December 16, 2018

posted by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, the remaining PENANCE SERVICES FOR THE NORTH are as follows:

·  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, OLV AT 2:00 PM

·  Monday, December 17, St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

·  Tuesday, December 18, Good Shepherd, State College at 7:00 PM

·  Thursday, December 20, SS Peter and Paul, Philipsburg at 7:00 PM

 

Once again, as usual, your priests will be attending these services giving help to our brother priests. Therefore, please know that our time might be at a premium over the month of December. Thank you for your  understanding in this matter. 

 

Please notice that OUR PENANCE SERVICE IS THIS SUNDAY AT 2:00 PM. We will have the          assistance of 10 extra priests so as usual waiting will not be all that long.  Please plan to be with us as we celebrate God’s forgiving love.  THIS WILL BE THE LAST SCHEDULE PENANCE SERVICE FOR CHRISTMAS AT OLV. PLEASE NOTE THE PENANCE SERVICE AT GOOD SHEPHERD THIS   TUESDAY.

 

I know that people want to know in advance the CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S MASS SCHEDULE in order to plan for their holiday activities.  Even though you might have received a schedule in the mail, please take special note of the schedule:

 

CHRISTMAS EVE :  4:00 pm in the school gym and church        

                                 6:30 pm in the church (with the children)

                                10:00 pm in the church, with singing of carols beginning at 9:15 

CHRISTMAS DAY: regular Sunday schedule, 7:30, 9:30 and 12:00

NEW YEAR’S EVE: 4:00 pm

NEW YEAR’S DAY: 8:00 and 10:00 am. PLEASE NOTE SOME ADJUSTMENT IN THE TIME!

 

I want to take this time to THANK GLENN FLEMING AND KOCH’S FUNERAL HOME for “picking up the tab” for the 2019 calendars.  Over my past 38 years of working with them, I am very grateful for their service to the church and our parishioner community.  May God look favorably upon them as they minister to His children, especially in their time of sorrow and grief at the loss of a loved one.  Thanks so much.


As most people know, the end of the year signals a time to look at one’s finances, especially with getting tax statements, IRA statements, a letter stating that one must withdraw so much from a retirement  account and the like. As families debate with what to do, may I suggest something that would help you, the school and the church?  Consider making a year-end contribution to the CAPITAL CAMPAIGN we have going on for the school improvements.  We are close to reaching our goal of 1.5 million; however, we are still in need of contributions to "push us over the top."  I do not want to sound like a Scrooge at this time of year, but we are so close in making our school the safest and best-equipped school in the Diocese.  I am so grateful to those who have contributed thus far.  However, we do have many pledge cards still out there.  Please consider making a contribution to our campaign.  It will help both the church/school and yourselves, especially at tax time.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – from a mother of 2 little girls:  When my daughters were little I would always tell them around Christmas that this is Jesus' birthday and he only received 3 things so do not be disappointed in what lies under the tree. When it came time for worship on Christmas morning, I asked the children what they thought Jesus would think of Santa and all the hype. Would he ask Santa a question? My youngest daughter replied, "I think Jesus would ask how come I only got three things and none of them were toys?"

 

December 9, 2018

posted Dec 7, 2018, 7:04 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, the schedule for the remaining PENANCE SERVICES in the Northern Deanery is:

· Monday, December 10, Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon at 7:00 PM

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

· SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, OLV AT 2:00 PM

· Monday, December 17, St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

· Tuesday, December 18, Good Shepherd, State College at 7:00 PM

· Thursday, December 20, SS Peter and Paul, Philipsburg at 7:00 PM

 

Once again, as usual, your priests will be attending these services giving help to our brother priests. Therefore, please know that our time might be at a premium over the month of December. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.  And please mark Sunday, December 16 as the day of our Penance Service.

 

Next Saturday plan to be with us for our ANNUAL 18 AND OVER PARISH CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE STATE COLLEGE RAMADA. The evening will begin at 5:15 and end around 8:30.  This evening is my way of saying “THANKS” for being such a wonderful parish family, supportive in every way.  There is no charge for this gathering and  I want all parishioners to come, relax and have a wonderful time as a family.  Please circle the day on your calendars and be with us for this enjoyable evening.  Call the rectory for your reservation now. REMEMBER, THE BEST THING IS THAT IT IS FREE!!!!!!

 

I know that people want to know in advance the CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S MASS SCHEDULE in order to plan for their holiday activities.  Even though you might have received a schedule in the mail, please take special note of the schedule:

         CHRISTMAS EVE :  4:00 pm in the school gym and church        

                                 6:30 pm in the church (with the children)

                                10:00 pm in the church, with singing of carols beginning at 9:15 

CHRISTMAS DAY: regular Sunday schedule, 7:30, 9:30 and 12:00

NEW YEAR’S EVE: 4:00 pm

NEW YEAR’S DAY: 8:00 and 10:00 am. PLEASE NOTE SOME ADJUSTMENT IN THE TIME!

 

I know it has been a few weeks since we had our BAZAAR. However, I did want to take the time to thank all those who made our annual bazaar such a wonderful success for the parish.  I do not have the final numbers as of yet, but I am sure it will bring in much-needed funds for the operating of the church.  However, I do not consider the success of the bazaar purely in financial numbers.  I, as pastor, look as the smiles from those who came to enjoy the games, food, and friendship.  I look at friendships that were renewed.  I heard the laughter from those who were telling stories from past bazaars.  I look at the children enjoying trying to "rope the bull."  You see, part of the bazaar success is not just financial (although it is an important part).  To me, creating a family fun atmosphere is just as or more important than "bringing in the bucks."  Some might disagree with me, but God always provides the needed  resources to run the parish.  Happy parishioners and loving families mean more to me.  I want to thank Chris Kirkpatrick for chairing this event.  Thanks to all who volunteered their time and talent in helping Chris.  And thanks to all the families who came and supported this fun event.  May God continue to bless all of us here at OLV and keep drawing us closer into His love and family.  As soon as we have the  proceeds I will let you know how much was raised.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - One Christmas, a family (Mom, Dad, boy age 9) that seldom went to church, decided to go. After church, the Mom said, "I thought the choir was a little off key." The Dad said, "Well, the preacher's message was bland, too." Whereupon the boy said, "I thought he did pretty good for the nickel you put in the collection plate."

 

December 2, 2018

posted Nov 30, 2018, 5:20 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as promised in a previous bulletin, I said I would               announce the PENANCE SERVICE SCHEDULE for the Northern Deanery as soon as I could.  After             contacting the various parishes, the schedule is as follows:

 

· Sunday, December 2, Holy Spirit, Lock Haven at 3:00 PM

· Monday, December 3, PSU Campus at 7:00 PM

· Wednesday, December 5, St. Joseph, Renovo at 6:30 PM

· Monday, December 10, Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon at 7:00 PM

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

· SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, OLV AT 2:00 PM

· Monday, December 17, St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

· Tuesday, December 18, Good Shepherd, State College at 7:00 PM

· Thursday, December 20, SS Peter and Paul, Philipsburg at 7:00 PM

 

Once again, as usual, your priests will be attending these services giving help to our brother priests. Therefore, please know that our time might be at a premium over the month of December. Thank you for your      understanding in this matter.  And please mark Sunday, December 16 as the day of our Penance Service.

 

This Saturday the church celebrates the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. This doctrine states that Mary was conceived without original sin.  God  preserved her from the stain of original sin, thereby participating in the saving effects of the death and  resurrection of Jesus.  Masses will be celebrated Friday evening at 6:00 and Saturday at 9:00 and 11:00 AM. BECAUSE OF THE MASS TIMES ON SATURDAY, CONFESSIONS WILL BE CANCELED FOR THAT DAY.

 

Another notice - please mark your calendars and be with us for our ANNUAL 18 AND OVER   PARISH CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE STATE COLLEGE RAMADA. The evening will begin at 5:15 and end around 8:30.  This evening is my way of saying “THANKS” for being such a wonderful parish family,           supportive in every way.  There is no charge for this gathering and all I want are parishioners to come, relax and have a wonderful time as a family.  Please circle the day on your calendars and be with us for this            enjoyable evening.  Call the rectory for your reservation now.

 

This Tuesday morning I will be leaving with the parish on our CHRISTMAS TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY. The bus will be leaving at 10:30 in the morning and I do ask that all parishioners going to please be on time for boarding and leaving.

 

Beginning this weekend, the far side metal door is now an EXIT DOOR ONLY. Under advice from the police department and other key officials, it was determined that the door be used only as an exit out of the church.  I know that some will not like the idea.  However, it only means that one has to walk an additional 25 or so yards to enter the church.  With previous news stories, we are trying very hard to make attendance at OLV as safe as possible.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

 

Join in the OLV GIVING TREE EXPERIENCE this year.  As in previous years, this annual event is an OLV Parish Outreach to the less fortunate in our area.  From residents in nursing homes to families, to those who might be hurting this holiday season, we reach out to make their days a little brighter.  As always, please take an ornament home with you off of the tree, purchase the gift and return it to be distributed.  We have always been successful in this ministry and I am sure we will be also this year.  Thanks in advance for your               participation.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "And what starting salary are you looking for?" The engineer replies, "In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package." The            interviewer inquires, "Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?" The engineer sits up straight and says, "Wow! Are you kidding?" The              interviewer replies, "Yeah, but you started it."

 

November 25, 2018

posted Nov 21, 2018, 8:00 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, please mark your calendars and be with us for our ANNUAL 18 AND OVER PARISH CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE STATE COLLEGE  RAMADA INN. The evening will begin at 5:15 and end around 8:30.  This evening is my way of saying “THANKS” for being such a wonderful parish family, supportive in every way.  There is no charge for this gathering and all I want are parishioners to come, relax and have a wonderful time as a family.  Please mark your calendars and be with us for this enjoyable evening.  Please call the rectory for your   reservation now. 

 I am working on the ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES for the Northern Deanery.  We are still finalizing everything and I will let you know when the schedule is finished.  But for your information, our Penance service will be Sunday afternoon December 16th at 2:00 PM.  Please mark your calendar for this   wonderful celebration of God’s loving forgiveness.

Once again for those who might not have heard, as you all have seen and experienced, the weather has taken a turn for the worse. Winter seems to be with us and it probably will be with us for a little while.  Because the weather can be so unpredictable from day to day, I have approached the Liturgy Committee with a suggestion that was agreed upon without exception.  Why am I saying this?  After looking at the attendance for our ALL DAY ADORATION ON WEDNESDAYS, it was agreed upon that beginning December 5th we will be ending the day at 7:00 PM. This shorter time is taking into  account the darkness that is upon us earlier; the danger of driving on ice, snow, etc. during the hours of the evening; parishioners coming to church falling on the ice, and so forth.  This earlier closing will be in effect until after Easter, at a date that I will inform you of in a later bulletin.  Please understand, I as  pastor, need to be aware of the health and safety of all parishioners who do come for adoration.  And as we enter the winter season, there will be days on which we will cancel All Day Adoration due to the weather or the anticipation of bad weather.  I will try to get the word out to you through email.  If there is any question of whether we are having the day or not, please check your email or call the rectory.  Again, thanks for your understanding in this matter.  I am sure the Lord does not want anyone hurt coming to adore Him in the Eucharist.

And speaking of WINTER WEATHER, I want to remind parishioners once again that it is not a sin to miss Mass if the weather is too bad outside.  The weather can be so unpredictable that driving can become hazardous.  Black ice, freezing rain, snow can contribute to some unpleasant times.  I am sure the Lord would not want you out on the road that might cause accidents or injury.  So please, use  common sense.  Some might feel that it is heroic to come in all sort of weather conditions.  I am not so sure it is.

Since I had to work on 2 bulletins this past week due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday, I cannot comment on the BAZAAR at this time.  I will wait until next weekend to make a few observations.  However, I am anticipating a successful event and am grateful to all who worked so far to make it a fruitful experience for our parish.

This weekend we have our GIVING TREE once again in the baptismal area.  As usual, this event is an OLV Parish Outreach to the less fortunate in our area.  From residents in nursing homes to families, to those who might be hurting this holiday season, we reach out to make their days a little brighter.  We need volunteers in the Church at 2:00pm to help decorate the tree with the gift ornaments. Next weekend, we will ask you to take an ornament home with you off of the tree, purchase the gift and return it to be distributed.  We have always been successful in this ministry and I am sure we also will be this year.  Thanks in advance for your participation.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A mother was away all weekend at a business conference. During a break, she decided to call home collect. Her six-year-old son picked up the phone and heard a stranger’s voice say, “We have a Marcia on the line. Will you accept the charges?” Frantic, he dropped the receiver and came charging outside screaming, “Dad! They’ve got Mom! And they want money!”

 

November 18, 2018

posted Nov 16, 2018, 7:13 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as you all know this week we CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING DAY. As I grow older I have come to appreciate this holiday more and more.  I think as I grow in years, I try to become more aware of the many blessings in my life and unfortunately at times take them for granted.  This day each year gives me, and maybe you, the opportunity to pause and take stock of how wonderful our God is to us.  As we go from day to day, we can lose sight of His goodness to us.  As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day this week, may every day be for us an opportunity to thank our good God for His many blessings and never take Him for granted.  Due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday, there will be some adjustments to the regular schedule.

 

  - There will be an anticipated mass for Thanksgiving Day on Wednesday evening at 6:00. This Mass  is offered for those people who want to attend Mass but might be traveling Thanksgiving morning or  preparing for company that day. 

  - Since the above Mass is at 6:00 PM, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will conclude at    5:00PM  with a simple reposition. Once again, thanks for your understanding in this matter.

  - There will be no 7:00 AM Mass on Thursday or Friday of this week. This will allow your priests  the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends.

  - The rectory will be closed from noon Wednesday through Sunday. Please hold all calls, except  emergency calls till Monday morning. Again, this will allow staff and priests to enjoy a little time with their families.                                                           

              Again, may this Thanksgiving Day celebration renew our hearts in knowing that God is so good and generous to us, His children. May we never lose sight of that fact.

 

As you know from previous bulletins, we are constantly looking at how to make our school and parish safer. With the news reports from previous events, I am sure parishioners know how important safety is for a public space.  Therefore, as you know from the sign on the door, one of the steps to be taken is to MAKE THE SIDE METAL DOOR NEAR THE SACRISTY an EXIT DOOR ONLY. This means that those who are accustomed to entering the church through the metal door are now asked to walk just a  little further and enter the church by the door nearest the baptismal area.  This will go into effect on the weekend of December 1-2.  Again, thanks for your understanding in our attempts to provide parishioners with a safe environment in which to praise God.

 

As you all have seen and experienced, the weather has taken a turn for the worse. Winter seems to be with us and it probably will be with us for a little while.  Because the weather can be so unpredictable from day to day, I have approached the Liturgy Committee with a suggestion that was agreed upon without exception.  Why am I saying this?  After looking at the attendance for our ALL DAY ADORATION ON WEDNESDAYS, it was agreed upon that beginning December 5th we will be ending the day at 7:00 PM. This shorter time is taking into account the darkness that is upon us earlier; the danger of driving on ice, snow, etc. during the hours of the evening; parishioners coming to church falling on the ice, and so forth.  This earlier closing will be in effect until after Easter, at a date that I will inform you of in a later  bulletin.  Please understand I, as pastor, need to be aware of the health and safety of all parishioners who do come for adoration.  And as we enter the winter season, there will be days on which we will cancel All Day Adoration due to the weather or the anticipation of bad weather.  I will try to get word out to you through email.  If there is any question of whether we are having the day or not, please check your email or call the rectory.  Again, thanks for your understanding in this matter.  I am sure the Lord does not want anyone hurt coming to adore Him in the Eucharist.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Bob was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really angry. She told him "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE!" The next morning he got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough, there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway. Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, brought the box back in the house. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale. Bob has been missing since Friday.

 

November 4 & 11, 2018

posted Nov 2, 2018, 6:13 AM by Diane Lapinski   [ updated Nov 9, 2018, 6:11 AM ]

Annual OLV Parish Bazaar Saturday, November 17.  9:00am to 4:00pm in the OLV School Gym/Auditorium.  Profits from the bazaar benefit OLV Parish and the School Improvements Campaign.  We will have Ethnic Foods, Crafts, Baked Goods, Theme Baskets, Money Raffle, Silent Auction, Children’s Games, PSU plays Rutgers 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 [email protected] to volunteer. Volunteers are also needed for setup starting 10:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, November 16. 

 

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

 

Bazaar Food;  9am to 3:30pm featuring homemade Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Rosie’s Pierogi and        Haluski, Homemade Chicken Soup, Hot Sausage with onions and peppers and Sloppy Joe Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Tossed Salad and Gemelli Cakes.  Volunteers needed to prepare and serve the food, and clean up from 8:30am to 4:30pm. 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, bottled water products, or coffee to the Bazaar.  We’d like these dropped off at the school main office by Wednesday, November 14, 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, Nov. 17 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 entrance.  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. Cost: $5.00 for a book of 6 chances.   Baskets will be on display and tickets sold Election Day, November 6 in the Activities Center and during the Bazaar, Nov. 17 in the School Gym.  Drawing will take place Saturday, Nov. 17 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. 16,  2:45pm to 4pm or early the morning of the Bazaar.  We always need help for this tasty area.  To help, please call Becki Clark 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. Contact Chris Kirkpatrick at 237-7832, ext. 404 or [email protected]

 

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

 

Children Games - NEEDED CHAIRPERSON TO RUN the games for kids 3 years to 14 years old, from 9am to 3pm.  To volunteer contact Chris at 237-7832, ext. 404 or [email protected]

 

New & recycled Dolls, Board Games, Toys, Puzzles, Christmas items, & Baby items:  For children of all ages and adults. Used toys and games are needed. To donate items, contact Karen.  Chaired by Karen Anstett (466-6387).

 

Pull Tab game of chance:  Will be offered for adult members of the parish.  Contact Chris to               volunteer.  237-7832 ext. 404 or [email protected]

 

Volunteers needed for clean up Saturday November 17th 4pm to 6pm

 

October 28, 2018

posted Oct 26, 2018, 5:22 AM by Diane Lapinski

Annual OLV Parish Bazaar Saturday, November 17.  9:00am to 4:00pm in the OLV School Gym/Auditorium.  Profits from the bazaar benefit OLV Parish and the School Improvements Campaign.  We will have Ethnic Foods, Crafts, Baked Goods, Theme Baskets, Money Raffle, Silent Auction, Children’s Games, PSU plays Rutgers 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 [email protected] to volunteer. Volunteers are also needed for setup starting 10:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, November 16. 


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

 

Bazaar Food;  9am to 3:30pm featuring Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Rosie’s Pierogi and Haluski, Homemade Chicken Soup, Hot Sausage with onions and peppers and Sloppy Joe Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Tossed Salad and Gemelli Cakes.  Volunteers needed to prepare and serve the food, and clean up from 8:30am to 4:30pm. 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, bottled water products, or coffee to the Bazaar.  We’d like these dropped off at the school main office by Wednesday, November 14, 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 17th 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 entrance.  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. Cost: $5.00 for a book of 6 chances.   Baskets will be on display and tickets sold Election Day, November 6 in the Activities Center and during the Bazaar, Nov. 17 in the School Gym.  Drawing will take place Saturday, November 17 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. 16,  2:45pm to 4pm or early the morning of the Bazaar.  We always need help for this tasty area.  To help, please call Becki Clark 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. Contact Chris Kirkpatrick at 237-7832, ext. 404 or [email protected]

 

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

 

Children Games - NEEDED CHAIRPERSON TO RUN the games for kids 3 years to 14 years old, from 9am to 3pm.  To volunteer contact Chris at 237-7832, ext. 404 or [email protected]

 

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.  Contact Chris to            volunteer.  237-7832 ext. 404 or [email protected]

 

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.


Volunteers needed for clean up Saturday November 17th 4pm to 6pm

 

October 21, 2018

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

October 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

                      AFTER THE 9:00 MASS.

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

 

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

 

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

 

A NOTE FROM FR. RALPH - Greetings from Ghana!

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

 

 

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

 

October 7, 2018

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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