January 19, 2020

posted Jan 17, 2020, 5:44 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we have already seen in our  celebrations of Christmas Time and Easter Time, the central mysteries of the Paschal Mystery, namely, the incarnation, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost were remembered. The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time, on the other hand, take us through the life of Christ. This is the time of conversion. This is living the life of Christ.  This weekend we begin ORDINARY TIME.  Over the next few weeks until the start of the Lenten Season, it is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

 

If you are looking for a FUN NIGHT OUT FOR THE FAMILY, please consider coming to see AMERICA’S SUPER ILLUSIONIST JOHN GRAHAM. As we kick off Catholic Schools Week, John will present a program that will benefit the Our Lady Scholarship Fund that assists with  tuition.  The program will be presented on Friday, January 24th at 7:30 in the OLVCS Gym.  So if  anyone is looking for a fun evening with an amazing illusionist, hilarious comedian and a world-class entertainer please come and join us.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or can be purchased (with a discount) by contacting the school at www.olvcatholicschool.org.

 

Next Sunday marks the beginning of CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK. It is a weeklong celebration of one of the treasures of our parish – our school.  The students will participate in the Sunday 9:30 Mass.  More information will follow in next week’s bulletin concerning the many activities planned for the week.

 

As we enter the WINTER MONTHS, just a reminder to please use common sense in deciding to attend church or not, esp. weekday mornings.  I am sure that the Lord would rather have us stay at home when the roads are icy and very slippery.  It is not a sin to miss Mass due to the weather.  Also during the Wednesday adoration period, we will try to send an email out ASAP informing parishioners if adoration has been canceled.  We might even have to cancel on the day of adoration due to the change in weather conditions.  We will try to let you know when we can.  If there is any question, please call the rectory directly.

 

We are always looking to make our parish a very active parish with as  many parishioners involved as possible.  In a major way, this involves active participation in church ministries.  Once again we are looking for parishioners who would like to be LECTORS AND/OR EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS. These ministries are very vital to our parish.  Therefore, I am putting the call out for  anyone interested in becoming a Lector or Eucharistic Minister to please call the rectory, give us your name and number and we will get in contact with you as to the training session.  The session will be held in a few weeks.  

 

FYI- Last week I thanked those who rang bells for INTERFAITH HUMAN SERVICES. The total raised through the efforts of all ringers from all the churches was $23,002.24!  What a wonderful total and again I extend my thanks to all those who rang for OLV this past Christmas, bringing joy to the lives and hearts of others.  God bless.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The story of Adam and Eve was being carefully explained in the children's Sunday School class. Following the story, the children were asked to draw some pictures that would illustrate the story. Little Bobby drew a picture of a car with three people in it. In the front seat was a man and in the back seat, a man and a woman. The teacher was at a loss to understand how this illustrated the lesson of Adam and Eve. Little Bobby was prompt with his explanation. "Why, this is God driving Adam and Eve out of the garden!"

 

January 12, 2020

posted Jan 10, 2020, 5:55 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend’s Feast marks the conclusion of the Christmas Season and the beginning of Ordinary Time. It's a feast of transition from Jesus' hidden life to that of His public ministry.  It also echoes the theme of the Epiphany in that the Baptism of the Lord is another manifestation announcing Jesus' divinity to all of His first followers and to the disciples of John the Baptist.  First of all, it needs to be pointed out that Jesus did not need the baptism of John.  John was baptizing as a call to and sign of interior repentance.  Jesus had no need to repent.  Nonetheless, He comes to John.  John resists at first but Jesus insists.  Why did He receive baptism? First, by accepting the baptism of John, Jesus affirms all that John has said and done and affirms his sacred role of preparing the way for Jesus and a new era of grace.  Therefore, the Baptism of Jesus acts as a bridge between the Old Testament  prophets (of which John was the last) and the New Testament era of grace and truth. Second, it has been said that when Jesus entered the waters of baptism, He was not baptized by the waters, rather, His Baptism was one in which all the created waters of this world were, in a sense, “baptized” by Him.  By entering into the waters, Jesus sanctified water and poured forth His grace making all water the future source of salvation. Third, the Baptism of Jesus was an epiphany.  It was a moment of manifestation.  As He emerged from the waters, "Heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove.  And a voice came from Heaven, 'You are my beloved Son; with you, I am well pleased.'"  This manifestation of the sonship and divinity of Jesus took place in a physical, audible and visible form so that all present would know, without question that Jesus was the Son of the Father.  Thus, His baptism is a way in which the Father introduced His Son and His Son's mission to the world. As we prepare to begin  Ordinary Time, reflect, today, upon these words of the Father at the Baptism of Jesus.  Hear the Father speaking to You about the divinity of His Son.  Turn your eyes to Jesus and prepare yourself to follow Him and to heed every word He speaks.  He was sent into this world to draw us to the Father, allow Him to fulfill that mission in your own life – from Catholic Culture.org.

 

I want to extend a heartfelt THANKS TO ALL PARISHIONERS WHO TOOK TO HEART MY CALL TO “REMEMBER OLV AT CHRISTMAS TIME.” Over the month of December, our ordinary Sunday collections have gone up and I am looking at a wonderful Christmas collection as well.  As you know the extra money will go to replenish the monies we had to take from our reserves and spend it on the school security and improvements project.  I did not know how my request would go over, but once again the generosity of so many parishioners speaks highly of the love you all have for our church.  Because of your financial help, we are beginning to pay off all assessments and bank the extra so that we will once again have our reserve.  May God bless each and every one of you who heeded my call.

 

I want to THANK all those parishioners who rang bells for INTERFAITH HUMAN SERVICES over this past Christmas Season.  Our Lady of Victory was well represented over the days of ringing.  I want to thank also Kathy Hershbine for organizing this event for the group of churches.  I heard that many who rang did enjoy it and met many new friends from the parish and our borough.  Thanks to all who made Christmas a little brighter for many this year.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK: New Year's Resolutions for Internet Junkies...

· I will try to figure out why I *really* need 9 e-mail addresses.

· I will stop sending an e-mail to my wife (husband).

· I resolve to work with neglected children -- my own.

· I will answer my snail mail with the same enthusiasm with which I answer my e-mail.

· I will stop sending an e-mail, ICQ, Instant Messages and be on the phone at the same time with the same person.

· I resolve to back up my 12GB hard drive daily...well, once a week... okay, monthly then...or maybe... I will spend less than one hour a day on the Internet. This, of course, will be hard to estimate since I'm not a clock watcher.

· When I hear "Where do you want to go today?" I will not reply "MS Tech Support." When I hear a funny joke I will not reply, "LOL... LOL!"

· I will read the manual... just as soon as I can find it.

· I will think of a password other than "password."

· I will stop checking my e-mail at 3:00 in the morning...4:30 is much more practical.

 

January 5, 2020

posted Jan 3, 2020, 5:34 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend, we celebrate the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR BLESSED LORD. Epiphany means "manifestation."  With the Three Wise Men coming to offer their gifts to the newborn babe, the love of God is now manifested to the Gentile world – signified by the Three Wise Men.  God's love and care are just not limited to the "chosen race" but include all people of every time and every place.  May we always remember and never despair of God's love for us or anyone else.  His love is always constant and present.  May we grow in that love each day this New Year.  Praise God that we have such a loving and wonderful Father.

 

A THOUGHT FOR THE NEW YEAR - As glasses are raised and fireworks explode into the sky, it’s important to recognize the special symbolism this New Year holiday brings with it.  A time of new beginnings and fresh starts also comes with a time of reflection. Whether your resolutions consist of keeping your hands out of the cookie jar or giving your heartfelt word to work on relationships with loved ones, it can take work.  As we   continue in this New Year, may we never fear that it is too late to begin again, and again, and again.  The New Year has begun.  May God bless us individually and as a parish family.  Enjoy this special time of year with those you love, and may the Lord bless you all with a happy and healthy New Year.

 

I want to take this time to THANK all those who sent Fr. Jonathan and me Christmas greetings through cards and baked goods.  It is so nice to know and feel loved by our parish family.  I feel we have grown throughout the years and, as I state above, I hope and pray that we will continue to grow together as a parish family under God our Father.  Thanks again and now…….to the treadmill!

 

While I am still thanking people, I want to extend a HEARTFELT THANKS to our decorating   committee under the careful eye of Ann Rigo.  Once again, as you look at our beautiful altar, you can see the setting of the Christmas scene that lends itself to much meditation and prayer.  When sitting in front of the altar in prayer, such a peaceful atmosphere is present and one can truly see in the eyes of the newborn babe the love of the Father.  Thanks to everyone for making our altar space such a beautiful expression of love.  God bless.

 

I also want to THANK GLENN FLEMING AND KOCH FUNERAL HOME for footing the bill for our 2020 calendars. We have always had a wonderful relationship with Glenn and I am very  appreciative of his generosity and kindness in handling this for us.  May God continue to bless him and reward him and his company for their wonderful contribution to the parish.

 

ONE LAST TIME FOR THOSE WHO WERE AWAY - As we complete our Christmas gift-giving, may I ask parishioners to REMEMBER OUR LADY OF VICTORY AT COLLECTION TIME? This past year was one that was truly miraculous.  When a parish can raise 1.6 million within a year, it is truly a testament to the generosity of parishioners.  However, ordinary expenses kept accruing.   Bills still need to be paid out of our Sunday Collections.  What we have put off has now come due.  So if I can ask, please remember OLV in your Christmas and regular Sunday offerings.  We are not hurting  tremendously, but we do need to make up some ground in the finance department.  And please remember that if you travel over the holidays and attend mass somewhere else, the bills continue at your parish church.  As I have said before, we are a little behind projected collections.  Remember OLV over the next few weeks. Things will improve, I am sure when capital campaign pledges are fulfilled and our Christmas collection comes through.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A Dad’s New Year’s Eve Jokes

-   Every year on New Year's Eve, when everyone's counting down the final ten seconds to ring in

       the New Year, I get up off the couch and stand up. I stand up and raise my left leg and just

       leave it raised for a little while until the countdown finishes and midnight strikes so that I always

       start the New Year off on the right foot.

-   New Year? I just got used to this last one!

-   My wife still hasn't told me what my New Year's resolutions are.

 

December 29, 2019

posted Jan 3, 2020, 5:31 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Wednesday we celebrate MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD, NEW YEAR’S DAY, a holy day of obligation.  The image of Mary as Queen Mother is directly related to the first official Marian dogma defined by the Church: Mary’s status as Mother of God. The Greek word for the title is Theotokos, which literally means “God-bearer.” That title is one of the oldest and most commonly used titles for Mary, with Christians using it in the very first centuries of the Church. The title also appears in one of the oldest known Christian prayers, the Sub Tuum Praesidium (“Beneath Your Protection”), an early form of the Memorare that dates to the third century. The first Christians called Mary the "Mother of God" without hesitation. There was a scriptural precedent, and it seemed logical. If Jesus was God, and Mary was his mother, then that made her the Mother of God. That sort of logic depends on a principle called the "Communication of Idioms." According to that principle, whatever one says about either of Christ's natures can be truly said of Christ himself. That's because His two natures, the divine nature, and human nature were united in Him. He is one divine person.  Calling Mary the “Mother of God” states a truth that must be stated in order to protect an essential truth about Christ. In a similar way, that’s what all Mary’s queenly predecessors did for their sons. One of the three essential tasks of the Queen Mother was to be a sign of her son’s legitimacy. She was the link between his father, the former rightful king, and her son, the present rightful king. Likewise, Mary as the virginal “Mother of God” is the link between her Son’s humanity and divinity. She is the sign that He is both God and man (Catholic                  Encyclopedia).

     

THIS WEEK’S ADJUSTED SCHEDULE:

 - MASS for New Year’s Eve, December 31 at  4:00PM

 - MASSES for New Year’s Day at  8:00AM and 10:00AM

 - The RECTORY WILL BE CLOSED Monday at noon through Wednesday. We will reopen on

       Thursday, January 2 at 9:00am.            

        

 - There will be NO ADORATION on Wednesday, January 1.  

 

I would like to take this time to THANK ALL PARISHIONERS who participated in our PARISH GIVING TREE PROJECT. As already noted, there were over 600 ornaments on the tree.  After the 12:00 Mass on Dec. 8th, there were none.  What a wonderful show of Christian Charity by our  parish.  Through your great generosity, those 600 gifts made a difference in the lives of so many people in our  community.  I pray that your Christmas celebrations were as joyful as the  celebration made possible by your gifts.  God bless you and thanks so much for showing God’s love to others.

 

I also  want to thank all those who came to our CHRISTMAS PARTY. It was so very nice to see our parish relaxing and having a nice time just being together.  As your pastor, my ministry is not only to see our parish grow together spiritually, but it also entails bringing us together totally.  As I walked around the hall looking and observing, I can see that my wish has paid off.  I can only hope and pray that as this New Year unfolds before us, we will continue to grow together as a true parish family journeying together until we can all rejoice in heaven.  May God continue to bless our parish.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Do you know the spiritual difference between dogs and cats? Dogs see that people give them food and water, and they don’t have to do anything. So they think, “These people are giving me food and water and I don’t even have to do anything. They must be gods.  Cats see that people give them food and water, and they think, “These people are giving me food and water and I don’t have to do anything. I must be a god.”

 

December 22, 2019

posted Dec 20, 2019, 6:14 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, well, the day is almost here.  In just a few days we will be celebrating the great FEAST OF CHRISTMAS. Christmas can be a season of great joy.  It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.  We can truly be happy at Christmas! No matter what may be happening, we can know that we are His children. We then become sons and daughters of God. Heaven will be our home one day.  Look at Christmas in a new way this year. This is the year to invite Jesus into your heart. You will then have a "Merry Christmas." The joy and peace you will receive will last all year as you look to God for all your needs to be met. 

 

Also below you will find the CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S SCHEDULE FOR YOUR PLANNING

Christmas Eve:  4:00PM Mass in the Church

                          4:00PM Mass in the School Gym

                           6:30PM Mass in the Church

                         10:00PM Mass in the Church (carols begin at 9:15pm)

             Christmas Day:  7:30AM, 9:30AM and 12:00PM

 

             New Year’s Eve:  4:00PM

             New Year’s Day:  8:00AM and 10:00AM   

 

For this Christmas week, there will be a few ADJUSTMENTS in our regular schedule.

 

-   The rectory WILL BE CLOSED from Monday noon through Thursday. Normal office hours will

            begin again on Friday, the 27thth.

-   There will be NO ADORATION on Wednesday, Christmas Day.

-   There will be a COMMUNION SERVICE on Thursday, the 26th at 9:00 AM. There will be no 7:00

       and 9:00 AM Mass on Thursday and only a 9:00 AM Mass on Friday.

-   There will be NO CONFESSIONS held on Saturday, the 28th. After 10 sessions of penance services and

       our own Saturday scheduled time, it is our hope that your priests could catch a little break that day.

 

I hope parishioners will understand that during Christmas week, your priests would also like to celebrate with family and friends. Hence, the adjustments in the above schedule.  It was a long month and it seemed that Fr. Jonathan and I were on the go, hopping from one event to another.  We also need a breather.  Of course, if there is an extreme emergency, please do not hesitate to call the rectory.  Other than that, may I ask to keep all calls and issues until we get back into the swing of things again?  Thanks for your understanding.

 

As we anticipate Christmas gift-giving, may I ask parishioners to REMEMBER OUR LADY OF VICTORY AT COLLECTION TIME? This past year was one that was truly miraculous.  When a parish can raise 1.6  million within a year, it is truly a testament to the generosity of parishioners.  However, ordinary expenses kept accruing.   Bills still need to be paid out of our Sunday Collections.  What we have put off has now come due.  So if I can ask, please remember OLV in your Christmas and regular Sunday offerings.  We are not hurting tremendously, but we do need to make up some ground in the finance department.  And please  remember that if you travel over the holidays and attend Mass somewhere else, the bills continue at your  parish church.  As I have said before, we are a little behind projected collections.  Please remember OLV over the next few weeks. Things will improve, I am sure when capital campaign pledges are fulfilled and our Christmas collection comes through . AGAIN, CONTRARY WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE READ, NO MONIES FROM OUR COLLECTIONS GOES TO THE DIOCESE TO PAYOFF LAWSUITS.  MISINFORMATION IS  DANGEROUS!

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A lady lost her handbag in the bustle of Christmas shopping. It was found by an honest little boy and returned to her. Looking in her purse, she commented, "Hmmm.... That's funny. When I lost my bag there was a $20 bill in it. Now there are twenty $1 bills." The boy quickly replied, "That's right,  lady. The last time I found a lady's purse, she didn't have any change for a reward."

 

December 15, 2019

posted Dec 13, 2019, 11:38 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 we will have our PENANCE SERVICE FOR CHRISTMAS. We will have the assistance of 10 extra priests, so like  always, waiting will not be long. PLEASE PLAN TO BE WITH US SO THAT WE CAN HEAR ALL THE CONFESSIONS OF PARISHIONERS in preparation for Christmas.  Since there are only 2 of us here at OLV, I am hoping everyone will make use of this opportunity to celebrate the sacrament.  Please do not wait until the last minute as this will be one of the last opportunities to celebrate the sacrament.

 

Below you will find the rest of the scheduled PENANCE SERVICES IN THE NORTHERN DEANERY:

December 15, OLV at 2:00 PM

December 16, St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

December 17, Good Shepherd, State College at 7:00 PM

December 18, Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM

December 19, SS Peter and Paul, Philipsburg at 7:00 PM.

 

Also, below you will find the CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S SCHEDULE FOR YOUR PLANNING:

  Christmas Eve:  4:00PM Mass in the Church

                                                  4:00PM Mass in the School Gym

                                                  6:30PM Mass in the Church

                                                10:00PM Mass in the Church (carols begin at 9:15pm)

             Christmas Day:  7:30AM, 9:30AM and 12:00PM

 

   New Year’s Eve:  4:00PM

   New Year’s Day:  8:00AM and 10:00AM   

 

As we anticipate Christmas gift-giving, may I ask parishioners to REMEMBER OUR LADY OF VICTORY AT COLLECTION TIME? This past year was one that was truly miraculous.  When a parish can raise 1.6 million within a year, it is truly a testament to the generosity of parishioners.  However, ordinary expenses kept  accruing. Bills still need to be paid out of our Sunday Collections.  What we have put off has now come due.  So if I can ask, please remember OLV in your Christmas and regular Sunday offerings.  We are not hurting tremendously, but we do need to make up some ground in the finance department.  And please   remember that if you travel over the holidays and attend Mass somewhere else, the bills continue at your  parish church.  As I have said  before, we are a little behind projected collections.  Please remember OLV over the next few weeks. Things will improve I am sure, when capital campaign pledges are fulfilled and our Christmas collection comes through. FUN FACT - $6,100.00 OF SUNDAY COLLECTIONS GOES EACH WEEK TO PAY ALL DIOCESAN ASSESSMENTS AND BILLS (NOT TO OLV)!  And contrary to what you might have read, NO OLV MONIES OR ANY OTHER CHURCH'S MONEY WENT TO PAY LAW SUITS!!!  DO NOT BE LEAD BY TOTAL MISINFORMATION.

And along those lines, I want to THANK all parishioners who are fulfilling their pledges for the Capital Campaign for this year.  As I just said above, the pledges now are” restoring the balance” of our finances as we enter into the normal operating expenses for the fiscal year that began on July 1.  I extend my thanks once again to all those who have participated in this drive.  The students have greatly benefited from all the improvements  made.

Just a reminder to parishioners to PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE in trying to come to church on bad weather weekends.  If the snow and ice keep you from coming safely, please remain at home.  I truly believe that the Lord understands the situation.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK In a small Southern town there was a "Nativity Scene" that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One small feature bothered many visitors. The three wise men were wearing firemen's helmets.  Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation one visitor left and stopped at a "Quick Stop" on the edge of town. The lady behind the counter was asked about the helmets. She exploded into a rage, yelling at me, "You visitors never do read the Bible!" She was assured that she did, but simply couldn't recall anything about firemen in the Bible. The lady jerked her Bible from behind the counter and ruffled through some pages, and finally jabbed her finger at a passage. "See, it says right here, ‘The three wise man came from afar.'" (get it?)

 

December 8, 2019

posted Dec 6, 2019, 6:22 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILYthis Sunday, December 8 is usually a holy day of  obligation – the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN. It states that Mary had no stain of original sin on her, the consequence of Adam’s fall, preserved by a special grace from God. The  Immaculate  Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is part of God’s plan. Christ, who receives his human flesh from his mother, receives this flesh from a person who, by a singular gift from God, herself comes into this world without original sin.  This exemption is God’s gift to the woman who would freely choose to be his   mother. The gift highlights the extraordinary nature of the mission of the Mother of God- no one would even have the relationship God in Christ has to the Blessed Virgin Mary. No one will ever be the Mother of God except the Blessed Virgin Mary. Since it falls on a Monday and is not obligatory, we will keep to the   normal weekday Mass schedule – 7:00 and 9:00 AM. However, since Mary is our patron, we will have the school children attend the 9:00 AM Mass   instead of the normal Wednesday.

 

One of the best ways to prepare for the celebration of Christmas is through the SACRAMENT OF    RECONCILIATION. As promised earlier, you will find here the complete schedule of the NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICES:    

December 8, Holy Spirit, Lock Haven at 3:00 PM

December 9, PSU Campus at 7:00 PM

December 11, St. Joseph, Renovo at 7:00 PM

December 12, Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon at 7:00 PM

December 15, OLV at 2:00 PM

December 16, St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

December 17, Good Shepherd, State College at 7:00 PM

December 18, Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM

December 19, SS Peter and Paul, Philipsburg at 7:00 PM.

As you look at that schedule, you will see that your priests will be very busy over those 11 days. Fr.  Jonathan and I will be attending all the services, so please be patient with us is we are not around too much over those times.  As always, you have been understanding in the past and I am counting on all of you to be understanding once again.

 

As we are now in the swing of having only 2 priests here at OLV, I want to THANK parishioners for their understanding when we had to change a few items here at the parish, e.g., Mass times and cancellations, all-day adoration being canceled or shortened, etc.  Fr. Jonathan and I are trying to keep things as normal as possible.  But there will be additional times when we have to make more adjustments, especially with the holiday season coming upon us and the workload that it brings.  I thank you for your understanding and I know that I can count on it in the future.

 

ADULT CHRISTMAS PARTY – PLAN TO BE WITH US – ON DECEMBER 14TH… our annual Christmas Party for adults will be held at the Ramada Inn on Saturday, December 14th from 5:15 – 8:30 PM. This party is my way to say THANK YOU for being such a wonderful parish family.  We are having a new menu this year!  More information is found in the bulletin, but I wanted to draw your attention to this wonderful event.  Call the rectory now for your reservation. 

 

As we anticipate Christmas gift-giving, may I ask parishioners to REMEMBER OUR LADY OF VICTORY AT   COLLECTION TIME? This past year was one that was truly miraculous.  When a parish can raise 1.6 million within a year, it is truly a testament to the generosity of parishioners.  However, ordinary expenses kept  accruing. Bills still need to be paid out of our Sunday Collections.  What we have put off has now come due.  So if I can ask, please remember OLV in your Christmas and regular Sunday offerings.  We are not hurting tremendously, but we do need to make up some ground in the finance department.  And please remember that if you travel over the holidays and attend Mass somewhere else, the bills continue at your parish church.  As I have said      before, we are a little behind projected collections.  Please remember OLV over the next few weeks. Things will improve I am sure, when capital campaign pledges are fulfilled and our Christmas collection comes through. FUN FACT - $6,100.00 OF SUNDAY COLLECTIONS GOES EACH WEEK TO PAY ALL DIOCESAN ASSESSMENTS AND BILLS (NOT TO OLV)!  And contrary to what you might of read, NO OLV MONIES OR ANY OTHER CHURCH'S MONEY WENT TO PAY LAW SUITS!!!  DO NOT BE LEAD BY TOTAL MISINFORMATION.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – (as we buy Christmas gifts) After being away on business, Tim thought it would be nice to bring his wife a little gift. "How about some perfume?" he asked the cosmetics clerk.    She showed him a bottle costing $50."That's a bit much," said Tim, so she returned with a smaller bottle for $30.00. "That's still quite a bit," Tim complained.   Growing annoyed, the clerk brought out a tiny $15.00 bottle.  "What I mean," said Tim "is I'd like to see something really cheap."  The clerk handed him a mirror.

 

November 24, 2019

posted Nov 22, 2019, 6:40 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Thursday, our nation celebrates THANKSGIVING DAY. I would like to reprint a meditation on the meaning of THANKSGIVING DAY. To me, it sums up the true meaning of the day and places the emphasis where it should be.  It is written by Dr. Linda Mintle:

When you think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Watching the Macy's Day parade, eating a very large meal with all the trimmings and watching football with family and friends? Or maybe Black Friday and the kickoff of the Christmas season are your focus?

In 1621, Governor William Bradford declared a day of thanksgiving to God for surviving the bitter winter and reaping an abundant harvest. Both Pilgrims and Native Americans feasted together. The holiday began by giving thanks to our Creator! Over the years, the meaning of Thanksgiving has shifted several times.  However, the origins are about giving thanks to God for provisions and blessings. And that is something we need to be intentional about in our time of celebration.

Biblically, we see that thanksgiving is associated with adoration, praise, an offering, or sacrifice. We find  ourselves giving thanks for what God has done and who He is. As the Pilgrims noted, God is faithful and gives abundantly to his children. Thanksgiving comes from a grateful heart to the One who has given so much and continues to bless His children.

This Thanksgiving, enjoy the meal, watch the parade and football, but remember to truly give thanks. If you need a little help, here are a few verses from the Psalms:

“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms.” (95:2)

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.” (100:4)

“O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endures forever...Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” (107:1, 8-9)

Let's praise Him this Thanksgiving, give thanks for our many blessings, and then continue this practice throughout the year!

 

Because of the holiday celebration, there will some ADJUSTMENTS in the schedule for the week.

      There will be a 6:00 PM anticipatory Mass on Wednesday. This will allow those traveling on Thursday to    

           get an early jump if needed or allow more time for preparation in their homes.

      Adoration on Wednesday will end at 5:00 PM in preparation for Mass.

      There will be only a 9:00 AM Mass on Thursday and Friday. No 7:00 AM Mass both days.

      The rectory will be closed Wednesday noon through Sunday, allowing priests and staff to enjoy the

           holiday  with family and friends. We will reopen on Monday at 9:00 AM.

 

ADULT CHRISTMAS PARTY – PLAN TO BE WITH US – ON DECEMBER 14TH our annual Christmas Party for adults will be held at the Ramada Inn on Saturday, December 14th from 5:15 – 8:30 PM. This party is my way to say THANK YOU for being such a wonderful parish family. And, we are having a new menu this year! More information is found in the bulletin, but I wanted to draw you attention to this wonderful event. Call the rectory now for your reservation.

 

NEW 2020 LECTOR WORKBOOKS are available in the sacristy. Lectors are asked to stop by and pick one up for the new liturgical year.

 

HUMOR (?) FOR THE WEEK - A turkey farmer was always experimenting with breeding to perfect a better turkey. His family was fond of the leg portion for dinner and there were never enough legs for everyone. After many frustrating attempts, the farmer was relating the results of his efforts to his friends at the general store get together. "Well, I finally did it! I bred a turkey that has 6 legs!" They all asked the farmer how it tasted?  "I don't know," said the farmer. "I never could catch the darn thing!"

 

November 17

posted Nov 15, 2019, 5:25 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as you know from your spiritual  journeys the month of November is the month when we remember all those who have gone before us and entered their everlasting reward.  In a special way we remember all those parishioners who have died from our parish this past year with their names placed in the temporary shrine in the Sanctuary.  To remember those who died this past year we will once again have our MEMORIAL MASS this Wednesday, November 20th at 6:00 PM.  This Mass will be offered for them, that they may be resting in the loving arms of our Father. A candle will already be lit for each one of them   before Mass begins and it will burn throughout the Mass, as a sign that they are living in the light of heavenly glory.  Each name will be read, commending them to our merciful God.  Parishioners and family members are invited to attend this special Mass and pray for our deceased loved ones.

Because this falls on a Wednesday, our ALL DAY ADORATION WILL END AT 5:00PM allowing us to prepare the Church for the Church for the celebration of this Memorial Mass.

 

Last Saturday, we had our ANNUAL CHURCH BAZAAR. It was very enjoyable for me to walk around, talk to people, hear the laughter and see the children playing the kid's games, eating the great food and just seeing our parish enjoying themselves.  For this to have been a great success, it took the work of many parishioners to pull it off.  I want to take this time to THANK all those who worked so hard.  There are so many people to thank, so I thought I would just give a blanket note of “thanks” to all who gave of their time and energy.  In a special way, I want to thank Chris Kirkpatrick for the tireless hours spent in organizing and directing this event for us.  It is way too early to report the results; but know that when all the bills are paid, there will be a report to the  parish.  God bless and thanks to all who worked and came to support this fundraiser for the church.

 

It is a little early, but we are working on the schedule of ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES for the Northern Deanery.  As we move closer to Advent, I will publish the times, dates and places where they will be held. Just for your information, OLV Penance Service will be held on Sunday,  December 15th at 2:00 PM.  This is just to give all of you a heads up.  More information will come in future bulletins when all is confirmed.

 

For several years, OLV has provided FREE access for all parishioners to the FORMED.org -Augustine Institute website containing outstanding Catholic content for the whole family in English and Spanish: videos, books, audios, about our faith, saints, the Bible, Sacraments, and more. Our yearly subscription is due December 1. We would like to hear from those of you who have registered for Formed.  Please see more information in this bulletin.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - During an impassioned sermon about death and final judgment, the pastor said forcefully, "Each member of this church is going to die and face judgment." Glancing down at the front pew, he noticed a man with a big smile on his face. The minister repeated his point louder. "Each member of this church is going to die and face judgment!" The man nodded and smiled even more. This got the preacher wound up. He pounded the pulpit emphatically when he came to the ultimatum: "Each member of this church is going to die and face judgment!!!" Though everyone else in the congregation was looking somber, the man in front continued to smile. Finally, the preacher stepped off the platform, stood in front of the man and shouted, "I said each member of this church is going to die!" The man grinned from ear to ear. After the service was over, the preacher made a beeline for the man. "I don't get it," the preacher said in  frustration. "Whenever I said, 'Each member of this church is going to die,' your smile got bigger. Why?" "I'm not a member of this church," the man replied.

 

October 27, 2019 & November 3

posted Oct 25, 2019, 6:30 AM by Diane Lapinski   [ updated Oct 31, 2019, 11:35 AM ]

Pastor is on vacation this week.

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