capacity is reached or on January 24, 2014.

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