July 23, 2017

posted Jul 21, 2017, 8:30 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend at the 9:30AM Mass we             welcome FR. CANICE, a native son, who was ordained a priest in May at St. Vincent’s                   Monastery.  I invited Fr. Canice to return to his home parish and offer a Mass of Thanksgiving,         allowing any and all parishioners the opportunity to celebrate the gift of his priesthood through the     offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  There will be a small reception in the Activities Center  after his Mass instead of having donuts.  May God continue to bless him and all the priests with many years of happy and successful years in service of the Lord and His people.

And isn’t it wonderful that OUR LADY OF VICTORY has been the home of so many vocations in  recent years.  I think of Fr. Canice and Brother Matthew for the Benedictines.  I think of Peter Crowe ordained for our diocese.  I think of our own Fr. Jonathan who spent a summer with us, growing in his vocation.  How many in the past and how many more to come?  I think that speaks highly of the prayerfulness of our parish and the openness of our young people to respond positively to the call of God.  Please keep praying for more vocations, praying that more young people – men and women- will give their wholehearted YES to God.

Next weekend FR. RALPH will be speaking at all Masses informing us about the great strides that were made in Beyin, Ghana with the school, the church, and bakery and hopefully another project which will benefit the kids of the school.  We can be very proud of the work that is being done        under his guidance, all for God’s children and ultimately God’s glory and honor.  For anyone who would like to help continue his work there will be envelopes available in the baptistery.

I would like to take this time to THANK MR. CHRIS CHIRIELEISON, for his work over the past 4 years in assuming the job of principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy.  Chris is leaving us to go to another ministry in the field of education.  Chris has been a wonderful principal, leading the             Academy over the past 4 years.  Under his leadership, the school has grown in number of         students, has been accredited through Middle States, has received local and national recognition and has turned out 100% student enrollment in colleges after graduation.  But, I feel that the most important fruit Chris has produced is overseeing the formation of students as faith leaders in the community, following the gospel values put forth by Jesus. To see these men and women living the Gospel is very heartwarming to me as a pastor.  Chris will be missed, but I am sure that we all wish him well as he begins a new chapter in his life.  May God continue to bless him and his family.



1.  But the doughnut was calling my name.

2.  I felt left out because they were eating.

3.  But it was my birthday, so I had to eat the whole cake.

4.  The kids overseas are starving, so naturally I have to clean my plate.

5. I had to get the bitter taste out of my mouth from eating the so- called dish, so I had an ice       cream.

6.  If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it has no calories.

7. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, the calories in the candy bar are canceled out by the  

    diet soda.

8.  When you eat with someone else, calories don't count if you don't eat more than they do.

9. Food used for medicinal purposes NEVER count, such as hot chocolate, brandy, toast and  Sara Lee Cheesecake.

10. If you fatten up everyone else around you, then you look thinner.


July 16, 2017

posted Jul 14, 2017, 9:34 AM by Diane Lapinski   [ updated Jul 14, 2017, 9:45 AM ]

Fr. Neil Dadey & Our Lady of Victory invite you to join:

Top of Switzerland & Oberammergau

9-day tour from Zurich to Munich | May 24–June 2, 2020*

Day 1 Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland. Welcome to Zurich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2 Zurich–Emmental Valley–Interlaken. Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s well-preserved OLD TOWN with its medieval guild houses before continuing to the Emmental Valley to visit the SCHAUKÄSEREI AFFOLTERN  Try out the locally produced cheese, and enjoy a light lunch. A scenic drive brings you to Interlaken. The town’s unique location, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and surrounded by the world-famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains, guarantees spectacular views. (B,L)

Day 3 Interlaken. Excursion to the Jungfrau. An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and the rack railway was opened in 1912. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360° Experience, the ICE PALACE, and take the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. Also, receive your Jungfrau Passport as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day. (B)

Day 4 Interlaken–Brienz–Ballenberg–Lucerne. Drive to Brienz, beautifully located on the turquoise-colored lake. Visit the interesting WOODCARVING MUSEUM , and walk through the romantic Brunngasse, once awarded the title “most beautiful street in Europe.” Next is a visit to the fascinating OPEN-AIR MUSEUM of Ballenberg with its centuries-old buildings from all parts of Switzerland. Arrive in picture-book Lucerne, where you will stay for the next two nights. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional dinner excursion to a folklore party with cheese fondue, yodeling, and alphorn blowing. (B)

Day 5 Lucerne. On your walking tour this morning, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT , dedicated to the Swiss  Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and the ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church. Later, an exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne,” and this evening, a special dinner has been prepared for you. (B,D)

Day 6 Lucerne–Innsbruck, Austria–Oberammergau, Germany. A comfortable drive brings you to Innsbruck in the Tyrolean mountains. Enjoy a walk through the Old Town to see the GOLDEN ROOF before arriving in picturesque Oberammergau. (B,D)

Day 7 Oberammergau. The afternoon and evening are dedicated to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the people of Oberammergau. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Oberammergau–Munich. Arrive in Munich, where Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes alive during an orientation featuring the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower, and MARIENPLATZ, in the historic heart of the city. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure. You may wish to join one of our exciting optional excursions. (B)

Day 9 Munich. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)               

                      (B) Breakfast   (L) Lunch   (D) Dinner

Prices from $3,649 per person (land only), double occupancy*

*Dates, prices, and terms and conditions will be advised at time of reservation and are subject to change. Airfare pricing will be advised in 2019. Itinerary subject to change.

Sponsored by KIsh Travel and GLOBUS.

For more information, please call Chris Kirkpatrick at 814-237-7832, ext. 404.


July 9, 2017

posted Jul 6, 2017, 9:19 AM by Diane Lapinski

The Pastor is on vacation this week. 

Catholic Community Group Sales

Penn State Center for the Performing Arts            

Fr. Neil Dadey invites you to join us for outstanding performances of

  Broadway Musicals, Theatre, Cirque and Dance Companies.


All tickets available at discounted group sales prices. Checks payable to Our Lady of Victory.  Orders and payment for the 2017 Fall due September 8, 2017, winter performances are due December 1, 2017.  The      performances are at Eisenhower Auditorium, unless noted. For order info. contact Chris Kirkpatrick at chrisk@ourladyofvictory.com or 814-237-7832.  Prices shown at discounted rate.  Check PSU Website for more event details   http://www.cpa.psu.edu


Flip FabriQue  Catch Me!  Contemporary Circus - Wed., October 11, 2017, 7:30pm

Orchestra Tickets: Adult $23.80; 18 & under $15.30; PSU Students $12.75

Flip FabriQue contemporary circus is the newest gravity-defying sensation from Montreal, Quebec.  Each of the artists is a      veteran of Cirque du Soleil productions.  Catch Me! finds friends coming together after a decade to spend a weekend at a country cottage. The stage is a playground where high-level acrobatics are the natural vocabulary.


A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER Broadway Musical - Thurs., October 19, 7:30pm

Orchestra Tickets: Adult $57.80; 18 & under $43.35; PSU Students $42.50 

Getting away with murder can be so much fun. And there’s no better proof than the knock-’em-dead hit show that won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical. Direct from New York City, GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE restores our faith in musical comedy.


Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Gilbert Kalish, pianist; and Sō Percussion - Tues., October 24, 7:30pm

Orchestra Tickets: Adults $37.40; 18 & under $28.90; PSU Student $12.75 (Performance is at Schwab Auditorium)

Dawn Upshaw, five-time Grammy Award-winning soprano, and Gilbert Kalish, celebrated pianist  join forces with Sō Percussion, a quartet at the forefront of American musical culture.  Both Shaw and Kalish are Pulitzer Prize winners.


Straight Outta Philly  featuring Rennie Harris Puremovement and Philadanco! - Fri., October 27,7:30pm

Orchestra Tickets: Adults $32.30; 18 & under $23.80;  PSU Students $12.75

Two of Philadelphia’s most spectacular movement companies come together to communicate social and political ideas through hip-hop and contemporary dance in Straight Outta Philly


Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott - Friday, November 3, 7:30pm

  Orchestra Tickets: Adults $76.50; 18 & under $62.05;  PSU Students $61.20

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform with pianist Kathryn Stott. Ma and Stott have performed together for more than thirty years. Their collaborations include two Grammy Award-winning albums.


Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Thursday, November 9, 7:30pm

Orchestra Tickets: Adults $40.80; 18 & under $32.30;  PSU Students $12.75 

Spanish Harlem Orchestra, a Latin jazz big band led by pianist Oscar Hernández, sets the standard for authentic New York City-style salsa dura (hard salsa). Featuring an ensemble of thirteen world-class musicians and vocalists.


THE SOUND OF MUSIC  Broadway Musical - Wednesday, November 15, 7:30pm

Orchestra Tickets: Adult $57.80; 18 & under $43.35; PSU Students $42.50 

The hills are alive! A brand-new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming. 


Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra - Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain:
An Appalachian Celebration - Thursday, November 30, 7:30pm (Schwab Auditorium)
Orchestra Tickets: Adult $37.40; 18 & under $28.90; PSU Students $12.75 

Apollo’s Fire explores the Celtic roots of Appalachian music. The concert features eleven instrumentalists, sixteen chorus members, and two vocal soloists and follows the joys and sorrows of the Celtic immigrants.


School of Music Feature:  Mosaic - Sunday, December 3, 4:00pm.

Orchestra Tickets: Adult $30.00; 18 & under $30.00; PSU Students $10.00 

The  PSU School of Music presents Mosaic, its annual showcase. The performance features both large and small ensembles, as well as the school’s most outstanding soloists.


July 2, 2017

posted Jun 30, 2017, 2:42 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as I type those words, the reality of the word “family” hit home with me a few weeks ago.  When we celebrated Father’s Day on the 18th of June, may people greeted me with the words, “HAPPY FATHER’S DAY” Father.  That greeting always meant a lot to me because I do consider myself a spiritual father to all of my parishioners.  It was so nice to have so many people wishing me a happy father’s day as they left church.  Once again, all I can wish for our parish is that we continue to grow closer together as God’s family under the Father of us all!  God bless and thanks for being a wonderful parish.


And along those lines, at the end of this month I will begin my 5TH YEAR AS YOUR PASTOR.  And normally for me, when these anniversary days occur, I do spend some time in reflection.  I want to simply say, thanks for being such a wonderful parish family.  In many ways you have helped me grow in my spiritual and pastoral life.  Spiritually, your participation and attendance at our liturgies, both weekend and weekday, has been so uplifting to me.  Last weekend the Masses I had were wonderfully participated in by all present.  The singing was tremendous and your prayerful attention at the liturgy was commendable.  I do not know if you realize it, but priests to “feed” off the  participation of his parishioners at the liturgies.  Thank you for your love for and devotion to our Masses.  I also want to thank you for your financial contributions throughout the years.  Not once did I ever have to worry about meeting our Ministries Drive (formerly known as the Annual Catholic  Appeal).  We have met all our Diocesan assessments that come to us.  Whenever we have special appeals (Fr. Ralph or other missionaries, national disasters, etc), OLV has always been in the forefront of contributions, surpassing all other parishes. With our own local charities (Interfaith  Human Services, St. Vincent de Paul, Gabriel Project, etc) once gain OLV is so very  charitable.  Our Sunday collections have gone up, even though we do not have the 5:00 PM Sunday Mass anymore.  Financially, you all have been so very generous to the parish and all charitable contributions.  I also want to thank you all for your personal care and concern for your priests.  Many time I have heard the comment, “How are you doing, Father? You have so much on your plate.  Please take care of yourself.  I am praying for you.”  How heartwarming for a priest to hear those remarks.  No matter now busy or how difficult a situation is that I or other priests must face, knowing that he was the support and love of his parishioners is that which “gets him through” many things.  And so I guess that I am trying to say with so many words is once again, THANKS for a wonderful (and challenging at times) 4 years and I can only ask God to bless you all in a very   special way.  And may we all continue to grow in His love and be known as a parish family who truly loves God and others as He has instructed us.


This Tuesday our nation celebrates INDEPENDENCE DAY, A.K.A. THE 4TH OF JULY.  Since it is a national holiday, the rectory will be closed on the 4th and there will be only one Mass that day at 9:00 AM.  The rectory will reopen on Wednesday at 9:00 AM.  This will allow our staff and priests to enjoy a little bit of summer.



HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - What your baby would tell you if he could talk:

1. I have my blankie, you have your caffeine.  Enough said.

2. Don't be jealous, but I think I'm in love with the ceiling fan.

3. I know where the remote control is, but it'll cost you.

4. To you, it's just an empty egg carton; to me it's PlayStation 2.

5. Actually, I don't mind sitting in a bathtub that I've peed in.

6. Bang a screwdriver slowly and steadily into your gums. That's what teething feels like.

7. There's no point in teaching me to say "mama" or "dada." My first word is going to be "hat."

8. I've told you five times what cow says. If you can't remember, I'm not telling you again.

9. There is no question that I can cry longer than you can listen.


June 25, 2017

posted Jun 23, 2017, 8:42 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this weekend we WELCOME FATHER JONATHAN DICKSON. Being ordained just a few weeks ago, I am sure the “oil is still wet” on his hands, a saying us older priests say to a newly ordained implying that the new priest is very anxious to “get to work.”  And believe me I am very happy to have him here working with us at our parish.  Being that he was here 2 summers ago, he is somewhat familiar with some parishioners and with the area around State College.  As you have read in the announcement, he and Fr. Antony will now be the chaplains to the hospital, meaning that they will cover all emergencies dealing with the Sacrament of the Sick for Catholics, as well as visiting OLV patients.   The parishioners and Catholic patients who are not of our parish will still be served by our Eucharistic Ministers daily; however we are counting on their local pastors to visit their own       parishioners as one of their duties should be. This is a slight change from before, but the change comes to us from the Chancery.  The hospital does have a full time paid chaplain – Rev. Margaret Lindsey.  She is the person who will fill out the cards found in the room off the chapel in the hospital for our Eucharistic Ministers.  The hospital will be visited at least twice a week by priests from OLV.  I know that Fr. Jonathan will be well received as he begins his many years of service to God and His church.  Once again, WELCOME FR. JONATHAN!


There was a question in the background as to whether there will be any CHANGES TO OUR PARISH SCHEDULE now that we have a third active full time priest.  The answer is simply “no”.  The Mass and confession schedules will remain the same.  Confessions on Saturday morning have increased with the time change; attendance at our Masses has gone up even though we have eliminated the 5:00 PM Sunday Mass.  We have not lost any parishioners due to the above changes.  In fact, we have seen at least 4-6 new family registrations per month.  I am very proud of that fact since many new families seem to like the spirit of our parish and what they see here.


I also want to WELCOME BACK TO OUR PARISH OUR GOOD FRIEND FR. RALPH. Fr. Ralph will be with us for about 6 weeks, enjoying a little R & R as well as informing us and other parishes about the great work he has done due to the generosity of so many parishioners and friends. Welcome back Fr. Ralph and enjoy your stay.


The PIRATE BASEBALL GAME FOR JULY 20 is sold out.  All tickets have been                  taken. However, we are beginning a waiting list so if anyone still wishes to go, please call and give us your- name.  Normally we have some cancellations as the time get close.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Little Josh was brought to Dr. Gill because he hadn't eaten anything for days. Dr. Gill offered him all the goodies he could think of. No luck. He tried a little scolding. It didn't work.  A little pleading, to no avail.  Finally he sat down, faced the boy, and looked him in the eye. He said, "Look young man, if you can be stubborn, so can I. You're not going anywhere till you eat something.  You can have whatever you want, but only after you have eaten will you leave." Josh just sat and glared for some time, then said, "Ok. I'll eat but I have some conditions.  First, I'll have exactly what I want and exactly how I want it and second you'll share it with me." Dr. Gill was ok with this. He asked the boy what he'd like. "Worms!" said Josh.  Dr. Gill was horrified but didn't want to back out and seem like a loser, so he ordered a plate of worms to be brought in.  "Not that many, just one," yelled Josh as he saw the plate. Everything other than one worm was removed. Josh then demanded that the single worm be cut into two and then Dr. Gill eat half.  Dr. Gill went through the worst ordeal of his life, and after finishing, barely managing to keep his cool said, "Ok, now eat!"  Josh refused as he sobbed, "No way! You ate my half!"


June 18, 2017

posted Jun 16, 2017, 3:25 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  Sue’s dad delivered bread for a living. They enjoyed each other’s company, so he’d drive home at lunchtime and Sue would go with him. One day, they delivered to a large grocery store. When they pulled in back, the manager saw her and said, “I heard it’s your birthday, so go pick out anything in our toy aisle free.” Sue excitedly grabbed some paper dolls, but the big surprise was still ahead.  Her father, the store manager, and the employees stood with a huge lit cake, singing her “Happy Birthday.” She turned seven, and this was her first-ever birthday party. Thanks, Dad!  Today we do stop and say THANKS TO OUR FATHERS for all those things they do for us – known and unknown.  So often we tend to take people for granted and when we realize it, it is too late.  So today, we want to thank our Dads for all those surprising “birthday parties” that were given to us and hopefully will continue to be given.  To our Dads who have died, we pray that God may bless them with eternal life; and to those who are still alive, we give you our thanks and prayers. HAPPY FATHERS DAY!

As all of you know by now, we will be getting another assistant here at Our Lady of Victory –REV. JONATHAN DICKSON. If you remember from 2 summers ago, Fr. Jonathan was with us as a “seminarian in training.”  When I heard the news, I got on my knees and thanked God for the “coming of the cavalry.”  Being the largest parish in the diocese with the largest elementary school in the diocese, the work load has been tremendous being a priest down for over a year.  I talked to Fr. Jonathan and he is very excited about returning to our parish, now as a priest.  He was well received the first go round and I am sure that he will be warmly received once again.  His arrival date will be June 27th and, believe me, I will warmly greet him.  May God bless him and his ministry here at OLV. 

Last week, OUR LADY OF VICTORY SCHOOL closed its doors for the summer.  I wanted to take this time to wish our students and staff a safe and restful summer.  We had a good school year.  The students were full of life; the teachers were dedicated and hard-working; and the administration led the school through the ordinary (and sometimes) extra-ordinary issues.  Thanks to all who made Our Lady of Victory School and Pre-School a wonderful place to learn about God and His love for them. 

I want to thank JOAN AND CHRIS KIRKPATRICK AND THE KENNEDY DANCE STUDIO  PLAYERS for their wonderful production of “The Lion King, Jr.” staged last Saturday evening.  Some of the proceeds will benefit our school in Ghana, Holy Name of Mary.  The show was wonderfully staged and it was so nice for me to see our young people having fun while at the same time helping other children of their own age in another country.  Thanks so much everyone; a job well done!

2017 DIOCESAN MINISTRIES DRIVE UPDATE – To date we have received 451 pledges totaling $180,939.00!  Absolutely amazing.  Thank you from a grateful pastor.  This total takes one thing off of my mind.  And remember, all monies now pledged and satisfied are returned to the parish since we have met our goal.  May God bless all those who have contributed and will contribute.

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The father of five children had won a toy at a raffle.  He called his kids together to ask which one should have the present. "Who is the most obedient?" he asked.  "Who never talks back to mother?  "Who does everything mother says?" Five small voices replied in unison. "Okay daddy! You get the toy."       


June 11, 2017

posted Jun 9, 2017, 9:55 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this week Fr. Antony will be making his CANONICAL REQUIRED RETREAT at St. Vincent’s Monastery in Latrobe.  He will be joining some other Diocesan Priests as well.  As our priests gather for a week of prayer and rest, please keep them all in your prayers.  It has not been easy this year being a Diocesan Priest in our Diocese.  Prayer is the  only thing that can and will sustain all of God’s priests.  Please pray for them in a special way this week. 

Also this week Deacon Dave and the Deacons of the Diocese will be on RETREAT. I do ask prayers for them as well.  Their ministry has increased due to the work load of the priests and Deacons are a very important element is the successful running of a parish.  I will be here alone this week: please be kind and compassionate.

As you noticed already we have a NEWLY RENOVATED MARY’S GARDEN behind the rectory office.  I gave you all a heads-up in last week’s bulletin.  It truly is a very beautiful place to spend some time in quiet prayer or a place to just get away from it all for a little while.  Since it is a garden specifically designed for prayer and quiet, I would ask that it be respected as such.  Please be careful when bringing children into the garden that there would be not rock climbing or stone throwing.  I do not want OLV to be liable if someone would be hurt or fall while climbing on the stones.  We all need a quiet space every once and a while; I hope that Mary’s Garden can provide that place.

We still have a few PIRATE BASEBALL GAME tickets available for the game on July 20 against the Milwaukee Brewers.  The cost is $69.00 which includes field box seats under the over-hang and bus transportation.  Please call the rectory now for your reservation to enjoy a relaxing and hopefully victorious afternoon.

Even though it is a little late, I want to THANK all those who made our FIRST ANNUAL TRIVIA NIGHT for the school athletic program a huge success.  There were approximately 120 people in attendance who had a great time competing with each other.  I was told that the proceeds came to about $15,000.00 which is designated for our sports programs.  Thanks to Beth Anne Whalen for chairing this event and to all who helped make this an enjoyable night.  There is talk already for next year’s trivia night.  I even heard that some teams were planning strategy.  Thanks Beth Anne and her team.  Not only was it a financial success; but it also served to build up the parish as a family.  God’s blessings to all.

As we did for Mother’s Day, we do have FATHER’S DAY CARDS available for parishioners as a way to honor their father if he is still living or to commend him to the loving arms of God if he is  deceased.  Please fill out the envelopes and return them to the rectory so that we can place them before God’s altar through the week of Father’s Day. 



 GOOD NEWS: You baptized seven people today in the river.

    BAD NEWS: You lost two of them in the swift current.

 GOOD NEWS: The Women's Missionary Society voted to send you a get-well card.

    BAD NEWS: The vote passed by 31-30.

 GOOD NEWS: You finally found a choir director who does things exactly the same way you do.

    BAD NEWS: The choir mutinied.

 GOOD NEWS: Your women's softball team finally won a game.

    BAD NEWS: They beat your men's softball team.

 GOOD NEWS: The trustees finally voted to add more church parking.

    BAD NEWS: They are going to blacktop the front lawn of your parsonage.

 GOOD NEWS: Church attendance rose dramatically the last three weeks.

    BAD NEWS: You were on vacation.

 GOOD NEWS: The youth in your church came to your house for a surprise visit.

    BAD NEWS: It's in the middle of the night and they are armed with toilet paper and shaving cream to                                "decorate"  your  house.





June 4, 2017

posted Jun 2, 2017, 8:26 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we are preparing to close down another school year, I want to take this time to THANK the parishioners of Our Lady of Victory for their  support of our school.  By now, all of you should know of my complete support of our school.  With almost 450 students, pre-school through 8th grade, we are serving God’s children in a very special way.  To impart the knowledge of God’s love into the lives of His children is beyond words of importance.  With a dedicated staff of administrators, teachers and aides, we do provide the very best of education for our children.  But yet in order to run such a successful program for the largest elementary school in the Diocese, the help of parishioners is absolutely necessary.  Because our tuition is kept below the per pupil actual cost, financial assistance from the parish – parishioners – is needed.  The cost to educate a student is a little short of $5,000.00.  Tuition for each student is roughly $2,000.00 less than the total cost.  It is that lower amount because I want to make affordable for all families a Catholic Education for their children.  Because we do keep the costs down and not run the school purely on a tuition based program alone, the parish subsidizes the school.  This past year the subsidy will come in around $400,000.00 and next budget year we are projecting a subsidy of $430,000.00.  Where does that money come from? SUNDAY COLLECTIONS – FROM YOU THE PARISHIONERS. We are asking families who can afford the full per pupil cost to help us out in this area.  But for those families who cannot, your children will not be turned away and there will be scholarships available to help you meet even the lower amount of requested payment for tuition.  But I am writing this to the parish thanking all of you for your commitment to Catholic           Education that is helping us to, once again, bring the love of God into the lives and hearts of His                 children.  We have a great school; we have waiting lists for some classes; we have a wonderful spirit throughout the building.  May God continue to bless us as we continue to go forward providing the best for His children.


As we did for Mother’s Day, we do have FATHER’S DAY CARDS available for parishioners as a way to honor their father if he is still living or to commend him to the loving arms of God if he is  deceased.  Please fill out the envelopes and return them to the rectory so that we can place them before God’s altar through the week of Father’s Day. 


If you have not already noticed, we have a newly “renovated” MARY’S GARDEN which is located behind the rectory office.  The Garden needed a new face lift and I asked Mark, Ron, Peter and  Colten, our maintenance crew, to come up with a plan and to put it into action.  They have done a fabulous job and I am sure that it is a Garden that Mary and our parishioners can be proud of.  If you have not seen it yet, please do so by entering it from the upper parking lot closest to the  rectory. 


OUR 2017 DIOCESAN MINISTRIES DRIVE UPDATE: THANK YOU….THANK YOU…..THANK YOU…..WE HAVE GONE OVER OUR GOAL! With 366 pledges made for a total of $150,289.00 we have exceeded our goal by approximately $6,000.00.  That means that every contribution from this moment onward comes back to the parish for our own needs.  And more good news….there are still about 1500 pledge cards still out.  I just want to say of how proud I am of our parish and parishioner generosity.  May God bless all those who have given and those who still will give.  God bless and thanks.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Little Johnny asked and received help from a librarian on how to use the card catalog. In a little while, he approached the librarian again, wanting to know how to spell "tequila."  "T-e-q-u-i-l-a," spelled the librarian, and Little Johnny thanked her and went back to his search.  A short time later he came back to the desk, looking quite distraught. "I just can't find it," he said.  "What book are you looking for?" the librarian asked.  Little Johnny replied, "Tequila Mockingbird."



May 28, 2017

posted May 26, 2017, 9:42 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Monday our country  celebrates MEMORIAL DAY.  Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for                    remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War.  We will have only one Mass that day at 9:00 AM.  The rectory will be closed throughout the weekend, opening again on Tuesday at 9:00 AM.  Let us remember all those who gave their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have in this wonderful country of ours.


This Saturday June 3,  FR. PETER CROWE WILL CELEBRATE A MASS AT OLV at 9:00 AM.  He was ordained on May 27 for our Diocese.  Parishioners are invited to attend this Mass and stay for a small reception in the Activities Center.


Our parish continues the 2017 DIOCESAN MINISTRIES DRIVE. Just so there is no mistake, this Drive is the renamed from THE ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL (FROM PAST YEARS) to the   2017 DIOCESAN MINISTRIES DRIVE to reinforce the fact that all monies given will be used for the Ministries the Diocese supports – e.g. Tribunal services, Campus Ministries, Boy/Girl Scouts, Youth Ministry, Catholic Charities, Priests Ongoing Formation, etc.  We are promised that no money will go for Diocesan Administration offices, salaries, building upkeep, etc.  The money pledged and given will be used to help people throughout the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.  So far OLV is doing very well.  To date we have had 306 pledges amounting to $127,454.00.Our goal is $144,000.00 with all monies over our goal returning to the parish for budgetary purposes.  I am very grateful to all who have donated so far and I am confident that we will meet our goal and surpass as we have done in my years here as your pastor.  If you do not have an envelope there are extra ones in the gathering space on the counters.  Thanks and God bless as we continue to help those who are in need.


This Friday, June 2 we will have our 8TH GRADE GRADUATION MASS at 7:00 PM in the church.  I do congratulate our class and wish them many blessings as they begin a new chapter in their young lives.  I am very proud of them and wish them nothing but the best.  Good luck in the future as you leave our school.  Parishioners are invited to attend this Mass.


On Wednesday evening May 31 at 6:00pm we will celebrate a Mass for the ANOINTING OF THE SICK.  As we know the Lord himself showed great concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick and commanded his followers to do likewise.  Since that time, the church has never ceased to celebrate this sacrament for its members by the anointing and prayer of its priests, commending those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that He may raise them up and save them.  Therefore parishioners who are seriously sick, weakened by age and/or suffering from infirmities brought on by the weakened human condition are invited to join us in celebrating this wonderful sacrament on the 31st.


Therefore, ADORATION will end on Wednesday the 31st at 5:00 PM with a simple reposition         allowing the priests time to prepare for the Sacrament of Anointing.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The 98 year old Mother Superior from Ireland was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her last journey comfortable.  They gave her some warm milk to drink but she refused. Then one of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen. Remembering a bottle of Irish whiskey received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened and poured a  generous amount into the warm milk.  Back at Mother Superior's bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it, she had drunk the whole glass down to the last drop.  "Mother," the nuns asked with earnest, "please give us some wisdom before you die."  She raised herself up in bed and with a pious look on her face said, "Don't sell that cow."


May 21, 2017

posted May 19, 2017, 8:54 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend and next our parish will be blessed with the ORDINATION OF TWO OF HER NATIVE SONS and one WHO WAS WITH US FOR A SUMMER. This past Saturday, Brother Canice McMullen was ordained to the priesthood at St. Vincent’s Monastery in Latrobe and next Saturday Rev. Mr. Peter Crowe and Rev. Mr. Jonathan Dickson will be    ordained at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.  Both Fr. Canice and Rev. Mr. Peter Crowe are native sons of the parish and Rev. Mr. Jonathan Dickson was with us for a summer internship.  Our  Lady of Victory has always been the ground for many vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  We have been blessed by God that many of his young people have heard the call and responded to it.  I am very proud of all three of them.  Peter will be celebrating his Mass at OLV on Saturday, June 3 at 9:00 AM followed by a reception in the Activities Center afterwards.  Parishioners are invited and encouraged to attend.  I also have invited Fr. Canice to celebrate a Mass here at OLV at a time of his choosing.  When that date if finalized, I will inform the parish.  May God bless these men with the grace to be an image of the Good Shepherd, leading His children to the Kingdom.  God bless you Fr. Canice, Rev. Mr. Peter Crowe and Rev. Mr. Jonathan Dickson.


Because of the ordinations taking place in Altoona next Saturday, THE SATURDAY MORNING             CONFESSIONS will be canceled so that your priests can attend the ordinations.


Just a reminder that this Thursday is ASCENSION THURSDAY, a holy day of obligation.  Masses will be celebrated on Wednesday evening at 6:00 PMThursday at 7:00 and 9:00 AM (with the children), and 12:05 PM.  Because of the vigil Mass on Wednesday, adoration will end at 5:00 PM with a simple           reposition.


On Wednesday evening May 31 at 6:00pm, we will celebrate a Mass for the ANOINTING OF THE SICK. As we know the Lord himself showed great concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick and commanded his followers to do likewise.  Since that time, the church has never ceased to celebrate this sacrament for its members by the anointing and prayer of its priests, commending those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that He may raise them up and save them.  Therefore parishioners who are seriously sick, weakened by age and/or suffering from infirmities brought on by the weakened human condition are invited to join us in celebrating this wonderful sacrament on the 31st.


Therefore, ADORATION will end on Wednesday, MAY 31 at 5:00 PM with a simple reposition allowing the priests time to prepare for the sacrament of anointing.


Fr. Ralph, our friend from Ghana sent us some pictures showing us what was accomplished by the             donations from OLV parishioners. I had the pictures mounted on some tri-fold boards and they are in display in the baptistery area.  As you can see, the church was renovated, a generator was purchased and the school made much needed improvements.  I want to thank all parishioners who helped making this  project a success for FR. RALPH and the children of Beyin.  Once again the generosity of OLV parishioners is reaching out to others in a response to God who calls us to “feed the hungry, clothe the naked…”  From a grateful pastor……THANK YOU.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Elevator Rules: There are un-written rules that everyone who rides elevators follow whether they know it or not. It's not something that anyone has placed into effect by law. . . . It's just the way things are. . . .

1. When you are waiting for an elevator and there are two sets, the one that is the greatest distance from you will open first.

2. While you are riding the elevator, it is not permissible to look anyone in the eyes. The proper place to  stare is at the floor or at the numbers.

3. The person at the very back of the elevator will always be the one who needs off first.

4. If you are on the top floor of a 32 story building and needed to go the 1st floor, the elevator will stop 31 times before you reach the ground.

5. If you get off on the wrong floor and realize it the instant your foot hits the ground outside the elevator, it's much too embarrassing to admit you are wrong, so you stay outside the door and act like you know what you're doing then catch the next one and hope all the people you were with have gotten off.


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