June 10, 2018

posted Jun 8, 2018, 6:15 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   I would like to invite all parishioners into joining a wonderful and needed project that we are about to undertake.  As you know, we had a CAPITAL CAMPAIGN a few years ago.  With those funds we replaced the church roof, replaced the carpet and pews.  We added security around the church and school.  We replaced the school windows, added additional cameras and replaced the exterior doors on the school.  This summer we will replace all the interior doors in the school.  These improvements and upgrades are just a few, but not all, of the things that were completed.  And so we are in the process of continuing the Capital Campaign for a brief time.  There are some things that still need to be done and I am hoping we can finish them off over the next 2 years.  What are those things that were left undone?  There are three of them. I would like to air condition the school, reconfigure the school cafeteria, kitchen and locker rooms and add an extra security entrance to the main entrance of the school, off of the parkway.  These 3 projects would “complete the work needed for the school” and give us additional security.  Plans have been in the making for a while now.  We are in a silent phase right now and very shortly we will be ready to go forward parish-wide.  Mr. Andrew Charney has agreed to be the chairperson for this project, with Joe and Susan Rogacs and Matt Lingle being co-chairs.  Tom Songer, Dolores Taricani and Bob Leahey are serving on the Steering  Committee.  The cost of the entire project is 1.5 million dollars, with the quiet phase now on-going.  I will be holding a parish-wide meeting in the gym on July 16th at 6:30 to explain more about this project.  We are then hoping to send out a letter and a pledge card afterwards asking for your financial support.  Just from the feedback that we have gotten already from parents of school children and parishioners in general, there is much excitement.  We want our children to be secure; we want our children to receive the best education possible within the best facility; we want to be able to utilize the existing spaces in the school in the best possible way.  Therefore I am asking parishioner help to make this happen.  On a personal note, I am undertaking this project with a leap of faith.  I was a little hesitant in undertaking this project and then asking for financial support.  But parents and other parishioners both assured me that they felt this can be accomplished, making Our Lady of Victory School (Pre-K to 8th grade) a true model of what elementary schools should be.  It is our hope that everything will be finished for the new school year 2019-20. I pray that God will bless us in this endeavor.  I am confident that we will succeed with the help of all parishioners who want to make our school and church a “light shining on a hill” as Jesus wished.  Please mark your calendars for July 16th at 6:30 and plan to be with us as we begin this journey in faith. 

As Jesus often left His disciples and went off to the mountain or seashore to be alone with His Father, so too is each priest called yearly to do the same. This week, Fr. Jonathan will be on the DIOCESAN PRIEST RETREAT.  Please keep him in your prayers. This time alone with the Lord is a very special time.

Next weekend, our parish will participate in the DIOCESAN MISSIONARY CO-OP PLAN. As you recall from past years, each parish is assigned a missionary to preach at all Masses asking for our financial support.  This year our missionary is coming to us from St. Vincent’s Monastery in Latrobe.  We welcome Father to our parish.

As we did for our mothers, this weekend you will find FATHER’S DAY CARDS at the entrances of the church.  Next week we will honor our fathers throughout the weekend. If you would like your father remembered at all the Masses, please take a card, fill it out and return it to the rectory.  The cards will be placed in front of God’s altar all weekend.

There will be a training session for NEW LECTORS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS on June 12th at 7:15pm in the church.  I am appreciative of those men and women who are willing to give their time and talents for the church and ultimately the glory of God.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The little boy was getting 'poor' grades in school. One day he surprised the teacher.  He tapped her on the shoulder and said, "I don't want to scare you, but my daddy says if I don't get better grades . . . somebody is going to get a spanking . . ."

 

June 3, 2018

posted Jun 1, 2018, 5:31 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this Sunday we celebrate THE SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST, also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to "Body of Christ." This feast originated in France in the mid-thirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Trinity Sunday or, as in the USA, on the Sunday following that feast. This feast calls us to focus on two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist, and the Church. The primary purpose of this feast is to focus our attention on the Eucharist. The opening prayer at Mass calls our attention to Jesus' suffering and death and our worship of Him, especially in the Eucharist. At every Mass, our attention is called to the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ in it. The secondary focus of this feast is upon the Body of Christ as it is present in the Church. The Church is called the Body of Christ because of the intimate communion which Jesus shares with his disciples. He expresses this in the gospels by using the metaphor of a body in which He is the head. This image helps to keep in focus both the unity and the diversity of the Church. The Feast of Corpus Christi is commonly used as an opportunity for public Eucharistic processions, which serves as a sign of common faith and adoration. Our worship of Jesus in His Body and Blood calls us to offer to God our Father a pledge of undivided love and an offering of ourselves to the  service of others.

 

I want to take this time to CONGRATULATE OUR 8TH GRADE CLASS of OLV School on their graduation.  Graduation is always a happy time but at the same time a sad experience with leaving familiar surroundings.  I hope and pray that the 8 or so years spent at Our Lady of Victory formed in them a firm foundation in their lives with the Lord Jesus.  Yes, our school formed them academically, giving them the tools needed to move on to the next level of their education.  But for me, it also gave them the living experience with the Risen Lord.  That experience by far outweighs anything they can learn in the academic field.  Many might disagree with me; however, if one does not have a loving relationship with Jesus, then one has nothing, as St. Paul says, “I consider everything as loss except the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  May God bless you and keep you always.  We will celebrate a Graduation Mass for the 8th graders on Friday, June 8 at 7:00 PM.  Parishioners are  invited to attend.

 

As Jesus often left His disciples and went off to the mountain or seashore to be alone with His  Father, so too is each priest called yearly to do the same. This week, Fr. Antony will be on the DIOCESAN PRIEST RETREAT at St. Vincent’s Monastery in Latrobe.   Please keep him and the all the priests on retreat in your prayers. This is also the time for the annual Deacon’s retreat, so Deacon Dave will also be on retreat.  Please keep him and all the deacons on retreat in your prayers. This time alone with the Lord is a very special time for them all.

 

As we did for our mother’s, this weekend you will find FATHER’S DAY CARDS at the entrances of the church.  In three weeks we will honor our fathers throughout the weekend. If you would like your father remembered at all the Masses, please take a card, fill it out and return it to the rectory.  The cards will be placed in front of God’s altar all weekend.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A father likes to read his two young sons fairy tales at night. Having a deep-rooted sense of humor, he often ad-libs parts of the stories for fun.  One day his youngest son was sitting in his first-grade class as the teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs. She came to the part of the story where the first pig was trying to acquire building materials for his home. She said, "And so the pig went up to the man with a wheelbarrow full of straw and said, "Pardon me sir, but might I have some of that straw with which to build my house?" Then the teacher asked the class, "And what do you think that man said?"  My friend's son raised his hand and said, "I know! I know! He said: "Holy smokes! A talking pig!"  Note: The teacher was unable to teach for the next 10 minutes.

 

May 27, 2018

posted May 25, 2018, 5:45 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, MEMORIAL DAY, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those who lost their lives while fighting in the Civil War. But  during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.  For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.  We will remember at the 9:00 AM Mass on Monday, those who sacrificed their lives.  It will be the only Mass that day.  The RECTORY WILL BE CLOSED on Monday allowing staff and priests to enjoy the day.  Regular office hours will  resume on Tuesday.

 

                                                                          Memorial Day Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, on this day of remembrance for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day, we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Please hold our servicemen and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and your presence as they stand in the gap for our protection. We also remember the families of our troops. We ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes, and we pray your peace, provision, hope and strength will fill their lives. May the members of our armed forces be supplied with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord's mighty power to accomplish each task. Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen

 

We will celebrate the SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK this Wednesday at 6:00 PM. For those wishing to be anointed, suffering with an illness, please plan to be with us. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will end at 5:00 PM allowing time for the church to be “changed over” for the         celebration.  Just a reminder to all that this sacrament is not to be viewed as the kiss of death, but one of healing and life. 

 

The NEW WEEKDAY LECTOR SCHEDULE was sent out for the month of June.  If you did not receive yours, please call the rectory for your copy.  Once again, I want to thank all those who volunteered to read at the 7:00 and 9:00 AM Masses.  It is so nice to see more people wanting to become involved in the ministries of the church.  Thank you all!

 

The PARISH COUNCIL had its last meeting for the year.  Now we can take the summer off and enjoy all that the summer brings.  However, I am looking for some replacements for those who are leaving the Council.  I do rely on the Council for their advice and guidance.  This Board has and is a big help to me as I make the final decisions for the parish.  Therefore, if there is anyone interested in being part of the Parish Council, please submit your name to me or to Betty by August 1.  You can submit someone else’s name if you wish.  I will contact them to see if they are interested in running.  Before the September meeting, I will draw the names “from a hat” and they will be then placed on the Council.  Again, please nominate by August 1.

 

There will be a TRAINING SESSION ON JUNE 12 AT 7:15 PM in the Church for those wishing to be trained as LECTORS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS for our parish. This training will be for new parishioners wanting to participate in this ministry.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - 65-Year-Old Mother -- New Baby - With all the new technology regarding fertility, a 65-year-old woman was able to give birth to a baby recently.  When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, her relatives came to visit. "May we see the new baby?" one asked.  "Not yet," said the mother. "I'll make coffee and we can visit for a while first."  Thirty minutes had passed, and another relative asked, "May we see the new baby now?"  "No, not yet," said the mother.  After another few minutes had elapsed, they asked again, "May we see the baby now?"  "No, not yet," replied the mother sternly.  Growing very impatient, they asked, "Well, when CAN we see the baby?"  "WHEN HE CRIES!" she told them.  "WHEN HE CRIES??" they demanded. "Why do we have to wait until he CRIES??"  "BECAUSE... I forgot where I put him!"

 

May 20, 2018

posted May 18, 2018, 7:30 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, There is probably no sacrament more                   misunderstood than the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. And it likely goes back to the time when it was called Extreme Unction—the Last Anointing. In their attempt to revitalize all seven sacraments, the bishops of Vatican II not only looked at the way each sacrament was celebrated, but the theology behind each  celebration. In the case of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, they renewed the theology, gave it a new name, and revised the ritual. Let’s look at what they did and why. Moments of mental or physical illness can be times of crisis. They can mean a time of loss and pain, a time of insight and growth, or anything in between (cf. CCC 1501). Regardless, our loving God wants to be a part of our experience. He wants to share our lives with us, the bad and the good (cf. CCC 1503). But his presence and support often comes in and through the Church—our faith community. The kind words and help that we receive from others are a part of this, for God works through human means. We need to pay attention to how God works through them. The Church can officially support us through the sacraments.  In the case of an illness, that support comes in the form of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick (cf. CCC 1511). And, as the ritual clearly states, the focus is life, health, and well-being. But we must remember that a part of the fullness of life is our spiritual lives with God, which begun at Baptism and will inevitably lead to death and resurrection (cf. CCC 1523). Clearly recognizing that human frailty is a part of the reality of life, our loving God is with us through this sacrament to strengthen us when our minds or bodies grow weak. Thus, a person facing a significant surgery is encouraged to avail themselves of this sacrament (cf. CCC 1515), as well as the aged or seriously ill (cf. CCC 1513). The bishops at Vatican II were realistic in recognizing human illness and frailty. If death should be the result of the illness, God and his Church assist the journey into new life by offering the Eucharist as Viaticum. Just as the Eucharist nourished us throughout life, so it is nourishment for our travels into new life. This sacrament, then, is not to be viewed as the kiss of death, but one of healing and life. (From Franciscan Media) Our Lady of Victory will celebrate the SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING on Wednesday, May 30 at 6:00 PM.  I know it still is a few weeks away, but I wanted notice to go out so nursing homes and individuals will be able to make arrangements to be with us.  For those wishing to be anointed, you are most warmly encouraged to attend this beautiful Mass of Anointing.

 

Because this Mass will be celebrated on a Wednesday, ALL DAY ADORATION on the 30th will end at 5:00pm allowing the priests to set up the church for the liturgy.

 

THANK YOU…THANK YOU…THANK YOU…our Diocesan Ministries Appeal has reached a grand total of $227,417.00 on 531 pledges.  This amount is $85,180.00 over our goal of $142,237.  The monies over goal will be used to upgrade the school cafeteria, install air conditioning in the school and improve security even more.  I am very grateful to all who are participating in this Appeal.  Not only is it helping here at OLV, but it is also allowing us to help those in need throughout the Diocese.  There are still about 1500 pledge cards outstanding.  If you have not contributed as yet, please consider doing so.  May God bless all who have given so generously to the Appeal.

 

And as a note to the above announcement, I will be speaking to the parish community about the undertaking we will be beginning concerning the UPGRADES TO THE SCHOOL.  We are now getting things in proper order and in the very near future I will be holding a parish wide meeting in the school gym outlining in more detail the plans we have.  More information will be coming in the bulletin and at a special meeting.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A Secretary's Rules For The Boss: "Rules Of Work"

1.   Never give me work in the morning. Always wait until 4 PM and then bring it to me. The challenge of a              deadline is refreshing.

2.   If it is really a rush job, run in and interrupt me every 10 minutes to inquire how it is going. That helps. Even better, hover behind me, and advise me at every keystroke.

3.   Always leave without telling anyone where you are going. It gives me a chance to be creative when some one asks where you are.

4. If my arms are full of papers, boxes, books or supplies, do not open the door for me. I need to learn how to function as a paraplegic and opening doors with no arms is good training in case I should ever be

injured and lose all use of my limbs.

5.   If you give me more than one job to do, do not tell me which is a priority. I am psychic. Do your best to keep me late. I adore this office and really have nowhere to go or anything to do. I have no life beyond work.

 

May 6, 2018

posted May 5, 2018, 10:23 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  as you know from your own personal life, many times the good that we do goes unnoticed.  I believe that if we are following the gospel that is the way it should be.  Our good deeds are not done for recognition or honor; but they are done, hopefully and  ultimately for the glory of God and then for the good of one another.  Why do I begin with this?  As you know, over the years Our Lady of Victory contributes to INTERFAITH HUMAN SERVICES. This  organization is comprised of around 33 churches in the State College Area reaching out to those in need.  Msgr. David Lockard began our participation in this organization and we have continued to participate in two of their outreach programs – the Christmas Time Bell Ringing and the Free Furniture Program.  We participate through the contributions given by our parish through envelopes in your packets and through gifts from the Charitable Giving program in our parish.  Our funds are restricted for the Free Furniture program.  We sort of “adopted” this initiative with Interfaith Human Services.  A few weeks ago, we received a letter from the Director.  I would like to share with you the letter she sent:

 

                “Dear Kathy (Hershbine, our representative to IHS), Thank you so much for continuing to advocate for the Free Furniture and Appliance Recycling Program.  I was delighted to receive a  generous donation from Our Lady of Victory last week.

                Thank you for supporting this valuable program.  I want to share a recent story with you, which I will share in my letter to Father Dadey as well (and she did).

                We worked with a single mother of two children.  She had just left the ‘Women’s Resource Center’ after escaping a violent partner.  She started her life over in an apartment, but the children have to sleep on air mattresses with no furniture.

                Harry (the man who supervises this program) worked with her so she could decide what she needed for her new home.  The apartment is now fully furnished and her children have beds to sleep on.  She was able to save hundreds of dollars on furniture and appliances that she could put toward rebuilding her life.

                Thank you for making these success stories possible, Kathy.  I’m grateful to have your  support.”

Wendy Vinhege (Director)

 

Over 19 households were helped, 40 people helped and 125 pieces of furniture was distributed for the month of February. I just wanted the parish to know this since our charity so often goes unnoticed.  We do not seek our own interests very often, but every once and a while it is nice to be acknowledged through the above letter.  As your pastor, I am very grateful for your continued generosity as we reach out to help all of God’s children. OLV truly is a light in a sometimes dark world.

 

And speaking of your generosity, I again want to THANK ALL PARISHIONERS FOR A WONDERFUL EASTER COLLECTION. The Easter collection totaled $50,629.00, a little more than last year.  I am grateful to parishioners for all contributions.  May God bless you!

 

This Thursday is ASCENSION THURSDAY, A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. Now that the Lord’s work is done on earth, it is time for the disciples to continue spreading the Word through their preaching and through their lives.  Masses will be celebrated on Wednesday at 6:00 PM, Thursday at 7:00AM, 9:00 AM (School Mass) and 12:05 PM.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – MORE REASONS MEN SHOULD JOIN THE CHOIR:

· For the fitness buffs, singing in the Choir is not only heart healthy, it's soul healthy. But there are no monthly membership fees, and it's a lot easier on the knees than jogging.

· If you think you've done everything there is to do, and there are no great challenges left in life, try singing with us and staying on pitch, guys.

· Choir rehearsal lasts half as long as a professional football game, but is at least twice as satisfying. (Don't worry, though, the rehearsals are on Wednesday, not Monday Nights.)

· When people ask you whether you've been behaving yourself, you can say with the utmost sincerity, "Hey, I'm a Choir Boy."

 

April 29, 2018

posted Apr 27, 2018, 7:40 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we come to the END OF ANOTHER          RELIGIOUS EDUCATION YEAR, I want to thank all the teachers and aides who made the year so special for our children.  Volunteering as a religious education teacher seems at times to be a thankless job.  To be faithful for 9 months of the year for almost every Sunday involves dedication and commitment.  I am so very grateful that we had men and women who were dedicated to the church’s mission of bringing the Good News into the hearts of all God’s children.  Like I said before, many times it is a thankless job.  We do not see the results of our work immediately.  We wonder if anything we say or do will make a difference.  I have been dealing with that dilemma for over 37 years in my priesthood.  All we (and I) can do is to leave the work that we have done up to God to bring to fruition.  We can only plant the seed and we must then step back and let God grow the faith with the cooperation of each individual’s heart.  And so to Jim Hoy and all the teachers and all the aides, please know that I am totally grateful for your dedication this year.  May God bless you for your assistance.  Now take a rest and know that in some small way you helped in spreading the Kingdom of God upon this earth.

 

And along those same lines, I want to THANK Mary Ann Spychalski and her team for a wonderful year           conducting the R.C.I.A. program for the parish.  Each year they prepare 7-10 people to make their entrance into full communion with the Catholic Church. Again, it is a lot of work to make this a successful program and that is why I am so grateful to Mary Ann and her group for undertaking a tremendous job.  May God bless you for all the time and effort that was put in to bring the fullness of the Catholic Church into the lives of our newly initiated.

 

This weekend MOTHER’S DAY ENVELOPES are at the entrances of the church for those who wish to       remember their mothers, either living or deceased on Mother’s Day.  As usual, the envelopes will be placed before God’s altar on Mother’s Day, asking God to bless those moms still with us or to bring to eternal life those moms who have died.  Please take an envelope, fill it out and return it to the rectory.

 

Just a reminder to our NEW WEEKDAY LECTORS – your schedule begins this Tuesday, May 1.  A new monthly schedule will be sent out each month either through mail or e-mail.  If Betty does not have your e-mail address please make sure she has it. I appreciate your willingness to come forth and volunteer thereby fulfilling the Church’s injunction that she have “full and active participation by the laity” for its liturgical celebrations.  Thanks and God bless.

 

I want to THANK all those who are planning to and those who have contributed to the DIOCESAN MINISTRY DRIVE 2018. The totals are absolutely terrific!  So far, 493 pledges we have coming in promising $190,117.00.  When we place that against our goal of $142,237.00, we have $47,880.00 being returned to the church for school cafeteria improvements, enhanced school security, and school air conditioning.  I am so very grateful to all those who are contributing to this important drive.  You are helping people throughout the Diocese as well as our own parish.  May God bless you for your kindness and generosity to all of God’s people throughout our area.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Reasons Why Men Should Join the Choir . . . .

- Rehearsals are every Thursday night. Which means that for those few hours, you will significantly reduce your risk of contracting tendonitis from nonstop operation of a television remote control or computer mouse.

- Because you wear a choir robe every Sunday, you are liberated from a task many men find quite                    challenging: finding clothes that match properly.

- From your special vantage point every Sunday, in which you look out at the entire congregation from the choir seats, you will develop interesting new hobbies. Among these is a little guessing game called "Who's Praying, Who's Sleeping?"

- On the other hand, sitting in full view of 400-500 people on a weekly basis makes it much less likely that you yourself will give in to a chronic lack of sleep. Although it has been known to happen.

- If you think your singing in the shower sounds good now, just wait till you've been singing with us for a few weeks.

- Singing in a choir is one of the few activities for men that does not require electronic equipment or               expensive power tools. This could be good for the family budget.

 

April 22, 2018

posted Apr 20, 2018, 6:10 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, please read the following SECURITY          UPDATE FOR OLV PARISH AND SCHOOL.  We have all been shocked and saddened by the events we have witnessed over the last few months involving violence on school grounds and in churches across our Country. I just wanted to take a moment to assure you that are being proactive are very engaged with this issue, and have taken and are taking actions to improve the safety of all of our parishioners and our most precious possession, your children, our students. Over the last few years at Our Lady of Victory, you may have observed the upgrades we have done on our school’s  exterior windows and doors, the Pre-school entrance modification, as well as the enhanced exterior lighting and signage. Additionally, we have improved classroom-to-office communications and have increased our video surveillance both in and outside the Parish buildings expanding from about 12 to well over 50 cameras. We continue to explore other facility options for enhanced security and will be installing new classroom doors this summer. Additionally, we have been engaged for quite some time with the State College Police Department for expanded support to our school.  The OLV Security Committee has recently completed, after a 90-day posting for public comment, its Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for the Parish and is in the process of  developing a consolidated training concept for the OLV Schools and Office staffs.  We are reorganizing our ushers to better assist you.  We are also planning on hiring a full-time security guard for our Parish schools for the upcoming school year.  Finally, we now have mutual aid agreements for safe haven support with both the State College School District and the Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania (YSCP) School just down Westerly Parkway. While we understand that there is no way to provide a 100% guarantee of protection against all the possible threats that exist, we do feel confident that we are doing as much as we can, or should, to ensure all our parishioners, our students and our families are safe and feel comfortable being here at OLV.  If you have any questions concerning safety or security, please feel free to contact me or Andy Mazzara, the head of our OLV Security Committee.

I want to THANK Andy Mazzara and the Security Council for their work in making our school and      parish a safe place to learn and worship.  Like it was stated above, no place is 100% safe; but we are trying to make our grounds as safe as possible.  Thanks everyone.

Next Saturday, April 28th, our parish will celebrate FIRST HOLY COMMUNION for our 2nd graders at 10:30am.  I want to congratulate all those who will be receiving Jesus for the first time in Holy  Communion.  May the Lord dwell within their hearts at all time and may they come to know of Jesus’ loving presence throughout their lives.  God bless them all.

Because of the celebration of First Holy Communion, THE REGULAR CONFESSION SCHEDULE FOR 9:45am has been canceled. This allows time for us to prepare for this celebration.  Thank you for your understanding for the need to cancel the scheduled time.

As you can see when you drive onto our parish grounds, thanks to a generous donation from Barbara Mahute, who has a special love for the pre-school, the PRE-SCHOOL FENCE AND PLAY AREA is undergoing a transformation.  The new fence will offer more protection for our little ones as they play in the yard.  Once again, the project is being accomplished by our own maintenance crew, thereby saving us much in labor as from an outside firm.  When it is finally finished, I am sure it will be a  welcomed addition to our school, especially for the safety of our pre-school students.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – More Actual Instructions:

ON A KOREAN KITCHEN KNIFE - Warning: keep out of children.

ON A STRING OF CHINESE MADE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS - For indoor or outdoor use only.

ON A JAPANESE FOOD PROCESSOR - Not to be used for the other use.

ON SAINSBURY'S PEANUTS - Warning: contains nuts.

ON AN AMERICAN AIRLINES PACKET OF NUTS - Instructions: open packet, eat nuts.

ON A SWEDISH CHAINSAW - Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands.

 

April 15, 2018

posted Apr 13, 2018, 5:29 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  now that we are a few weeks from the EASTER VIGIL celebration, I had a little time to ponder that experience.  For me, it was one of the most beautiful Easter Vigil’s I have experienced.  The whole two hours seemed like a few minutes to me.  I want to thank all those who attended the Vigil.  The church was full, for the first time in my five years.  Yes, it was well attended in previous years; but this year, the church was filled.  The participation by those in attendance was outstanding.  The music was very beautiful and uplifting.  With the added instruments, I felt the music truly ascended to the heavens, giving God all the glory and honor He  deserves.  And the singing of Handel’s Messiah truly summed up the whole liturgy.  Almost everyone stayed to hear it.  I had so many compliments over the music chosen and sung.  Thank you to Joe and everyone who was involved with the music.  I want to thank all those who were received into the church.  As I was administering the sacraments to them, I could see in their eyes the joy and happiness of becoming one with us at the altar of God.  I considered it truly a blessing to be God’s instrument in bringing them into the fullness of the Catholic Church.  And again, my thanks is given to all those who decorated the church, making it look so beautiful and through the decorations giving the glory to God.  Overall, the whole Holy Week celebrations leading up to the Easter Vigil and Easter Day hopefully renewed our parish in Easter joy as we proclaimed, “Jesus is Risen.  Indeed He is!”  May God bless you all.

 

I want to take this time to tell you how very proud I am of your generosity towards the Diocese and our parish.  Our total so far for the 2018 CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE is very impressive.  With 420 pledges received, we have $162,185.00 pledged towards our goal of $142,237.00.  Already we have $19,948.00 being returned to the parish for major improvements to the cafeteria and increased security for the school. I am very proud of the response.  Not only are we helping out many people through the Diocesan Ministries; but we are also contributing to the improvements in the school.  I believe that we are one of the few parishes who have already reached their goal with monies coming back.  I extend my thanks to all who contributed so far and encourage those who have not contributed to consider doing so.  Thank you all from the heart of a grateful pastor.

 

This Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM, Bishop Mark will be with us to CELEBRATE THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION for our 11th grade students.  We welcome him to our parish and I pray that with the conferral of this sacrament, our 11th graders will be strengthened by the Spirit of God to be courageous witnesses to the presence of the Risen Lord in the world.  Welcome Bishop Mark and congratulations to our young adults.

 

Just a little help – OFFICE HOURS for the rectory begins at 9:00 AM and goes till 12:00 PM.  After lunch, the office will resume business hours from 1:00 PM till 4:00 PM.  The office staff will arrive at 8:00 AM, but please allow them to get themselves situated – coats off, desk’s cleared, a cup of coffee gotten and things in proper order.  It is very difficult at times to answer phones and help someone at 8:01 AM.  Please allow us to “get our heads together first.”  Thanks.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Actual Instructions - The following are actual instructions found on the named items.

1. ON HAIRDRYER INSTRUCTIONS - Do not use while sleeping.

2. ON A BAG OF FRITOS - You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside.

3. ON A BAR OF DIAL SOAP - Directions: Use like regular soap.

4. ON A FROZEN DINNER - Serving suggestion: Defrost.

5. ON A HOTEL-PROVIDED SHOWER CAP IN A BOX - Fits one head.

6. ON TIRIMISU DESERT - Do not turn upside down. (Printed on the bottom of the box.)

7. ON MARKS & SPENCER BREAD PUDDING - Product will be hot after heating.

8. ON PACKAGING FOR A ROWENTA IRON - Do not iron clothes on body.

9. ON CHILDRENS COUGH MEDICINE - Do not drive car or operate machinery.

10. ON NYTOL (A SLEEP AID) - Warning: may cause drowsiness.

 

April 8, 2018

posted Apr 6, 2018, 11:53 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, the Sunday after Easter was designated by St. Pope John Paul II as DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY. The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.  The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:

 

          A - Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

          B - Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

          C - Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.

 

This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.  The message and devotional practices proposed in the Diary of Saint Faustina are completely in accordance with the teachings of Church and are firmly rooted in the Gospel message of our Merciful Savior. Properly understood and implemented, they will help us grow as genuine followers of Christ.  Spend time to learn more about the mercy of God, learn to trust in Jesus, and live your life as merciful to others, as Christ is merciful to you.  The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed after the 9:30 Mass this Sunday.

 

I would like to THANK all those who made our Holy Week and Easter celebrations so spiritually uplifting for the parish.  I thank Joe, Mary and the choirs for their musical support and beautiful assistance in our prayer.  Thanks is extended to all those who exercised their ministries in our church – ushers, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers and greeters.  My thanks is given to those who decorated the church and to those who arranged the reception in the Activities Center after the Easter Vigil Mass.  Big thanks to those who contributed to the priest’s reception after our Penance Service.  If I have forgotten anyone, please forgive me.  As your pastor, I am so very grateful that we have such an active and alive parish with many who are willing to give of themselves for the good of all.  God bless.

 

ON A PERSONAL NOTE – I want to THANK all parishioners and friends who extended to me, Fr. Antony and Fr. Jonathan their Easter Blessings through cards and goodies that came into the rectory.  I cannot tell you how much iced cookies and chocolate tasted after not having them for 40 days.  As  always, it is heartwarming to know how much parishioners do care about their priests.  May God bless you all.

 

Next Sunday at 3:00 PM, we will CELEBRATE THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION for our 11th graders with Bishop Mark.  Parishioners are invited to attend this celebration with the Bishop.  If you do come to the Confirmation Mass, understand that it does count for your Sunday obligation.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Exercise For Seniors

· Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.

· With a 5-lb. potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides, and hold them                           there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, then relax.

· Each day, you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

· After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb. potato sacks.

· Then 50-lb. potatoes sacks, and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb. potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute.

· After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks; but be careful.

 

April 1, 2018

posted Apr 3, 2018, 12:32 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA…..THE LORD IS RISEN! What beautiful words these are.  I found the following words from St. Pope John Paul II truly to be uplifting and comforting.  So instead of my words to you, I felt that I would let you read what he proclaimed on Easter Sunday:

             Surrexit Dominus de sepulchro qui pro nobis pependit in ligno. He is risen, the One who was nailed to the Cross for us; the Lord has left the tomb. These are the final and definitive words of the days of the Triduum Sacrum: after the words of the Last Supper, and of the prayer in Gethsemani, and those of Good Friday. "Ecce lignum Crucis, in quo salus mundi pependit". After the profound silence of Holy Saturday, at daybreak on Easter morn there resounds the proclamation: "Surrexit, non est hic" (Mk 16:6 "God raised him on the third day and made him manifest" (Acts 10:40) to those who would be witnesses of his Resurrection (cf. 3:15). The One who died hanging on the Cross is alive; "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon" (Lk 24:34). Today, the Successor of Peter bears witness once again to the Lord's Resurrection. Pascha Domini Nostri Jesu Christi: Brothers and Sisters, it is the Passover of the Lord…

“The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone" (Ps 118:22; cf. Mt 21:42). "Stone rejected", stone rebuffed! How better could be expressed what happened on Good Friday? "Away with him, away with him, crucify him!", The crowd had cried. "Shall I crucify your King?" Pilate had asked. "We have no king but Caesar" (Jn 19:15), insisted the high priests. "He ought to die, because he has made himself the Son of God" (Jn 19:7). And he did die, the Son of God! We have contemplated the agony of the "Author of life" (Acts 3:15). We have observed his shameful death on the Cross.

      And today? If the tomb is empty, if he is alive, has it not proved true what the Roman centurion, upon seeing how Christ died, had declared: "Truly this was the Son of God" (Mt 27:54)? And if he is risen, is he not indeed, in the history of humanity, the corner-stone and the keystone of the divine edifice? Yes! It is God  himself who builds upon him the New Covenant of faith, hope and love. The Covenant of love and immortality: because "he knows not the corruption of death, the Lord of life...".

       "This is the work of the Lord, a marvel in our eyes" (Ps 118:23). Yes! We are witnesses of the marvel; witnesses of the power of God. Divine power, which is Life made manifest and communicated to give a new face to existence and to the hopes of the men and women of our day too. Power which reveals goodness and condemns evil and its tragic consequences. Divine power, which is the source of fresh vitality, capable of  softening even hardened hearts and renewing courage in those who, having lost their way, wander aimlessly, pilgrims of the void. Divine power, which is the condition of the true freedom for the human race, to whom it proclaims, today and always: Love has conquered hatred. (YOUR PASTORS BOLD)

      Surrexit Dominus: the Lord is risen and grants to those who share in his triumph over death the courage and the strength to continue to build up a new humanity by refusing every kind of violence, sectarianism and injustice. The Lord of life has risen with power, bringing with him love and justice, respect, forgiveness and reconciliation. The One who from nothingness had called the world into existence, only he could break the seals of the tomb, only he could become the source of New Life for us, who are subject to the universal law of death. "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" (Mk 16:3), the women were asking one another, when very early they were going to the tomb where the Lord had been laid. To this question, asked by the people of every age, of every country, culture and continent, the Bishop of Rome  replies, this year too, with the message "Urbi et Orbi":

 

"Scimus Christum surrexisse a mortuis vere..." Yes, we know for certain that Christ is truly risen from the dead: You, victorious King, have mercy on us. Amen! Alleluia!

 

A REMINDER – there will be only a 9:00 AM Mass on Monday.  This will allow your priests a little time to          recoup after Easter.

 

THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET will be recited after the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, April 8.

 

EASTER THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK - The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice. Henry Knox Sherrill

 

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