October 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

October 6, 2019

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

September 29, 2019

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – CHURCH BULLETIN BLOOPERS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

September 22, 2019

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

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

September 15, 2019

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

September 8, 2019

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

September 1, 2019

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – BACK TO SCHOOL HUMOR:

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

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

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

 

August 25, 2019

posted Aug 28, 2019, 10:18 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, It is hard to believe that I am typing these words already, but I want to WELCOME BACK TO OLV SCHOOL our students, teachers, and staff as we begin another school year. Where did the summer go? I am sure that that sentiment is on the minds of so many right now. Much has been going on in and around the school this year and I am sure that all parishioners will be pleased with the outcome of the improvements in the school cafeteria and security. I am looking forward to having a great year and I know that the teachers and staff are looking forward to a fantastic year as well. May God bless us and our school as we begin another year together.

 

And along those lines, I would like to give the parish an UPDATE ON THE SCHOOL                   PROJECT that has been going on all summer.  As you know, our school will begin this                Monday.  It is and was my hope that everything would be in place ready to go for the first day of school.  Unfortunately, that will not be the case.  The whole project – front entrance, school           cafeteria, and kitchen and security – is approximately 95% finished.  Anyone who has ever dealt with contractors knows, without a doubt, that deadlines seem to be something to shoot for and not a reality.  Circumstances arise throughout the project that prohibits its completion on time.  And it happened here.  There will be some classrooms that will not have their floors waxed; some air conditioning units will not ready for the first day; there might be equipment in and around the school building itself; there will still be some landscaping to be done around the school and there are some other little things that need to be taken care of.  Some of these things were completely out of our control.  I have been praying for this project through all summer and we are very close to having the best elementary and middle school in the diocese.  What I am asking is for all parents to PLEASE BE PATIENT until it is completed in its entirety.  We have worked hard and long on this and I know that we all will be pleased with the results, even though they may come just a few weeks late.  I am personally a little disappointed that we could not have this done completely.  But I am not discouraged because I know what the end  product will be.  It is like walking a spiritual path of faith – we know what awaits us at the end, so the journey to get there might be a little difficult but not enough to give in to discouragement.  So again, please be patient until all is finished.   

 

I want to THANK ALL PARISHIONERS WHO MADE THIS PROJECT a reality.  We could not have done it with all the financial support and prayers that came our way.  We have been  meeting every bill that has come our way dealing with the project. Since this is the second year of the pledges, I am hopeful that we can meet the remaining bills when they come due through parishioners fulfilling their promises, sooner rather than later.  To those who helped, I am truly grateful and we all can be proud of our parish and what we have accomplished in just 18 months.  Your generosity will be richly repaid by the Lord.

 

This afternoon, Sunday, Aug. 25, our parish will hold its ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC at the Knights of Columbus grounds from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.  I always look forward to this social because it allows us to celebrate our “parish family.”  Please plan to attend and let us continue to grow in God’s love and love for each other.  Hope to see you there.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A mother was entertaining guests when her five-year-old son        began talking to a fly.  “Do you know that God loves you, little fly?” he asked gently.  Everyone was deeply touched by this.  “And do you love God little fly?” said the budding St. Francis.  The boy’s mother had tears in her eyes.  “Would you like to go to God, little fly?” the boy                          persisted.  The guests looked at him in admiration.  “Then go to God, little fly!” said the boy and squashed it.

 

August 18, 2019

posted Aug 16, 2019, 8:08 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, over the past few weeks we have had a   fundraiser and a second collection for Fr. Ralph’s school. I would like to report that $3,500.00 was raised at the breakfast ($2,200.00 for the breakfast itself and $1,311.00 in donations). As of this writing, $58,919.00 was collected throughout the summer from parishioners, friends and other churches who know about the school. When I look at these figures it only goes to reaffirm my belief that when it comes to charity, Our Lady of Victory and her friends are the most generous in the Diocese. I want to take this time to THANK all those who made this possible. I am very proud of our parish and  humbled at the same time. May God continue to bless all of you with the same kindness you have shown to His children. We are now ready to purchase a bus for the school. I told him before he left to make sure to send us a picture of it so that we can see what we bought.

Along those lines, I would like to share with you an E-MAIL I RECEIVED FROM FR. RALPH this past week:

Dear Fr. Neil Dadey and my most cherished Parishioners of OLV Catholic Church, as I head back home, I write today to thank you for all the warm reception you extended to me during my time here this summer. You are the most beautiful, wonderful, kind and generous parishioners I have   ever encountered. I am so lucky! You have been extremely supportive of our mission back home in Ghana. As a result of your kindness and generosity, we are going to get a slightly used bus for our school; we are going to offer free transport to our children from their villages to our school, and we are going to give them free lunch. This is a new package that will motivate more parents to send their children to our school. Your continued financial support has made me a stronger person and I will forever be grateful. It is because of you that I have been able to rise with a heart full of courage; it is because of you that I am touching lives in this part of the world; and, it is because of you that I am changing the lives of these children. Your encouragement, kindness and financial contribution have indeed made all the difference. Thank you. I want to assure you of our daily prayers for you all. Please do remember us in your prayers as well. Thank you and God bless.

This Thursday we will have our BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC on the front lawn of our school.  I invite all students and parents to join us for this enjoyable event.  I am sure Samantha sent out notices concerning this picnic.  I am looking forward to it as we celebrate the opening of school with the         parents and students who are attending.       

Next Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Grounds, we will have our ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. As always, it is a nice time to gather as a parish family, enjoying good food and just relaxing on a summer day. Please mark your calendars and plan to be with us as we       celebrate Our Lady of Victory Parish. More information can be found in the parish bulletin.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - I bet you don't know what day this is", said the wife to her husband as he made his way out the front door. The husband was perplexed, but was always a quick thinker: "Of course I do, my dear. How could I forget!?" With that, he turned and rushed to catch the bus for work. At 10 AM, the doorbell rang and when the woman opened the door, she was handed a box containing a dozen long-stemmed red roses. At 1 PM, a foil-wrapped, two-pound box of her favorite chocolates arrived. Later, a boutique delivered a designer dress. The woman couldn't wait for her husband to come home. The husband was smug when he returned from work, satisfied that he had recovered what could have been a very bad situation. His wife was indeed surprised: "First the      flowers, then the chocolates and then the dress!" she exclaimed, "I've never had a more wonderful Groundhog Day in my life!"

 

August 5, 2019

posted Aug 9, 2019, 6:18 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we celebrate the SOLEMNITY OF THE           ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, a holy day of obligation, I thought an                   explanation from the Holy Father Pope Francis could best summarize the meaning of the solemnity for all of us: In the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the holy faithful people of God express with joy their veneration of the Virgin Mother. They do so in the common liturgy and also in a thousand different ways of piety; and thus, the prophecy of Mary herself comes true: "All generations will call me blessed" (Luke 1:48), because the Lord has regarded His humble handmaid. The Assumption into Heaven, in soul and body, is a divine privilege accorded to the Holy Mother of God because of her particular union with Jesus. It's a corporal and spiritual union, which began with the Annunciation and matured throughout Mary's life, through her singular participation in her Son's mystery. Mary always went with her Son: she went behind Jesus, and so we say she was His first disciple. Our Lady's  existence unfolded like that of any woman of her time: she prayed, managed the family and the home, went to the Synagogue . . . However, she did every daily action in total union with Jesus. And this union reached its apex on Calvary in love, in compassion and the suffering of the heart. Therefore, God gave her full participation in Jesus' Resurrection. The Holy Mother's body, like that of the Son, was preserved from corruption. The Church invites us today to contemplate this mystery: it shows us that God wills to save the whole man, namely, save his soul and body. Jesus resurrected with the body He assumed of Mary, and He ascended to the Father with His transfigured humanity. With the body, a body like ours, but transfigured. The Assumption of Mary, a human creature, confirms to us what our glorious destiny will be. The Greek philosophers had already understood that man's soul is destined for happiness after death. However, they disdained the body — considered the soul's prison — and they didn't conceive that God had disposed that man's body be united to the soul in the celestial beatitude. Our body, transfigured, will be there. This — the "resurrection of the flesh" — is an element proper of Christian  revelation, a pivot of our faith. The stupendous reality of Mary's Assumption manifests and confirms the unity of the human person, and it reminds us that we are called to serve and glorify God with all our  being, soul and body. To serve God only with the body would be an act of slaves; to serve God only with the soul would be against our human nature. Around the year 220, Saint Irenaeus, a great Father of the Church, affirmed that "the glory of God is man fully alive, and man's life consists in the vision of God" (Against the Heresies, IV, 20, 7). If we have lived thus, in the joyful service of God, which is also expressed in generous service to brothers, on the day of the resurrection our destiny will be similar to that of our heavenly Mother. Given then will be the full realization of the Apostle Paul's exhortation: "Glorify God in your body!" (1 Corinthians 6:20), and we will glorify Him forever in  Heaven. Let us pray to Mary that, with her maternal intercession, she may help us to live our daily journey in the active hope of being able one day to reach her, with all the Saints and our dear ones — all in Paradise. Masses will be celebrated Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM, Thursday at 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM and 12:05 PM.

Please note that since the Vigil Mass falls on a Wednesday evening, ALL DAY ADORATION WILL END AT 5:00 PM to prepare for Mass.


Please mark your calendars for August 25th for our ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC AT THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS grounds. This has always been proven to be an enjoyable gathering and I hope many parishioners will attend. More information on the picnic will come later.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – MORE MURPHY'S LAW:

· Law of Fixing or Replacement: If it jams...force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.

· Theorem of Making Things Fit: If it doesn't fit, use a hammer. If it still doesn't fit, use a sledgehammer.

· Law of Universal Fit: Interchangeable parts won't (or don't?).

· Law of Anxious Unpacking: The assembly and operation manual will be discarded with the packing        material. The garbage truck will have it picked up five minutes before the mad dash to the rubbish can.

· Axiom: The Carpenter's Rule: "Measure Twice, Cut Once" Doesn't Apply to Electricians. Any wire cut to the exact measured length will be too short.

· The Axiom of Near vs Far: Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he'll have to touch to be sure.

 

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