February 24, 2019

posted by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  last Friday evening we had our TRIVIA NIGHT for the Our Lady of Victory School Athletics Department.  As before, this evening was a huge success.  We had more people attend this event than in the past years.  It was a very enjoyable evening for all who were in attendance.  It was a huge success for us because of the many volunteers who worked so hard.  I want to thank them through my page in the bulletin.  MaryAnn Stolberg and Kathy Peters -Trivia Night Co-Chairs, Live Auction and “Spirit”ual Suprise. Will Malerich, Patti Malerich, Stephanie Salada, Anne Bord - Trivia  Competition.  Melissa Coudriet, Katie Gagnon, Ayumi Ohmoto - Baskets and Wine Pull.  Matt Stolberg -   Mulligan Expert.  Jordan Napkora, Amanda Adams - Penn State Interns.  Monika Peters, Claire Peters -    Pulpit Promotion. Denise Dible, Tonia Eby, Lisa Groves - Check-In/Payment Table. Chris Meckley – Food. Ruthie Straub, Joe Viglione – Beverages.  Elizabeth Peters - Cookie Bouquet and Table Arrangements.  Jeff Peters, Samantha Weakland - Music and Sound.  AND TO OUR SPONSORS: Keynote Sponsor - Kathleen and Chris Hulburt. Gold Sponsors - Hall Foundation, Peters Family. Silver Sponsors - Knights of Columbus, Fr. O’Hanlon Council #4678, Redline Speed Shine, RE/MAX Centre  Realty, Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy. Bronze Sponsors - Balfurd Dry Cleaners, Giant Foods, Nittany Beverage, State College Medicine, TC Transport.  Friends - BowerShots Photography, Englehart Dentistry, Karstetter Insurance, Landscape II, Manning Photography, Penn State Hospitality Services, Straub Family, Stover McGlaughlin, Attorneys and Counselors of Law, Weis Markets.  As I looked around the gym last  Friday, it was so good to see so many people enjoying themselves by being part of the Our Lady of Victory family.  Thanks to all who came and made this night so memorable.

 

On a similar note, I am so very proud of the VOLUNTEER ETHIC that is here in our parish as seen from the above list.  From workers in the school to pre-school to parish, we always have many who are willing to give of their time to further the good things we are doing here.  I am very proud of all those who contribute their time and I can only ask God to bless them for their goodness and kindness they give to Our Lady of  Victory.  Thanks to all.

 

UPDATE ON THE SCHOOL SECURITY AND RENOVATION PROJECT – this past week I signed the       contracts that allows us to continue to move forward for the completion of the wonderful improvements for parish and school.  Dates were set for the beginning and ending of the construction; appliances for the kitchen were reserved and purchased; plans for the air conditioning are being finalized; plans for the new  secure entrance into the school are also being finalized.  As of this typing we have pledged $1,375,000.00, almost of which $1,000.000 has been received in cash.  After everything is finished I am sure parishioners will be very proud of the changes and improvements.  However, I do have a request.  If you have not already contributed to this project, please consider doing so.  We are undertaking this massive project for the good of our school children, especially for their safety.  There are additional envelopes in the baptistery for those who want to help.  As a matter of fact, I received a check for $500.00 from visitors from Ohio who were so impressed with our Catholic Schools Mass that they wanted to help out in this campaign. They write, “Fr. Dadey, as a visitor to OLCVS on the Sunday of Catholic Schools Week, we were so moved by your sermon regarding the importance of Catholic education that we just had to send this contribution to help with your  improvement project. We hope this will help reach your goal.  God Bless.”  Here we have visitors, not parishioners who are helping us.  Could I ask parishioners who have not contributed so far to kindly consider doing so?  Your help will ensure that children for many years will continue to receive the best education and school environment for many years to come.  What a wonderful legacy to leave  behind!

 

Just for parishioner information, I will be having a class this Lent entitle JESUS, HIS MESSAGE AND MISSION. It will be based on the scriptures and some biblical scholarship.  The sessions will begin this Monday February 25 and go for about 6 weeks.  It will run from 7:00 – 8:00 PM as usual and be held in our Activities Center.

  

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Little Johnny came in from the backyard sobbing. His mother asked "What's the matter?" "Dad was fixing the fence and hit his thumb with the hammer," he said through his tears. "That's not so serious," his mother said, "and a big boy like you shouldn't cry about that. Why didn't you just laugh?" "I did!" cried Johnny.

 

February 17, 2019

posted by Diane Lapinski   [ updated ]

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  I just want to give parishioners some PASTORAL INSIGHT into some decisions made by me concerning cancellations of events within the parish, esp. All-Day Adoration.  As you know, there are times I will send out the notice that we will not have adoration at the church due to weather.  In making this decision, I as pastor, must take into consideration the weather forecast (right or wrong), the number of people who come in from a distance, the older parishioners who come faithfully and the like. I make these quick decisions after looking at Accuweather, the Weather Channel and our local forecast.  I would hate to have someone involved in an accident on the way or slip on our sidewalks.  In fact during my first winter here with you, I was warned by someone that if they fell, they will sue.  And you know what I have much on my plate that I do not want to have to deal with law suits or the like here at OLV.  So understand that I make all decisions for the good of my parishioners.

 

Along those same lines, please be careful WHERE YOU PARK when coming to Mass at OLV,  especially when it snows.  Remember, the snow plows need to plow the streets and they do not want us parking on the parkway while they are going up and down the street.  There were plenty of parking spaces in our lot one Sunday during a snow storm, yet the snow plows had to negotiate cars that were parked on the street.  Please be sensitive, especially when there are snow emergencies in the borough.

 

In order to make our liturgies run as smoothly as possibly, I want to remind ALL EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS who volunteer for both the morning masses and weekend masses to please come up upon the altar and stand behind the priest RIGHT AFTER THE OFFERING OF THE SIGN OF PEACE. There seems to be a little confusion over the movement from the pews to the altar.  If you leave right after the sign of peace, this will then allow the rest of the Eucharistic Ministers in church to see if their help is needed through a “head count.”  The priest will not start of Lamb of God until the ministers are up in place.  I think there was a little misinformation put out there, so I wanted to correct the record and have everyone do the same thing.

 

A little late, but I want to THANK ALL THOSE WHO MADE OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK CELEBRATION such a huge success.  As you know from past bulletins, I am very proud of our school and pre-school and I feel that we have the best elementary school and pre-school in the   diocese.  I know that I am a little partial to our school (as I should be), but I truly feel it is  correct.  From administration to faculty, staff and volunteers, we do stand out as one of the best.  And special thanks to all parents who chose our school for the academic and spiritual education of their children.  May God continue to bless us with many more years together.

 

Just for parishioner information, I will be having a class this Lent entitle JESUS, HIS MESSAGE AND MISSION. It will be based on the scriptures and some biblical scholarship.  The sessions will begin on February 25 and go for about 6 weeks.  It will run from 7:00 – 8:00 PM as usual and be held in our Activities Center. I am just letting you all know now because people have been asking me if I plan on giving a class again this Lenten Season.  I guess there are those who want to make it a special penance practice!

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - HOW TO STOP PEOPLE FROM BUGGING YOU ABOUT  GETTING MARRIED - Old aunts used to come up to Judy at weddings, poking her in the ribs and cackling, telling her, "You're next." They stopped after she started doing the same thing to them at funerals.

 

February 10, 2019

posted Feb 8, 2019, 5:42 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  in the wake of the Governor of New York decision to allow abortion up to the time of delivery, this email isl BISHOP BARRON’S RESPONSE which I feel sums up the feelings of all, and I would like to share it with you – “It was the celebration that was particularly galling. On the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed into law a protocol that gives practically unrestricted access to abortion, permitting the killing of an unborn child up until the moment of delivery. In the wake of the ratification, the legislators and their supporters whooped, hollered, and cheered, a display depressingly similar to the jubilation that broke out in Ireland when a  referendum legalizing abortion passed last year. Of course, all of the rhetoric about women’s rights and     reproductive health and empowerment was trotted out, but who can fail to see what was at stake? If an infant, lying peacefully in a bassinet in his parents’ home, were brutally killed and dismembered, the entire country would rightfully be outraged and call for an investigation of the murder. But now the law of New York confirms that that same child, moments before his birth, resting peacefully in his mother’s womb, can be, with utter  impunity, pulled apart with forceps. And the police won’t be summoned; rather, it appears, the killing should be a matter of celebration.”

 

“An ideology, taken in the negative sense, is a conceptual framework that blinds one to reality. The purpose of any ideational system, obviously, is to shed light, to bring us closer to the truth of things, but an ideology does the reverse, effectively obfuscating reality, distancing us from truth. All of the buzz terms I mentioned above are ideological markers, smokescreens. Or if I can borrow the terminology of Jordan Peterson, they are the chattering of demons, the distracting hubbub of the father of lies. I recall that during the presidential campaign of 2016, Hillary Clinton was asked several times whether the child in the womb, within minutes of birth, has constitutional rights, and this extremely intelligent, experienced, and canny politician said, over and over again, “That’s what our law dictates.” Therefore, by a sheer accident of location, the unborn baby can be butchered, and the same baby, moments later and in the arms of his mother, must be protected by full force of law. That many of our political leaders can’t or won’t see how utterly ludicrous this is can only be the result of ideological indoctrination.”

 

“As I watched film of Andrew Cuomo signing this repulsive bill into law, my mind drifted back to 1984 and an auditorium at the University of Notre Dame where Cuomo’s father, Mario—also Governor of New York at the time—delivered a famous address. In his lengthy and intellectually substantive speech, Gov. Cuomo  presented himself, convincingly, as a faithful Catholic, thoroughly convinced in conscience that abortion is morally outrageous. But he also made a fateful distinction that has been exploited by liberal Catholic politicians for the past thirty-five years. He explained that though he was personally opposed to abortion, he was not willing to pursue legal action to abolish it or even to limit it, since he was the representative of all the people, and not just of those who shared his Catholic convictions. Now this distinction is an illegitimate one, which is evident the moment we draw an analogy to other public matters of great moral import: “I’m personally opposed to slavery, but I’ll take no action to outlaw it or limit its spread”; “I personally find Jim Crow laws repugnant, but I will pursue no legal strategy to undo them”; etc. But at the very least, Mario Cuomo could declare himself deeply conflicted, anguished, willing to support abortion law only as a regrettable political necessity in a pluralistic democracy.”

 

“But in a single generation, we have moved from reluctant toleration to unbridled celebration, from struggling Mario to exultant Andrew. And there is a simple reason for this. A privatized religion, one that never incarnates itself in gesture, behavior, and moral commitment, rapidly evanesces. Once-powerful convictions, never concretely expressed, devolve, practically overnight, into pious velleities—and finally disappear altogether. In Robert Bolt’s magnificent play regarding St. Thomas More, A Man for All Seasons, we find a telling exchange between Cardinal Wolsey, a hard-bitten, largely amoral politico, and the saintly More.  Wolsey laments, “You’re a constant regret to me, Thomas. If you could just see facts flat on, without that  horrible moral squint, with just a little common sense, you could have been a statesman.” To which More responds, “Well…I believe when statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties…they lead their country by a short route to chaos.” Abandoning the convictions of one’s conscience in the exercise of one’s public duties is precisely equivalent to “I’m personally opposed but unwilling to take  concrete action to instantiate my opposition.”

 

“And this abandonment—evident in Mario Cuomo’s 1984 address—has indeed led by a short road to chaos, evident in Andrew Cuomo’s joyful celebration of a law permitting the murder of children.”

 

February 3, 2018

posted Feb 1, 2019, 5:37 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  I would like to offer a little PASTORAL  ADVISE to parishioners. Over the past few weeks, we have had some parishioners become sick during Mass.  There are various reasons why someone might become sick.  But for many their blood sugar levels dropped because they have not eaten due to receiving Holy Communion at Mass.  It is felt that one cannot receive communion if they have eaten breakfast.  Let me clear this up.  The rule state that there should be ONE HOUR FAST before receiving Holy Communion – ONE HOUR FROM RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION. The rule is no longer from midnight nor for three hours, but for only one hour.  That means that someone could eat right up to the time of leaving for church and still receive.  How?  Because Holy Communion is not distributed most      likely until 50 minutes of the Mass has passed.  Now add travel time to get to church and you have your one-hour fast rule completed.  And let me ask you?  Do you really think the Lord is sitting up in heaven with a stopwatch, making sure that everyone is observing the one hour rule?  Some might think that, but I do not think so.  And let me take this one step further.  If  someone is feeling sick because their blood sugar dropped and they need some sugar to raise it and they have eaten a piece of candy during Mass, can they still receive?  Absolutely!  I think we need a little bit of common sense in our spiritual life and I truly feel that Our Lord would agree.  So please understand the rule and know that there is plenty of time to eat at home and still receive Holy Communion.

This Sunday is February 3, normally the MASS OF ST. BLAISE. However, when a memorial or an optional memorial of a saint falls on a Sunday it is not celebrated on that day.  The celebration of the Lord's Day takes precedence.  However, we will have the blessing of throats in total at the end of Mass.  What that means is that there will be no individual blessing of throats but we will say the prayer of blessing over the entire congregation at the end of each Mass, thereby accomplishing the same end as if we would bless individually.  Please understand that it would be entirely impossible to bless over 3000 throats throughout the weekend and still have the time to celebrate the Masses properly.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter this year.

I would like to take this time to THANK Andy Mazzara for all the work he has done for us while chairing the Security Committee.  Over the past few years, Andy, with the help of other  volunteers, has made our entire parish campus more safe and secure.  From increasing the role of the ushers to  securing our church during our liturgies, to implementing guidelines for  emergencies, and much more, I am very grateful for all the work Andy has done for us.   May God bless you, Andy for the great work you have brought to OLV.  And I want to let the parish know that Terry Stec has agreed to take over the security at OLV Parish, School, and                Pre-School.   Terry is well qualified and I am sure he will continue the great work started by Andy.

Just for parishioner information, I will be having a class this Lent entitled, JESUS, HIS MESSAGE, AND MISSION. It will be based on the scriptures and some biblical scholarship.  It will begin on  February 25 and go for about 6 weeks.  It will run from 7:00 – 8:00 PM and be held in our Activities Center. I am just letting you all know now because people have been asking me if I plan on giving a class again this Lenten Season.  I guess there are those who want to make it a penance practice!

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A Sunday School teacher had just concluded her lesson and wanted to make sure she had made her point. She said, “Can anyone tell me what you must do before you can obtain forgiveness of sin?”  There was a short pause and then, from the back of the room, a small boy spoke up. “Sin,” he said.

 

January 27, 2019

posted Jan 25, 2019, 5:41 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, since 1974, NATIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2019 is January 27 - February 2. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2019 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities, and our nation.   As we “kick-off” the week at Our Lady of Victory at the 9:30 Mass, I just want to say how proud I am of our school.  We have over 300 in our K-8 and almost 100 in our pre-school program.  We have very dedicated teachers who are some of the best in the Diocese working with your children, instilling in them not only academic studies but also giving them the opportunity to further their relationship with Jesus Christ.  We have very dedicated and capable administrations in both the school and pre-school.  Samantha and Dawn are 2 excellent administrators and I am very happy to have them both working with us.  Our school is blessed with many wonderful volunteers who work for the good of the children and the greater glory of God.  And our supporting staff gives of themselves so very often,  ensuring that our children are attended to very well.  I am very proud of our school and when I am at meeting with other pastors who have school, I brag about how active and alive we are and what we are planning to do with our school and safety improvement campaign.  Some pastors see their schools as a drain on their parish.  I see our school as the instrument God is using to keep our parish active and alive in His Spirit.  Many activities will be held throughout the week involving our students.  I do thank those parents who have chosen a Catholic Education for their children.  I know of the sacrifice made to have your children enrolled in the school and I am grateful for your choice and sacrifice.  I do encourage those who are thinking about sending your children to our school to please come and visit; talk to Samantha and the teachers; talk to the students and come to better understand why our school is, in my eyes, the best Catholic Elementary School in the Diocese. And how fortunate it is that our children can receive a Catholic Education from pre-school through the 12th grade.  I pray that God will continue to bless us as we continue His call to go and bring His Good News to His children.

 

A FEW CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK FACTS -

1. National High School Graduation Rates      2. Percentage of High School Graduates who attend a 4 yr. college

                   99.2  Catholic Schools                                       86.5   Catholic Schools

                   97.5  Other Religions                                         63      Other Religions                         

                   93.9  Non-Sectarian                                           56.8   Non-Sectarian

                   84.1  Public Schools                                          44      Public Schools             

                                                                               

3. Based on the average public school per-pupil cost of $11,454.00, Catholic Schools provide $21 billion in savings  

       each year for the nation.

 

Next Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. It is also February 3, the traditional day that the Church remembers ST. BLAISE.  It is also the traditional day that throats are blessed.  Because it falls on a Sunday this year, the blessing will take place in a different manner.  Since we have a very large number of people at the Masses on Sunday and individual blessings would take too much time, the church directs, for pastoral reasons, that a priest or deacon may give the blessing to all by extending his hands, without crossed candles, over the people while saying the prayer of blessing.  Therefore we will conclude each Mass on Sunday with the prayer taken from the blessing of throats.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – THINGS MOM WOULD NEVER SAY:

“How on earth can you see the TV sitting so far back?”

“Just leave all the lights on...it makes the house look more cheery.”       

“Let me smell that shirt—yeah, it’s good for another week.”

“Go ahead and keep that stray dog, honey. I’ll be glad to feed and walk him every day.”

“Well, if Timmy’s mom says it’s OK, that’s good enough for me.”

“The curfew is just a general time to shoot for. It’s not like I’m running a prison around here.”   

“I don’t have a tissue with me...just use your sleeve.”

    “Don’t bother wearing a jacket—the wind-chill is bound to improve.”

 

January 20, 2019

posted Jan 18, 2019, 8:31 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, I would like to respond for the final time on the REPORTS OF CHILD ABUSE BY CLERGY AND RELIGIOUS, especially since we constantly read about it in the local paper.  I want to begin by saying that I too am deeply troubled with the child abuse that has gone on within the Catholic Church.  My heart aches for the victims of abuse by supposedly “trusted adults” within the priesthood.  I have spent much energy in trying to keep my spirits up as well as those of all parishioners, a difficult task to say the least.  However, there are signs that the situation is improving and hopefully will only get better within our diocese.

                Many changes and additions are being implemented within our Diocese and within the Church as a whole.  There is a full page information section in our Catholic Register that continually runs inviting abuse victims to come forward.  Our Diocese has run workshops for the priests             informing them that they MUST REPORT any and all incidents that occurred or heard to have        occurred as mandated by the Dallas Charter of 2002.  Our Bishop has removed some priests       immediately upon hearing of abuse while the incident is being investigated with law enforcement. The Bishop has formed a committee to look into allegations made up of Catholic and non-Catholic lay people, priests, social workers, and lawyers.  All employees and volunteers working within any parish or school must undergo background checks and complete an online “Protecting God’s             Children” program. Seminaries are increasing the psychological testing on possible candidates. These are just a few of the policies implemented.

                I share the heartache of my parishioners.  For my own spiritual growth, I need to keep        reminding myself and possibly others that the Church on earth is directed by men and women, frail and fragile.  But the Lord promised that it is guided by the Spirit even through hard and difficult times. We must remain focused upon the Lord’s leadership and guidance throughout this part of the history of the Church.

        But to say the least, it is not easy. But my faith is in the Lord Jesus, not people.  I am nourished by the Eucharist to be the best possible priest I can be, even with my own weaknesses.  But please be assured that your priests and deacon at OLV have no allegations against them and that also includes the rest of the priests in our Diocese.  The Attorney General's office has inspected all our files and everyone serving in the Diocese today is cleared of any wrongdoing.

                In faith, I know that we will get past all this and the Church will come out stronger than       before.  Maybe that is the “silver lining” in all this.  But until that happens, let us continually pray for the children who were victimized and for their families that they may find peace at last and come to know of God’s love through the working of many good dedicated priests. 

                Please my dear parish family, hang in there.  I am trying to do the same and I feel like St. Peter who responded to the Lord when asked, “Will you too go from me?”  He responded, “Lord, where shall I go.  You have the words of everlasting life.”  I believe that with my whole heart.  Those words from Peter keep me here; I hope they do the same for you.

 

Next week, we will celebrate CATHOLIC SCHOOL WEEK. The week will open at the 9:30 AM Mass on Sunday the 27th, with the children participating.  There will be activities for the children                  throughout the week and prospective parents thinking about sending their children to our school will have the   opportunity to visit and observe throughout the week.  More information will be included in next week's bulletin.  As always, I ask God’s blessings upon our school that we may continue to be a light shining in the darkness of this world. 

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A man went to his lawyer and told him, "My neighbor owes me $500 and he won’t pay up. What should I do?" "Do you have any proof he owes you the money?" asked the lawyer. "Nope," replied the man. "OK, then write him a letter asking him for the $5,000 he owed you," said the lawyer. "But it's only $500," replied the man. "Precisely. That’s what he will reply and then you’ll have your proof!"

 

January 13, 2018

posted Jan 11, 2019, 10:22 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR….MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, today we celebrate THE BAPTISM OF JESUS CHRIST BY JOHN THE BAPTIST.  From the Catholic Catechism, I found this bit of information helpful in explaining this celebration.  In "Christ's Baptism:

 

(1223) All the Old Covenant prefiguration find their fulfillment in Christ Jesus. He begins his public life after having himself baptized by St. John the Baptist in the Jordan. After his resurrection Christ gives this mission to his apostles: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."

 

(1224) Our Lord voluntarily submitted himself to the baptism of St. John, intended for sinners, in order to "fulfill all righteousness." Jesus' gesture is a manifestation of his self-emptying. The Spirit who had hovered over the waters of the first creation descended then on the Christ as a prelude of the new creation, and the Father revealed Jesus as his "beloved Son."

 

(1225) In his Passover Christ opened to all men the fountain of Baptism. He had already spoken of his Passion, which he was about to suffer in Jerusalem, as a "Baptism" with which he had to be baptized. The blood and water that flowed from the pierced side of the crucified Jesus are types of Baptism and the Eucharist, the sacraments of new life. From then on, it is possible "to be born of water and the Spirit" in order to enter the Kingdom of God. See where you are baptized; see where Baptism comes from, if not from the cross of Christ, from his death. There is the whole mystery: he died for you. In him you are redeemed, in him you are saved.

 

And since the Baptism of Jesus marks the end of the Christmas Celebrations, my wish for the rest of the New Year is that we all may come to know and live in God’s love for us and then respond with confidence and trust in His presence with us every day and with every step we take. May God bless us now and always.

 

Just a note to all parishioners that beginning this weekend PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE FLU will be instituted once again.  There will be no drinking from the cup and parishioners are asked to refrain from handshaking at the sign of peace.  You will be kept up to date when these changes will be rescinded. 

 

SCHOOL AND SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN UPDATE – I am very happy to report that we are approaching our goal of 1.5 million for the school safety and improvement campaign.  Over the past month of December, some parishioners have made additional contributions pushing our totals so far to $1,302,633.45.  I am so very grateful to those who have contributed which will allow us to move forward with this project, a project that will be completed before the next school begins in September.   I, once again, ask those who have not contributed to consider doing so.  Your contribution will go a long way in leaving a wonderful legacy for Our Lady of Victory School.  Unfortunately many leave their financial gains to others after their death without seeing the good it may have done.  Why not leave some now where you will be able to see the fruits of your donations.  These children, entrusted to us, are the future of the church.  It is for them that these improvements are undertaken, and it is for them that we are upgrading the safety of the school.  Please consider giving and helping us to reach our goal.  I thank you in advance for the support and help already given and will be given.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - For the second week in a row, a mother and her son were the only ones who showed up for his soccer team’s practice. Frustrated, the mom told her son, “Please tell your coach that we keep coming for practice but no one is ever here.” The son rolled his eyes and said, “He’ll just tell me the same thing he did before.”  “Which was?”  “That practice is now on Wednesdays, not Tuesdays.”

 

 

January 6, 2019

posted Jan 4, 2019, 5:49 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR….MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we celebrate the first weekend of the new calendar year, it is always a time to think back over the past year and anticipate the new year ahead of us.  As I look back I want to take this time to devote most of my page thanking all those who are making our parish the wonderful parish family that it is.

1.   I want to thank the Family Life Committee for heading up our PARISH GIVING TREE. Thanks to Mary  and Bob Hershey and all those who helped make this a huge success. Thanks to those who baked cookies.

2. Thanks to all those who took an ORNAMENT and returned it with their gift. You have made the holiday season a little brighter for those who are less fortunate than we are.

3.Thanks to Joe Malafarina and our CHOIRS for adding an element of joy to our liturgical celebrations. Their music truly represented the joy and happiness that the angels sang at the first Christmas night.

4. Many thanks to the DECORATING COMMITTEE for putting us in the joyous Christmas mood through the beautiful decorations that adorn our altar.

5. Thanks to the ushers, altar servers, lectors and Eucharistic Ministers for exercising their MINISTRY at OLV. I appreciate your dedication and love for the church in giving of yourselves in ministry.

6. I want to thank all those families who have participated in our SCHOOL CAPITAL CAMPAIGN over the past year. We are very close to our goal of 1.5 million, but we are not there yet. I am very grateful to those who have pledged and contributed, allowing us to go forward. I am encouraging those who have not  contributed to think about doing so. These improvements will last for many years to come and what a  wonderful legacy we will leave for generations to come.

7. Thanks to all those who RANG BELLS FOR INTERFAITH HUMAN SERVICES CAMPAIGN again this year. All of our time slots were filled with parishioners and friends who cheerfully rang. We had many sign up on the substitute list, willing to help as well. Thanks and God bless those who made this event a huge  success for the churches of our area.

8. I personally want to thank all PARISHIONERS who have been so very supportive to me and your priests over the past year. As you all know, it has not been easy for the church at this time and by default for your priests either. But the notes and letters of encouragement, the prayers prayed, and the good wishes have been very heartwarming to me, Fr. Antony and Fr. Jonathan. May God bless us all as we continue to journey together until the day when we can all rejoice around the Heavenly throne of God Himself.

9.And of course, I am so very grateful to GOD HIMSELF for watching over us here at Our Lady of Victory and giving us the grace to continue to be a parish family, made in His image and likeness. May He bless us and may our parish continue to be a light shining brightly with His love and kindness. 

And finally, we celebrate the FEAST OF EPIPHANY this weekend.  “Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world. The great feast of Epiphany celebrates the  adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi) from the East, together with his baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee.  In the magi, representatives of the neighboring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation. The magi's coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the star of David, the one who will be king of the nations. Their coming means that pagans can discover Jesus and worship him as Son of God and Savior of the world only by turning towards the Jews and receiving from them the messianic promise as contained in the Old Testament.”  I include this passage from the Catholic Catechism encouraging us all, especially our parish, to manifest God’s love to all this New Year. 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A little boy in church for the first time watched as the ushers passed around the offering plates. When they came near his pew, the boy said loudly, “Don’t pay for me, Daddy, I’m under five.”

 

December 30, 2018

posted Dec 27, 2018, 7:49 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR….MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Tuesday we CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S DAY. Once again, I found portions of the words of Pope Francis in his address, giving us the meaning of this day -

The year opens in the name of the Mother. Mother of God is the most important title of Our Lady.  But we might ask why we say Mother of God and not Mother of Jesus.  In the past, some wanted to be content simply with the latter, but the Church has declared that Mary is the Mother of God.  We should be grateful because these words contain a magnificent truth about God and about ourselves.  From the moment that our Lord became incarnate in Mary, and for all time, he took on our humanity.  There is no longer God without man; the flesh Jesus took from his Mother is our own, now and for all eternity.  To call Mary the Mother of God reminds us of this: God is close to humanity, even as a child is close to the mother who bears Him in her womb….

 

Devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette; it is a requirement of the Christian life. Looking to the      Mother, we are asked to leave behind all sorts of useless baggage and to rediscover what really        matters. The gift of the Mother, the gift of every mother and every woman, is most precious for the Church, for she too is mother and woman.  While a man often abstracts, affirms and imposes ideas, a woman, a mother, knows how to “keep”, to put things together in her heart, to give life.  If our faith is not to be reduced merely to an idea or a doctrine, all of us need a mother’s heart, one which knows how to keep the tender love of God and to feel the heartbeat of all around us.  May the Mother, God’s finest human creation, guard and keep this year, and bring the peace of her Son to our hearts and to our world.

 

May Mary this day continue to bring us her Son, reminding us that God is close to us at every            moment of our lives. Masses will be celebrated on Monday, December 31 at 4:00 PM and on        Tuesday, January 1 at 8:00 and 10:00 AM.  Please note the slight time change of the morning        Masses on New Year’s Day.  The RECTORY WILL BE CLOSED on New Year’s Eve as well as New Year’s Day.  We will reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd at 8:30am.

 

On Wednesday, January 2 we will have only ONE MASS at 9:00 AM, but THERE WILL BE ALL DAY ADORATION STARTING AFTER THE 9:00 AM Mass until 7:00pm.

 

On a personal note, I know that over the past 2 weeks, we have had to make adjustments in the        regular schedule. But please understand that your priests are only human and enjoy celebrating the holidays as well.  After a non-stop December confession circuit, preparing for the Christmas               celebrations and actually celebrating the great mysteries, it was draining.  We too need a little time to pull ourselves back together.  So I do hope and pray that parishioners will understand the SLIGHT CHANGES over the 2 weeks of Christmas and New Year’s.  Thank you for your understanding.

 

In the name of Fr. Antony, Fr. Jonathon, Deacon Dave and myself, I want to THANK all parishioners who sent us Christmas wishes and Christmas treats.  We do appreciate the kindness and generosity of all those who thought of us.  It is so nice and heartwarming to know that so many people took the time to think of us.  May God bless you and may we continue to grow together this New Year.  Now, I must get on the treadmill (once again) and try to work off all those goodies.  But, they sure went down very nicely.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A minister was planning a wedding at the close of the Sunday morning service. After the benediction, he had planned to call the couple down to be married for a brief          ceremony before the congregation.  For the life of him, he couldn't think of the names of those who were to be married. "Will those wanting to get married please come to the front?" he                          requested.     Immediately, nine single ladies, three widows, four widowers, and six single men stepped to the front.

 

December 23, 2018

posted Dec 21, 2018, 5:27 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, in just a few hours we will be celebrating the BIRTH OF OUR LORD JESUS. I was wondering what I can say to you when I came upon this short reflection by our Holy Father.  I think he sums up best what Christmas day should mean for all  people.  Please let me share it with you.

 Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger,    because there was no place for them in the inn”  Luke 2:7.

    In these plain and clear words, Luke brings us to the heart of the event that changes our history        forever.  Everything that night became a source of  hope.  Mary and Joseph, for whom there              was no room, are the first to embrace the one comes to give all of us our document of                        citizenship.  The one who in His poverty and humility proclaims and shows that true power                and authentic freedom are shown in honoring and assisting the weak and the frail.  That night the      one who  no place to be born is proclaimed to those shepherds who had no place in the town.         The faith we proclaim makes us see God present in all those situations where we think God is           absent.  God is present in the unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through               our  cities and our neighborhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our doors.  In the           Child of Bethlehem, God comes to meet us and make us active sharers in the life around us.            God offers Himself to us so that we can take Him into our arms, lift Him and embrace Him.                 So that in Him we will not be afraid to take into our arms, raise up and embrace the thirsty,                 the stranger, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned (Mt. 25:35-36).  In this child, God invites                   us to be messengers of hope and agents of God’s hospitality.

May the birth of the Christ Child remind us of the dignity of a child of God and see others in the same light. God bless and Merry Christmas (even though a day early).

 

Please take special note of the CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S DAY MASS 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!

 

The rectory is closed from Friday afternoon through Monday and Tuesday and will reopen on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26th AT NOON.  Please keep all calls to emergencies only and take note of the times for the Masses so that calls to the rectory can be kept at a minimum.  Thank you for your understanding at this busy time of the year for your priests.

 

Also, due to the Christmas celebration, there will be only ONE MASS ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26  which will be celebrated at 9:00 AM. ALL DAY ADORATION WILL BE CANCELED ON WEDNESDAY, ALSO. This will allow your priests and staff to be with family and friends to enjoy the Christmas season.  All too often we want to “rush back into the swing of things.”  May these days of Christmas slow us down, allowing us to celebrate and enjoy the wonderful gift God has given us in Jesus Christ through the love and friendship of family and friends.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - As in many homes on New Year's Day, Sam and his wife faced the annual conflict of which was more important - the football games on television, or the dinner itself. To keep the peace, Sam ate dinner with the rest of the family and even lingered for some pleasant after-dinner conversation before retiring to the family room to turn on the game.  Several minutes later, his daughter came downstairs and graciously even bought a cold drink for him with her. She smiled, kissed him on the cheek and asked what the score was. Sam told her it was the end of the third quarter and that the score was still nothing to nothing. "See?" his little girl said, continuing to smile, "You didn't miss a thing.”

 

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