May 28, 2017

posted May 26, 2017, 6:42 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, 5:54 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.

 

May 14, 2017

posted May 12, 2017, 6:45 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, This weekend we celebrate MOTHER’S DAY. Ever wonder what a MOTHER”S LOVE looks like.  I found these and I think they fill the bill.  I loved you enough to ask where you are going, with whom, and what time you would be home. I loved you enough to insist that you save your money and buy a bike for yourself even though I could afford to buy one for you.  I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover that your new best friend was a jerk. I loved you enough to make you pay for the toy you had taken and tell the clerk “I stole this yesterday, and I want to pay for it."  I loved you enough to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your room, a job that should have taken 15 minutes.  I loved you enough to let you see anger, disappointment, and tears in my eyes. Children should know that their parents aren't perfect.  I loved you enough to let you assume the responsibility for your actions even when the penalties were so harsh, they almost broke my heart.  But most of all, I loved you enough to say NO when I knew you would hate me for it. … Those were the most difficult battles of all. I am glad I won them, because in the end, you won too. And someday when your children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates parents, you will tell themThank you Mom for all those things you did for us, even if we did not realize you did them out of love for us. To all Moms, have a blessed day and God bless.

 

One of the advantages we have here at OLV is the use of an ACTIVITIES CENTER. Church meetings, parish events, and church gatherings are all held there.  We are blessed to have such a building here on our grounds.  However, there is beginning to occur a trend.  It seems that there is a misguided belief that the Center is open to any and all people and groups.  Word on the street is, “Go use the OLV Activities Center.  They will allow you and it is free.”  Very rarely do we receive any remuneration for the use of the hall by any group that uses it.  Heating, air conditioning, clean-up, use of the kitchen, etc. all take financial resources to maintain its use.  No other hall in the borough runs like this.  I guess that is why “word is on the street.”  Because of that, the Parish Council and I will be developing a policy concerning the Activities Center.  Until that time comes we are limiting its use to church sponsored functions and church meetings.  I do not want this to be harsh since parishioners have donated for use.  But the building is about 20 years old and it is going through a lot of wear and tear.  So please be patient until the Council and I have developed a policy that will be fair to all.

 

This Tuesday our parish will be attending the MUSICAL JONAH at Sight and Sound.  For those going, the bus will be leaving at 9:30 from Holmes Foster Park.  You can park in the church upper parking lot.  We will stop for lunch at the Rockvale Outlets where there are approximately 5-8 eating places.  Please be on time for boarding.

 

I few weeks ago I was sent this wonderful article entitled, “WHY GO TO CHURCH?” You might have read this before, but I thought I would print again and hopefully it might help some come back to church:  “A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.  He wrote: "I've gone for 30 years now, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000  sermons, but for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time, the preachers and priests are wasting their’s by giving sermons at all". This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column. Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: ‘I've been married for 30 years now.  In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!’ 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – THINGS MOMS HAVE LEARNED FROM THEIR CHILDREN:

1. A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2,000 sq. ft. house 4 inches deep.

2. If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite.

3. A 3-year old Boy's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.

4. If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound

        boy  wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however, if tied to a paint

        can, to spread paint on all four walls of a 20x20 ft. room.

5. You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on. When using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have  

         to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.

 

May 7, 2017

posted May 5, 2017, 11:21 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend we have COMMITMENT           WEEKEND IN THE DIOCESE - the beginning of our 2017 CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE.  The name, formerly known as the Annual Catholic Appeal was changed to better describe the end purpose of the drive – to fund our Catholic Ministries. Our targeted amount is $144,000.00 for this year, approximately $3,000.00 less from last year.  The monies collected from the parishes go to fund ministries (and only  ministries) that the diocese sponsors.  These ministries are divided into three categories: Caring for the Poor and Strengthening Families (Catholic Charities, Family Life, Fulton County Catholic Mission), Nurturing Our Youth (Campus Ministry, Educating Youth, Preparing for the Sacraments, Youth Ministry), Forming Clergy and Laity (Adult Enrichment, R.C.I.A., Evangelization, Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Priest’s Vocations, Ongoing Formation of Priests and Deacons). The Fund no longer supports core administrative office of the diocese and only 1.5% of the target goal will be budgeted for campaign expenses.  And remember all contributions exceeding the parish’s target goal will be refunded to the parish free from assessment.  Here at OLV, the money returned will go to strengthen our parish budget for our own expenses.  Please try to be as generous as possible.  In my years here we have always  exceeded our goal and I am confident that we will again do the same.  Envelopes may be returned through the mail, through the collection basket or dropped off at the rectory during office hours.  I ask God’s blessings upon us during this drive and I am grateful in advance to all those who will contribute to the 2017 Catholic Ministries Drive.

 

Last weekend was a very big weekend for our parish.  On Saturday we celebrated FIRST                  COMMUNION for our younger parishioners and on Sunday afternoon, we will celebrated the SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION for our 11th graders with Bishop Mark.  As we continue to    journey through this Easter Season, isn’t it wonderful that we can rejoice with our young people as they celebrate these milestones in their lives.  I do want to congratulate them and pray that the grace of God will continue to lead them and guide them through this life until we reach the eternal life of heaven.  Congratulations!

 

And along those lines, I want to THANK their teachers and parents for helping them prepare for these  sacraments.  A lot of time and preparation went into getting them ready for this moment in their lives.  As pastor, I want you to know how grateful I am for your ministry to God, our church and your students.  May God bless you for your generosity and kindness.

 

Next Sunday we celebrate MOTHER’S DAY.  As always we will remember our mothers during the    Masses that weekend.  If you would like your mother to be remembered, whether living or deceased, please return your envelope to the rectory.  We will then place the names before God’s altar, asking God to bless our mothers if they are still alive or to grant them eternal peace if they are deceased.  There are extra envelopes present in the church near the entrances.

 

I want to take this time to thank all parishioners who have INCREASED THEIR WEEKLY  CONTRIBUTION to OLV.  Many have responded and I am pleased with the increase in the offertory.  In fact, our Easter collection has surpassed last year’s total in just the first week!  Again, I ask God to bless all who have heeded my call and are sacrificing just a bit more for the good of our parish.

 

For those who stand against the back wall during our liturgies, please take note that we have INSTALLED NEW KNEELERS on the backside of the last pews on the sacristy side of the church.  A request was made and I felt it was a very good and valid request.  I would encourage those who stand against the wall to please use them during the consecration at Mass.  When the kneelers are used it at that time, it does show a huge sign of respect and humility during this most holy and precious time at our Mass.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, 'Who was THAT?'

 

April 30, 2017

posted Apr 28, 2017, 5:45 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, Next weekend the diocese begins its 2017               CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE, FORMERLY THE ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL.  The new drive will   provide 100% of revenue for vital ministries in the fiscal year beginning July 1.  These ministries are entirely         dependent upon contributions received through the Catholic Ministries Fund.  More information will come next weekend in the bulletin but I wanted to give you all a heads-up.  Our goal will be approximately $144,000.00 this year, $3,000.00 less from last year.  Please read the following letter from the Bishop I received this week:


Please see the link below to read the letter:


I ask God’s blessings upon us during this drive and I am grateful in advance to all those who will contribute to the 2017 Catholic Ministries Drive.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Benjamin listened closely as Rabbi Greenbaum read from the Bible.  'May I ask a question?' Ben asked. Of course, go ahead, ask your question,' replied the rabbi.  'Well, the Bible says that the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea,' continued Ben, 'also that the children of Israel built the temple, the children of Israel did this and the children of Israel did that.  Didn't the grown-ups ever do anything?'

 

April 23, 2017

posted Apr 21, 2017, 7:11 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, hopefully the EASTER CELEBRATIONS have not worn thin in your lives.  As we celebrate the final day in the Octave of Easter I want to remind you that the Easter Season runs till Pentecost.  The church extends this joyful celebration for 50 days, to allow the followers of Jesus time to revel in the joyful news that Jesus is Alive!  The presence of Jesus in our lives should be our strength every day of the year, not just on Easter or Christmas.  Even though we may suffer some doubts, like Thomas did in this weekend’s gospel, we like Thomas should also take the next step of faith and affirm Jesus as “My Lord and God.”  What beautiful words those are; how    strengthening they can be; what consolation they bring.  May this Easter Season be one of joy and peace for all who profess Jesus is Lord, not with lips alone, but from the heart.

 

This weekend St. Pope John Paul II declared that it be named DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY.  The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.  The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC: A - Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world. B - Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us. - Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.  This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual  director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.  The message and devotional practices proposed in the Diary of Saint Faustina are completely in accordance with the teachings of Church and are firmly rooted in the Gospel message of our Merciful Savior. Properly understood and implemented, they will help us grow as genuine followers of Christ.   Spend time to learn more about the mercy of God, learn to trust in Jesus, and live your life as merciful to others, as Christ is merciful to you.

 

I want to THANK all those who sent Fr. Antony and me Easter Blessings through cards or baked goods.  As I have always said, it is so nice to know that the priests are appreciated.  May God bless all those who thought of us. 

 

As time marches on and things change, I do want to inform the parish that our DIRECTOR OF          RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, EVA, will be leaving us at the end of this school year in July.  Eva has served OLV faithfully over the years she has been with us and now she returns to her home state of  Indiana to begin a new chapter in her life.  I am sure we all wish her well and we send her off with God’s blessings and our prayers.  In her place taking over the DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION  PROGRAM WILL BE JIM HOY. Jim has been with us for many years teaching at OLV School.  He will continue to teach the religious education classes in the Middle School as well as now directing the  religious education program on Sunday mornings.   Jim is very capable, has a great love for the church and I am sure he will do a fine job for us.  Welcome Jim and God bless.

 

The training session for parishioners interested in the possible use of the HEART DEFIBRALATOR will be held this Tuesday evening at 6:30pm in the baptistery area of the church.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – Actual travelers complaints upon returning from vacation:

  “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers, they were all Spanish.”

  “We booked an excursion to a water park but no one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and  towels. We assumed it would be included in the price.”

  “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”

  “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white, but it  was more yellow.”

  “No one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”

 

April 16, 2017

posted Apr 13, 2017, 8:07 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we gather this weekend to celebrate the BLESSED SOLEMNITY OF THE RESURRECTION, I came across some beautiful reflections given by Pope Francis.  I thought I would share them with you this Easter day/night. Our Holy Father’s message:

   

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

In the Gospel of this radiant night of the Easter Vigil, we first meet the women who go the tomb of Jesus with spices to anoint his body (cf. Lk 24:1-3). They go to perform an act of compassion, a traditional act of affection and love for a dear departed person, just as we would. They had followed Jesus, they had listened to his words, they had felt understood by him in their dignity and they had accompanied him to the very end, to Calvary and to the moment when he was taken down from the cross. We can imagine their feelings as they make their way to the tomb: a certain sadness, sorrow that Jesus had left them, he had died, his life had come to an end. Life would now go on as before. Yet the women continued to feel love, the love for Jesus which now led them to his tomb. But at this point, something completely new and unexpected happens, something which upsets their hearts and their plans, something which will upset their whole life: they see the stone removed from before the tomb, they draw near and they do not find the Lord’s body. It is an event which leaves them perplexed, hesitant, full of questions: “What happened?”, “What is the meaning of all this?” (cf. Lk 24:4). Doesn’t the same thing also happen to us when something completely new occurs in our everyday life? We stop short, we don’t understand, we don’t know what to do. Newness often makes us  fearful, including the newness which God brings us, the newness which God asks of us. We are like the Apostles in the Gospel: often we would prefer to hold on to our own security, to stand in front of a tomb, to think about someone who has died, someone who ultimately lives on only as a memory, like the great historical figures from the past. We are afraid of God’s surprises; we are afraid of God’s surprises! He always surprises us!

Dear brothers and sisters let us not be closed to the newness that God wants to bring into our lives! Are we often weary, disheartened and sad? Do we feel weighed down by our sins? Do we think that we won’t be able to cope? Let us not close our hearts, let us not lose confidence, let us never give up: there are no situations which God cannot change, there is no sin which he cannot forgive if only we open ourselves to him.

But let us return to the Gospel, to the women, and take one step further. They find the tomb empty, the body of Jesus is not there, something new has happened, but all this still doesn’t tell them anything certain: it raises questions; it leaves them confused, without offering an answer. And suddenly there are two men in dazzling clothes who say: “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; but has risen” (Lk 24:5-6). What was a simple act, done surely out of love – going to the tomb – has now turned into an event, a truly life-changing event. Nothing remains as it was before, not only in the lives of those women, but also in our own lives and in the history of mankind. Jesus is not dead, he has risen, he is alive! He does not simply return to life; rather, he is life itself, because he is the Son of God, the living God (cf. Num 14:21-28; Deut 5:26; Josh 3:10). Jesus no longer belongs to the past, but lives in the present and is projected towards the future; he is the everlasting “today” of God. This is how the newness of God appears to the women, the disciples and all of us: as victory over sin, evil and death, over everything that crushes life and makes it seem less human. And this is a message meant for me and for you, dear sister, dear brother. How often does Love have to tell us: Why do you look for the living among the dead? Our daily problems and worries can wrap us up in ourselves, in sadness and bitterness… and that is where death is. That is not the place to look for the One who is alive!

Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life! If up till now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk: you won’t be disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust him, be confident that he is close to you, he is with you and he will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as he would have you do.

There is one last little element that I would like to emphasize in the Gospel for this Easter Vigil. The women encounter the newness of God. Jesus has risen, he is alive! But faced with empty tomb and the two men in brilliant clothes, their first reaction is one of fear: “they were terrified and bowed their face to the ground”, Saint Luke tells us – they didn’t even have courage to look. But when they hear the message of the Resurrection, they accept it in faith. And the two men in dazzling clothes tell them something of crucial       importance: “Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee… And they remembered his words” (Lk 24:6,8).

They are asked to remember their encounter with Jesus, to remember his words, his actions, his life; and it is precisely this loving remembrance of their experience with the Master that enables the women to master their fear and to bring the message of the Resurrection to the Apostles and all the others (cf. Lk 24:9). To  remember what God has done and continues to do for me, for us, to remember the road we have travelled; this is what opens our hearts to hope for the future. May we learn to remember everything that God has done in our lives.

On this radiant night, let us invoke the intercession of the Virgin Mary, who treasured all these events in her heart (cf. Lk 2:19,51) and ask the Lord to give us a share in his Resurrection. May he open us to the newness that transforms. May he make us men and women capable of remembering all that he has done in our own lives and in the history of our world. May he help us to feel his presence as the one who is alive and at work in our midst. And may he teach us each day not to look among the dead for the Living One. Amen.

 

GOD BLESS AND HAPPY EASTER…….Fr. Dadey and Fr. Antony

 


 

April 9, 2017

posted Apr 7, 2017, 5:58 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we enter into this HOLIEST WEEK of the church year, I pray that we all may come to know of God’s love for us in a more personal and intimate way.  For from John 3:16, we read, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”  The celebrations of this week will come to show that those words are fulfilled in the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection.  Please plan to attend as many of our  services this week as possible.  The Lord is rich in mercy and compassion.  His grace flows from His Most Sacred Heart.  May our hearts be open this week as we journey with Him so that our Easter Celebration be filled with joy, peace and love which comes from our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

This Sunday afternoon we will have our LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE AT 2:00 PM. There will be a total of 12 priests hearing confessions so hopefully waiting will not be long.  This will be the last scheduled                    opportunity to celebrate the sacrament in preparation for our Holy Week journey.  Please plan to be with us this Sunday afternoon.

 

Next weekend we begin our CELEBRATION OF HOLY WEEK. Please take notice of the HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE below.  I know people like to plan, so here it is:

· PALM SUNDAY – Regular Sunday schedule with the procession at the 9:30 Mass. Our Penance Service        

            will begin at 2:00 PM. This will be the last scheduled opportunity at OLV.

· MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK – 7:00 and 9:00 AM Mass. The Chrism Mass with Bishop Mark at the

           Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona will be celebrated at 11:00 AM with the priests and

           deacons in attendance.

· TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – 7:00 and 9:00 AM Mass

· WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK - 7:00 and 9:00 AM Mass. There will be no all-day adoration due to the 

           fact that we will have adoration after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday.

      Tenebrae will be prayed at 7:00 PM. Please note the day change from last year!

· THURSDAY OF HOLY WEEK – There will be neither a 7:00 nor 9:00 AM Mass. Morning Prayer will be

           prayed at 9:00 AM. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7:00 PM followed by

           Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 PM. Incense will be used at Mass.

· GOOD FRIDAY - There will be neither a 7:00 nor 9:00 AM Mass. Morning Prayer will be prayed at 

          9:00 AM. Stations of the Cross will be held at 12:00 PM followed by the Celebration of the Lord’s

          Passion, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion at 1:00 PM.

· SATURDAY OF HOLY WEEK – There will be no 9:00 AM Mass.  Morning Prayer will be prayed at 

          9:00  AM. The blessing of Easter Food baskets will take place at 11:30 in the baptistery.

   THE EASTER VIGIL WILL BE CELEBRATED AT 8:30 PM.  Incense will be used.

· EASTER SUNDAY – REGULAR SUNDAY SCHEDULE. 

· Due to the above schedule, the RECTORY WILL BE CLOSED from noon on Holy Thursday through     

          Easter Sunday. We will reopen on Monday at 9:00 AM. This will allow priests and staff to prepare

          themselves for the celebration of the Sacred Triduum.  

· A NEEDED REMINDER - In anticipation of the EASTER VIGIL, I would like to ask many parishioners to plan to attend this wonderful celebration of the Easter sacraments for our Elect and Candidates. So often I hear that since it is a bit longer, many do not want to attend. Yes, it is a bit longer, but it is the most beautiful and meaningful Mass that the Church celebrates all year. It will begin at 8:30 PM and probably will take about 1 ½ hours. But the beauty and meaning found within the Vigil surpasses all time. Not only that, your presence at the Vigil will be a wonderful show of support for our Elect and Candidates. Please mark it on your calendars, take off your watches when you come and just enjoy celebrating this wonderful Vigil with your parish family. And by the way, the time for the Easter Vigil is set by the Diocese. All churches in the Diocese will begin their Vigil at the same time. I say this because there are still some people who come expecting a Mass at 4:00 (our usual time on Saturday) and end up disappointed.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK -  A fifth grader looked downcast, so her teacher asked, "What's the problem,  Carol? I hope it's not homework again."  "Well, uh, yes, it is." replied Carol. "I was stupid and made my   homework paper into a paper airplane."  "Carol, you're right, that wasn't a very bright thing to do," said the teacher, "but this once I'll let you just unfold the paper and hand it in."  "Oh, but that won't work," said Carol, looking even sadder. "You see, the plane was hijacked."

 

April 2, 2017

posted Mar 31, 2017, 7:57 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, Once again, our NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICE SCHEDULE is below.  Please take a close look and see what Penance Services best suit your schedule as we continue our journey through Lent, through Holy Week to a wonderful Easter Sunday celebration.

 Monday, April 3           St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, April 4          Good Shepherd, State College, with Bishop Mark at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 5     Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM

SUNDAY, APRIL 9     OUR LADY OF VICTORY at 2:00 PM

Tuesday, April 11        PSU, University Park at 7:00 PM

Just a couple of reminders with the above schedule: Fr. Antony and I will be attending all the Penance          Services as a show of support to our neighboring parishes.  Therefore, we will not be around the rectory at those times.  Also, please mark your calendars for our Penance Service.  It is  on Palm Sunday afternoon.  We are hoping for the assistance of 13 priests, so waiting will not be all that long.  Please plan to attend the service, pray together with our community of faithful, and receive the sacrament with you parish family.  Sunday, April 9, will be the last scheduled penance service at OLV.

Because of the PENANCE SERVICE in Clarence on Wednesday, ALL DAY ADORATION will end at 3:30 PM.

 

Next weekend we begin our CELEBRATION OF HOLY WEEK. Please take notice of the HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE below.  I know people like to plan, so here it is:

· PALM SUNDAY – Regular Sunday schedule with the procession at the 9:30 Mass. Our Penance Service    

           will begin at 2:00 PM. This will be the last scheduled opportunity at OLV.

· MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK – 7:00 and 9:00 AM Mass. The Chrism Mass with Bishop Mark at the

           Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona will be celebrated at 11:00 AM with the priests and

           deacons in attendance.

· TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – 7:00 and 9:00 AM Mass

· WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK - 7:00 and 9:00 AM Mass. There will be no all-day adoration due to the 

           fact that we will have adoration after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday.

     Tenebrae will be prayed at 7:00 PM. Please note the day change from last year!

· THURSDAY OF HOLY WEEK – There will be neither a 7:00 nor 9:00 AM Mass. Morning Prayer will be

           prayed at 9:00 AM. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7:00 PM followed by

           Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 PM.

· GOOD FRIDAY - There will be neither a 7:00 nor 9:00 AM Mass. Morning Prayer will be prayed at 

          9:00 AM. Stations of the Cross will be held at 12:00 PM followed by the Celebration of the Lord’s

          Passion, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion at 1:00 PM.

· SATURDAY OF HOLY WEEK – There will be no 9:00 AM Mass.  Morning Prayer will be prayed at 

          9:00  AM. The blessing of Easter Food baskets will take place at 11:30 in the baptistery.  

          THE EASTER VIGIL WILL BE CELEBRATED AT 8:30 PM. 

· EASTER SUNDAY – REGULAR SUNDAY SCHEDULE. 

· Due to the above schedule, the RECTORY WILL BE CLOSED from noon on Holy Thursday through     

          Easter Sunday. We will reopen on Monday at 9:00 AM. This will allow priests and staff to prepare

          themselves for the celebration of the Sacred Triduum.  

· A NEEDED REMINDER - In anticipation of the EASTER VIGIL, I would like to ask many parishioners to plan to attend this wonderful celebration of the Easter sacraments for our Elect and Candidates. So often I hear that since it is a bit longer, many do not want to attend. Yes, it is a bit longer, but it is the most beautiful and meaningful Mass that the Church celebrates all year. It will begin at 8:30 PM and probably will take about 1 ½ hours. But the beauty and meaning found within the Vigil surpasses all time. Not only that, your presence at the Vigil will be a wonderful show of support for our Elect and Candidates. Please mark it on your calendars, take off your watches when you come and just enjoy celebrating this wonderful Vigil with your parish family. And by the way, the time for the Easter Vigil is set by the Diocese. All churches in the Diocese will begin their Vigil at the same time. I say this because there are still some people who come expecting a Mass at 4:00 (our usual time on Saturday) and end up disappointed.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy: "So your mother says your prayers for you each night? Very commendable. What does she say?" The little boy replied, "Thank God he's in bed!"

 

March 19, 2017

posted Mar 17, 2017, 5:13 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  Once again our NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICE SCHEDULE has been finalized.  Please take a close look and see what Penance Services best suits your schedule as we continue our journey through Lent, through Holy Week to a wonderful Easter Sunday celebration.

 Sunday, March 19       Holy Spirit, Lock Haven at 3:00 PM

Thursday, March 30    Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon at 7:00 PM

Monday, April 3           St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, April 4          Good Shepherd, State College, with Bishop Mark at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 5     Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM

SUNDAY, APRIL 9     OUR LADY OF VICTORY at 2:00 PM

Tuesday, April 11        PSU, University Park at 7:00 PM

 

Just a couple of reminders with the above schedule: Fr. Antony and I will be attending all the Penance               Services as a show of support to our neighboring parishes.  Therefore we will not be around the rectory at those times.  Also, please mark your calendars for our Penance Service.  It is usually on Palm Sunday afternoon.  We are hoping for the assistance of 13 priests, so waiting will not be all that long.  Please plan to attend the service, pray together with our community of faithful, and receive the sacrament with you parish family.  Sunday, April 9 will be the last scheduled penance service at OLV.

 

Next Saturday at 10:30 our First Communion Class will celebrate the SACRAMENT OF                     RECONCILIATION for their first time.  I am sure it might be a nervous time for some of them and so I ask you if you could just say a prayer for them as they prepare to experience the Lord’s forgiveness through this sacrament.

PLEASE NOTE: OUR  REGULAR  SATURDAY CONFESSIONS AT 9:45 WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE CELEBRATION OF FIRST PENANCE (10:30).  I WILL HAVE EXTRA PRIESTS WHO WILL BE HEARING THE CONFESSIONS OF THE ADULTS PRESENT WHILE THE CHILDREN ARE GOING TO CELEBRATE THEIR FIRST CONFESSION.

 

In anticipation of the EASTER VIGIL, I would like to ask many parishioners to see if they could plan to attend this wonderful celebration of the Easter sacraments for our Elect and candidates.  So often I hear that since it is a bit longer, many do not want to attend.  Yes, it is a bit longer, but it is the most beautiful and meaningful Mass that the church celebrates all year.  It will begin at 8:30 PM and    probably will take about 1 ½ hours.  But the beauty and meaning found within the Vigil surpasses all time.  Not only that, your presence at the Vigil will be a wonderful show of support for our Elect and candidates.  Please mark it on your calendars, take off your watches when you come and just enjoy celebrating this wonderful Vigil with your parish family.  And by the way, the time for the Eater Vigil is set by the Diocese.  All churches in the Diocese will begin their Vigil at the same time.  I say this because there are still some people who come expecting a Mass at 4:00 (our usual time on                 Saturday) and end up disappointed.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - MORE BULLETIN BLOOPERS:

· For the word of God is quick and powerful...piercing even to the dividing asunder of soup and spirit.

· Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peach to men.

· Definition: Persons who are shut-in during bath weather.

· Bring one dozen coolies wrapped for Christmas.

· The lovers in the exhaust fan are not working...

· Volunteers are needed to spit up food.

· Head Deacon and Dead Deaconess.   

· We pray that our people will jumble themselves.

 

 

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