October 21, 2018

posted Oct 19, 2018, 6:11 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, well it happened once again – someone got into my email and sent out requests for money, saying that I am in need of some financial help.  Please, once again, know that I will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER EMAIL ANYONE ASKING FOR MONEY. I would hope and pray that I would never be that desperate as to impose myself on others asking for  personal money.  So please, if you ever receive an email from me asking for personal financial  assistance, delete it and do not respond in any way.  If you respond, they might get your email account and use your name to do the same.  And I really believe that anyone lowers themselves to do such things to someone will someday have to answer for it, maybe not here but at some time.  So please delete when or if you receive one from me that sounds suspicious.

As always during the month of November, we remember all our DECEASED LOVED ONES. In your packet of envelopes you will find one marked "All Souls Day."  Please return that envelope with the names of your deceased loved ones and we will place your requests on the shrine before the  tabernacle.  If you do not receive the packet of envelopes, there are extra at the entrances of the church.  Again, please feel free to take one and return it to the church.  The shrine will remain in the  sanctuary until the First Sunday of Advent. 


WE FINALLY GOT WORD - Bishop Mark asked that a special collection be taken up in all parishes in support of those impacted by the recent HURRICANES. This special collection may be taken up at all Masses on the weekend of October 27-28.  All proceeds from this special collection should be forwarded to the Chancery Office. The entire amount from the collections will be sent immediately to Catholic Charities USA for distribution to those in need. Thousands of people lost their homes and their places of employment due to the recent hurricanes that have impacted especially Florida, Georgia, and South  Carolina. Please be generous in response to a Special Hurricane Relief Collection being taken up in all parishes throughout the diocese. All donations will be forwarded to Catholic Charities USA which   administers the funds directly to those in most need. Keep the people of those places in your prayers.


 We will have our ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE LITURGY on November 14 at 6:00 PM.  At this Mass, we will remember all those who have died from the parish since November 2 of last year.  Families of the  deceased loved ones will be contacted inviting them to attend and light a candle in remembrance.  Please plan to be with us as we once again commend into the loving arms of God those who have died and gone before us.  After the liturgy, there will be refreshments served in the Activities Center.   


As you already know, our ANNUAL PARISH BAZAAR will be held on Saturday, November 17th in the school gym.  This annual event is not only a fundraiser for the parish but also it is a wonderful way to build community by bringing people together to work and have some fun.  In order for us to have a  successful fundraiser, we need parishioners to pick up their book of chances found in the baptismal area of the church.  There will be an envelope with your name on it containing the book of chances.  You are asked to please fill out the booklets and return them to the church with your donation.  The winners of the  raffle will be announced at the end of the bazaar on the 17th of November.  


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Mike listened to a lecture on the importance of showing appreciation to the important people in his life. Mike decided to start with his wife, so after work that night, he went to the shopping mall where he bought a dozen long-stemmed roses, a box of chocolates, and a pair of earrings. He smiled with self-satisfaction as he contemplated surprising his wife and showing her how much he  appreciated her.  He stood at the front door with the roses in his right hand, the brightly wrapped box of candy under his arm, an open jewelry box displaying the earrings in his left hand. With an elbow, he rang the doorbell. His wife came to the door, opened it, and stared at him for a long minute. Suddenly she burst into tears. "Sweetheart, what's wrong? ” asked the bewildered husband.  “It’s been the worst day of my life,” she answered. “First, Johnny tried to flush his diaper down the toilet. Then Kevin melted his  plastic airplane in the oven. Then the dishwasher clogged and overflowed all over the kitchen floor. Then Jessica came home from school with a note from the teacher saying that she beat up a boy in her class. And now you came home drunk!”


October 14, 2018

posted Oct 12, 2018, 5:26 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this Sunday we welcome Bishop Mark who will        celebrate the 12:00 Mass commemorating the 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KNIGHTS OF                     COLUMBUS.  It is fitting that we honor the Knights of Columbus for their dedication to the church and          support of her priests.  I have always felt that they are an “arm of the church” supporting and nourishing the church with their faith and their active ministry.  Parishioners are invited to attend this Mass.  I ask God’s blessings upon these men as they continue to give of themselves for the building up the Kingdom of God  upon this earth.

As you know from previous years, the priests of the diocese meet with their Bishop every fall for THE FALL CLERGY CONFERENCE. Once again this meeting will be held this week, but with a few adjustments from past years.  The adjustments will affect our schedule here.  Therefore, take note of the changes for this week:

 -      Monday - regular Mass schedule – 7:00 and 9:00 AM

 -      Tuesday - NO 7:00 Mass; 9:00 am Mass as usual

 -      Wednesday – no 7:00 Mass; 9:00 am Mass as usual. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will begin

                      AFTER THE 9:00 MASS.

At this time in the life of the church, your prayers are asked for in a special way. We all fall from the glory of God. But the Lord promises that the church will survive despite the failings of men and women within the church. God bless you all for remembering the priests and Bishop in your prayers. And thanks for your  understanding of the necessity of the changes for the week.


As I type these words, I want to extend my HEARTFELT THANKS to all those who made our school               walk-a-thon such a huge success.  As I informed you last week, I did not have the totals to print.  I was        given the  totals last week and they are outstanding.  Due to the generosity of so many parishioners, the school children collected $85,924.00!!!!!!!  What an outstanding total despite what is going on within the church. To me, that speaks of the dedication of all parishioners to Our Lady of Victory and the faith that you have in your priests, in the school and her administration and teachers, and in the acknowledgment of the good work being done for the church and school.  I am so grateful to all who participated, making our school the "light on the hill" as I have always believed we are.  God bless and thanks. 


I want to thank the following who made our WALK-A-THON such a huge success.  Thanks are extended to the chairs Heather Lukac and Kelly Kurpeikis.  Thanks to their committee of Ashley Bartley, Courtney          Chambers, Caitlin Dare, Amy Gravine, Maria  Kim, Kristen Koshko, Will Malerich, Monika Manter, Jackie McNulty, Colleen Patrick, Kristine Poust, Kathy Roe, Melanie Smith, Kristy Urgo, Marlena Vendemia and Laura Yartz.  Thank you so much for all the hard work to help the children of OLV. 


A NOTE FROM FR. RALPH - Greetings from Ghana!

“I am pleased to get in touch with you today. It is my prayer and hope that you are faring well? I am also       doing fine here. Regarding the setting up of the science lab, we are working to get all the needed               estimation done so that I can send it to you. Our school has resumed. Everything here is under control. We had the in-service training course for the teachers. In all, we have 17 staff members in our faculty, and  everybody is doing their best . The results for the high school candidates are released. All our 12  candidates passed, and they have gained admissions to the high schools. I want to thank you once more for your great support to us. May God bless and protect you always.”  RalphWhat wonderful news that 12 STUDENTS GRADUATING FROM OUR SCHOOL HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO HIGH SCHOOL!!!  I want to thank you all who have helped to make the high school experience dream for these students come true.  OLV Parish truly is a very caring and giving parish.  Thank you so very much!



HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A husband read an article to his wife about how women use 30,000 words a day to a man’s 15,000. The wife replied, “That’s because we have to repeat everything to men.” The       husband turned to his wife and said, “What?”


October 7, 2018

posted Oct 5, 2018, 11:07 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  as most of you know, our feast day is October 7, the FEAST OF THE HOLY ROSARY.  This year it falls over this weekend – on          Sunday.  However, the celebration of a Sunday in ordinary time always takes precedence over a  liturgical memorial.  Still, I would like to have something special for our feast day.  Therefore on  Sunday evening October 7at 6:00 PM, Fr. Antony will have a Holy Hour, consisting of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, scripture reading, homily, rosary, and benediction.  We will also recite the Novena prayer after the Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses for 9 days before October 7.  I do        apologize that we will not have an extended time for a mission or the like.  With all that has been      going on in and around the church these past few months, October 7th came upon me very           quickly.  I do hope that parishioners do understand and know that your pastor is only human with a finite mind that forgets.  Please plan to be with us on Sunday evening  as we honor Mary, our          patron.


ANOTHER REMINDER – Next Sunday Bishop Mark will be with us to celebrate the 60TH                 ANNIVERSARY OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS. Bishop Mark will celebrate the 12:00 Mass.  It is fitting that we honor these men for their dedication to the Church and support of her priests.  I have always felt that they are an “arm of the Church” supporting and nourishing the Church with their faith and their active ministry.  Parishioners are invited to attend this Mass.  I ask God’s blessings upon these men as they continue to give of themselves for the building up the  Kingdom of God upon this earth.


As you read these words, the school had its ANNUAL OUR LADY OF VICTORY DAY AND ANNUAL WALK-A-THON this past Friday.  It involved Mass attendance, service projects completing a walk and having an all-around fun day.  This walk-a-thon is the only fundraising event for the school.  When I came here a few years ago, I did not want to have various fundraisers – magazine sales, hoagies and pizza sales, gift wrapping sales, etc.  It was decided that this one fundraiser would be the sole fundraiser and ALL PROCEEDS WOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SCHOOL. Not one penny comes back to the church for its expenses.  The monies raised pays for field trips, classroom enhancements, and supplies , special event days for the students, just to name a few items.  The total raised is through pledges based on the walking of the students.  It` was not known by the time I am writing this.  I will let you know that later and I will publicly acknowledge the hard work by the volunteers who stepped forward.  But suffice it for now, I am grateful for another successful Walk-a-Thon and Our Lady of Victory Day.  We truly have a great school and I hope all parishioners take pride in it.  I thank all those who supported our children.  May God bless you.


Once again, I THANK ALL THOSE WHO ARE PARTICIPATING in the SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS CAMPAIGN. The support has been overwhelming.  The totals to date are – 310 pledges promising $950,848.36.  I am grateful for the sacrifice and the willingness of so many parishioners who are  giving for the benefit of the children.  Once again, thanks so much and may God bless us all.


MEETINGS THIS WEEK – Liturgy Committee will meet Tuesday, October 9 at 6:00PM and                Finance Council will meet Wednesday, October 10 at 6:00PM.  Since this is the first meeting of the “new year” all members are asked to be in attendance.



HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - You are on a horse, galloping at a constant speed. On your right side is a sharp drop off, and on your left side is an elephant traveling at the same speed as you. Directly in front of you is another galloping horse but your horse is unable to overtake it. Behind you is a lion running at the same speed as you and the horse in front of you. What must you do to safely get out of this highly dangerous situation? Get off the merry-go-round!


September 30, 2018

posted Oct 5, 2018, 11:05 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  as most of you know, our feast day is October 7, the FEAST OF THE HOLY ROSARY. However, this year it falls on a Sunday and the celebration of a Sunday in ordinary time always takes precedence over a liturgical    memorial. However, I would like to have something special for our feast day.  Therefore on         Sunday evening October 7at 6:00 PM, Fr. Antony will have a holy hour, consisting of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, scripture reading, homily, rosary and benediction.  We will also recite the Novena prayer after the Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses for 9 days before October 7.  I do   apologize that we will not have an extended time for a mission or the like.  With all that has been     going on in and round the church these past few months, October 7th came upon me very quickly.  I do hope that parishioners do understand and know that your pastor is only human with a finite mind that forgets.  Please plan to be with us next Sunday as we honor Mary, our patron.


On that afternoon of the 7th, I was asked to celebrate Mass for the gathering of the DIOCESAN      ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY at St. Francis University in Loretto.  I am honored to be the main celebrant and homilist.  I do thank the St. Vincent DePaul Society here in State College and throughout the Diocese for the great work they do in reaching out to the less fortunate.  So often in today’s world good works done by so many people go unnoticed.  All we hear about today are the shortcomings of people and the “not so good” works they do.  Therefore, I would like to acknowledge everyone associated with St. Vincent DePaul and thank them for following the Lord’s command to “feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty…”  Our prayers are with you asking God to bless you in all that you do.


Just a look ahead – on October 14 Bishop Mark will be with us to celebrate the 60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS.  Bishop Mark will celebrate the 12:00 Mass.  It is fitting that we honor these men for their dedication to the Church and support of her priests.  I have always felt that they are an “arm of the Church” supporting and nourishing the Church with their faith and their  active ministry.  Parishioners are invited to attend this Mass.  I ask God’s blessings upon these men as they continue to give of themselves for the building up the Kingdom of God upon this earth.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Tom was at the hospital visiting with his best friend Larry who was      dying. Tom asked, "If there is baseball in heaven will you come back and tell me?" Larry nodded yes just as he passed away. That night while Tom was sleeping, he heard Larry's voice in a dream, "Tom..." "Larry! What is it?!" asked Tom. "I have good news and bad news from heaven." "What's the good news?" "There is baseball in heaven after all, but the bad news is you're pitching on          Tuesday."


September 23, 2018

posted Sep 21, 2018, 6:07 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  as you have heard and seen from the new accounts, there has been much suffering due to HURRICANE FLORENCE. The news accounts have been heartrending, to say the least.  As always people throughout the country pull together to help those affected by such tragedies.  Here at OLV, we will be part of this helping process.  There will be a SECOND COLLECTION taken up very shortly.  I am waiting for the direction of the Diocese as to where to send our monies.  I am sure that we will receive a directive, if we have not already received one after the printing of this bulletin.  I will give ample notice as to when we will be taking up the   collection.  But until then, please keep all those affected in your prayers, which I am sure you are doing.   


I want to take this time to CONGRATULATE the CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAS, COURT BLESSED MADONNA #2521 on their 15th anniversary.  I am very proud to have this        organization as part of OLV Parish.  Over the past 15 years, their support of the parish and its priests has been outstanding.  I am very grateful to them for all these young women do for the        parish.  May God bless them and their Court with many more years of service and ministry in our parish.


This MONDAY, our parish will be taking a bus trip to FALLING WATER AND THE FLIGHT 93 MEMORIAL. We will be leaving the church parking lot at 7:45.  I do ask all those going with us to please be on time for departure.  We will provide donuts for a quick breakfast.  Boarding will take place at HOLMES FOSTER PARK.  Please park behind the church and walk over to the park.  AND PLEASE BE CAREFUL.  There will be school buses coming and going at that time and I do not want anything to happen to anyone.


The FIRST PARISH COUNCIL of the “new year” will be held this Tuesday at 6:30 in the Activities Center.  All members are asked to be present and we continue to “steer” the parish forward.


I would like to answer some questions about the SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS CAPITAL                  CAMPAIGN. The first question as to when the work will begin: the day after school lets out.  When will it be completed?  We hope to have it finished by August 15th at the latest.  What happens       between now and June, when school lets out?  We are continuing to collect money and pledges in anticipation of the bills that will be coming in from the architects, the permits, etc.  All plans need to be submitted to code for their approval.  Meetings are being held to make sure that the plans are going forward.  So as you can see, there is much going on to make sure that we will be ready by the next school year for the completion of this improvement project.  And once again, I want to thank all those who are sacrificing and making pledges for a successful completion.  I am a very grateful  pastor.  May God bless all who are looking out for future generations of students at Our Lady of        Victory.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The Pastor woke up Sunday morning and realizing it was an                exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf. So... he told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and persuaded him to say Mass for him that day.  As soon as the  Associate Pastor left the room, the Pastor headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away. That way he knew he wouldn't accidentally meet anyone he knew from his   parish. Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church!  At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed,   "You're not going to let him get away with this, are you?"  The Lord sighed, and said, "No, I guess not."  Just then Father Norton hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole.  IT WAS A 420 YARD HOLE IN ONE!  St. Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked, "Why did you let him do that?"  The Lord smiled and replied, "Who's he going to tell?". 


September 16, 2018

posted Sep 14, 2018, 5:35 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  I am away on retreat this week so we are posting a complete listing of those who have given to the School Improvements Capital Campaign to make sure we have not forgotten anyone. Pledge cards can be found in the Gathering Space of the Church or you can make your pledge online to the School Improvements Project at www.olvcatholicschool.org/sip at  As of  Sept. 11,  $905,097.49 with 259 donating has been raised towards the goal of $1.5 million. 

Check the bulletin for the names. 

September 9, 2018

posted Sep 7, 2018, 5:20 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  these past few weeks we have had two PARISH FAMILY GATHERINGS – the BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC and the ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC. In both cases, the attendance was wonderful and a good time was had by all.  However, in order to have such successful parish events, it takes the effort of so many dedicated people.  Therefore I would like to thank those who made our gatherings so enjoyable:


· Back to School Picnic –The Kris Family, The Foytack Family, The Hale Family, Paul &            

     Crystal Crum, Eric & Christine Olbrich, Bill & Andrea Seisler, Olga & Bumper Grove, Megan 

     Roberts, Patrese Huff, Sandy Muller, Denise Dible, Hazel Viglione , Danielle Montler, 

     Sonia McCubbins, Annie Hughes, MaryAnn Stolberg, Paul Fritzsche, Terry Stec, Michael Starks,

     Carol King, Brent Laskowski, Joe Rokita, Luke Surovec, Jennifer Mallett, Shelly Mato, Ava

     Starks, Elizabeth Peters, Grace Dible.


· Annual Parish Picnic – Bob and Mary Hershey, Mary Grunthaner, Deb and Joe Reese,

     Steve Milillo, Rodney Hopkins, Pat Hopkins, Lee and Carol Gouty, Paul Fritzsche, Joe Riley,

     Chris  Kirkpatrick, Dave Koller, Pat Lutz, Rob and Kathleen Crowe, Bob, Nancy and Grace

     Jacobs, Dennis Marince, Jim Loughran, Stella Mohamed, Deacon Dave, The Sicree Family,  

     Andy Mazzara, Ken Hart, Lionel Bassett and the Catholic Daughters.


In both cases, it was very heartwarming for a pastor to see his parishioners having a good time and celebrating “family” within our parish. May God bless all those who worked so hard with these        picnics and my thanks go out to all those who participated.


A LOOK AHEAD – for those who are confirmed for going to THE HOLY LAND next September, there will be a meeting in the Activities Center on September 18th at 6:00 PM. I am happy to        report that the trip is sold out and we have a waiting list.  I do ask consideration that anyone who was confirmed and now cannot go, to please call Chris Kirkpatrick at the rectory so that we will be able to fill your place. The meeting will be informational, discussing the trip and raising questions that might have to be referred to the travel agency for answers.  Please read the information that was given to you which might answer some questions people might have.     


Our totals for the SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT CAPITAL CAMPAIGN are going up, thanks to              dedicated parishioners.  To date, we have 231 pledges promising $860,307.49 over the next year or so.  From last week’s bulletin you saw that some safety improvements have already been               implemented.  This was accomplished by the funds already collected.  I am truly grateful to all those who have responded to this campaign.  There are still many pledge cards outstanding and I do encourage those who have not contributed as yet to please consider doing so, especially those  families who have children in the school, those families who benefited by the presence of a Catholic School in the parish, and those who want to see OLV provide a safe environment for  children getting a Catholic education.  Understand that the effects of this campaign will be felt for generations to come.  Please consider helping us in this important project.  If by some chance you have lost your pledge card or did not get one, there are extras on the countertop in the baptismal area of the church.  I ask God to bless all those who are helping make OLV parish and school the best in our diocese.



HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A group of college boys wanted to smuggle the football team mascot into their dormitory room- so they made intricate plans so they would not get found out. “But what about the smell?” someone asked. “The goat will just have to get used to it,” the boys replied. 


September 2, 2018

posted Aug 31, 2018, 5:36 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   this Monday our nation observes LABOR DAY. Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. It is recognized as a federal holiday. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day is set aside to celebrate labor. "Labor Day" was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it   became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day. Be that as it may, I like to see Labor Day in a spiritual vein.  For me, this day helps us recognize that God has entrusted the “workings of the earth” to us and when we cooperate with the Creator of the world, we participate in the Divine Plan for the world.  So our labor here on earth is to build up the Kingdom of God here and prepare us for the Kingdom to come.  Therefore our work becomes part of our spiritual journey to the Kingdom of God and not seen as a “punishment due to sin” as possibly portrayed in the Book of  Genesis.  Since it is a federal holiday, the rectory is CLOSED and there will be ONE MASS celebrated at 9:00 AM. 

I want to congratulate GAIL OLIVER AND LYNN YECINA as the newest members of the PARISH COUNCIL. I am looking forward to working with them and the Council as we begin a new “church year” leading our parish forward to spread the Kingdom of God here upon this earth.

As you all have seen and heard, the Catholic Church has been going through some hard times these past few years. Our Diocese went through this 2 years ago and now we are reliving it once again due to the actions of priests in 5 other Pennsylvania dioceses.  It has been a difficult time for all.  But I do want to say, once again, how grateful I am for the love and support given to your 3 priests during this time.  EVERYONE, EXCEPT A FEW, HAS BEEN SUPPORTIVE and has              offered words and letters of encouragement and love.  For that I am grateful.  I cannot thank you all enough for the backing of the parish.  I did inform the Diocese of this fact when they asked how things are going up here.  Please be assured of our prayers as well as we continue to journey through this  difficult time once again.  And know how much your priests take comfort in               knowing that we have the prayers and support of our parishioners.

In the continuing effort to make our school as safe as possible, I would like to inform the parish that the PROTECTIVE FILM has been installed on every window and door on the first floor.  This film protects the window or door from being shattered completely, which allows time for law                     enforcement officers to arrive.  I am grateful that we have accomplished this goal due to the SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT CAPITAL CAMPAIGN funds that are now being collected.  Along with the film, protective doors have been installed on all classrooms in the school, offering                 additional security. Again, I want to thank all parishioners and guests who are contributing to this campaign, making the school as safe as possible for our children. If you might have misplaced your pledge card, more are available on the cabinets in the baptistery.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Paddy and Murphy are having a pint in the pub when some scuba       divers come on the TV. Paddy says, "Murphy, why is it those deep sea divers always sit on the side of the boat with them air tanks on their backs, and fall backward out of the boat?" Murphy thinks for a minute then says, "That's easy. It's 'cos if they fell forwards, they'd still be in the darn boat!"  


August 26, 2018

posted Aug 28, 2018, 11:21 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  for the last 5 plus years that I have been your pastor, one issue that keeps coming up throughout the year is the scheduling of Masses.  Very often I will hear, “I have not had my Mass scheduled yet; it has been over a year.”  “Why does this person or that person have so many Masses prayed?”  “I hear the same name mentioned                   constantly” and so forth.  The complaints come to the office then to me.  Let me comment on this for a few minutes.  First of all, the offering of Masses for a deceased person or for the intentions of someone living is a very good thing.  The church encourages this practice.  By offering a Mass for someone, we are affirming the tradition of the communion of the saints held within the church.    Second, one Mass prayed for someone IS OF INFINITE VALUE. The grace bestowed through the offering of a Mass known to God alone has value beyond all telling. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, the grace gained, which is of infinite value before God, is bestowed (for lack of a better word) upon one who has gone before us or one who is still living.  Therefore the number of Masses prayed  technically is of little significance before God since our base principle is that one Mass is of  INFINITE VALUE. Third, we are a very large church and we have many Masses that are requested.  We have a backlog of Masses extending over a period of months.  Therefore, in order to accommodate all parishioners who are requesting Masses, we will now schedule Masses over a  period of 4 months.  That means that a Mass for an individual person will be honored as soon as possible.  However, there will be a period of 4 months before another Mass will be offered for that same person by the same family or person.  This will allow other parishioners access to dates that might have been taken. Please understand, we are trying to accommodate as many people as possible, but we also want to be fair in the process.  This will go into effect beginning September 1, 2018, and  it will not affect any Masses already schedule. This new  policy has the backing of Fr. Jonathan and Fr. Antony as well.  


And along those lines, IF SOMEONE NEEDS A MASS PRAYED IMMEDIATELY remember that Msgr. Saylor concelebrates the 9:00 AM Mass every day.  Masses can be sent to the Franciscans in Loretto or the Benedictines in Latrobe.  There are missionaries who would be happy to satisfy            Masses; we can send them to them if you want.  Again we are trying to accommodate all people and I hope that is the understanding many will take from this new policy.


The totals for the CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE SCHOOL keep going up.  To date we have pledges totally $734,007.49. In just over a month and a half, we have raised almost $750,000.00.  That is incredible.  And yet, there are still so many pledge cards outstanding.  I want to thank all those who contributed to date and I encourage those who have not done so, to please consider helping us out.  The school is a vital part of our parish; many, many families have benefited by the education received here at OLV.  We want to make our school the best and safest school in the diocese and we are succeeding.  Our reputation for providing students with an excellent                  education is far-reaching.  Become part of this project and help us reach our goal.  God bless and thanks to all who have participated thus far.   


This Sunday OUR PARISH PICNIC begins at 4:00 and ends around 7:00.  As always it will be held on the Knights of Columbus grounds.  This event for the parish has grown each year and I am        anticipating another successful turnout to celebrate our parish family.  More information can be found in this bulletin. Please plan to attend this wonderful event, celebrating family life within our parish.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A husband and wife were driving through Louisiana. As they                  approached Natchitoches, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the town. They argued back and forth, and then they stopped for lunch. At the counter, the husband asked the blonde           waitress, "Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please            pronounce where we are very slowly?" She leaned over the counter and said, "Burrr-gerrr Kiiing."


August 19, 2018

posted Aug 17, 2018, 5:19 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  I think I need to remind parishioners again that if someone is in the hospital from our parish, please call the rectory and inform us.  Without the HOSPITAL having a paid chaplain, as they have had in the past, it is difficult at times to know who is in the hospital from our parish.  We are on call for any emergencies that might arise for a Catholic patient and we do take care of them when they arise.  However, if we do not receive a call, we will not know who from our parish is in.  Patients from other parishes are to be visited by their priest/pastor.  And so I am asking your help in this matter.  I would hate to have a parishioner not visited by your priests all due to the lack of a phone call.

Next Sunday,  August 26,  is OUR PARISH PICNIC beginning at 4:00 and ending around 7:00.  As always it will be held on the Knights of Columbus grounds.  This event for the parish has grown each year and I am anticipating another successful turnout to celebrate our parish family.  Please mark your calendars in advance so that you will be able to attend this wonderful event, celebrating family life within our parish.

Just a note on some logistics concerning our SATURDAY MORNING CONFESSION SCHEDULE:  as scheduled, confessions are heard at 9:45 or after the 9:00 AM mass and will continue until finished.  We do not have an end time for hearing confessions.   Sometimes people will come after 10:15 or 10:30 or so in order that they will not have to wait in lines.  Unfortunately if the number coming for confessions is light, we might be gone from the boxes by then.  So please for those coming for confessions, come early so that we will not miss you.

FROM FR. RALPH…..I am very grateful to you, Very Rev. Fr. Neil Dadey for being such a special friend to me, and giving me the opportunity to spend some time with you every summer in your parish. My dear People of God, my visit to your parish this year, has been exceptional and extraordinary, with most of you opening up to me, taking time to talk to me, inviting me out for lunch and dinner, and always welcoming me to your parish. Your generosity and kindness have been terrific and overwhelming as you keep contributing and donating financially to support our school in Ghana. You have been very charitable to us, and we continue to say, ‘thank you so much’!  This brings to mind a question I keep asking myself, “What a wonderful Parish?” which leads me to join Louis Armstrong in singing ... “I see trees of green, red roses too; I see them bloom for me and you And I think to myself what a wonderful world. I see skies of blue and clouds of white; the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night; And I think to myself what a wonderful world. The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky are also on the faces of people going by; I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do, they're really saying I love you. I hear babies crying, I watch them grow; they’ll learn much more than I'll never know. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.”  Indeed, I am most grateful to you. You are such a wonderful people, and I think to myself what a wonderful parish! God bless you all. Oh Yeah!

This Wednesday we will have our ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC for the school children and families.  It will take place in front of the school from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  There will be a brief parent meeting in the gym at 6:00, before the festivities.  All school children and their families are warmly invited to attend.

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - An engineer, a physicist, a mathematician, and a mystic were asked to name the greatest invention of all time. The engineer chose fire, which gave humanity power over matter. The physicist chose the wheel, which gave humanity the power over space. The mathematician chose the alphabet, which gave humanity power over symbols. The mystic chose the thermos bottle.  "Why a thermos bottle?" the others asked. "Because the thermos keeps hot liquids hot in winter and cold liquids cold in summer." "Yes - so what?" "Think about it." said the mystic reverently. "That little bottle - how does it know?"


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