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.

 

July 28, 2019

posted Jul 26, 2019, 5:17 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Sunday morning we will be having a breakfast to help HOLY NAME OF MARY SCHOOL in Ghana.  The breakfast is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, aided by a wonderful group of volunteers.  The breakfast is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.  I encourage you to come and enjoy a breakfast and at the same time help support Fr. Ralph’s school in Ghana.  Everyone can go to the Waffle Shop next weekend.  For now, head over to the Activities Center for Sunday breakfast. 

And speaking of Fr. Ralph, we will be having our PROMISED SECOND COLLECTION FOR THE SCHOOL AND HOPEFULLY THE PURCHASE OF A BUS next Sunday at all Masses.  So often the education that we take for granted here in the United States is a luxury for children in third world countries.  It was so wonderful hearing Father Ralph talk about the 9 students going to college and the 24 students who have graduated from the school and applied for admission to high school.  For these students, going on to higher education was only a dream.  But now it can be a reality for any student wanting a better life.  Fr. Ralph will be leaving us on the 6th of August and I would like to  present him with a generous gift to continue to bring a better life, not only for the children of Beyin but for the families as well.  Again, the collection will be taken up NEXT SUNDAY. There are           envelopes at the entrances of the church to be used for this purpose. 

As it is becoming more prevalent at weekend Masses, I do ask parishioners to refrain from giving money to anyone SOLICITING from churchgoers as they enter or exit our church.  Many of those who ask are repeat people who come here asking for help.  We do have agencies and a fund to help those who are TRULY IN NEED.  If approached, please refer them to your priests.  We can then  determine if the need is real or if the person is just taking the parish for a ride.  It is not being    unchristian to refer them to us; it is being prudent so as not to be taken advantage of month after month.  Please help us as this situation continues to grow at our church. 

A reminder to parishioners that CATHOLIC DAY AT THE BALLPARK WITH THE SPIKES is this Sunday evening.  The game begins at 6:05 with the singing by our Catholic Community and friends of the national anthem and God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch.  If you have not          purchased your tickets as yet, you still can go to the ballpark and purchase them from Chris who will be manning a table right outside the ticket booth.  Come and enjoy a night out with your parish          community and our State College Spikes.

Once again someone using my name and a fake e-mail address has been soliciting parishioners asking for I-tunes cards or other gift cards to be sent to them. Please understand that I will NEVER ASK ANYONE for gift cards at any time for any purpose.  I do not know why this keeps happening; but please if you get an e-mail requesting that you send gift cards to anyone, please ignore and     delete.  Do not fall prey to anyone claiming to be me.  One of me is enough for everyone!

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – INCIDENTS OF MURPHY’S LAW

· Law of Mechanical Repair: After your hands become coated with grease your nose will begin to itch or worse.

· Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll or slide to the least accessible corner.

· Law of probability: The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

· Law of the Alibi: If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.

· Law of Variation: If you change traffic lanes or lines at the store, the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you are in now.

· Law of the Result: When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will. 

 

 

July 21, 2019

posted Jul 19, 2019, 5:31 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  next Sunday Morning, July 28, the Knights of Columbus will sponsor a breakfast as a fundraiser to aid Fr. Ralph’s School, HOLY NAME OF MARY. Along with the normal ordinary school expenses, Holy Name of Mary School is in need of a school bus.  We are hoping that the proceeds from the breakfast, and a second collection that will be taken up shortly, will help Fr. Ralph buy a school bus to transport some of the 280 students from the villages to the school.  I would ask if parishioners could please mark next Sunday Morning down on your calendars and plan to come to the breakfast. 

 

Construction is continuing on the SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT/SECURITY project here at the   parish.   After attending a meeting a few days ago, I was told that the project is right on schedule.  I have walked through the areas and I can just imagine how it will look once completed.  I am a little excited and at the same time a little nervous about the timeline.  However, I trust things are proceeding as they should be.  Again, thanks to all who are making this project a reality for the school.  We are investing our resources in the future of the Church, our young people.  Without them, the Church has no future.  If you have not yet contributed, please consider doing so.  We do need your help and assistance so that we can enter the school year free from any debt incurred by this project.

 

And let’s be honest, I know that there are some parishioners who feel that since they have no children in our school, or that the school is too much of a drain on our parish financially, or that this particular project was not worth it. How should I respond?  I think in what I said above – our YOUNG ARE THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH. I would hope that for many of us who see more years behind us than in front of us would see that an investment in the school is well worth it since we are looking ahead and making the Church even stronger by providing a firm spiritual foundation for our children.  We are so blessed to offer here in State College a Catholic education from pre-school to the 12th grade.  We are so blessed to instill into your children the importance of knowing and loving Jesus Christ, the only one who can fully satisfy the restless human heart.  And so do I feel that this project of security and improvement for the school worth it?  I say absolutely YES!  And when I am gone from here and from this earth I can go, knowing that maybe in some small way the children of God in State College came to know of God’s great love for them here and now.

 

A reminder for those going on the PITTSBURGH PIRATES BASEBALL GAME - the bus will leave  our parking lot at 7:30 AM.  Please park in the upper part of the parking lot, nearest the rectory and Mary’s Garden.  We will stop quickly at the McDonalds in Ebensburg for a breakfast stop and we will return to State College immediately after the game.  Please be on time for boarding.

 

As of this weekend, EMILY LOMBARDI, OUR WONDERFUL BOOKKEEPER, will be leaving the OLV  Parish staff to devote more time to her family.  Emily has been with us for 9 ½ years and has always done a superb job.  She has always been upfront and honest with me in dealing with our finances and has been a huge support towards the priests who came through OLV.  Emily will be missed, but I wish her nothing but the best.  In her place, we have hired Mary Ellen Bucknavage, another OLV parishioner.  She comes to us also with a bookkeeping background.  I am absolutely sure Mary Ellen will carry on the wonderful tradition of excellent bookkeeping for OLV.  Goodbye Emily; we will miss you.  Welcome, Mary Ellen.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Jacob, age 92, and Rebecca, age 89, living in Devon , are all excited about their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding, and on the way, they pass a chemist. Jacob suggests they go in. Jacob addresses the man behind the counter: "Are you the owner?" The chemist answers, "Yes." Jacob: "We're about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?"  Chemist: "Of course we do." Jacob: "Medicine for rheumatism?" Chemist: "Definitely." Jacob: "Medicine for memory problems, arthritis, and Alzheimer's?" Chemist: "Yes, a large variety. The works." Jacob: "What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol, antidotes for Parkinson's disease?" Chemist: "Absolutely.." Jacob: "Everything for heartburn and indigestion?" Chemist: "We sure do." Jacob: "You sell wheelchairs and walkers and canes?" Chemist: "All speeds and sizes." Jacob: "In that case, we'd like to use this store for our wedding presents list."

 

July 14, 2019

posted Jul 12, 2019, 6:12 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, below you will find the names of all parishioners who contributed to the SCHOOL SAFETY AND IMPROVEMENTS CAMPAIGN. We do this periodically to double check our records, making sure that everyone is on the same page.  If your name is on the list, I thank you so much.  If your name is missing and you did contribute, please call Chris so that we can fix the discrepancy and  update our records.  If your name is not on the list, would you please consider helping us reach our goal.  We are coming down to the finish line and we are counting on total parish participation so that come September, we will have everything up and ready to go, all paid off.  May God continue to bless us at this important time in our school history. Total to date: $1,618,495.68 with 550 donating has been raised towards the goal of $1.63 million.

This weekend, Fr. Ralph will be speaking at all Masses bringing us up to date on the status of our school in Ghana, HOLY NAME OF MARY ACADEMY. So much good has been accomplished through the generosity of many good OLV parishioners and friends from other churches.  There will be a breakfast on Sunday, July 28 as a fundraiser for the school.  Details can be found in another place in the bulletin.  There will also be a SECOND COLLECTION in the near future for Holy Name of Mary to help continue to educate the children of Ghana, helping them to achieve a better life.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A woman named Edna finds herself in dire trouble. Her business has gone bust and she's in serious financial trouble. She's so desperate that she decides to ask God for help. She begins to pray...' God, please help me. I've lost my business and if I don't get some money, I'm going to lose my house as well. Please let me win the lotto.' Lotto night comes and somebody else wins it. Edna again prays.... 'God, please let me win the lotto! I've lost my business, my house and I'm going to lose my car as well.' Lotto night comes and Edna still has no luck. Once again, she prays, 'My God, why have you forsaken me?? I've lost my business, my house, and my car. My children are starving. I don't often ask you for help and I have always been a good servant to you. PLEASE, just let me win the lotto this one time so I can get my life back in order. Suddenly there is a blinding flash of light as the heavens open and Edna is confronted by the voice of God Himself: 'Edna, meet me halfway on this. Buy a ticket.' (I think I need to buy a few tickets!!!)

  


July 7, 2019

posted Jul 12, 2019, 6:10 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  just to give you a heads up, as  you know Fr. Ralph is with us for a visit. During the visit, he helps us with Masses and confessions and things here and there.  Also, he always speaks at all Masses on one weekend, bringing us up to date about the progress of HOLY NAME OF MARY SCHOOL, the school we sponsor in Beyin, Ghana.  Fr. Ralph will be doing so in just a few short weeks and on the weekend he preaches, we will have a BREAKFAST in our  Activities Center for continued support.  We will also have a special second collection for  him before he returns to Ghana that will go directly to pay expenses for the running of the school.  We are looking at the 28th of July.  So please mark your calendars and for  that weekend skip the Waffle Shop and come to support Fr. Ralph and his school.


Do not forget to sign up for CATHOLIC COMMUNITY DAY WITH THE SPIKES on July 28 for a 6:05 PM game.  The tickets are just $10.00.  Our combined choirs will sing the National Anthem before the game and God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch.  Please call the rectory to reserve your ticket and enjoy a night out with your parish and the State College Spikes.

 

Once again, I want to thank our MAINTENANCE CREW – Mark, Ron, Colton, and David – for a wonderful job they are doing around the grounds of the parish.  With the grounds looking very beautiful, with the new sidewalks installed to prevent falling,  with the work going on down at the school, we should be very proud of what is being done.  You know most of the time, there is a tendency for parishioners to overlook all these improvements without any note of thanks for the hard work that went into making our grounds look so beautiful and the people responsible for the work.  We can fall into the trap of just expecting things to be done, but you know that a little THANKS can go a long way.

 

I want to take this time to THANK ALL PARISHIONERS who contributed to the special second collection for Fr. Patrick and his mission in Nigeria.  As of this typing, we have collected a total of a little less than $14,000.00!  That is absolutely amazing considering all the extras we have been having over the past few months.  I pray that God will bless all those who out of the kindness of their hearts contributed to his mission.  Whenever we do take care of God’s children, we are blessed many times over.  God bless and thanks again for being a generous parish.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A guy spots a sign outside a house that reads “Talking Dog for Sale.” Intrigued, he walks in. “So what have you done with your life?” he asks the dog. “I've led a very full life,” says the dog. “I lived in the Alps rescuing avalanche victims. Then I served my country in Iraq. And now I spend my days reading to the residents of a retirement home.” The guy is flabbergasted. He asks the dog’s owner, “Why on earth would you want to get rid of an incredible dog like that?” The owner says, “Because he’s a liar! He never did any of that!”

 

June 30, 2019

posted Jul 1, 2019, 10:29 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   once again, I would like to bring our parishioners up to date on the progress in the SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT AND SAFETY PROJECT. As you have noticed, there is much activity going on in and around our school.  The kitchen, locker rooms, and front offices have all been gutted and are in the process of being reconstructed.  As of this writing, we are on schedule for the completion for the new school year.  There have been some small bumps in the road, but anyone dealing with contractors and construction knows that this is part of the normal process.  So I am very pleased with where we are right now.  Financially, we are still a little short.  We are still hoping that there will be more pledges/cash coming in from those who have not participated to date or maybe some will up their pledge a little this year.  I cannot think of a more fitting project for our school and parish.  May God continue to bless us in this project.  Please understand my repeating this announcement often, but when bills come due, I want to have the cash to pay them off.

 

This Thursday, our nation celebrates the NATIONAL HOLIDAY OF THE 4TH OF JULY, A.K.A.                  INDEPENDENCE DAY.  Since it is a holiday, the rectory will be closed on the 4th and there will be only one Mass that day celebrated at 9:00 AM.  Remember, as we celebrate Independence Day, we should never    apply that to our relationship with God.  Instead, it should be just the opposite – we should always remember our total DEPENDENCE UPON GOD.

 

As of this typing, our PIRATE GAME on July 25th is sold out.  However, there seem to be cancelations       occurring every year.  If you might think you might want to go to the game, please call and be placed on a waiting list.

 

And speaking of a baseball game, do not forget to sign up for CATHOLIC COMMUNITY DAY WITH THE SPIKES on July 28 for a 6:05 PM game.  The tickets are just $10.00.  Our choirs will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America.  Please call the rectory and enjoy a night out with your parish and the State College Spikes.

 

I want to give another reminder to all parishioners that the diocesan paper, THE CATHOLIC REGISTER is no longer being delivered to your homes.  The Diocese is sending them to the various churches to be placed at the entrances of the church for people to take.  It is probably a cost-cutting measure.  So please feel free to take your copy home with you.

 

Over the past few Sunday's I have noticed that MASS ATTENDANCE is a bit down.  Of course, it is due to vacations and the like.  However, I want to remind parishioners that there is a web site called www.masstimes.org that will show you where the nearest Catholic Church is located and the Mass times for the weekend.  Please make use of this web site because there should be no vacation from God while we are away.

 

And speaking of VACATIONS, I would like to remind parishioners that even though you might not be here for your weekend Mass, the expenses of the church still are present.  Please when you return from your break, I would be most appreciative if you would place your missing envelope with your regular contribution to the collection.  At this time of year, keeping the church in the black is a little more difficult (as it is right now) so every little bit of remembrance to bring your envelope is greatly appreciated.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Humorous Signs:

· In the window of a Kentucky appliance store: "Don't kill your wife. Let our washing machine do the dirty work."

· In a funeral parlor: "Ask about our layaway plan."

· On a shopping mall marquee: "Archery Tournament -- Ears pierced"

· In the window of an Oregon store: "Why go elsewhere and be cheated when you can come here?"

· In a Maine restaurant: "Open 7 days a week and weekends."

· In the vestry of a New England church: "Will the last person to leave please see that the perpetual light is extinguished."

· In a Pennsylvania cemetery: "Persons are prohibited from picking flowers from any but their own graves."

· On the grounds of a public school: "No trespassing without permission."

· On a Tennessee highway: "When this sign is under water, this road is impassable."

· Similarly, in front of a New Hampshire car wash: “If you can’t read this, it’s time to wash your car.” 

 

June 23, 2019

posted Jun 21, 2019, 6:50 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY  this weekend we celebrate the SOLEMNITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI. The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. "At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.  The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." "The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch."  "The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God's action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit."  Finally, by the Eucharistic celebration, we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all. In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: "Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist, in turn, confirms our way of thinking." (From the Catholic Catechism). May we never take for granted this most beautiful and wonderful gift given by the Father. One of the key lines that has been repeated multiple times in Rome in the past few weeks is Pope Francis’ celebrated maxim that the Eucharist “is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.”

 

After one of the Masses 2 weeks ago, I was greeting people as they left the church. I noticed one lady waiting to talk to me.  After greeting parishioners and guests, the lady came up to me and began to talk about our SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN. She looked at our chart in the baptistery area and said how impressed she was in what our parish was doing and how successful it was up to that point. Then she wanted to know if she could contribute to the campaign!  She was not a parishioner; her father is. But even though she did not worship here since she was from out of town, she still wanted to help.  I responded that yes she could and I wanted her to know how grateful I am that she would consider helping out with this project.  Her story is not unique.  I have had others who do not belong to this parish come up to me and express the same sentiment.  I am grateful to all those who have helped us reach the total we have now, both parishioner and non-parishioner.  We are so very close to our goal and I am confident that we will meet the amount needed (1200 pledge cards still outstanding) and provide our children with a safe and efficient school which will benefit many more children to come, long after we are gone from the parish.  Thanks to all who helped.

 

There will be a SECOND COLLECTION this weekend for the mission appeal to solicit your prayers and financial support to help the struggling church in Zaria where Christ still weeps.  Fr. Patrick was here last weekend asking for our assistance and our second collection will be sent to him to continue his work in Nigeria.

 

FATHER ANTONY will be absent from our parish over the next 5 weeks.  Father left to return to his family and Diocese for his vacation.  Please keep Father in your prayers as he returns to his home for rest and relaxation.  He will return mid-July.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Here’s how several elementary school students answered the following questions about moms:

Why did God make mothers?

-  She’s the only one who knows where the Scotch tape is.

-  Mostly to clean the house.

How did God make mothers?

-  He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.

-  Magic, plus super powers and a lot of stirring.

-  God made my mom just the same as he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?

-  God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world...and one dab of mean.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?

-  We’re related.

-  God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s moms like me.

 

June 16, 2019

posted Jun 14, 2019, 6:13 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this Sunday we celebrate FATHER’S DAY.  I found this story about a dad that speaks of a father’s love for his children.  “My dad delivered bread for a living. We enjoyed each other’s company, so he’d drive home at lunchtime and I’d go with him. One day, we delivered to a large grocery store. When we pulled in back, the manager saw me and said, “I heard it’s your birthday, so go pick out anything in our toy aisle free.” I excitedly grabbed some paper dolls, but the big surprise was still ahead. Dad, the store manager, and the employees stood with a huge lit cake, singing me “Happy Birthday.” I’d turned seven, and this was my first-ever birthday party. Thanks, Dad!”  Today we remember and thank all those fathers who give of themselves, without notice, to make the lives of their children enriched and loving.  Thanks, dads for being there for us and leading us in the way of the Father's love.

 

This Sunday we welcome a missionary from the Catholic Diocese of Zaria, Nigeria. We are            participating in the MISSIONARY COOPERATIVE PROGRAM in which every parish participates. I  received a letter from Father and I would like to share it with you this weekend. 

 

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Victory Church,

The Diocese of Zaria is situated in Kaduna State, in Northern Nigeria. It was created on the 5th of December 2000 and erected on 3rd March 2001 with Bishop George J. Dodo installed as the first bishop. It has a population of about 70,000 Catholics, mostly peasants who live on subsistence farming. Since the creation of the diocese, we have struggled to sow the seed of the faith in an area that is the stronghold of the Islamic religion, which has a long history of Hausa/Fulani hegemony. As a result of religious persecutions, Christians have often been the target of orchestrated attacks, intimidation, harassment, and burning of places of worship at no provocation. The attacks on Christian places of worship and other civilian targets have continued unabated by the extremist Islamic sect, Boko Haram. The situation is worse because the state does not provide adequate protection for those persecuted. This has caused a mass exodus of Christians from the diocese.

Despite our precarious situation, we are making giant strides in strengthening the faith among our vulnerable population. Thanks be to God our Catholics are tenacious in the practice of the faith. However, more work needs to be done in the areas of faith formation, rebuilding of churches and rectories. With the insecurity in the country, many families have lost their means of livelihood and thus unable to provide for themselves basic necessities of life, let alone make any meaningful financial contribution to the church.

The mission appeal in your parish is to solicit for your prayers and financial support to the                 struggling church in Zaria where Christ still weeps. We ask for your support in rebuilding the churches and rectories destroyed, and in the training of priests and catechists for grassroots evangelization. We look  forward to your kind and generous support. May the Lord reward your generosity, bless your families, and all you do for the kingdom of God.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Jonathan Yabiliyok

Catholic Diocese of Zaria, Nigeria.

 

We will take up a SECOND COLLECTION next weekend to help the Catholic Diocese of Zaria.  Missionary Co-op envelopes will be found at the entrances of the church and in the baptistery area.

 

This weekend we WELCOME FR. RALPH back to our parish.  After being away from us for a year, it is a pleasure to welcome him back to his second home.  He will be with us for about 6 weeks, resting and  giving us a helping hand.  Also at some time during his stay, he will bring us up to date on the work that is continuing through the help of OLV.  Welcome back Fr. Ralph!!!

  

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A small boy was at the zoo with his father.  They were looking at the tigers, and his father was telling him how ferocious they were. “Daddy, if the tigers got out and ate you up…” “Yes, son?” the father asked, ready to console him. “…Which bus would I take home?”

 

June 9, 2019

posted Jun 7, 2019, 6:07 AM by Diane Lapinski

Another reminder that next Sunday, June 16, our nation REMEMBERS OUR FATHERS, on FATHER’S DAY.  We need to stop and thank our Dads (if they are living) for all the things they have done for us.  We need to say “thanks” before the time comes when we will not be able to say it to them while on this earth.  As we always have done in the past, our fathers will be remembered on their day at the altar during the Masses.  If you would like your father remembered, whether living on earth or with God, please return the envelopes found at the entrances of the church.  They will be placed in the sanctuary for the remaining weeks of June.

 

This Tuesday, June 11, we will celebrate the SACRAMENT OF THE SICK at Our Lady of Victory Church  beginning at 6:00 PM.  “My dear friends, we are gathered here in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ who is present among us. As the gospels relate, the sick came to him for healing; moreover, he loves us so much that he died for our sake.  Through the apostle James, he has commanded us: “Are there any who are sick among you?  Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.” Let us, therefore, commend our sick brother/sister N. to the grace and power of Christ, that he may save him/her and raise him/her up.”  These words are from the prayers found in the Rite of Anointing of the Sick.  Therefore, I invite those who are elderly or suffering from sicknesses and who wish to be anointed to please plan to be with us this Tuesday.

 

I want to take this time to THANK all those parishioners who heeded my call for more financial help for OUR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN for the school safety/improvements project.  Because we have had many parishioners who understood the reasons for the needed increase by pledging new financial assistance cards or through upping their original pledges, we are almost near the goal of $1,630,000.00.  Once that goal is reached, all projects will be underway, including the air-conditioning of the gym.  I am so very grateful to all who contributed and who will contribute yet to this most needed project.  As your pastor, I can only take all of you to God, asking for His blessings upon each and every one of you. I am humbled with such a response to my plea.  And remember, it is for the kids and their safety.

 

As we closed out another SCHOOL YEAR at Our Lady of Victory, I want to thank Samantha and Dawn, all the teachers, aides, staff and volunteers who made this year a wonderful year.  As we all know to work at a Catholic School has to be a labor of love, a labor that sees working at a school as an act of MINISTRY.  Due to a lack of funds from the government, as public schools receive, salaries are based more on what a parish can afford.  Since I have been here, our teachers have had raises that place them above all other teachers in the Diocese.  But it is not enough in my estimation for the work and love they bring to their students.  But I have to work with what I have.  I am so very grateful for their generosity in seeing their position as part of God's call to participate in His ministry to His children.  I hope and pray that God will bless them for their sacrifices.  Also, I want to thank all parents who chose a Catholic Education for their child/children.  I know the sacrifices you are making to ensure that your child receives a wonderful Catholic education.  Being faithful to your tuition agreement, participating in our only fundraiser – the walk-a-thon- and supporting the various projects throughout the New Year gives our school that specialness not found in other schools.  Again, I hope and pray that God will bless you for your many sacrifices made for His children.  Now, let’s enjoy the summer.

 

If you are vacationing, please remember, we do not take a VACATION FROM GOD. Please check out www.masstimes.org for a list of churches in the areas you are visiting and their Mass times.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – FOR OUR GOLFERS - Top Six Caddy Comments

· Golfer: "I think I'm going to drown myself in the lake." Caddy: "Think you can keep your head down that long?"

· Golfer: "I'd move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course." Caddy: "Try heaven, you've already moved most of the earth."

· Golfer: "Do you think my game is improving?" Caddy: "Yes sir, you miss the ball much closer now."

· Golfer: "Do you think I can get there with a 5 iron?"   Caddy: "Eventually."

· Golfer: "You've got to be the worst caddy in the world." Caddy: "I don't think so sir. That would be too much of a  coincidence."

· Golfer: "Please stop checking your watch all the time. It's too much of a distraction." Caddy: "It's not a watch -- it's a compass."

 

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