December 10, 2017

OLV Pastor Emeritus Fr. William Meyer Passes Away

It is with a sad heart that I am communicating with you the passing of Fr. William Meyer, former pastor of Our Lady of Victory.  While Fr. Meyer was already retired and “pastor emeritus” when I arrived at JFK in 2001, he always expressed his continued interest in the students, staff, and activities of JFK.  He attended every play and concert that was performed by JFK students and asked questions about individual staff members and students’ families, indicating his desire to continue to stay connected to JFK.  Fr. Meyer was the second pastor of Our Lady of Victory, serving from 1981-93.  The Mass of Christian Burial for Fr. Meyer is Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.  There will be no 8:00 a.m. all school Mass.  Representatives from the student body and staff will attend the Mass.  Other students, of course, are welcome to attend the Mass with their parents.

Latest Photos on Facebook

See our latest photos on our Facebook page, and “like” us there.  For positive communications about JFK or among just our community, request to join the closed group, “JFK Moms & Dads.”  You’ll find pictures from volleyball and Lego League posted by members of our community there.  Perhaps you can help one of our parents find a piano teacher as well and respond to her post.

Busy Calendar

From now until January 2nd, there will be a whirlwind of activities:  holy day and other Masses, concerts, Christmas shows, out of uniform days for specific grades and the whole school, etc.  Please see the website calendars.  There’s too many events to list them all!

Advent is also a perfect time to rededicate ourselves to weekend Mass attendance and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Please see the bulletin for Reconciliation offerings by clicking HERE or using the following url:

Victory Vouchers Now Available Online

Need gift cards for the holidays?  Want to use gift cards to make your holiday purchases AND support OLV and JFK at the same time?  Want to receive credit on your tuition?  Victory Vouchers has you covered!

  • You purchase a gift card at face value from OLV, meaning there is no additional cost to you — buy a $25 gift card for $25.
  • The parish is able to purchase the cards at reduced prices yielding a donation to the parish
  • You also receive a 2% credit for the program of your choice (school tuition, youth ministry, Faith Formation fees, or the OLV Foundation)

Victory Vouchers has two convenient purchasing options:  paper orders and, now, ONLINE ordering.

Gift cards can be purchased in person in the gathering space on Sundays from 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or at the parish office on week days from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Cards are stocked for 40+ retailers, and nearly 7,000 are available online or can also be ordered in person.

To enroll in online ordering, click HERE for the Victory Voucher page on our website or stop by the Victory Voucher store that gets set up in the gathering space each Sunday.  For other questions, please contact Elaine Kopf at

Predicting Technology Usage

Every December, we need to predict the bandwidth we will need for the following school year.  The rule of thumb is that if, after controlling for the top 5% of heaviest usage, you are averaging 75% of your bandwidth, it’s time to upgrade.  We are averaging about 83% of our bandwidth this fall semester.  At 35 Mbps, JFK has the most bandwidth of our Catholic elementary schools, but it looks like it’s time to upgrade again!

Evening School Custodian/Janitor

Please join me in wishing Alan Holland well as he returns to a position at the Arsenal.  He has been a great asset to JFK in his brief time with us.

His upcoming departure means we are looking for an evening janitor.  Primary duties are cleaning and interacting with others accessing the building during evening hours.  2:30-11:00 p.m. school days, and day shift hours when school is not in session, including summer and school breaks.  Abilities to work swiftly and efficiently on one’s feet all shift, lift at least 50 lbs, and operate cleaning equipment are required.  A letter, resume and references can be sent to me at or an application can be picked up at the school office.