November 26, 2017

posted by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, As we celebrate this weekend the FEAST CHRIST THE KING, please indulge me with sharing with you a little history of this Feast Day.  Christ the King Sunday celebrates the all-embracing authority of Christ as King and Lord of all things. Officially called "The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King," it is celebrated on the final Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Sunday before Advent.   Pope Pius XI instituted The Feast of Christ the King in 1925 for the universal church, in his encyclical Quas Primas. He connected the increasing denial of Christ as king to the rise of        secularism throughout much of Europe. At the time of Quas Primas, many Christians (including Catholics)   began to doubt Christ's authority and existence, as well as the Church's power to continue Christ's authority.  Pius XI, and the rest of the Christian world, witnessed the rise of non-Christian dictatorships in Europe, and saw Catholics being taken in by these earthly leaders. These dictators often attempted to assert authority over the Church. Just as the Feast of Corpus Christi was instituted when devotion to the Eucharist was at a low point, the Feast of Christ the King was instituted during a time when respect for Christ and the Church was waning, when the feast was needed most.  Pius XI hoped the institution of the feast would have  various effects. They were:  1. That nations would see that the Church has the right to freedom, and immunity from the state (Quas Primas, 32).  2. That leaders and nations would see that they are bound to give respect to Christ (Quas Primas, 31). 3. That the faithful would gain strength and courage from the celebration of the feast, as we are reminded that Christ must reign in our hearts, minds, wills, and bodies (Quas Primas, 33).  Christians have long celebrated Jesus as Christ, and his reign as King is celebrated to some degree in Advent (when Christians wait for his second coming in glory), Christmas (when "born this day is the King of the Jews"), Holy Week (when Christ is the Crucified King), Easter (when Jesus is resurrected in power and glory), and the Ascension (when Jesus returns to the glory he had with the Father before the world was created). However, Pius XI wanted to specifically commemorate Christ as king, and instituted the feast in the Western calendar in 1925.  The earliest Christians identified Jesus with the predicted Messiah of the Jews. The Jewish word "messiah," and the Greek word "Christ," both mean "anointed one," and came to refer to the expected king who would deliver Israel from the hands of the Romans. Christians believe that Jesus is this expected Messiah. Unlike the messiah most Jews expected, Jesus came to free all people, Jew and Gentile, and he did not come to free them from the Romans, but from sin and death.  In a chaotic and unjust world that seems to scorn any kind of authority, many Christians proudly celebrate Christ the King Sunday, where the loving and merciful - and just - king of the universe is praised and glorified Thus the king of the Jews, and of the cosmos, does not rule over a kingdom of this world.  How truly fitting we need to celebrate this day in the Church.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – December 16th from 5:30PM – 8:00PM is our ANNUAL 18 and over             CHRISTMAS PARTY at the Ramada. There is no cost for the party and it is my way of saying “thanks” for being such a wonderful parish family.  Please call the rectory for your reservation now.

 

As you know, the Northern Deanery conducts PENANCE SERVICES for Christmas and Easter.  I have       finalized the services for us in the North and I would like to let you know the times and places for the opportunity of reconciliation in preparation for Christmas.

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

· December 4, PSU Campus at 7:00PM

· December 6, St. Joseph, Renovo at 6:30PM

· December 11, St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00PM

· December 12, Good Shepherd, State College at 7:00PM

· December 13, Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00PM

· December 14, Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon at 7:00PM

· December 17, OLV at 2:00PM

· December 21, SS Peter and Paul, Philipsburg at 7:00PM

               Please note that ours will be on the 17th and we will have the services of about 14 priests, so waiting should not be long.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The pro football team had just finished their daily practice session when a large turkey came strutting onto the field. While the players gazed in amazement, the turkey walked up to the head coach and demanded a tryout. Everyone stared in silence as the turkey caught pass after pass and ran right through the defensive line. When the turkey returned to the sidelines, the coach shouted, "You're terrific!!! Sign up for the season, and I'll see to it that you get a huge bonus." "Forget the bonus," the turkey said, "All I want to know is, does the season go past Thanksgiving Day?"

 

November 19, 2017

posted Nov 17, 2017, 7:41 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we celebrate THANKSGIVING DAY on Thursday, I found the following “THINGS FOR WHICH I NEED TO BE THANKFUL.” It truly gives us pause for thought, especially since we seem to live in an entitlement society:  Trains, cars, airplanes, horses and buggies that allow us to travel great distances to share Thanksgiving with our loved ones. The spouse who complains when dinner is not on time, because s/he is home with me, not with someone else. The teenager who is  complaining about doing dishes, because that means she is at home & not on the streets. The mess to clean after a party because it means I  have been surrounded by friends.  The taxes I pay because it means that I'm employed.  The clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.  My shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.  A lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning  and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.  All the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech. The space I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.  My huge heating bill because it means I am warm. The lady       behind me in church who sings off key because it means that I can hear.  The piles of laundry and ironing  because it means I have clothes to wear. Weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive. The alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means that I'm alive.   Getting too much email bogs me down but at least I know I have friends who are thinking of me.  How often we complain about so many things.  Maybe this Thursday we can stop and truly realize how blessed we are by our loving God.  So that many parishioners as possible can attend Mass over the Thanksgiving holiday season, we will have a Mass on WEDNESDAY EVENING AT 7:00 PM and THURSDAY MORNING AT  9:00 AM. Adoration will end at 6:00pm on Wednesday evening. The Wednesday evening Mass is for anyone but especially for those who might be traveling Thursday morning or who might need the extra time at home preparing things for company coming.

The RECTORY WILL BE CLOSED FROM NOON WEDNESDAY, THE 22nd THROUGH SUNDAY THE 26th.  This will allow the priests and staff to spend some time with their family and friends.  There will be only one Mass on Friday at 9:00 AM.

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO A FUNERAL IN THE MORNING AND WEDDING IN THE AFTERNOON ON  SATURDAY THE 25th, CONFESSIONS WILL BE POSTPONED FOR THAT DAY.

I want to take this opportunity to THANK ALL THOSE WHO MADE OUR BAZAAR a wonderful success again this year.  As you know from a previous article, I had a schedule conflict and could not be here.  But I heard it was a great event.  I want to thank Chris Kirkpatrick for chairing this fund raiser for the parish.  I want to thank all the chair people who headed up their own individual booths. I want to thank Fr. Antony and Fr. Jonathan for being present to our parish family.  And I want to thank all those who came and supported this important fundraiser for OLV.  We have such a wonderful parish and as we continue to grow, I hope that events like these will help us to continue to grow as a family within our larger community.  God bless and thanks to all.  The final totals are still being calculated and will be reported when finished.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION - You are probably, as we all are, acutely aware of the tragic events at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas earlier this month.  As the largest and very visible Catholic Church in this area, we at OLV remain alert to the growing need for effective security in both our schools and our church.  At the same time, we also want to project the image of OLV as a welcoming place of worship.  To that end, we have been ardently pursuing an improved safety and security posture since my assignment as your pastor.  We have an active Security Committee. We have had security assessments done, and have implemented new equipment (doors, cameras, etc.) and new policies, with plans to do more. While we cannot prepare for, or anticipate, every possibility, we can continue to improve.  I ask all of our parishioners to remain patient with any upcoming changes, and more importantly, to stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings and the environments in our church and in our schools.  As they say, “See something, say something.”  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me, or Andy Mazzara, the head of our OLV Security Committee.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Baby Bruno was sitting in his grandmother's kitchen, watching her prepare the Thanksgiving meal. "What are you doing?" Bruno asked. "Oh, I'm just stuffing the turkey," his grandmother replied. "That's cool!" Bruno said.  "Are you going to hang it next to the deer?"

 

November 12, 2017

posted Nov 10, 2017, 11:54 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, during the month November, the church has always used the occasion to bring attention to the remembrance of  OUR FAITHFUL  DEPARTED. According to our tradition at OLV, we will have our shrine of our faithful departed erected in the sanctuary with the names of those who have died from our parish this past year.  In your packet of envelopes, you will find an envelope for All Souls Day.  If you would like the names of your loved ones remembered at all Masses during the month of November, please place their names on the envelope and return it to the rectory.  They will be placed at the shrine. If you do not have a packet of envelopes, there are All Souls Day envelopes in and around the church.  Please take one and return it to us.

This week we will celebrate our MASS OF REMEMBERENCE for those who have died from our parish this past year.  The Mass will begin at 6:00 PM on Thursday, November 16  and a representative from the family of the deceased loved one will be invited up to light a candle in memory of their loved one.  Parishioners are invited to be with us this Thursday evening to pray for our parishioners who have gone to be with the Lord.  Please keep in your prayers the following loved ones, along with their families:


Teresa K. Badzian

11-1-16

Mary F. Pelton

12-3-16

Mary T. Howe

12-31-16

Virginia Capitos

1-21-17

Martha M. Stewart

1-26-17

Donald L. Barnett

1-28-17

Olga  D. T. Gray

1-28-17

Eleanor A. Miller

2-5-17

Dr. Ronald Koot

2-17-17

Raymond W. Regan, Sr.

2-28-17

Vivian H. Baumer

3-3-17

Rosemary M. Dombroski

3-5-17

Patricia F. Mayes

3-15-17

Fidelma F. Ramondelli

3-17-17

Lois L. Lutz

4-7-17

Batista “John” DiVito

4-11-17

Elenore M. Dixon

4-12-17

Margaret J. Fleming

5-2-17

Richard J. Bartolomea

5-18-17

Robert M. Barnoff

5-26-17

Denise M. Ishler

5-26-17

Helen L. Alessandro

6-10-17

Lisa Sampsell

7-6-17

Dennis J. Scalise

7-11-17

Edward R. Bogus

7-14-17

Walter L. Mahute

7-19-17

Gary F. Torretti

7-23-17

Kathryn Kuhn

7-27-17

Helen B. Cosgrove

8-7-17

Thomas E. Kerr

8-18-17

Eva Montague

8-19-17

Evelyn E. Dabiero

9-3-17

J. Stanley Leon

9-14-17

Roland G. Tiracorda

9-14-17

Lee Ann Marshall

9-21-17

John H. Bell

10-2-17

Marcene Twark

10-2-17

Russell C. Ruhf

10-14-17

Christopher Wronski

10-22-17

George Pytel

10-23-17

 

 

 

 

November 5, 2017

posted Nov 3, 2017, 6:25 AM by Diane Lapinski

Note Date Change: Our ANNUAL MASS OF REMEMBRANCE will be held on THURSDAY,  November 16, at 6:00PM.  Please note the date change due to a scheduling conflict.  At this Mass a candle will be lit by a  member of the family or a close personal friend in memory of those who have died from our parish this past year. Parishioners, especially families of those who have died, are warmly invited to attend.   A light reception will follow in the Gathering Space after Mass. Please mark your calendars and plan to be with us.

 

And along those lines, as we remember during the MONTH OF NOVEMBER those who have died, we once again want to call your attention to the envelope in your packet of envelopes and the envelopes on the tables at the entrances of the church.  If you wish to have your loved one(s) remembered at all the Masses throughout the month, please return the envelope with the name of your loved ones.  The envelopes have been placed before “our shrine” in the Sanctuary with the names of those who have died this past year from OLV.  This is the way we as believers in the  Risen Lord profess our faith and conviction that those who have died in Christ will rise in Him.

 

October 29, 2017

posted Oct 27, 2017, 7:26 AM by Diane Lapinski

I am on vacation this week. Please support our annual Fall Bazaar.

OLV Annual Parish Bazaar - Saturday, November 4, 9:00am to 4:00pm

Profits from the bazaar benefit OLV Parish.  We will have ethnic foods, crafts, baked goods, Theme Baskets, raffle tickets, silent auction, children’s games, “tailgate” for the PSU game vs Michigan State on the big screen  and live entertainment.

 

Volunteers Needed: Sign-up sheets in the Church Gathering Space or contact Chris at 814-237-7832 ext. 404 or email chrisk@ourladyofvictory.com to volunteer. Volunteers are also needed for setup starting 9:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, November 3. 

Christmas Crafts and Decoration:  Our merry elves have been hard at work again this year creating a colorful array of crafts and decoration great for home and gifts - a highlight of the Bazaar. To help, contact  Pat Lutz at 466-6328 or Joy Stauffer at 234-4804.

Bazaar Food;  9am to 4pm, featuring Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Rosie’s Pierogi and Haluski, Homemade Chicken Soup,  Hot Sausage with onions and peppers and Sloppy Joes Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Tossed     Salad and Gemelli Cakes.  Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve the food from 8am to 4pm. to help in the kitchen contact Deacon Dave at 814-237-7832.

Donations of Food, Soda, Bottle Water, Time and Talent Needed. Please consider donating 12 packs of Coke, Pepsi, coffee or bottled water products to the Bazaar.  We’d like these dropped off at the school   office by Wednesday, November 1, so we have time to purchase any variety which is in short supply. 

Money Raffle Tickets: Will be sold at the Bazaar.  The price of each ticket is $1.00. 1st Prize is $1,000.00, 2nd is $750, 3rd is $400, 4th $250. Return the tickets and money to the church office, with your child to the school, in the weekly collection basket or bring them with you to the bazaar. Drawing will take place Saturday, November 4, at 3:45pm in the School Gym at the end of the Bazaar. You do not need to be present to win. 

Theme Baskets:  Anyone who wishes to contribute a theme basket or an item to use in a theme basket (such as a gift card) for the bazaar contact Pat Hopkins (238-5804) or Margaret Kowalski (238-4198).  Baskets to fill will be under the steps at church.  If you have extra baskets, please put them under the steps for someone to use.  Filled baskets should have a value of at least $50. Please drop off baskets at the Church office during the week or on take to the school gym on Friday, 9am to 4pm, or 8:30am on Saturday morning. Cost of basket raffle tickets: $5.00 for a book of 6 chances.   Baskets will be on display and tickets sold during the Bazaar.  Drawing will take place at 3:45pm at the close of the Bazaar.  You do not need to be present to win. 

Baked Goods:  Please drop off your sweet tooth specialties and fruit pies at the school auditorium on Friday Nov 3 after 2:15pm to 4pm or early the morning of the bazaar.  We always need help for this tasty  area.  To help, please call Becki Clark at 571-3687.

Silent Auction:  We need items of at least $50.00 to $100.00 in value. Items donated should be new, collectable, or memorabilia and gift certificates.  The Bazaar committee will make the determination on items to be included in the Silent Auction.  Please contact Margaret Roof at 861-2128 or mfroof@aol.com.

Live Entertainment:  If you are interested in sharing your talents during the festival please contact Chris Kirkpatrick (237-7832).

Children Games - Andrew and Rebecca Sicree and family are planning lots of fun and prizes for kids 3 years to 14 years old, from 9am to 3pm.  To volunteer contact Chris at 814-237-7832

New & recycled Dolls, Board Games, Toys, Puzzles, Christmas items, & Baby items:  for children of all ages and adults. Chaired by Karen Anstett (466-6387).

Pull Tab game of chance:  Will be offered for adult members of the parish.  Chaired by Steve Yetsko. Call 692-7369 to volunteer selling. 

Drawing for the Money Raffle and the Theme Baskets will take place at 3:45pm at the close of the  Bazaar. You do not have to be present to win.

 

October 22, 2017

posted Oct 20, 2017, 6:18 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  if you recall a few weeks ago when we were asked by the Diocese to take up a second collection for the relief efforts after Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, I mentioned to you that OLV is the most generous parish in the Diocese.  And so very often, we do not receive any recognition for the good that we do.  I said to you that it should be that way….since our recognition comes from the Lord Himself.  Well, a few weeks ago during our 9:30 AM Sunday Mass, a guest was having difficulty.  Many parishioners came to his aid; I anointed him in the ambulance and he was taken to the  hospital.  A few weeks ago his wife sent  a card and asked me to read it to all of you.  I thought it would be better to print it in the bulletin.  “Dear Father Dadey, My husband, daughter and I went to the 9:30 AM Sunday Mass, Sept. 24th.  After the homily, Jack, my husband, became lightheaded and very sick.  He is a diabetic and had 2 heart attacks along with by-pass surgery.  In the pews the people could see that he was ill.  We told a lady he was a diabetic.  She went out of her way to get my husband orange juice and a muffin.  Then a lady came over to us and said she was chiropractic.  She treated him to see if he had a possible stroke.  It became obvious to another parishioner that we needed 911.  So he asked if he could call for us.  Another  lady who was in the pew in front of us asked if she could have the Eucharistic Minister give us Holy Communion.  A doctor in scrubs came to see what he could do.  He later stopped in the Emergency dept. to look in on us.  A priest anointed my husband with holy oil in the ambulance.  Parishioners stopped and said that they would pray for us.  Your parishioners not only believe in their faith but really practice their faith.  We were blessed to be in your church.  My husband Jack was in the hospital for three days.  He had a-fib along with his other medical conditions.  But he is doing well.  We are home how in South Jersey.  Our family will always remember your church and its faithful parishioners.  P.S.  Your homily last Sunday was about thankfulness.  If possible, Father, if you could read this to your parishioners after the homily to tell them how thankful our family was to be in your church in our time of need. God blessed us that Sunday morning!”  Jack, Barbara and family.

I COPIED THIS LETTER in whole for two reasons.  First, she asked me to let you know how thankful she was for the kindnesses shown to her and her husband.  And second, so often we (the church) face criticisms from people who have nothing better to do and who will find fault with everything done.  It can get very old after a while.  It is so nice to hear something positive and to receive a pat on the back.  So I do echo the words of Barbara – My “parishioners not only believe in their faith but really practice their faith.”  Thank you for being a parish that cares.

Just a reminder to all guests and parishioners that our ANNUAL PARISH BAZZAR will be held on Saturday, November 4 in the school gym from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Please plan to attend and enjoy the good food, games for the children and the chance to win great baskets and prizes.  You will even have the opportunity to do a little Christmas shopping at our Christmas booth.  Unfortunately due to a schedule conflict, I will not be able to be present.  However, Fr. Antony and Fr. Jonathan will be present carrying the torch for me.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – Things You Never Hear in Church

· Hey! It's MY turn to sit on the front pew!

· I was so enthralled; I never noticed your sermon went over time 25 minutes.

· Personally, I find witnessing much more enjoyable than golf.

· I've decided to give our church the $500.00 a month I used to send to TV evangelists.

· I volunteer to be the permanent teacher for the Junior High Sunday School class.

· Forget the denominational minimum salary: let's pay our pastor so s/he can live like we do.

· I love it when we sing hymns I've never heard before!

· Since we're all here, let's start the worship service early!

· Pastor, we'd like to send you to this Bible seminar in the Bahamas.

· Nothing inspires me and strengthens my commitment like our annual stewardship campaign!

 

October 15, 2017

posted Oct 13, 2017, 5:21 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  as I finished the last mile of  OUR LADY OF VICTORY SCHOOL WALKATHON Friday, a week ago, I was anticipating what the final totals would be.  One question came to mind – would we beat last year’s total of a little over $70,000.00?  The anticipation was growing as I crossed the finish line and we all entered the gym.  As the numbers were turned over one by one, the total of $79,804.00 popped up along with a roar from the children that could be heard down to State High.  I want to THANK all those who helped make this Walkathon so successful again this year.  Thank you to our  Co-Chairs Heather Lukac, and Kelly Kurpeikis, and their team of Maria Blesh, Courtney Chambers, Kristen Koshko, Jackie McNulty, Colleen Patrick, Kathy Roe, Kristy Urgo, Marlena Vendemia and Laura Yartz.  I thank all those parents and friends of OLV School who contributed to this fundraiser.  Again, all monies stay right in the school for the benefit of our children.  May God bless all those who worked so hard and selflessly.  The generosity of so many people shines brightly in our community. THANK YOU…THANK YOU…THANK YOU!

Also during OLV Day the pre-school had a DAY OF CARING. Volunteers came in and did some painting in the pre-school, others mulched around the grounds, and others cleaned to make the school sparkle.  Again, I extend my thanks to all those parents and friends of the pre-school who gave of their time and talent to make our pre-school a welcoming and inviting place to be.  May God bless you. 

Just a reminder that at all Masses this weekend, we will take up a SECOND COLLECTION FOR THE  RELIEF EFFORTS FROM HURRICANE MARIA and the EARTHQUAKE IN MEXICO as requested by Bishop Mark.  All money collected will go to Catholic Charities, USA to help in this effort. Make checks payable to Our Lady of Victory.  Please be as generous as your finances will allow.  God bless you in advance for your help

 As we approach the month of November, the church has always used this occasion to bring attention to the  remembrance of OUR FAITHFUL DEPARTED. According to our tradition at OLV, we will have our shrine of our faithful departed erected in the sanctuary with the names of those who have died from our parish this past year.  In your packet of envelopes, you will find an envelope for All Souls Day.  If you would like the names of your loved ones remembered at all Masses during the month of November, please place their names on the envelope and return it to the rectory.  They will be placed at the shrine. If you do not have a packet of envelopes, there are All Souls Day envelopes in and around the church.  Please take one and return it to us.

And speaking of our faithful departed, we will have our ANNUAL MASS OF                                                      REMEMBRANCE on Wednesday, November 15th at 6:00 PM.  At this Mass a candle will be lit by a member of the family or a close personal friend in memory of those who have died from our parish this past year. Parishioners, especially families of those who have died, are warmly invited to attend.  Since this Mass falls on a Wednesday, All Day Adoration will end at 5:00 PM, allowing us to prepare the church for the Mass.  Please mark your calendars and plan to be with us.

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 16-18, the priests and deacons of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese will gather with Bishop Mark for their FALL CLERGY GATHERING.  In order to make it possible for all active priests and deacons to attend this important meeting, please contact Fr. Matthew or Fr. David at PSU Campus for emergency coverage only. Because of the Gathering, there will only be a 9:00 AM Mass on  Tuesday and Wednesday and no all-day adoration on Wednesday.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A fellow stopped at a rural gas station and, after filling his tank, he paid the bill and bought a soft drink. He stood by his car to drink his cola and he watched a couple of men working along the roadside. One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move on. The other man came along  behind and filled in the hole. While one was digging a new hole, the other was about 25 feet behind filling in the old. The men worked right past the fellow with the soft drink and went on down the road. "I can't stand this," said the man tossing the can in a trash container and heading down the road toward the men.  "Hold it, hold it," he said to the men. "Can you tell me what's going on here with this digging?"  "Well, we work for the county government,” one of the men said.  "But one of you is digging a hole and the other is filling it up. You're not  accomplishing anything. Aren't you wasting the county's money?"  "You don't understand, mister," one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping his brow. "Normally there's three of us--me, Rodney and Mike. I dig the hole, Rodney sticks in the tree and Mike here puts the dirt back."  "Yea," piped up Mike. "Now just because Rodney's sick, that doesn’t mean we can't work, does it?"

 

October 8, 2017

posted Oct 11, 2017, 10:34 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  I received this letter FROM THE                  BISHOP and I want to share it with you since there have been some inquiries concerning a    collection - It was barely a month ago when I asked for assistance for the more than 12 million      people who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf Coast region of our country, from           Corpus Christi, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana. The generous response from the people of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown exceeded expectations. Please tell the people in our parishes that I am most grateful for this important work of mercy. Today I saw in the morning news, a handmade S.O.S. sign in Puerto Rico which read: Necesitamos agua y comida! which means, “We need water and food! Those are essential necessities, and it is estimated that it will take months to restore basic services such as clean water, and electricity. Even telephones are not working.  All of us have also heard of the devastating earthquake in Mexico where the painstaking search of collapsed buildings continues. In addition to the reported loss of human life, so many others are now homeless and in need.  So once again, I am urging all the people of our      Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to pray for those affected by these storms and earthquakes. And I am asking that everyone offer financial support. A SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR DISASTER RELIEF is to be taken up at every parish, church, and chapel in our diocese as soon as  possible.  Pastors and Parochial Administrators may choose to take up this urgent special collection at all Masses on one of the following weekends: September 30-October 1; October 7-8; or October 14-15. Please have the monies from this collection sent to the Chancery Office by October 18.  In the announcement of this special collection in your bulletins and from the pulpit, I ask you to explain that all monies will go to Catholic Charities USA, which is already assisting in the affected areas. All dioceses throughout the country are participating in this  special collection. Please urge your people to be as generous as possible. And please extend my thanks to them for their prayers and financial assistance in this time of need.  Thank you for your response to this timely request, and know that you are in my prayers. OUR SECOND  COLLECTION WILL BE TAKEN ON THE WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 14-15.

 

And on a personal note, I understand that we have been asked to contribute to many                organizations, causes and appeals in recent months. Sometimes the well does run dry when it comes to finances.  All I can ask of you as a parish is to do what you can, especially with the DISASTER RELIEF APPEAL mentioned above by the Bishop.  As you consider a donation over the next week, always remember that the Lord is not outdone in generosity.  We do receive back 100 fold for what we give.  Thanks and God bless for all the help you will give.

 

Due to an overwhelming response, our NEW YORK TRIP IN DECEMBER is sold out.  We are      beginning a waiting list; so please call if you are still interested and we will place your name on the list.  I think it is great that we are sold out.  It again shows that we are an active parish, both              spiritually and socially.  

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A doctor, a nurse, and the top executive of an HMO have died and are in line together at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter speaks with them and asks them what good they have done in their lives.   The doctor says, "I have devoted my life to the sick and needy and have had a part in caring for and healing thousands of people." St. Peter replies, "That's great. Go ahead into heaven."  "And what about you?" The nurse states, "I have supported the doctor and his patients my entire life as an adult, have taken time to explain things to patients, and have helped them lead healthy lives."  "Wonderful. Please proceed in with the doctor."  “I was the president of a very large Health Maintenance Organization.  I was responsible for the health care of millions of people all over the country. "St. Peter says, "Oh, I see. Please go on in ... but you can only stay two nights!"

 

October 1, 2017

posted Sep 29, 2017, 8:36 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this weekend we welcome Fr. Dan Cambra, MIC, Director of the Marian Evangelization Team to our parish.  Fr. Dan is going to present our DIVINE MERCY PARISH MISSION. His congregation, the Marians of the Immaculate  Conception, is the religious community entrusted by Pope Francis to spread the message and   devotion of the Divine Mercy.  Father Dan will be the homilist at each Mass this weekend, inviting all parishioners to make use of this special time in our parish’s history.  He will celebrate the 9:00 Mass each day, followed by an informal discussion in the Children’s Chapel, a.k.a the Upper Room with coffee and donuts. Father will also present an hour long talk Monday – Tuesday –Wednesday evenings at 7:00 followed by refreshments in the Activities Center.  The All- Day  Adoration will end at 6:00 PM that evening in preparation for his talk.  Please mark out this time on your calendars.  In this weekend’s bulletin you will find a prayer to St. Faustina asking for her intercession for a successful mission this week.  Please, during your prayer time at home, pray this prayer for our parish.  Through St. Faustina, Jesus desires that every man, woman and child come to know of His love and mercy in their lives.  After our Mission I hope this becomes a reality for parishioners and guests of OLV. There will be a free will offering on Wednesday evening for the education of Marian seminarians.  Welcome Fr. Dan.

 

On Saturday, October 7 we will celebrate our feast day – OUR LADY OF VICTORY – at the 9:00 AM Mass.  The children will celebrate OLV day the day before on Friday.  If you can, come and celebrate in thanksgiving for Mary’s protection which we have received throughout the years.

 

The OLV SCHOOL WALK-A-THON will take place on Friday of this week as part of OLV Day.  This walk-a-thon is THE ONLY SCHOOL FUNDRAISER in which the school participates.  Pledges are taken and donations are accepted as part of this activity.  I do ask all families who have children in our school to please make their pledge so that this can be a successful fund raiser.  I am sure  parents appreciate this one-time event as opposed to the selling of Christmas Paper, pies, pizza and/or subs, magazines, etc.  All money collected from this event stays in the school and pays for all field trips and necessary items that the school needs.

 

My THANKS is extended to the Knights of Columbus, some of their spouses and the Boy Scouts for their help with our PANCAKE BREAKFAST held last Sunday for scholarships to high school for some of the students in Holy Name of Mary Academy, Ghana.  We had such a wonderful turn-out in support of this worthy cause.  In fact, we even ran out of the mixture for pancakes.  I think a little less than $3,000.00 was raised.  This will allow us to send some of the students to further their education in hope of a better life.  Thank you to all who sponsored this event, worked the breakfast and participated in enjoying having breakfast at OLV last Sunday.  God bless you all.

 

I would like to welcome the 3 NEWEST MEMBERS of our Parish Council:  Theresa DiMartino, Matthew Lingle and Joseph Mastropierro.  There were 10 names submitted to me and the above 3 were chosen “out of a hat.”  I do want to extend my thanks to Theresa, Matt and Joe for their willingness to come on the Council and help direct the future of our church.  I also want to thank all those who submitted their names or the names of others for consideration.  I appreciate all those who were willing to help their parish.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A little girl and a little boy were at day care one day. The girl                      approached the boy and said, "Hey Billy, want to play house?"  He said, "Sure! What do you want me to do?" Sally replied, "I want you to communicate your feelings."   "Communicate my feelings?" said a bewildered Billy... "I have no idea what that means." The little girl nods and says, "Perfect. You can be the husband."

 

September 24, 2017

posted Sep 22, 2017, 8:23 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  I received the following e-mail from FR. RALPH so I thought I would share it with you. “Greetings from Ghana!  I am pleased to be in touch with you today. It is my prayer that you are faring well as I am doing here. Seminary has resumed and we are all doing our best. Our school van is also repaired and will be ready for the new school year. The school is also being painted as planned. I can say that we are moving towards the right direction. But the good news is that we presented 10 candidates to write the State exams that will make it possible for them to get to High school. All the 10 passed and they qualify to go to high school. This is another landmark victory in the history of our school. We are yet to see how many will make it to the high school. So far I have not heard of anything negative about anyone so we will see when school reopens on Sept. 11th. I want to say thank you so much for your immense support and financial help to our mission in Ghana.  The church is completed and I am going to discuss it with the Bishop so as to set the date for its rededication. I will get you the latest pictures when I go to Beyin. Thank you so much for everything. God bless.”  I share it with you because the breakfast this Sunday morning in the Activities Center  is to sponsor the 10 students who passed their exams for entrance into the High School.  It speaks volumes on what our school in Ghana is doing to change the lives of many of the children. If you are able to support the breakfast                   sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, please know that you are helping to send children on to higher education, thereby affording them a better life.  Thanks and God bless all who are                  supporting this wonderful ministry.

 

In just a few weeks, our parish will be celebrating our feast day of Our Lady of Victory on Saturday, October 7th.  Around this time we try to have something special for the parish.  We have had parish missions or a special Mass in the past.  OLV school celebrates the day with fun activities.  This year, we will be having A PARISH MISSION.  It will be entitled A DIVINE MERCY PARISH MISSION given by Fr. Dan Cambra, MIC, Director of the Marian Evangelization Team.  Father will be speaking at all the Masses next weekend inviting all parishioners to attend the special days  devoted to understanding better God’s wonderful mercy.  Please mark the calendar and be with us October 2-4.

 

Once again, the GENEROSITY OF OLV PARISHIONERS has shown forth within our community.  As you know, we have been asked to contribute to 2 charities or organizations.  The first was for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the second was for Fr. Shao, a missionary who spoke to us a few weeks ago.  OLV contributed $25,000.00 for the hurricane relief appeal and $8,582.00 for Fr. Shao and his missions.  From my heart, as your pastor, I want to THANK ALL who contributed to help relieve the hurt and sufferings of others. OLV has always been a light  shining out in a darkened world.  Your help and generosity does serve as an inspiration to others without gaining any recognition from the “outside world.”  OLV, in conjunction with her many charitable gifts, contributes more financial aid and services than any other church in the diocese, Catholic and non-Catholic alike.  I am very proud of you.  We might not gain the recognition as  other churches might and we do not seek out the approval and recognition.  However, the only recognition that we do receive comes from the Heavenly Father and I am sure for all of us that is the only recognition worth receiving. May God bless you for your kindness and outreach to all of God’s children.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A high school teacher was giving a true/false test. He was strolling up and down the aisles surveying the students at work. He came upon one student who was flipping a coin, then writing.  Teacher: What are you doing?   Student: Getting the answers to the test. The teacher shook his head and walked on. A little while later, when everyone was finished with the test, the teacher noticed the student was again flipping the coin.  Teacher: Now what are you doing?   Student: I'm checking the answers.

 

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