November 17

posted Nov 15, 2019, 5:25 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as you know from your spiritual  journeys the month of November is the month when we remember all those who have gone before us and entered their everlasting reward.  In a special way we remember all those parishioners who have died from our parish this past year with their names placed in the temporary shrine in the Sanctuary.  To remember those who died this past year we will once again have our MEMORIAL MASS this Wednesday, November 20th at 6:00 PM.  This Mass will be offered for them, that they may be resting in the loving arms of our Father. A candle will already be lit for each one of them   before Mass begins and it will burn throughout the Mass, as a sign that they are living in the light of heavenly glory.  Each name will be read, commending them to our merciful God.  Parishioners and family members are invited to attend this special Mass and pray for our deceased loved ones.

Because this falls on a Wednesday, our ALL DAY ADORATION WILL END AT 5:00PM allowing us to prepare the Church for the Church for the celebration of this Memorial Mass.

 

Last Saturday, we had our ANNUAL CHURCH BAZAAR. It was very enjoyable for me to walk around, talk to people, hear the laughter and see the children playing the kid's games, eating the great food and just seeing our parish enjoying themselves.  For this to have been a great success, it took the work of many parishioners to pull it off.  I want to take this time to THANK all those who worked so hard.  There are so many people to thank, so I thought I would just give a blanket note of “thanks” to all who gave of their time and energy.  In a special way, I want to thank Chris Kirkpatrick for the tireless hours spent in organizing and directing this event for us.  It is way too early to report the results; but know that when all the bills are paid, there will be a report to the  parish.  God bless and thanks to all who worked and came to support this fundraiser for the church.

 

It is a little early, but we are working on the schedule of ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES for the Northern Deanery.  As we move closer to Advent, I will publish the times, dates and places where they will be held. Just for your information, OLV Penance Service will be held on Sunday,  December 15th at 2:00 PM.  This is just to give all of you a heads up.  More information will come in future bulletins when all is confirmed.

 

For several years, OLV has provided FREE access for all parishioners to the FORMED.org -Augustine Institute website containing outstanding Catholic content for the whole family in English and Spanish: videos, books, audios, about our faith, saints, the Bible, Sacraments, and more. Our yearly subscription is due December 1. We would like to hear from those of you who have registered for Formed.  Please see more information in this bulletin.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - During an impassioned sermon about death and final judgment, the pastor said forcefully, "Each member of this church is going to die and face judgment." Glancing down at the front pew, he noticed a man with a big smile on his face. The minister repeated his point louder. "Each member of this church is going to die and face judgment!" The man nodded and smiled even more. This got the preacher wound up. He pounded the pulpit emphatically when he came to the ultimatum: "Each member of this church is going to die and face judgment!!!" Though everyone else in the congregation was looking somber, the man in front continued to smile. Finally, the preacher stepped off the platform, stood in front of the man and shouted, "I said each member of this church is going to die!" The man grinned from ear to ear. After the service was over, the preacher made a beeline for the man. "I don't get it," the preacher said in  frustration. "Whenever I said, 'Each member of this church is going to die,' your smile got bigger. Why?" "I'm not a member of this church," the man replied.

 

October 27, 2019 & November 3

posted Oct 25, 2019, 6:30 AM by Diane Lapinski   [ updated Oct 31, 2019, 11:35 AM ]

Pastor is on vacation this week.

October 20, 2019

posted Oct 18, 2019, 5:33 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, I know that it is a bit early for this announcement, but it will be here before you know it.  We will be having a trip to Lancaster to the AMERICAN MUSIC THEATRE for their Christmas Show on Tuesday, December 3.  The ringing of church bells in a quaint town square set the scene for Joy to the World. The show remembers the revered holiday nostalgia of hometowns all across the US with awe-inspiring music and dance, phenomenal voices, light-hearted holiday humor, and inspiration of the Nativity.  Afterward, we will go to the popular Millers Smorgasbord in Ronks, PA.  It is a homey  Pennsylvania Dutch eatery with an all-you-can-eat buffet of local favorites.  Miller's Gift Shop is   conveniently located right inside of Miller's. https://www.millerssmorgasbord.com/.  The Quilt Shop has hundreds of handmade gift items from Amish, Mennonite, and other local artisans.  The cost is $90.00 per person, which includes bus, show ticket, and dinner.  Please call the rectory now for your reservation.  These trips are very popular and they sell out quickly.  Please see the bulletin for more  details.

Unfortunately, we WILL NOT BE HAVING AN OVERNIGHT TRIP to New York City this year.  With our trip to the Holy Land this past September and with our upcoming trip to see the Passion Play in  Germany, it was decided that our overnight to New York was just a bit too much this year.  Please stay tuned for our trip to New York City next December.

In a few weeks, the church will celebrate the MEMORIAL OF ALL SOULS DAY. It is a day in particular that we remember all those loved ones who have gone to their rest in the peace of Christ.  Here at OLV, we remember our deceased loved ones throughout November.  If you would like your deceased family members and/or friends remembered at the Masses throughout the month, please place their names on the All Souls Day envelopes found at the entrances of the church, in the baptistery area, or from your envelope packet and return them through the collection basket or through the mail or by bringing them to the rectory.  They will be placed at the All Souls Shrine in the sanctuary.  You will be able to give us their names throughout November, as well.

As previously stated to you there might have to be a few tweaks in our normal schedule due to the loss of Fr. Antony and the work to be done. Therefore,

· No 7:00 AM Mass on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of this week – FALL CLERGY CONFERENCE. There will be a 9:00 AM Mass on those days.

· Due to the absence of priests and deacon, THERE WILL BE NO ADORATION ON WEDNESDAY.

· NO 7:00 AM MASS on Monday, the 28th. There will be a 9:00 AM Mass.

Again, thank you for your understanding. But we are doing the best we can.


I would like to take this time to THANK PNC BANK for making our pre-school a project for THE DAY OF CARING a few weeks ago.  There were a lot of paintbrushes being used as a group of volunteers painted portions of the pre-school.  May God bless them for their charity by choosing our pre-school for their special work.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Two elderly sisters donated $5 to a charity and, to their surprise, won tickets to a football game. Since they had never seen a live football game before, Madge thought the free tickets would provide an excellent opportunity for doing so. "I think so, too," said Mabel. "Let's go!" They soon found themselves high in a noisy stadium overlooking a large, grassy expanse. They watched the kickoff and the seemingly endless back-and-forth struggles that comprised the scoreless first half. They enjoyed the band music and cheerleader performance that followed. Then came the second half. When the teams lined up for the second-half kickoff, Madge nudged her sister. "I guess we can go home now,  Mabel," she said. "This is where we came in."

 

October 13, 2019

posted Oct 11, 2019, 6:07 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, we are very close to the END OF OUR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT. It has been a long year for us here at OLV.  Campaigning for financial assistance, overseeing the construction itself, praying that the project finish on time and endless meetings made for an interesting year.  But if you look at it, what we did was nothing short of miraculous.  In a little over a year, 1.6 million dollars was raised and pledged; the school locker rooms, kitchen and present seating area were gutted and replaced; the front entrance of the school was completely done over, and air conditioning was installed in all classrooms and gym.  What a feat!  I want to take this time to THANK the following people who were very instrumental in seeing this project through: Andrew Charney, Honorary Chair, Susan and Joseph Rogacs and Matt Lingle, Co-Chairs, Thomas Songer II, Dolores Tariacani, Samatha Weakland, Robert Leahey, Megan and Greg Hayes, Chris Kirkpatrick and Deacon Dave Lapinski.  I am truly grateful for all the work these people did to  ensure that we have the best and safest school possible.  It was a very long process and I am grateful to them for their leadership throughout.  May God bless them for their tireless energy.

And a very special note of THANKS goes to Mark, Ron, David and Patti, our MAINTENANCE  PERSONNEL for the school and parish. Yes, we have had contractors here working all summer and into the fall.  But if it was not for Mark, Ron, and Patti, with help from Dave, we would not be where we are today.  Their tireless hours of work, their willingness to come in and work on weekends and their  availability to take care of the ordinary tasks assigned to them made a major difference in the entire  project.  For example, if you would have seen the gym floor just one week before school started, you would have said, "It is impossible to be ready for the opening of school."  Yet there it was – ready for school due to their hard work.  We owe them a debt of gratitude.  And with Mark and Ron overseeing the day to day workings at the school, I was confident that things would get done the way it was planned.  Thanks, guys for all your hard work.  We are very lucky to have you here working with and for OLV Parish and school.

This past week the school held its ANNUAL WALK-A-THON on the feast day of Our Lady of Victory, Monday, October 7th.  As you know, the Walk-A-Thon is the only fundraiser the school has.  All cash gifts go directly to the school for the various activities concerning the children, e.g. field trips, classroom enhancements, etc.  Not one cent comes back to the parish for school budgetary concerns or to help balance the parish budget.  All the monies stay in the school.  The amount raised this year, AS OF THIS TYPING is an OUTSTANDING $92,440.00!  What an amount. This amount is the highest ever with the highest ever parent/student/family participation of 93%. This total truly speaks highly of the parishioners’ attitude towards our school.  We indeed offer an excellent program, both academically and spiritually; we have excellent administration in Samantha Weakland; we have dedicated and professional teachers; and we have so many parent volunteers, all of which makes us the envy of the Diocese, as shown to us by the Diocesan in-service for all teachers held here at OLV a few weeks ago.  I am very proud of our school and always will be.  What a wonderful gem we have here in State College.  And with attendance up a little this year, I feel the word is getting out.  I want to THANK all those who worked so hard in making this a successful event this year: Kelly Kurpeikis and Heather Lukac for being wonderful chairs of this event and their team -  Samantha Weakland, Ashley Bartley, Kathy Roe, Jackie McNulty, Caitlin Dare, Laura Yartz, Colleen Patrick, Marlena Vendemia, Kristy Urgo, Will Malerich, Kristina Poust, Maria Kim, Melanie Smith, Amy Gravine, Courtney Chambers, Monika Manter, Kathy Peters, Pat Flynn, Kristen Thelen, Katy Stager, Terry Stec, Maria Blesh and Jane Adams. THANKS SO MUCH FOR A GREAT JOB FOR THE SCHOOL.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Little Johnny's kindergarten class was on a field trip to their local police station where they saw pictures, tacked to a bulletin board, of the 10 most wanted criminals. One of the youngsters pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a wanted person. "Yes," said the policeman. "The detectives want very badly to capture him."  Little Johnny asked, "Why didn't you keep him when you took his picture?"

 

October 6, 2019

posted Oct 4, 2019, 5:27 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, October 7th is the day we commemorate the feast of OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY, our parish feast day. I found an article by Fr. Steve Grunow which captures the meaning of our feast day.  I thought I would use my page this week for you to read and know the history of this day.  He begins: Tomorrow (Monday) the Church commemorates the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a  celebration that has its origin not, as it would seem, in simply a prayer, but in a battle.

 

On October 7th, 1571 a fleet of ships assembled by the combined forces of Naples, Sardinia, Venice, the  Papacy, Genoa, Savoy and the Knights Hospitallers fought an intense battle with the fleet of the Ottoman  Empire. The battle took place in the Gulf of Patras located in western Greece. Though outnumbered by the Ottoman forces, the so-called “Holy League” possessed of superior firepower would win the day. This victory would severely curtail attempts by the Ottoman Empire to control the Mediterranean, causing a seismic shift in international relations from East to West. In some respects, and I do not want this claim to be overstated, the world that we know came into being with this victory. This event is known to history as the “Battle of Lepanto.”

 

Pope Pius V, whose treasury bankrolled part of this military endeavor, ordered the churches of Rome opened for prayer day and night, encouraging the faithful to petition the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary through the recitation of the Rosary. When word reached the Pope Pius of the victory of the Holy League, he added a new feast day to the Roman Liturgical Calendar- October 7th would henceforth be the feast of Our Lady of Victory. Pope Pius’ successor, Gregory XIII would change the name of this day to the feast of the Holy Rosary.  

 

Our contemporary sensibilities might make us stir uncomfortably at the association of the Mother of the Prince of Peace with the memory of warfare, strife and the troubled history that preceded and followed the Battle of  Lepanto. But the fact of the matter is that this feast was first understood as a celebration akin to what we commemorate on the Fourth of July or D Day. Pope Pius V (later Saint Pius V) interpreted the event as the movement of Providence in favor of the Church and European civilization. He had no qualms in the assertion that the triumph properly belonged to the Mother of God and that in the midst of the rancor of battle, her intercession had moved the “Holy League” to victory. Such warlike associations with Christian Faith and culture likely cannot be sustained today. Some find all this to be offensive to genuine Christian sensibilities.

 

Thus, the true history of this day has receded into the obscuring mists of the past. In our present circumstances we celebrate the prayer of the Rosary, not the battle of Our Lady of Victory. We recall its efficacy as a source for meditation and contemplation and encourage its practice. If there is reference to a battle at all, it is made to the conflicts of our interior lives, particularly in our desire to pray without the burden of distractions.

 

And yet I find my thoughts turned towards Our Lady of Victory, of the Mother of the Messiah, who proclaimed God mighty and victorious in her Magnificat, and in these words spoke of the strength of His arm to cast down the mighty and exault the lowly. I think of all those precursors of the Mother of God- Miriam, the prophetess, who took a timbrel in hand and on the shores of the Red Sea, singing songs in praise of the God of Israel’s triumph over the army of Pharaoh; of Judith and Deborah and the fire that burned within their hearts for justice and the sword that they raised against the enemies of God’s people; of Rahab and the spies and the fall of Jericho; of Esther the Queen, who risked her own life so that her people might be saved. The Bible is a book of battles. There is properly a peace making quality to our Biblical Faith, a hope for a restoration of the concord that the Creator intended between himself and humanity. But there is also a properly oppositional quality to our Faith, the recognition that in knowing what we stand for, we also know what we stand against. We can no more excise conflict from the Bible than we can deny its reality in our own history. We have been placed in the midst of a fallen world, not merely to surrender to its failure to love, but to live in defiance to that which opposes God. Resist we must, but to do so, we attempt to imitate, not the fallen powers of this world, but Christ the Lord, who wrested power away from the powerful, not by force of arms, but in the strength of his will to love us unto death. He is triumphant, but there still are battles left for him to fight in all the Lepanto’s that rage within our own  troubled souls. In the midst of these battles I know that Christ the Lord fights for us still, and that the Lady of  Victory is at his side.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The Sunday school teacher was carefully explaining the story of Elijah the Prophet and the false prophets of Baal. She explained how Elijah built the altar, put wood upon it, cut the steer in pieces and laid it upon the altar.  And then Elijah commanded the people of God to fill four barrels of water and pour it over the altar. He had them do this four times.  "Now, said the teacher, "can anyone in the class tell me why the Lord would have Elijah pour water over the steer on the altar?"  A little girl in the back of the room raised her hand with great enthusiasm. "To make the gravy."

 

September 29, 2019

posted Sep 30, 2019, 10:29 AM by Diane Lapinski   [ updated Sep 30, 2019, 10:30 AM ]

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, with the transfer of Fr. Antony to St. Benedicts in Johnstown, some have come up to me asking how his transfer will affect the normal schedule here at OLV.  Fr. Jonathan and I have been talking about this and in all reality, we do not know how much of the schedule will be affected until we “walk through” each week.  Yes, there will be adjustments made due to       circumstances that will come up at the parish level.  Immediately, I can envision some changes in 2 areas.  First, the MASS SCHEDULE. There will be NO CHANGES in the weekend schedule.  Fr. Jonathan and I will be able to cover all Masses scheduled over our weekends, even when a priest is away.  The daily Mass schedule might be a different story.  We might have to make adjustments when a priest is away or when there are clergy conferences we must attend.  We will try to honor the 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM schedule; however, we might have to cancel a Mass now and then.  And we cannot guarantee exact dates will be honored for requested Masses.  I would hope that parishioners will understand when we have to change a scheduled Mass, even if it was requested months ago.  I am asking all parishioners to please keep a watch in the bulletin for these changes.  Second, the scheduled CONFESSION TIME ON SATURDAYS. It seems that over the years we have had it on Saturday after the 9:00 AM Mass has become a popular time, even for non-parishioners who come from neighboring parishes.  When we had 4 priests hearing, the confessions lasted for 45 minutes.  With 2 priests hearing, it lasts for over 1 hour.  We are NOT CHANGING the time for  confessions.  What we are asking is that parishioners use this time for reconciliation and not a time for an  involved counseling situation.  If time is needed to talk further, please schedule a time to talk to your priests outside of the Saturday confession time.  A long drawn out confession involving a long counseling session is not fair to those waiting in line to celebrate reconciliation.  Bishop Mark stresses the same thing when we have the Diocesan Penance Services, so I am just following his suggestion.  As I said earlier, OLV will probably not have 3 priests here again.  The vocations are just not here yet.  So please understand that when we have to make these and any other changes over the period of time, it is for the good of all, including the health of your priests.  I will keep you all informed if and when other changes might need to be    implemented.  And on a personal note, pray for vocations.

 

This Sunday after the Masses, parishioners are invited to an OPEN HOUSE down at the school to look at the new kitchen, locker rooms, cafeteria and front entrance that we have been working on all summer.   As of this typing, there are just a few tweaks that have to be done, but we are 98% completed.  Now we have to pay the bills and then we can place this behind us.  I do want to thank all those who contributed to this project for the good of our kids, now and in the future.  For those who have pledged, your payments now will help us pay the contracts off and we can enjoy being out of this debt.  And for those who have not contributed, you still can help us with a contribution.  Overall, I am very pleased with the results and I know you will also be pleased.  God bless you all for your generosity and kindness.

 

Many parishioners have asked me HOW WAS MY RETREAT IN THE HOLY LAND? To be very honest with you, I am still in the process of thinking through it this week.  So much was seen, experienced, touched and prayed over.  For me, it was an experience of a peaceful encounter with the Lord.  It was not an emotional high; rather a deep experience of the presence of an all-loving Savior.  You will hear more about our trip in my homilies, I am sure.  But until then, I am still "processing" the entire experience.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – CHURCH BULLETIN BLOOPERS:

· The pastor will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, “Break Forth Into Joy”

· Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Nelson’s sermons

· Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person(s) you want to be  remembered.

· The sermon this morning: Jesus Walks on the Water. The sermon tonight: Searching for Jesus.

· During the absence of our pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when  J. F. Stubbs spoke from our pulpit.

· The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.

· Due to the Rector’s illness, Wednesday’s healing services will be discontinued until further notice.

· Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.

 

September 22, 2019

posted Sep 20, 2019, 10:31 AM by Diane Lapinski

The Pastor was on retreat, so there is no Pastor's page this week.

September 15, 2019

posted Sep 13, 2019, 5:50 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as most of you know by now, our FR. ANTONY received a letter of transfer last week.  This is nothing out of the ordinary.  Usually, an assistant is given 2-3 years at a parish.  This September will be his 3rd year here with us.  Transfers are a normal part of the life of a priest.  Where there is a need for a priest in another parish, the Bishop will usually make the moves for the good of the diocesan church.  Father Antony will be going to St. Benedict’s parish in Johnstown, with shared chaplaincy at Conemaugh Health Systems.  The transfer will be effective on the 25th of September.  Father came to OLV at the time when I was by myself, handling the entire parish duties and responsibilities.  He was a welcomed addition to us and especially to me.  I want to wish him well in his new assignment and I know that he will be loved there as much as he was loved here.  We will have a GOOD-BYE gathering for him after the 9:30 AM Mass on September 22nd in the Parish Activities Center.  Parishioners are invited to come and wish him well in his new  assignment. 

 

And with Father Antony's transfer, our parish must come to reality – we will NOT HAVE 3 PRIESTS HERE PROBABLY EVER AGAIN. The number of priests in our diocese has been declining ever since I was ordained in 1981.  At that time there were 126 Diocesan priests.  Right now there are 52 Diocesan priests.  The only reason we can minister to all the parishes in the diocese is due, in large part, to the presence of religious order priests on loan to us from their religious orders, e.g. Franciscans, Benedictines, etc.  Many other diocesan priests have also taken on more than one  parish, more than one ministry as well.  For example, Fr. Jonathan has been assigned as the DIRECTOR OF ON-GOING FORMATION OF CLERGY, as well as chaplain at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy and assistant at OLV.  His time here might be affected.  The workload is just increasing daily as our number decreases due to retirements, medical issues, scandals, etc. Believe me, it is not getting any easier.  Because there will only be 2 priests at OLV, I want the parish to be prepared if there will occasionally be some changes in daily Mass times and scheduling of events.  Times will have to be adjusted when no priests are here due to conferences, vacations and other ministries that need attention.  And when that happens, please understand that we are doing the best we can and join with your priests in working together to continue to make OLV the wonderful parish that it is. I know that some will complain and gripe about some  changes that might occur.  That is always to be expected.   But there is nothing that we can do at those times.  Until we get many more vocations, Fr. Jonathan and I will do the best we can to minister to all     parishioners. 

 

As you read these words, I am still over in the HOLY LAND, making my annual retreat.  OLV pilgrims will return this Thursday and I will be back in the office on Monday, the 23rd.  Please keep all of us in your prayers for a safe retreat.

 

Just a reminder to parishioners that after all the Masses on the weekend of September 28-29, parishioners will have the opportunity to INSPECT THE NEW KITCHEN, LUNCH ROOM, and LOCKER ROOMS AND FRONT ENTRANCE OF THE SCHOOL. I am very proud of how everything turned out and I am sure you will be proud of what was done.  Thank you all who supported this  project that took just 1 year to fund and complete.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Jim, Scott, and Alex are tired after traveling all day and check into a  hotel. When they get to reception, they find out they'll have to walk 75 flights of stairs to get to their room  because the elevator is out of order.  Jim suggests that they do something interesting to pass time while they walk the 75 flights. Jim will tell jokes, Scott will sing songs, and Alex will tell sad  stories. So Jim tells jokes for 25 flights, Scott sings songs for 25 flights and Alex tells sad stories for 24 flights. When they reach the 75th floor, Alex tells his saddest story of all, "Guys, I left our room key at reception."

 

September 8, 2019

posted Sep 6, 2019, 12:49 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as you know from past years in dealing with your priests, we are required to make a yearly retreat. It is a time that we priests get away from the everyday workings within a parish and spend some time with the Lord in quiet and peace.  Every year our Diocese holds 3 retreats during the month of June for her priests and deacons to fulfill their canonical requirements.  This year I did not go, as yet, on my retreat.  I was waiting till September – for a very special reason.  This year MY RETREAT will be  conducted in the HOLY LAND. I will be leading a group of 39 parishioners and friends and we will be walking the ground that Our Blessed Lord walked while upon this earth.  I will be          celebrating 6 Masses at various holy sites, giving homilies at those times and entering into the spirituality of the Gospel places that I have read and prayed about over my years as a seminarian and priest.  This retreat has been in the planning stages for over 1 year and I am very much looking forward to experiencing the presence of the Lord throughout my days away.  We will be leaving very early in the morning this Tuesday for a trip to JFK Airport and then flying non-stop to Tel Aviv.  If I could ask one favor while I am gone – please keep all 40 of us pilgrims in your prayers.  We are assured that the trip is safe and I would like to keep it that way.  We will return on the 20th of September and I will be back in the office on the 23rd of           September.  Again, please keep us in your prayers that we may return safe and spiritually renewed as we experience the presence of the Lord in ways that we could have only dreamed of in times past.

 

And for those PILGRIMS going with me, please remember that you can park your cars and leave them for the days away back near the entrance to Mary’s Garden behind the church.  They will be safe there, ready for our return.  Also, please be on time for arrival at 3:00am (bus departs promptly at 3:15am) on Tuesday morning.  I want to get to JFK before rush hour traffic in and around New York City.

 

As we finished the FIRST TWO WEEKS OF SCHOOL, I am very pleased with how everything was running.  With the new office configuration, please note that entrance into the school is through the new single door.  The old entrance of 2 glass doors is now the EXIT from the school.  If desiring to enter the school, ring the bell; you will be buzzed in and identified in a waiting room. Then you will be assisted with your business.  The new kitchen and cafeteria eating area are working out very well.  We do have to tweak a few things to make the lunch periods run a little smoother, but that will come.  When things are new, it does take a little time to get used to it.  The air-conditioning is still a work in progress.  We are very close to finishing it, but again, nothing seems to be finished on time when dealing with construction.  We will be  having an OPEN HOUSE WALK THROUGH on September 28 & 29 after 4:00pm Mass on        Saturday and all Sunday Masses  so that everyone can see how wonderfully things turned out due to the kindness of so many parishioners.  Just consider all this was done in under a year.  We have so many good and generous parishioners who want nothing but the best for our children and their future. 

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen shaking frantically, like in a dancing frenzy, with some kind of wire running from his waist towards the electric coffee pot. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current, she whacked him with her son's baseball bat, breaking his arm in two places. Up until that moment, he had been happily listening to his Walkman.

 

 

September 1, 2019

posted Aug 30, 2019, 9:52 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Monday our country                            celebrates LABOR DAY. Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength,  prosperity, and well-being of our country.  Even though it is a secular holiday, possibly we could consider it in a spiritual way.  Maybe we could see this day as a way to celebrate all the ways people over the centuries have contributed to the "strength, prosperity and well-being" of our church and even the Kingdom of God.  I believe that God has given each one of us a task to  fulfill for the building up of His Kingdom upon this earth.  Maybe this day we can ask ourselves, "Have I built up His Kingdom by my life and words or have I impeded the coming of the Kingdom by my life and words?"  This Monday maybe a pause in our life will give us the answer to this question.

 

Because it is a national holiday, there will be ONLY ONE MASS AT 9:00 AM celebrated.  Also, since it is the unofficial end of the summer season, the rectory will be closed on Monday and will  reopen on Tuesday at 9:00 AM so that our priests and staff may enjoy the day with family and friends.

 

These past weeks at Our Lady of Victory we held two very successful social events. I want to acknowledge those who were instrumental in working the events so that we could have a       wonderful time.

 

         1.  The BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC – even though the rain fell right before the picnic, we moved into the gym and new lunchroom.   The rain did not dampen the fun and enthusiasm for the over 500 parents and students in attendance. It was great seeing families enjoying                  themselves and having an all-around good time. As pastor, it warmed my heart to see our           families celebrating our school and parish. I want to THANK Annie Foytack and her long list of volunteers who made this evening so  enjoyable for everyone. The attendance was the highest ever and I am so very proud of our school staff and volunteers.

 

     2. Our PARISH PICNIC – what a wonderful evening we had last weekend as our                parishioners celebrated their parish family. As I looked around as saw the immense crowd  I was so very proud that many came to this event. I do believe by the pictures taken that this was the largest crowd to date.   Once again, to see everyone having a good time, laughing and talking with each other, watching the kids just being kids and seeing the smiles on the faces of those present, I was filled with gratitude for our parish being a place where we not only pray together, but we play together. I want to THANK Mary and Bob Hershey and all the multitude of  volunteers for working so hard to make this event possible. I want to THANK the Knights of Columbus for hosting the picnic on their grounds. You have always been so very gracious to our parish.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – BACK TO SCHOOL HUMOR:

· A Mom says to her son, "What did you do in school today?" Her son replies, "We played a guessing game." The mom says, "I thought you had a math exam?" The boy says, "That's right."

· A young boy goes into school one day and says to his teacher, "Would you punish me for         something I didn't do?" His teacher says, "Of course not." The boy says, "Good. I didn't do my homework."

· Teacher: “Daniel, I’ve had to send you to the principal every day this week. What do you have to say for yourself?” Daniel: “I’m glad it’s Friday!”

 

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