April 5, 2020

posted Apr 3, 2020, 7:42 AM by Diane Lapinski   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 7:43 AM ]

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  as we enter into the third full week of our SHUT DOWN, I want to make a few observations.


1. I am very edified by the number of people who continue to pray privately. Unfortunately for us, the Bishop has directed that OLV and Good Shepherd churches go into lockdown. The church building will be locked until further notice.


2. This week is Holy Week in the church. Even though we will not be having the services as we normally do, I am asking all those who read these words to please take some time out of your schedule this week and remember the sacred days at home – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Some quiet time, personal prayer within the home, small sacrifices on those days, etc. will bring the solemnity of the times to you and your family. I am sure there will be opportunities to view services over the TV out of Altoona or Johnstown and other places. Give yourself some time and let this week be as special to you as possible.


3. And on a personal note, this will be the first time in 48+ years (seminarian and priest) that I will not be able to participate in the sacred Triduum. I am trying to deal with that personally but I am sure God will open all our hearts to receive His love no matter what. We all just need to give Him the time to do so.


4. I want to thank all those who have responded to my call for help when it comes to your church envelopes. Again, with no income over the next few weeks, the money source will dry up, but the bills and payroll keep coming. We will be very close to the well drying up if this does not come to a happy conclusion soon. So please 
IF YOU CAN return your Sunday offerings to the rectory as your finances allow. I know paychecks might not becoming your way either; so all I ask is if we can all pull together until things return to normal.


5. I am pleased that so many are viewing the YouTube videos that Fr. Jonathan and I are making. Once again, it is our way of connecting with parishioners, giving some words of hope and encouragement during these times.


6. With a grateful heart, I want to thank all parishioners who contributed to our Catholic Ministries Drive. We have gone over our goal! To date, we have received $145,336.00 in pledges on 356 cards returned. That means now that everything over goal comes back to the parish for an upgrade to our church sound system OR to help the parish meet its financial obligations during this crisis. I am so grateful and pray that God will bless every one of you for your sacrifice at this time. Ministries can still be funded as well as having the money returned to help our parish.


7. And continue to pray…pray…pray. This truly is a Lenten journey through the desert.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – NOTIBLE QUOTES:
1. How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be good to put wheels on luggage?
2. When I am holding all the cards, why does everyone decide to play chess?
3. Why does a slight tax increase cost you 200.00 and a substantial tax cut saves you .30?
4. The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you are in the bathroom.
5. I wish the buck stopped here. We sure could use a few.

 

 

March 29, 2020

posted Mar 27, 2020, 6:11 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  I think it would be an understatement to say that we are in unchartered lands right now in the life of the country and the church. Never before in my lifetime has the like been seen and I pray that it won't be seen again. I want to thank all parishioners for your cooperation and understanding during these times. We are trying our best here at OLV to make the best of troubling times. But I do want to bring to your mind a few items.

1. You have received a letter from me and Fr. Jonathan concerning OLV finances. Please know that I am not being mercenary when asking if possible that parishioners send in their contributions. I rely on Sunday collections to pay all bills, including teachers’ salaries at the school. Now that we might not have Mass for 4 weeks or more, I am wondering how I am going to make ends meet. I know I am asking a lot, esp. with the Diocesan Drive, the fulfillment of our Capital Campaign pledges and now regular Sunday contributions. And considering your own personal needs, things will be tight. But I have to trust that God will provide for what we need.


2. We also will be cutting back on office hours. Until further notice, the office will be open Monday-Friday from 8:30-12:00. Please conduct only important business during those times. This again will only be temporary  until things get back to normal.


3. Please check in on our website. That will be the place to get the most current information concerning parish functions.


4. As of right now, even our Holy Week liturgies are canceled. That might change if things get better, sooner rather than later. That really does hurt a little, but I am sure the Lord does understand.


5. Please know that we will get through this. We can all use this Lent as our desert experience. The Israelites traveled through the desert relying on God’s presence and care alone. They were helpless trusting that God would lead them to their place of residence. I am confident that as we travel through our “desert experience” we too will be led to our place of repose and rest after the virus infection has ended.


6. The church will be open daily from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM for private prayer for parishioners and guests.


7. And remember, continue to pray, pray and pray.

 

A LITTLE HUMOR TO BRING A SMILE - While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife, Grace, listened to the instructor: “It is essential that husbands and wives know each other’s  likes and dislikes.” He addressed the men: “Can you name your wife’s favorite flower?” Tom leaned over, touched Grace’s arm gently, and whispered, “It’s Pillsbury, isn’t it?”

 

March 22, 2020

posted Mar 20, 2020, 5:36 AM by Diane Lapinski   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 5:36 AM ]

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  Please note the directive issued by Bishop Mark: 

ALL COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICES ARE CANCELED.

I want to THANK ALL PARISHIONERS for cooperating with the Bishop’s Directives concerning the  coronavirus. It is a difficult time right now in our nation’s history. But I know that we will get through this and come out stronger. We at OLV are trying to do our best in keeping the parish safe against the virus as possible. You still can watch Mass from your home on TV and make a spiritual communion at that time. This was sent to me and I thought parishioners might take advantage of it. It is from the Magnificat - During this difficult time, many of the faithful may be unable to attend Mass. To help them sanctify their day and to keep  walking in the liturgical rhythm of the Church, we are honored to make our online version of MAGNIFICAT temporarily available to everyone for free. Please help us spread this message and share this email and link: www.magnificat.com/free with as many people as you can. Free temporary access is also available in Spanish. www.magnificat.com/gratis.

 

And on a practical level, with Mass being cancelled, I am anticipating that our WEEKLY COLLECTIONS WILL BE TAKING A HIT. Even though we are limited in what we are doing here at OLV, bills still need to be paid. We truly are down in our checking account. As your pastor I am asking if possible to continue to send in your collection envelope when possible. I know that you have your own financial difficulties and duties to take care of and please know THEY COME FIRST! But if possible, if you do have some left-over finances, please don’t forget OLV.  

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A father was talking to his oldest son about the boy’s upcoming  baptism. Wanting him to understand the significance of the event, he took great care to communicate with him. While they were talking, the boy’s younger brother, a little four-year-old, left the room. He seemed visibly upset so the father followed him to see what was wrong. Tearfully, the little guy confessed, “I want to be alphabetized with my brother.”

 

March 8, 2020

posted Mar 6, 2020, 6:00 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  as promised earlier the priests of the Northern Deanery have finalized the LENTEN PENANCE SERVICES.  Please take note of the various times and places over the next 5 weeks for the celebration of the sacrament.

 

  Sunday, March 8 at Holy Spirit Parish, Lock Haven at 3:00 PM

-  Wednesday, March 11 at St. Joseph’s Parish, Renovo at 6:30 PM

  Thursday, March 12 at Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon at 7:00 PM

  Thursday, March 26 at SS Peter and Paul, Philipsburg at 7:00 PM

  Monday, March 30 at Good Shepherd, State College, with Bishop Mark at 7:00 PM

  Tuesday, March 31 at St. Matthew’s, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

  Thursday, April 2 at Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM

  SUNDAY, APRIL 5 AT OLV AT 2:00 PM

  Tuesday, April 7 at PSU Campus at 7:00 PM

 

As you can see from the above schedule, it is pretty extensive and exhausting as well. Note that your priests will be attending most of the services.  Therefore our presence at the parish, esp. in the evenings, of the services will be limited.  Please understand that at this busy time of the season the energy level of the priests will be a little low.

 

And as you can see from the above schedule, there will be a Penance Service on Wednesday of this week. Due to the fact that it will be held in Renovo, our ALL DAY ADORATION WILL END AT 3:00 pm. This will allow us to make the 1 ½ drive in time for dinner and confessions.  Thank you for your      understanding in this matter.

 

On another SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENT - there will be only a 9:00am Mass on Friday of this week. Again, thank you for your understanding.

 

CATHOLIC MINISTRIES UPDATE - with last weekend's totals, we are approaching our goal of $144,729.00.  Including the first weekend totals, we have now received 197 pledges totaling $84,985.00!  What an amazing total since it has already surpassed the previous year's total for the same time.  I am so very grateful for the generosity and kindness shown to your parish and the diocese.  We are only $59,744 away from reaching our goal.  Remember all monies over our goal will be returned to the parish.  I hope to apply the overage to help balance our budget and then use the rest to upgrade our church sound system.  I have received complaints concerning our SOUND SYSTEM and I want to do something about it, but I need the finances to do that.  That is why I need all parishioners to help us achieve our goal and then go over with needed finances.  Concerning that, we have only received 197 pledges totaling $84,985.00, I am cautiously optimistic that we will reach the goal.  God bless each and every one of you who have participated and will participate in the Catholic Ministries Drive. 

 

A little early, but mark you calendars for May 5. That is the date when we will go to  SIGHT AND SOUND THEATRE to see the newest musical QUEEN ESTHER. Details are found in the bulletin, but I wanted to give you a little heads-up now .

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A little girl as trying very hard to take care of her sick mother. She did  everything to make her mom feel more comfortable in bed, and then quietly slipped into the kitchen. She had seen her mother make hot tea for her father when he was sick, so she set out to do the same for her ailing mom. With cup and saucer in hand, she took the tea into the bedroom and her mother was touched by this sweet act of compassion. The mother showered her daughter with praise and then said, “I didn’t know you could make tea.”  The little girl beamed with pride as she told her mom how she made it. She explained, “I boiled the water and tea leaves together just like you always do.” The mother  listened attentively while sipping the tea. The girl continued her story by stating, “But I couldn’t find the little strainer thing so I used the fly-swatter.” Her mom nearly spit out the tea as she exclaimed, “You used the fly-swatter!”  The little girl comforted her mother’s concerns by explaining, “Oh, but don’t worry, Mommy. I used the old fly-swatter so I wouldn’t mess up the new one.”

 

March 1, 2020

posted Feb 28, 2020, 7:15 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  on Friday, Feb. 21, OLV School   hosted TRIVIA NIGHT to raise funds for OLV School Athletics.  As I walked in I was greatly  edified to see that the event was a sellout.  Thirty tables with 10 participants each were almost all filled if not filled.  It was so nice to see so many parishioners and friends having a good time, testing their knowledge and  enjoying being with each other in friendly competition.  I extend a heartfelt thanks to Kathy Peters and Mary Ann Stolberg for chairing this event.  My thanks are extended to those who volunteered to help out so that the evening ran smoothly.  Big thanks are extended to all sponsors who donated  financially and materially for the kids at the school.  I really do not know what the profits are as of this typing, but it does look good for the kids and their athletic events.  Unfortunately, my table did not win (I think I was the liability).  But overall a good time was had by all and I am grateful to all who made this annual event such a huge success. God bless you all .

 

CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE UPDATE – last weekend we had our first weekend of  commitments to the CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE. Once again this drive supports 14 ministries that provide programs and services beyond the resources of any single parish.  The programs of our local parishes are essential because much of the work of the Church takes place at the local level.  By having the Diocese coordinate programs, we eliminate the duplication of services and save both time and money.  It would be impossible for any individual parish to duplicate the scope of these ministries; we need to share the responsibility.  As of this typing, 61 pledges are promising $37,485.00.  For the first weekend, that is an outstanding total. I am so very grateful to all those who have contributed.  As you know, I was and still am a little anxious about our drive this year due to all the financial concerns we have had in the short past.  The results of the first weekend are showing me that we will reach our goal and have some monies returning to the parish.  The monies returned will help us with the budget, in hopes of upgrading our CHURCH SOUND SYSTEM.  If you have not returned your pledge you can do so through the collection basket, through the mail or simply drop it off to the rectory if you are in the area.  May God continue to bless our parish.

 

Just for your information and knowledge - Every 2 months or so I meet with NEW   PARISHIONERS after the 9:30 AM Mass to introduce myself to them and them to me.  It is a very cordial meeting just letting them know that if there is anything we can do for them to just let us know.  Do you realize that we have approximately 6-8 new registrations every month?  I am so very pleased to inform our parish of that fact.  It speaks very highly of our parish family and the atmosphere that surrounds us.  Thank you for being such a welcoming and prayerful parish.

 

This Sunday evening at 7:00 PM at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament our Diocese celebrates THE RITE OF ELECTION OF CATECHUMENS AND OF THE CALL TO  CONTINUING CONVERSION OF CANDIDATES WHO ARE PREPARING FOR CONFIRMATION AND/OR  EUCHARIST INTO THE FULL COMMUNION OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. I would like to recognize Michael Egan and Emily Herman our catechumens for entering into this wonderful celebration in preparation for our Easter Vigil.  I ask that you say a prayer for them as they meet the Bishop and continue their spiritual journey.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The story is told of two men riding a tandem bicycle up a steep hill.         After much effort, they finally made it to the top of the hill. The front rider said, “That was a tough ride.” To which the second rider replied, "Sure was, and if I hadn't kept the brake on we might have slipped backward."

 

February 23, 2020

posted Feb 21, 2020, 8:29 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this weekend IS COMMITMENT SUNDAY FOR THE CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE, IGNITE YOUR FAITH for Christ’s Mission.  Our sacrificial gifts of  prayer and treasure will make an immediate impact on ministries that care for the poor, strengthen family life, nurture our youth, and provide leadership development for clergy and laity.  The Catholic Ministries Drive  supports 14 ministries that provide programs and services beyond the resources of any single parish.  The programs of our local parishes are essential because much of the work of the Church takes place a the local level.  By having the Diocese coordinate programs, we eliminate the duplication of services and save both time and money.  It would be impossible for any individual parish to duplicate the scope of these ministries; we need to share the responsibility.  If you did not bring your Commitment Card and/or pledge to mass this weekend, please bring it next weekend or mail it to the parish.  All gifts received beyond our parish target amount of $144,729.00 will be used to build up our reserves that were used for our Capital Campaign. Possibly one of the projects that we could look at would be updating and IMPROVING OUR CHURCH SOUND SYSTEM.  I know the parish has been hit a little hard over the last year financially.  Some are still paying off their pledge over this year and the next (like me).  So I can only ask and pray that we can all pitch in and help us meet our goal for the good of the people of the  diocese and hopefully have monies coming back to replenish our savings, allowing us to do some other needed things.  We have always met our goal and I am praying, with a nervous heart, that we will meet our goal once again this year. Thank you for prayerfully considering contributing to this 2020 Drive.  May God bless us as He has always done.

 

This Wednesday is ASH WEDNESDAY, the beginning of our Lenten journey to Easter. Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar.  This Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.  Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient  Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person's forehead, he speaks the words: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return."  Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, "Repent and believe in the Gospel." Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God. Writings from the        Second-century Church refer to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance. Priests administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. Even  non-Christians are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year's Palm Sunday Masses. Ashes will be distributed during the Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM, 12:05 and 6:00 PM.  Due to the number of Masses on Ash Wednesday, there will not be Adoration.

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST AS WE BEGIN OUR LENTEN JOURNEY:

 

- Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 7:00 PM. School children’s Stations of Cross on Friday’s at 1:50 PM when in school is in session.

- Lenten Meditation Booklets available at entrances of the church.

- Adult Education Class on Mondays at 7:00 PM in the Activities Center.

- Northern Deanery Penance Services being planned. Will be announced at a later date. OLV’s Penance              Service is on Palm Sunday, April 5th at 2:00 PM.

-  Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence (no meat). Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence         and fast (only one major meal that day with 2 smaller meals).

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – 5 DEADLY TERMS USED BY A WOMAN:

1.   FINE – This is the word women use to end an argument when she knows she is right and you need to shut up.

2.   NOTHING – means something and you need to be worried.

3.   GO AHEAD – this is a dare, not permission, do not do it.

4.   WHATEVER – a woman’s way of saying, “I dare you”.

5.   THAT"S OKAY – She is thinking long and hard on how and when you will pay for your mistake.

6.   WOW – This is not a compliment. She is amazed that one person could be so stupid. 

 

February 16, 2020

posted Feb 13, 2020, 12:27 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  I was asked to run this letter from the Diocese this week concerning the 2020 CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE. So here it goes -  

Lent is often called the “tithe of the year,” being approximately one-tenth of the year when Catholics give to God. During these next forty days, believers are challenged to renew their spiritual devotions and duties—and one of those holy duties is to support the Church. 

It is also the time when the Diocese begins its annual Catholic Ministries Drive, a diocesan-wide community  appeal to raise funds to support 14 vital ministries. The campaign focuses on three significant areas:  Forming Clergy and Laity, Nurturing Our Youth, and Caring for the Poor and Strengthening Families.

Announcement/Education Sunday is February 15-16, and Commitment Sunday is February 22-23. The 2020 goal is $2,294,584. Each parish is assigned a target, and dollars raised over the goal will be returned to the  parish for needs at their discretion.

The CMD supports the ministries that provide programs and services beyond the resources of any single parish. The programs of our local parishes are essential because much of the work of the Church takes place at the local level. 

It would be impossible for any individual parish to duplicate the scope of these ministries. By having the diocese coordinate programs such as religious education, seminarian education, and vocations, deacon and lay ministry formation, and youth and campus ministries, we eliminate the duplication of services and save both time and money. It's important to know that the 14 ministries rely solely on parishioner support, and 100 percent of donations are restricted to these ministries. If funding decreases, the ministries will face the threat of reduced services. We must all share the responsibility to sustain them.

Catholic Charities is just one example of a ministry that cannot be done in any parish. Its scope of helping our neighbors in need is enormous.

In your contribution letter from Bishop Mark and the Winter/Lent issue of PROCLAIM Christ in your Life magazine, you will meet Debbie, a recipient of emergency financial assistance, who was both brave and proud to share her Catholic Charities experience. You will also meet lifelong CMD donors, Peter and Denise Kreckel, who were gracious to share why they support the ministries. 

The question for all of us is, “What can I do to serve the many missions of my Church?” Please Ignite Your Faith and support the ministries of our Diocese. Consider a gift today.

For more information about the ministries go to www.dioceseaj.org/ministries or contact Pam Seasoltz, Director of Stewardship and Development at 814.695.5577 or [email protected].

Thank you for your continued support!   Yours in ChristVery Rev. Alan E. Thomas, Vicar General

 

OUR GOAL THIS YEAR is $144,729.00 with any overage coming back to the parish for budgetary  concerns.  And please note that NO MONIES FROM THIS CAMPAIGN, DIOCESAN WIDE, ARE USED TO PAY ANY LAWSUIT DESPITE WHAT SOME PARISHIONERS MIGHT SAY OR WRITE. IT WILL BE USED    SOLELY FOR THE MINISTRIES THE DIOCESE SUPPORTS.

 

This Monday I will begin my Lenten Class entitled, THE SACRAMENTS IN OUR LIVES.  We will be taking a look at the historical development of each sacrament and then look at them with the eyes of faith today and the practical consequences for us found in each sacrament.  I have reserved the social hall for 7 Mondays beginning Feb. 17.  I am starting early so that we can fit in the class due to the uncertain dates of Penance Services held throughout the deanery and end before Holy Week.  Adjustments might have to be made, but for now, I am going with the 7 Mondays beginning on the 17th.  The class will run from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  All parishioners are invited to attend.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A teacher asked her students to use the word "beans" in a sentence. "My father grows beans," said one girl. "My mother cooks beans," said a boy. A third student spoke up, "We are all human beans.  (Sorry about this one….a little corny!)

 

February 9, 2020

posted Feb 7, 2020, 7:06 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, once again for those who missed it last weekend - as we approach the Lenten Season (I hated to say that already), many have approached me asking if I am going to have another ADULT EDUCATION CLASS for the weeks of Lent.  I have answered in the affirmative.  This year the class is entitled, THE SACRAMENTS IN OUR LIVES.  We will be taking a look at the historical development of each sacrament and then look at them with the eyes of faith today and the  practical consequences for us found in each sacrament.  I have reserved the social hall for seven Mondays beginning Feb. 17.  I am starting early so that we can fit in the class due to the uncertain dates of Penance Services held throughout the deanery and end before Holy Week.  Adjustments might have to be made, but for now, I am going with the seven Mondays beginning on the 17th.  The class will run from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  All parishioners are invited to attend.

 

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.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - 11 people were hanging on to a rope that came down from a helicopter. Ten were men and one woman.  They all decided that one person should get off because if they didn't, the rope would break and everyone would die. No one could decide who should go. Finally the woman gave a really touching speech on how she would give up her life to save the others, because women were used to giving up things for their husbands and children and giving in to men.  All of the men started clapping.

 

February 2, 2020

posted Jan 31, 2020, 5:30 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we approach the Lenten Season (I hated to say that already), many have approached me asking if I am going to have another ADULT EDUCATION CLASS for the weeks of Lent.  I have answered in the affirmative.  This year the class is entitled, THE SACRAMENTS IN OUR LIVES. We will be taking a look at the historical development of each sacrament and then look at them with the eyes of faith today and the practical consequences for us found in each sacrament.  I have reserved the social hall for seven Mondays beginning Feb. 17.  I am starting early so that we can fit in the class due to the uncertain dates of Penance Services held  throughout the deanery and allowing me to end before Holy Week.  Adjustments might have to be made, but for now, I am going with the seven Mondays beginning on the 17th.  The class will run from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  All parishioners are invited to attend.

 

This Monday, February 3 the church remembers ST. BLAISE.  Saint Blaise was the bishop of Sebastea and a doctor. The first known record of the saint's life comes from the medical writings of Aëtius  Amidenus, where he is recorded as helping with patients suffering from objects stuck in their throat. Many of the miraculous aspects of St. Blaise's life are written of 400 years after his martyrdom in the "Acts of St. Blaise."  Saint Blaise is believed to begin as a healer then, eventually, became a "physician of souls." He then retired to a cave, where he remained in prayer. People often turned to Saint Blaise for healing miracles.  In 316, the governor of Cappadocia and of Lesser Armenia, Agricola, arrested then-bishop Blaise for being a Christian. On their way to the jail, a woman set her only son, who was choking to death on a fishbone, at his feet.  Blaise cured the child.  Along with his remembrance, the church traditionally blesses throats individually.  Throats will be blessed after the 7:00 and 9:00 AM Masses on Monday .

 

Now that we have finished the month of January, I can give the TOTALS OF THE CHRISTMAS         COLLECTION 2019. The total came to $4.00 short of $76,000.00!  What a wonderful total this year      especially since we just came out of our Capital Campaign which raised 1.7 million.  I want to give a huge THANKS to all those who responded to my plea for remembrance of OLV at Christmas time.  With such a wonderful collection, we are beginning to once again build up our maintenance fund which was depleted during our Capital Campaign.  I am so very pleased that many parishioners love their church and came to donate from their financial resources. May God bless each and every one of you for your kindness and goodness to OLV.  I can begin to breathe just a bit easier now. 

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – YOU GO GIRL - A teacher is using the "scientific method" to teach the class about evolution …

 

 TEACHER: Tommy, do you see the tree outside?   TOMMY: Yes.

 TEACHER: Tommy, do you see the grass outside? TOMMY: Yes.

 TEACHER: Go outside and look up and see if you can see the sky. TOMMY: Okay. (He returned a few

    minutes later) Yes, I saw the sky.

 TEACHER: Did you see God? TOMMY: No .

 TEACHER: That's my point. We can't see God because he isn't there. He doesn't exist.

 

A little girl spoke up and wanted to ask the boy some questions. The teacher agreed and the little girl questioned the boy.

 

 LITTLE GIRL: Tommy, do you see the tree outside?  TOMMY: Yes.

 LITTLE GIRL: Tommy, do you see the grass outside? TOMMY: Yessssss (getting tired of the questions

   this time).

 LITTLE GIRL: Did you see the sky?  TOMMY: Yessssss.

 LITTLE GIRL: Tommy, do you see the teacher?  TOMMY: Yes.

 LITTLE GIRL: Tommy, do you see the teacher’s mind?  TOMMY: No.

 LITTLE GIRL: Then according to what we were taught today in school she must not have one!

 

January 26, 2020

posted Jan 24, 2020, 6:25 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend we celebrate CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK throughout our great nation.  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, which in 2020 is January 26 - February 1. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2019 is "Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed." 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 have a marvelous Catholic School within our parish.  Over 415 students from preschool through the eighth grade receive a quality education with a spiritual foundation as its main pillar.  I am very proud of our school.  We have dedicated administrators in Samantha Weakland and Dawn Lorenz.  We have  dedicated teachers and aides who give of themselves to their students on a daily basis.  Our support group, secretaries, etc. are top of the line and our parental volunteers and friends of the school who help out make a pastor proud.  I cannot, for the life of me, wonder why all families do not send their children to our school.  I am certain it cannot be finances for no child will be deprived of a Catholic Education due to finances while I am pastor.  That has always been the policy I have made and to which I will always adhere.  Our school should have waiting lists for each grade.  So I encourage all families to take a look at our school this week.  There will be various activities held each day with a  different theme.  Come, set up a time to take a tour, talk with students and teachers and Samantha and Dawn and come to realize the treasure we have here at Our Lady of Victory.  And, what a great reality we have here that the students at OLV can continue their Catholic Education at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy. 

 

I want to take the time and say THANKS to all parents who have chosen a CATHOLIC EDUCATION for their children.  I know the sacrifices you are making; I know that sometimes you have to deny something in order to make ends meet; I know that at times your finances are stretched to the limits.  But please know that by being faithful to your promise to meet all your obligations, financially and otherwise, you are providing your children with a solid foundation that will last them the rest of their lives.  Thank you so much and please be assured of my prayers. 

 

I also want to say THANKS to all parishioners for your support of Our Lady of Victory.  Tuition alone does not meet the financial obligations needed to run the school.  We rely on regular contributions from the parish collections to subsidy the school to the tune of almost $500,000.00 per year.  Parishioner  generosity is a major factor that we have a school at all.  This just shows that we take Catholic  Education very seriously here in State College.  Thank you so much for your support, financially and  prayerfully.  Again, I pray that God will reward you for your goodness and kindness extended to OLV School and Pre-School.

 

So often we all take things and people for granted. We live as if we are owed things (I guess that is a product of our culture).  I say this because last weekend we had the snow and ice storm.  However, did you see how clean and safe our sidewalks and parking lots were?  They were clean and ready for the Masses.  If they were not ready, I am sure I would have heard about it in every way this side of  heaven.  So I would like to take this time to THANK MARK, RON AND DAVE, our maintenance men, for working on the sidewalks and lot on that Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM and on Sunday morning at 6:00.  Maybe parishioners who came to the Masses might think about doing the same?

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Shortly after tying the knot, a young married couple started arguing over who should make the coffee. Being a good Christian woman, the wife went to the scriptures for her           answer. She said that the Bible specifically stated that men should be the ones to make the                       coffee.   Puzzled, the husband asked her where in the Bible it said that. Very confidently, the wife opened up her Bible and said: “It’s right here—HEBREWS.”

 

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