February 25, 2018

posted by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as stated last week, you will find below the SCHEDULED LENTEN PENANCE SERVICES FOR THE NORTHERN DEANERY.  Please take a look and schedule the day that will best fit into your schedule. Just a reminder that our Penance Service will be the last scheduled service for our parish. As always your priests will be in attendance at the services so please be patient, as you always have been, if you cannot reach us.  Please note when a penance service falls on a Wednesday, EUCHARISTIC ADORATION WILL END AT 3:00pm, ALLOWING YOUR PRIESTS TRAVEL TIME.

 

                  Wednesday, March 7            St. Joseph, Renovo                           7 pm              

                  Sunday, March 11                 Holy Spirit, Lock Haven                     3 pm

                  Monday, March 12                St. Matthew, Tyrone                           7 pm              

                  Thursday, March 15              SS Peter & Paul, Philipsburg             7 pm

                  Tuesday, March 20               Good Shepherd, State College          7 pm

                  Wednesday, March 21          Queen of Archangels, Clarence         7 pm

                  Thursday, March 22              Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon            7 pm  

                  Sunday, March 25                Our Lady of Victory                         2 pm  

                  Tuesday, March 27                PSU, University Park                         7 pm

 

IN CASE ANYONE MISSED IT LAST WEEKEND - ATTENTION CARE GIVERS AND IN HOME              VOLUNTEERS: Below you will find some new, unused home care products that are no longer needed by the person donating them.  He thought someone who is giving home care might use them:

            -  Tranquility Over Night Briefs, from medium to extra large

            -  Reassure Booster Pads and disposable bed pads

            -  Tena Washing cream and body cleansers 

            -  Travel wheel chair with pad and a walker

These items are available at NO COST.  If interested please call the rectory and we can make the necessary arrangements.

 

Two weeks ago, the ATHLETIC COMMITTEE SPONSORED A TRIVIA NIGHT to raise funds for the athletic programs at OLV School.  I can testify that the night was a huge success.  The attendance this year was  double from last year (word got out on the street).  It truly was a fun and entertaining evening for all in                 attendance.  I would like to thank all those who helped make it a wonderful event for the parish and the school.  Thanks is extended to Chris and Kathleen Hulburt, our Keynote Sponsor; Balfurd Dry Cleaners and the Knights of Columbus #4678, Gold Level sponsors; Englehart Dentistry, Redline Speedshine, State College Family Medicine, State College Orthodontics, Silver Level sponsors; Chris and Samantha Weakland, Jeff and Kathy Peters, Result Training Plus, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, The Lingle Corporation, Vantage Investment Advisors, Friends and Family Level; Beth Anne Whalen, chairperson; MaryAnn Stolberg, co-chairperson; Andrea Englehart, Annie Foytak, Kelly Kurpekis, Lee Ann Kris, Kathy Peters, Kristina Poust, Jen Rogan, Sue Stayers, Peter Whalen; Will Morse, OLVCS Athletic Director and Dean of Students and Jeff Peters, Athletic Council Chairperson; Mark Griffin, Master of Ceremonies.  Thank you so much for giving of your time helping in this event.  I am not sure how much was raised; but considering the crowd, it will most definitely be more than last year. As pastor, I am very grateful to all who came and enjoyed themselves.  The laughter and friendship was very heartwarming to hear and see.  God bless to all who made this event such a wonderful success.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – (Since I love going to New York City, I understand) - Before going to Europe on business, a man drove his Rolls-Royce to a downtown New York City bank and went in to ask for an        immediate loan of $5,000. The loan officer, taken aback, requested collateral and so the man said, "Well then, here are the keys to my Rolls-Royce."  The loan officer promptly had the car driven into the bank's           underground parking for safe keeping, and gave him $5,000.  Two weeks later, the man walked through the bank's doors, and asked to settle up his loan and get his car back. "That will be $5,000 in principal, and $15.40 in interest," the loan officer said. The man wrote out a check and started to walk away.  "Wait, sir," the loan officer said, "while you were gone, I found out you are a millionaire. Why in the world would you need to borrow $5,000?” The man smiled. "Where else could I park my Rolls-Royce in Manhattan for two weeks and pay only $15.40?"

 

February 18, 2018

posted Feb 16, 2018, 7:20 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this Sunday, February 18, 2018, the  Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will celebrate the Rite of Election of Catechumens and the Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament,  Altoona, beginning at 7:00 PM.  These are men and women who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter from our parish and those in the surrounding area. The adults who are seeking Baptism will be formally named and welcomed as the Elect of God and the Candidates seeking full initiation will declare their intent and be blessed by Bishop Mark Bartchak.  All parishioners are invited to join our Catechumens and Candidates and their sponsors and families in prayer and    communal support.  Everyone is invited to attend light reception afterwards in the Cathedral Hall.

 

WORDS FROM OUR HOLY FATHER to think about this Lenten Season.  For those who are going to “FAST” as a sacrifice, maybe we could fast using the Holy Father’s words.  If we follow fasting  using Pope Francis’ suggestions, maybe we would make greater progress in our spiritual life instead of giving up a bag of potato chips.  Think about it!

 

· FAST from hurting words and say kind words

· FAST from sadness and be filled with gratitude

· FAST from anger and be filled with patience

· FAST from pessimism and be filled with hope

· FAST from worries and have trust in God

· FAST from complaints and contemplate simplicity

· FAST from pressures and be prayerful

· FAST from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy

· FAST from selfishness and be compassionate to others

· FAST from grudges and be reconciled

· FAST from words and be silent so you can listen

 

Next weekend, I will have the FINALIZED SCHEDULE FOR THE PENANCE SERVICE IN THE NORTHERN DEANERY for the Lenten Season.  However another reminder for parishioners that our Penance Service will be on Sunday, March 25th at 2:00 PM.  As always we will have many priests hearing confessions, therefore waiting will not be all that long.

 

ATTENTION CARE GIVERS AND IN HOME VOLUNTEERS: below you will find some new unused home care products that are no longer needed by the person donating them.  He thought someone who is giving home care might use them:

 

·  Tranquility Over Night Briefs, from medium to extra large

·  Reassure Booster Pads and disposable bed pads

·  Tena Washing cream and body cleansers

·  Travel wheel chair with pad and a walker 

·  These items are available at NO COST. If interested please call the rectory and we can

     make the necessary arrangements.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Little Johnny's mother was becoming worried. She hadn't seen her neighbor, Mrs. Goldbloom in days. Fearing the old widow may have had an accident, she decided to send Johnny next door to check up on her. "Johnny, would you go next door and see how 'old' Mrs. Goldbloom is?"  "Sure Mom" he said running out the door.  A few minutes later, Johnny returned.  "Well," asked Johnny's mom "is she all right?"  "She's fine, except that she's mad at you."  "At me?" the woman exclaimed. "Whatever for?"  "She said it's none of your business how 'old' she is."

 

February 11, 2018

posted Feb 12, 2018, 12:42 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   “Here we go again.”  Sound familiar?  Yes, it is that time again when the church enters into the SEASON OF THE DESERT – LENT. It seems like just last week, we were singing “Joy to the World” and now we will be singing “O Sacred Head Surrounded.”  Time does fly doesn’t it?  Yes, on Wednesday we begin our desert walk for the next 6 or so weeks.  We begin our Lenten Journey leading up to the walk through Holy Week, culminating in the grand Easter Celebration.  I call these next 6 weeks our “Season of the Desert.”  Why?  Because for anyone who has been in the desert you know that there is nothing there.  One can drive for miles and miles through barren lands before coming to some sort of city or village.  Well, that is what the early Israelite nations faced – barren land to learn to be completely dependent upon God for everything.  That is the lesson for us as well – to understand our complete and utter dependence upon God for everything.  So very many times, we want to be in control of our lives or in control of other people’s lives.  We want to “play God” and tell Him what is best for the world.  Maybe these next few weeks, we can learn to let God be in control of lives.  How we would grow spiritually if that would become a reality in our life.  So instead of saying, “Another 6 weeks of Lent” with a discouraging attitude, maybe we can say, “Wonderful.  A journey through the desert.  Let’s do it.”

This Wednesday we begin our SEASON OF THE DESERT with Mass celebrated at 7:00 and 9:00 AM, 12:05 and 6:00 PM.  At each Mass ashes will be distributed DURING THE MASS.  I think it is only fitting and proper that ashes are distributed within the most perfect prayer we can offer to God – the liturgy.

Another reminder that this Monday evening, I will be holding another ADULT EDUCATION CLASS ENTITLED THE FOUR GOSPELS.  We will look at the origins of the gospels and briefly discuss the major themes proper to each gospel writer.  We will begin at 7:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM.  The class will be held in the Activities Center as usual.  If you want more penance for the Lenten season, this is the way to do it!  Come and listen to me.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed each Friday evening at 7:00.  The school children will be praying the CHILDREN’S STATIONS OF THE CROSS on Friday afternoons at 1:30.  And of course, parishioners are always invited to join the children at this time.

As of this writing, we are finalizing the NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICE FOR THE LENTEN SEASON. For your personal information, the penance service for OLV will be on Palm Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 PM.  As soon as we confirm the times in the other parishes, I will let you know.  But for now, mark down the 25th of March and plan to be with us.

I want to take this time also to THANK THE CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS for their wonderful brunch prepared for us at the Diocesan In-Service for our Arise Program.  Everyone in attendance, especially. the national team, commented on how wonderful “the spread was” and how grateful they were for the hospitality.  Thanks again ladies for your help and assistance to OLV.

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A Teenager Is . . .

· A person who can't remember to walk the dog but never forgets a phone number.

· A weight watcher who goes on a diet by giving up candy bars before breakfast.

· A youngster who receives her allowance on Monday, spends it on Tuesday, and borrows it from her best    friend on  Wednesday.

· Someone who can hear his favorite singer 3 blocks away but not his mother calling from the next room.

· A whiz that can operate the latest computer without a lesson but can't make a bed.

· A student who spends 12 minutes studying history and 12 hours studying for her driver's license.

· A connoisseur of 2 kinds of fine music -- loud and very loud.

· An enthusiast who has the energy to bike for miles but is usually too tired to dry the dishes.

· A young woman who loves the cat and barely tolerates her brother.

· A romantic who never falls in love more than once a week.

· A budding beauty who never smiles until her braces come off.

· A boy who can sleep till noon on any Saturday -- he suspects the lawn needs mowing.

    An original thinker who is positive that her mother was never a teenager.

 

February 4, 2018

posted Feb 1, 2018, 5:52 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   FOR YOUR CALENDARS:

· Beginning this Monday evening, February 5 and continuing for 6 weeks, I will be holding                 another ADULT EDUCATION CLASS ENTITLED THE FOUR GOSPELS. We will look at the origins of the gospels and briefly discuss the major themes proper to each gospel writer. We will begin at 7:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM. The class will be held in the Activities Center as usual. If you want more penance for the Lenten season, this is the way to do it! Come and listen to me.

· On February 9, the Athletic Council will once again sponsor TRIVIA NIGHT. There will be a live Trivia Competition. Auction Items, Raffles, Games, Cash Prizes, snacks, beer and wine and much fun. Doors will open at 6:30 and Trivia competitions will begin at 7:00 PM. Everyone had such a good time last year and I am sure this year will be the same.

 

OUR FATHER JONATHAN has received an additional assignment from the Bishop.  Father Jonathan is now the Chaplain at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy.  His assignment has started already.  I feel this will be a good assignment for him since it is my hope that Father can continue to grow youth ministry here at OLV and now has the additional resources from St. Joe’s.  Please keep Father in your prayers as he continues his ministry here at Our Lady of Victory and St. Joe’s.

I am once again grateful to parishioners of OLV for their generous contributions towards the CHRISTMAS COLLECTION this past year.  Now that the totals have been finalized, a grand sum of $71,922.00 was      collected.  This amount is $7,717.24 above last year’s total.  I am very grateful to all who continue to support the parish through your generous contributions.  May God bless you all and thanks again.

I want to THANK all those who made our CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK so successful and enjoyable for the students.  Beginning with the Mass last Sunday and continuing throughout the week, the students truly      enjoyed celebrating their Catholic identity through our school.  We do indeed have a wonderful school (Middle, Elementary and Pre-School), dedicated administrators and teachers and staff, great volunteers and               wonderful, supportive parents.  I am very proud of the school and continue to ask God’s blessings upon us.  Thanks everyone.

Thanks to everyone who went to Kelly’s Steak and Seafood House last Sunday as a fundraiser for the               Pre-School. I went at 5:00 PM and by the time I left, the restaurant was crowded, hopefully with many                  parishioners and friends. THANK YOU for taking the time out of your schedule to support the Pre-School.

This weekend I have place THE WORD AMONG US for the Lenten season at the entrances of the church doors.  I know that Lent is not until next Wednesday, but I wanted to have the booklets in the hands of          parishioners ready to begin their journey through Lent.  They are excellent resources feeding the heart,         preparing us for the great Easter Event.  Please feel free to take one and use it throughout the 6 weeks of Lent.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Little known Chocolate facts, especially before Lent:

·   Chocolate is derived from cacao beans. Bean = vegetable. Sugar is derived from either sugar CANE or     sugar BEETS. Both are plants, which place them in the vegetable category. Thus, chocolate is a vegetable.

·   To go one step further, chocolate candy bars also contain milk, which is dairy product. So candy bars are a health food.

·   Chocolate-covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit; so eat as many as you want.

·   If you've got melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.

·   Problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car. The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.

·   Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite, and you'll eat less.

If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves. (We're testing this with other snack foods as well.) 

 

January 28, 2018

posted Jan 26, 2018, 7:40 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,    this week OLV school, with all Catholic Schools in the country will celebrate CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK.  Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, January 28 - February 3. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2018 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Our school theme is “Follow the Son.”  Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. We are truly blessed to have a very  active and vibrant Catholic School in our parish.  For me, seeing the young children at work and play gives me hope for the future of the church.  We have dedicated staff, administration and clergy which work very hard to instill Catholic values into the hearts and minds of our children.  With over 450 students (pre-school through the 8th grade), I am sure the future of the church is in good hands.  I am very proud of our school; I talk about it to other priests; and I am very blessed to be pastor of such a wonderful school.  If there are any parents considering sending your children to our school, please stop in and talk to Samantha (principal of the school) or Dawn (principal of the pre-school).  Take a tour of our buildings; see what we offer and be assured that your child grow in his/her faith and will receive the best education possible.

 

This Saturday, February 3rd the church remembers St. Blaise, who had studied philosophy in his youth, was a doctor in Sebaste in Armenia, the city of his birth, who exercised his art with  miraculous ability, good-will, and piety. When the bishop of the city died, he was chosen to succeed him, with the acclamation of all the people. His holiness was manifest through many miracles: from all around, people came to him to find cures for their spirit and their body; even wild animals came in herds to receive his blessing. In 316, Agricola, the governor of Cappadocia and of Lesser Armenia, having arrived in Sebastia at the order of the emperor Licinius to kill the Christians, arrested the bishop. As he was being led to jail, a mother set her only son, choking to death of a fish-bone threw herself at his feet and implored his intercession. Touched at her grief, he offered up his prayers, and the child was cured. Consequently, Saint Blaise is invoked for protection against injuries and  illnesses of the throat. THROATS WILL BE BLESSED AFTER THE 9:00 AM MASS ON  SATURDAY.

 

Beginning February 5 and continuing for 6 weeks I will be holding another ADULT EDUCATION CLASS ENTITLED THE FOUR GOSPELS. We will look at the origins of the gospels and briefly  discuss the major themes proper to each gospel writer.  We will begin at 7:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM.  The class will be held in the Activities Center as usual.  If you want more penance for the           Lenten season, this is the way to do it!

 

On February 9, the Athletic Council will once again sponsor TRIVIA NIGHT. There will be a live  Trivia Competition. Auction Items, Raffles, Games, Cash Prizes, snacks, beer and wine and much fun.  Doors will open at 6:30 and Trivia competitions will begin at 7:00 PM.  Everyone had such a good time last year and I am sure this year will be the same.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A woman called a travel agent to make reservations "I want to go from Chicago to Hippopotamus, New York" The agent was at a loss for words. Finally, the agent asked "Are you sure that's the name of the town?" "Yes, what flights do you have?" replied the customer. After some searching, the agent came back with "I'm sorry, ma'am, I've looked up every airport code in the country and can't find a Hippopotamus anywhere" The customer retorted, "Oh don't be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!" The agent scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered "You don't mean Buffalo, do you?" "That's it! I knew it was a big animal" was the reply.

 

January 21, 2018

posted Jan 19, 2018, 5:37 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   last week I published a summary of where some of our collections go.  I hope most of you read it and came to the same conclusion I did – what a generous parish we have.  The generosity shown to our parish allows us to follow the Gospel’s precept to show this generosity to others.  Again, I thank you for your continued support.  May God bless us as we continue to bring the Good News of the Kingdom to others.

I want to THANK JOE AND SUE ROGACS for their marvelous donation of $50,000.00 towards a matching gift challenge.  Because of their donation, an additional $60,565.00 was raised for a total of $110,565.00 to be used for upgrades to the gym, school kitchen and cafeteria.  As I just  mentioned above, the generosity of parishioners, esp. Joe and Sue, allow us to continue improve our parish, allowing us to minister better to our parish community.  May God bless Joe and Sue for their generosity and also may God bless those who helped us reach the additional $60,565.00 for the school.

As many of you read in our diocesan paper, the CATHOLIC REGISTER, all churches in the diocese will be beginning a 3-year program called ARISE TOGETHER IN CHRIST. This is a three-year,  parish-centered process of evangelization and spiritual renewal that enables people to develop a close relationship with Christ, grow in community, and reach out in service to others.  It encourages putting faith into action in daily life and fosters spiritual renewal and bonds of friendship in the parish.  The first session will begin in the Fall.  Our Lady of Victory was chosen as an informational site for core committees chosen by the various pastors, for the Northern Deanery.  The session will be held on Saturday, January 27 at 9:30am.  Because this meeting requires the presence of the priests, we will have to cancel confessions that morning. More information will follow in future bulletins so stay tuned.

With every New Year, churches face the same dilemma – THE SCHEDULING OF MASSES. There seems to be a rush to get Mass intentions scheduled for the year.  And when that happens, there surfaces a backlog of Masses to be prayed.  With our parish being so large, the same thing is happening here.  We have had a lot of deaths which means a large amount of Masses are requested.  I want parishioners to know that we do as best as we can to accommodate as many parishioners as possible.  But we might not be able to meet all requests throughout the year.  We try; but it is impossible.  So I am asking parishioners to be aware that we will be scheduling Masses as we can.  It might mean that some Masses will be scheduled months from now.  Please be understanding; there are only so many Mass times that will be open for scheduling.

HOSPITAL STAYS – Please call the rectory informing us of any parishioner who is being admitted to the hospital or who is in the hospital.  We have not been receiving the information concerning admissions.  If we do not know who is in the hospital, we cannot come out to anoint or inform the Eucharistic Minister to take communion to the room.  So please let us know.  And if you know someone from another Catholic parish who is in the hospital, please inform them to call their pastor so that he can come out to visit and anoint.  We do our best to take care of the sick; but it also is the responsibility of other pastors to visit as well.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - It had been snowing for hours when an announcement came over the intercom: "Will the students who are parked on University Drive please move their cars so that we may begin plowing." Twenty minutes later there was another announcement: "Will the nine hundred students who went to move fourteen cars return to class."

 

January 14, 2018

posted Jan 19, 2018, 5:34 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILYas promised to you a while back, below you will find a financial report showing just where the majority of your contributions have gone.  As you can see, we are a very generous parish and a great majority of our money indeed leaves our parish.  I thank you as your pastor for being such a generous parish, allowing us to do the great work that we are doing.

 Monthly Charitable Envelopes & Parish Second Collections:

Gabriel Project                                                          $    40,957.00

Interfaith Human Services                                        $      5,869.00

St. Vincent de Paul SC                                             $    11,036.00

St. Joseph Catholic Academy                                  $         600.00

Twin Parish St. Peter Indian Mission                       $    12,000.00

Holy Name of Mary, Ghana                                     $    30,709.40

                                                                    Charitable Parish Envelopes Subtotal   $  101,171.40


Donations from Increased Giving  - OLV Self-Imposed Biblical Tithing   

Holy Name of Mary                                 $     2,000.00                                                                             

Interfaith Human Services                         $     5,500.00                                                  

Anawim                                                                   $     3,500.00                                                                                                     

House of Care                                                         $     2,000.00

Housing Transitions                                                 $     5,000.00

Marian House                                                         $     2,250.00

Newman Catholic Student Assoc.                          $     1,000.00      

 St. Paul’s Mission Grade School                            $     2,500.00

Susquehanna Rural Free Clinic                              $     2,250.00

Gabriel Project                                                       $     2,000.00

Catholic Charities Bellefonte                                   $     3,000.00

St. Vincent de Paul Mt. Union                                $     2,500.00     

St. Vincent de Paul Williamsburg                            $     2,500.00

St. Vincent de Paul Huntingdon                              $     4,000.00

                      Charitable Giving Subtotal               $   40,000.00

 

 SCHOOL SUBSIDIES

Our Lady of Victory School Subsidy                      $ 434,979.60

Our Lady of Victory Preschool Subsidy                 $   20,763.54

                              School Subtotal                                                    $  455,743.14

DIOCESAN COLLECTIONS AND ASSESSMENTS

Priest Retirement-Medical                                     $  31,477.34

Parish Diocesan Assessment                               $  95,884.67

High School Diocesan Assessment                      $  56,266.00                                 

Annual Catholic Appeal - CMD                             $143,995.00

Diocese Catholic Home Missions                         $    2,294.00

Diocese Minority Groups                                      $    1,622.00

Diocese Bishop’s Relief                                         $    3,002.00

Diocese Holy Land (Good Friday)                         $    4,909.00

Diocese Holy Father Peter’s Pence                     $    2,134.00

Diocese Mission Sunday                                      $    2,289.00

Diocese Retired Priests Medical                          $    2,991.00

Diocese Missionary Co-Op Plan                           $  10,052.00

Diocese Disaster Relief Hurricanes                      $  41,499.00

Diocese Religious Retirement Fund                    $    3,470.00

Diocese other Misc. Collections                           $  12,363.00

                       Diocese Subtotal                          $ 414,248.01

 

GRAND TOTAL                                                                             $1,011,162.55

 

January , 2018

posted Jan 5, 2018, 10:15 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend the Church celebrates the EPIPHANY OF THE LORD JESUS. Epiphany is the feast day that celebrates the revelation of God  incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally (but not solely) the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles. The traditional date for the feast is January 6. However, since 1970, the celebration is held in some countries on the Sunday after January 1. On this day, may we become an “Epiphany” of God’s love to all we meet.  As we begin this New Year, may our lives mirror that of the Christ Child who came to show us the “face of God.”

This Monday the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the BAPTISM OF THE LORD. This brings to an end the season of Christmas. The Church recalls Our Lord's second manifestation or epiphany which occurred on the occasion of His baptism in the Jordan.  Jesus descended into the River to sanctify its waters and to give them the power to beget sons of God. The event takes on the importance of a second creation in which the entire Trinity intervenes.  May the Lord’s baptism remind us of our baptism and the promises we made (through our godparents) to live as sons and daughters of our Father in Heaven.

Just another reminder for parishioners again this winter season that if you MISS MASS because of the weather, it is not a sin.  I know that the weather around here can be a bit iffy at times.  Ice can build up on the road; streets might not be plowed; sidewalks might not be cleared.  If these things happen and you  cannot get out or are afraid to drive or walk, please stay at home and be safe.  I am sure the Lord would totally understand under these circumstances.  There are Masses that are televised or heard on the radio. Be safe and use common sense.

HOSPITAL STAYS – Please call the rectory informing us of any parishioner who is being admitted to the hospital or who is in the hospital.  We have not been receiving the information concerning admissions.  If we do not know who is in the hospital, we cannot come out to anoint or inform the Eucharistic Minister to take communion to the room.  So please let us know.  And if you know someone from another Catholic  parish who is in the hospital, please inform them to call their pastor so that he can come out to visit and anoint.  We do our best to take care of the sick; but it also is the responsibility of other pastors to visit as well.

I want to take this time to THANK all those who helped to make our Christmas and New Year’s celebrations so wonderful.  From the liturgical ministers, to the music ministry, to the ushers, I say thanks.  I feel we truly celebrated these holy days with great reverence and a holy joy.  May God bless you all.

And special THANKS to the DECORATING COMMITTEE for making our sanctuary look so beautiful.  So many people commented on how beautiful it looks and how wonderful it is as an aide to prayer.  Many people, and some from out of town, ended up by taking pictures of the sanctuary to show their friends and relatives how beautiful it looked.  Thanks Ann and all who helped again this year.  

  

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The following was shared by surfer Cathy W.

                                                                TWAS THE MONTH AFTER CHRISTMAS

'Twas the month after Christmas, and all through the house, nothing would fit me, not even a blouse. The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste, at the holiday parties had gone to my waist. When I got on the scales there arose such a number!  When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber). I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared, the gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared.  The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese, and the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."  As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt, and prepared once again to do battle with dirt. I said to myself, as I only can, “You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"  So--away with the last of the sour cream dip, Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip.  Every last bit of food that I like must be banished, ‘Till all the additional  ounces have vanished.  I won't have a cookie--not even a lick, I’ll want only to chew on a long celery stick.  I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,  I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.  I'm hungry, I'm         lonesome, and life is a bore, But isn't that what January is for?  Unable to giggle, no longer a riot, Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

 

December 31, 2017

posted Dec 29, 2017, 6:02 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this weekend we celebrate the SOLEMNITY OF THE HOLY FAMILY.  Scripture tells us practically nothing about the first years and the boyhood of the Child Jesus. All we know are the facts of the sojourn in Egypt, the return to Nazareth, and the incidents that occurred when the twelve-year-old boy accompanied his parents to Jerusalem. In her liturgy the Church hurries over this period of Christ's life with equal brevity. The general breakdown of the family, however, at the end of the past century and at the beginning of our own, prompted the popes, especially the far-sighted Leo XIII, to promote the observance of this feast with the hope that it might instill into Christian families something of the faithful love and the devoted attachment that characterize the family of Nazareth. The primary purpose of the Church in instituting and promoting this feast is to present the Holy Family as the model and exemplar of all Christian families.   Let us ask God to bless all of our families, that they may reflect the love, peace and security found in The Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

 

This Monday, January 1st, the church celebrates the SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD. The feast is a celebration of Mary’s motherhood of Jesus.  The title “Mother of God” is a western derivation from the Greek Theotokos, which means “God-bearer”.  On this day, we are reminded of the role that the Blessed Virgin played in the plan of our salvation.  Through the Holy Spirit, God the Father prepared Mary to be the dwelling place where His Son and His Spirit could dwell among men.  Christ’s birth was made possible by Mary’s fiat, or sanctioning of God’s plan with her words, “Be it done to me according to thy word”.  Calling Mary “Mother of God” is the highest honor we can give to her.  Just as Christmas  honors Jesus as the “Prince of Peace”, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God honors Mary as the “Queen of Peace”.  New Year’s Day is also designated as the “World Day of Peace”, further acknowledging the role of Mary in our hearts and in our world.  Since this solemnity falls on a Monday this year, IT IS NOT A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. However, we will have an anticipated Mass on Sunday evening at 4:00 PM and one Mass on Monday at 9:00 AM.

 

Just to let you know that I received a letter from INNERFAITH HUMAN SERVICES thanking us for  ringing bells for them this past Christmas Season and also thanking us for our continual donations to their organization helping the less fortunate in our State College area and beyond.  Again, I thank you also for your generosity throughout the years I have been here.  May God bless you all.

 

I want to THANK ALL PARISHIONERS who so generously sent in cards and baked goodies and candies for the priests of the parish.  I have always said that it is heartwarming to know that a priest’s parishioners truly do care for their priests.  It is something that is not universal, unfortunately.  But Fr.  Antony, Fr. Jonathan and I do appreciate all the support and love we receive here.  May God bless you all for your kindness and generosity.  And now that we are starting a New Year (once again) I must hit the treadmill and work off all of your kindnesses!

 

And as I look back to our CHRISTMAS PARTY, I just wanted you all to know how wonderful the whole evening went.  It was so nice to see so many parishioners enjoying themselves and just being  together talking, laughing and relaxing.  As pastor, I was proud of you all and hope that everyone had a nice time.  I want to thank Chris Kirkpatrick for his work in organizing this event and to Joe and the Ramada staff to putting together a wonderful evening, especially with the decorations in the ball room.  Thanks for making this a wonderful evening for the parish.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - On Christmas Eve, Nathan thought it would be nice to buy his wife a little gift for the next day. Always short of money, he thought long and hard about what that present might be.  Unable to decide, Nathan entered Debenhams and in the cosmetics section he asked the girl, 'How about some perfume?'  She showed him a bottle costing $150.00. 'Too expensive,' muttered Nathan. The young lady returned with a smaller bottle for $100.00.  'Oh dear,' Nathan groused, 'still far too much.' Growing rather annoyed at Nathan's meanness, the sales girl brought out a tiny $25.00 bottle and  offered it to him. Nathan became really agitated, 'What I mean', he whined, 'is I'd like to see something  really cheap.'  So the sales girl handed him a mirror.

 

December 24, 2017

posted Dec 21, 2017, 12:43 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this weekend we celebrate the SOLEMNITY OF THE HOLY FAMILY.  Scripture tells us practically nothing about the first years and the boyhood of the Child Jesus. All we know are the facts of the sojourn in Egypt, the return to Nazareth, and the incidents that occurred when the twelve-year-old boy accompanied his parents to Jerusalem. In her liturgy the Church hurries over this period of Christ's life with equal brevity. The general breakdown of the family, however, at the end of the past century and at the beginning of our own, prompted the popes, especially the far-sighted Leo XIII, to promote the observance of this feast with the hope that it might instill into Christian families something of the faithful love and the devoted attachment that characterize the family of Nazareth. The primary purpose of the Church in instituting and promoting this feast is to present the Holy Family as the model and exemplar of all Christian families.   Let us ask God to bless all of our families, that they may reflect the love, peace and security found in The Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

This Monday, January 1st, the church celebrates the SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD. The feast is a celebration of Mary’s motherhood of Jesus.  The title “Mother of God” is a western derivation from the Greek Theotokos, which means “God-bearer”.  On this day, we are reminded of the role that the Blessed Virgin played in the plan of our salvation.  Through the Holy Spirit, God the Father prepared Mary to be the dwelling place where His Son and His Spirit could dwell among men.  Christ’s birth was made possible by Mary’s fiat, or sanctioning of God’s plan with her words, “Be it done to me according to thy word”.  Calling Mary “Mother of God” is the highest honor we can give to her.  Just as Christmas  honors Jesus as the “Prince of Peace”, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God honors Mary as the “Queen of Peace”.  New Year’s Day is also designated as the “World Day of Peace”, further acknowledging the role of Mary in our hearts and in our world.  Since this solemnity falls on a Monday this year, IT IS NOT A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. However, we will have an anticipated Mass on Sunday evening at 4:00 PM and one Mass on Monday at 9:00 AM.

Just to let you know that I received a letter from INNERFAITH HUMAN SERVICES thanking us for    ringing bells for them this past Christmas Season and also thanking us for our continual donations to their organization helping the less fortunate in our State College area and beyond.  Again, I thank you also for your generosity throughout the years I have been here.  May God bless you all.

I want to THANK ALL PARISHIONERS who so generously sent in cards and baked goodies and      candies for the priests of the parish.  I have always said that it is heartwarming to know that a priest’s parishioners truly do care for their priests.  It is something that is not universal, unfortunately.  But Fr.  Antony, Fr. Jonathan and I do appreciate all the support and love we receive here.  May God bless you all for your kindness and generosity.  And now that we are starting a New Year (once again) I must hit the treadmill and work off all of your kindnesses!

And as I look back to our CHRISTMAS PARTY, I just wanted you all to know how wonderful the whole evening went.  It was so nice to see so many parishioners enjoying themselves and just being  together talking, laughing and relaxing.  As pastor, I was proud of you all and hope that everyone had a nice time.  I want to thank Chris Kirkpatrick for his work in organizing this event and to Joe and the Ramada staff to putting together a wonderful evening, especially with the decorations in the ball room.  Thanks for making this a wonderful evening for the parish.

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - On Christmas Eve, Nathan thought it would be nice to buy his wife a little gift for the next day. Always short of money, he thought long and hard about what that present might be.  Unable to decide, Nathan entered Debenhams and in the cosmetics section he asked the girl, 'How about some perfume?'  She showed him a bottle costing $150.00. 'Too expensive,' muttered Nathan. The young lady returned with a smaller bottle for $100.00.  'Oh dear,' Nathan groused, 'still far too much.' Growing rather annoyed at Nathan's meanness, the sales girl brought out a tiny $25.00 bottle and offered it to him. Nathan became really agitated, 'What I mean', he whined, 'is I'd like to see something  really cheap.'  So the sales girl handed him a mirror.

 

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