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

 

March 25, 2018

posted Mar 26, 2018, 12:46 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this week we begin our journey through the HOLIEST WEEK OF THE YEAR. It is a time when we celebrate in a special way the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We remember his actions, reflect on his messages, and recommit to living as his disciples in the world today. The final week of Lent, Holy Week, begins with Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord and concludes with the Triduum." Triduum” comes from two Latin words - tres and dies - that mean "a space of three days," But since we have four days with special names - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday - the "three" may be confusing to some. They are however, one liturgical celebration. The confusion is cleared up when we  understand how the days are reckoned. On all high festival days the Church counts a day in the same way as Jews count days and festivals: that is, from sundown to sundown. Thus the Triduum consists of three twenty-four periods that stretch over four calendar days. Therefore, the Easter Triduum begins at sundown on Holy Thursday with the Mass of the Lord's Supper, continues with Good Friday and concludes with Easter Evening Prayer at sundown on Easter Sunday: its high point is the celebration of the Easter Vigil. During the Triduum we celebrate the core mystery of our Christian faith: we ritualize Jesus' transition from life to death to risen life, and our own participation in that timeless mystery. It is so easy this time of year to celebrate these days as a historical commemoration. But we are doing far more than recalling historical facts. What Jesus did for us has consequences for all people at all times. His life, death, and resurrection happened to him, but they also happen to all of us who claim to be his followers.  These days, then, are a reminder and celebration of who we ourselves are and what our own lives are about. As we celebrate the mystery of Jesus' passing, we actually celebrate the same passing over in our own lives. Jesus' self-sacrifice opened the way for us to share in new life. But this does require our own cooperation in God's divine plan of salvation. We must pass over our lives into God's hands and imitate the self-giving of God's Son. This is the way to life. "It is the Passover of the Lord".

A reminder to all that OUR PENANCE SERVICE IS THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON at 2:00 PM.  We will have the assistance of 10 priests so waiting should not be long.  Please take this opportunity to be reconciled with your  Father as we journey together through the passion and death of Jesus so as to rise with Him on Easter.

The RECTORY WILL CLOSE this Wednesday at 12:00 and remain closed through the rest of the week.  This will allow your priests to prepare themselves mentally and spiritually to celebrate the sacred rites with you over the next few days.  We will reopen on Monday at 9:00 AM.  Please limit all calls to emergency only.

Please keep in your prayers all the PRIESTS OF THE DIOCESE who will travel to Altoona this Monday to celebrate the Chrism Mass with Bishop Mark.  At this Mass the priests will renew their promises to the Bishop to continue to minister to God’s faithful people.  For me, it is a very important part of Holy Week and I am sure it is also with the other priests in attendance.

 

Please take note of the SCHEDULE FOR HOLY WEEK/EASTER LITURGIES:

·      PALM SUNDAY regular weekend schedule with the Palm Procession at the 9:30 Mass.

                   Our Penance Service will be at 2:00 PM on Palm Sunday

·      MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK – regular schedule

·      TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – regular schedule

·      WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – regular schedule. No all-day adoration. I would like our adorers   to come  Holy Thursday for adoration in the evening.  

         Celebration of TENEBRAE at 7:00pm.

·      THURSDAY OF HOLY WEEK – NO MORNING MASSES. Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM. Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 PM, followed by private adoration until 10:00 PM.

·      GOOD FRIDAY – NO MORNING MASSES. Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM. Stations of the Cross at  12:00PM. Remembrance of the Lord’s Passion, Veneration of the Cross and               Holy Communion at 1:00 PM.   

·      HOLY SATURDAY – NO MORNING MASS OR CONFESSIONS. Morning Prayer at 9:00.

             Blessing of Easter Baskets at 11:30 in the baptistery. EASTER VIGIL AT 8:30 PM.  

·      EASTER SUNDAY – regular schedule.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Teacher:  Paul, Give me a sentence beginning with "I". Paul: I is the...Teacher:  No, Paul. You must say "I am" not "I is." Paul:  All right.  I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.

 

March 18, 2018

posted Mar 16, 2018, 7:04 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend is COMMITMENT WEEKEND FOR OUR 2018 ANNUAL CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE. Through this Drive, our gifts will make an immediate impact on ministries that care for the poor, strengthen family life, nurture our youth, and provide leadership development for clergy and laity.  Please drop off your Commitment Card in the collection basket this           weekend or send it in through the mail.  All monies over our goal will be designated for our school cafeteria improvements and continued safety upgrades.  May God bless you for your continued support and dedicate to OLV and the Diocesan Ministries.

 

Below are the SCHEDULED LENTEN PENANCE SERVICES FOR THE NORTHERN DEANERY.  Please take a look and schedule the day that will best fit into your schedule. Just a reminder that our Penance Service will be the last scheduled service for our parish. As always your priests will be in attendance at the services, so please be patient, as you always have been, if you cannot reach us.  Please note when a penance service falls on a Wednesday, EUCHARISTIC ADORATION WILL END AT 3:00pm, ALLOWING YOUR PRIESTS TRAVEL TIME.  As it happens, this Wednesday all-day adoration will end at 3:00pm.

                   Tuesday, March 20               Good Shepherd, State College          7 pm

                  Wednesday, March 21          Queen of Archangels, Clarence         7 pm

                  Thursday, March 22              Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon            7 pm  

                  Sunday, March 25               Our Lady of Victory                          2 pm  

                  Tuesday, March 27               PSU, University Park                          7 pm

 

Please take note of the SCHEDULE FOR HOLY WEEK/EASTER LITURGIES:

·      PALM SUNDAY regular weekend schedule with the Palm Procession at the 9:30 Mass.

·      The Penance Service will be at 2:00 PM on Palm Sunday

·      MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK – regular schedule

·      TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – regular schedule

·      WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – regular schedule. No all-day adoration. I would like our                             adorers  to  come  Holy Thursday adoration in the evening.  Celebration of Tenebrae                           at 7:00pm.

·      THURSDAY OF HOLY WEEK – NO MORNING MASS. Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM. Mass of the                       Lord’s Supper at 7:00 PM, followed by private adoration until 10:00 PM

·      GOOD FRIDAY – NO MORNING MASS. Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM. Stations of the Cross at                           12:00PM. Remembrance of the Lord’s Passion, Veneration of the Cross                                                      and  Holy Communion at 1:00 PM.   

·      HOLY SATURDAY – NO MORNING MASS OR CONFESSIONS. Morning Prayer at 9:00.                                 Blessing of Easter Baskets at 11:30 in the baptistery. EASTER VIGIL AT 8:30 PM.  

·      EASTER SUNDAY – regular schedule.

 

ON A PERSONAL NOTE – I am asking parishioners to try to attend the 8:30 Easter Vigil Liturgy.  Yes, it is a bit longer than normal.  But this liturgy is the high point of the whole liturgical year.  There will be one baptism celebrated along with a few professions of faith, confirmations and receiving the Eucharist for the first time.  Your presence at this liturgy will show support for our Elect as they now will be received as full member of the Catholic Church.  So please come, take off your watches and celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection with our newest members.  There is no better way to spend a Saturday evening than with the presence of the  Risen Lord in our midst.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - There are un-written rules that everyone who rides elevators follow whether they know it or not. It's not something that anyone has placed into effect by law. . . . It's just the way things are. . . .

1.   When you are waiting for an elevator and there are two sets, the one that is the greatest distance from you will open first.

2. While you are riding the elevator, it is not permissible to look anyone in the eyes. The proper place to stare is at the floor or at the numbers.

3. The person at the very back of the elevator will always be the one who needs off first.

4.    If you are on the top floor of a 32 story building and needed to go the 1st floor, the elevator will stop 31 times before you reach the ground.

5.   If you get off on the wrong floor and realize it the instant your foot hits the ground outside the elevator, it's much too embarrassing to admit you are wrong, so you stay outside the door and act like you know what you're doing then catch the next one and hope all the people you were with have gotten off.

 

March 11, 2018

posted Mar 9, 2018, 5:34 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as in the past at this time of year, the churches in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese are asked to participate in the 2018 CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE. The theme for this year’s Drive is “Making Christ a Home in Your Heart.” The emphasis of this drive is on the poor, families, youth, seminarians and leadership development of the clergy and laity.  You should have already received a letter from Bishop Mark with a pledge card.  I will be sending a letter (if you have not already received it) encouraging your participation in this Drive.  Our assessed goal is $142,237.00, a little less than last year’s goal of $144,000.00.  I am again confident that we will achieve our goal as we have in the past.  The “over goal monies” that we will receive will be designated for the improvements to be made in the school cafeteria with the addition of air conditioning and improved security measures.  I will be having a meeting with the parish in the near future on this project; but for now I just want to concentrate on this Drive and get this behind us.  Please prayerfully consider helping us to meet our goal.  Pledge cards can be returned next weekend through the collection basket or through the mail.  Please know that I am grateful, in advance, to all who will participate.  We are a very generous parish and I know that your  generosity will once again shine out to all parts of the Diocese.  God bless and thanks in  advance.

 

Below are the SCHEDULED LENTEN PENANCE SERVICES FOR THE NORTHERN DEANERY.  Please take a look and schedule the day that will best fit into your schedule. Just a reminder that our Penance Service will be the last scheduled service for our parish. As always your priests will be in attendance at the services, so please be patient, as you always have been, if you cannot reach us.  Please note when a penance service falls on a Wednesday, EUCHARISTIC ADORATION WILL END AT 3:00pm, ALLOWING YOUR PRIESTS TRAVEL TIME.

 

                  Sunday, March 11                 Holy Spirit, Lock Haven                     3 pm

                  Monday, March 12                St. Matthew, Tyrone                           7 pm              

                  Thursday, March 15              SS Peter & Paul, Philipsburg             7 pm

                  Tuesday, March 20               Good Shepherd, State College          7 pm

                  Wednesday, March 21          Queen of Archangels, Clarence         7 pm

                  Thursday, March 22              Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon            7 pm  

                  Sunday, March 25               Our Lady of Victory                          2 pm  

                  Tuesday, March 27               PSU, University Park                          7 pm

 

AN IMPORTANT SCHEDULE CHANGE THIS WEEK – Due to the fact that we will be having FIRST RECONCILIATION for our second graders this coming Saturday, the 17th, the regularly schedule confessions will take place within the ceremony with the second graders.  I have scheduled more priests to be with us so that those wanting to celebrate the sacrament are asked to come after 10:30 and NOT 9:30 as we normally celebrate the sacrament.  Please mark your calendar appropriately.

 

I am still taking names for those wishing to LECTOR AT MORNING MASSES THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. We need the help mostly at the 9:00 AM Mass.  Please call the rectory giving us your name so that we can have a  variety of people exercising the ministry of Lector at our parish.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Our Lady of Victory parish will be sponsoring 2 PARISH BUS TRIPS in the near future.  On Tuesday, April 17 we will visit the Shrine of St. John Neumann in Philadelphia.  I will celebrate Mass at the Shrine.  After having lunch at the Shrine (order in pizza), the trip will be followed by the spring blooms of  Longwood Gardens. We will have dinner at Miller’s Smorgasbord (which is a fantastic dinner stop) on the way home in Lancaster.  The second trip will be on May 15 to see “Jesus” at Sight and Sound Theatre, followed by  dinner at Good and Plenty Restaurant.  The trip to Philadelphia will cost $100.00 per person and the trip to see “Jesus” will cost $95.00, which are great deals when compared with other agencies planning the same trip.  For more information please call Chris Kirkpatrick at the rectory.  If you are planning to go, reservations can be made at that time.  Since our trips are very popular, call soon.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A pirate walks off his ship. He has a wooden leg, a hook instead of a hand, and a patch over his right eye. He sits down on a bench, and begins throwing peanuts to the seagulls.  Two curious young children shyly sit down next to him and ask the pirate how he came to have a wooden leg.    

 The pirate replies, "Well, I was standing on the deck of me ship one day, and a wave washed me overboard. Then a shark came along and bit me leg off!"  The little boy then asked, "How did you lose your hand?"   "Many years ago, I was fighting with a friend, and he accidently cuts me hand off. My doc couldn't find a hand, so they puts this hook on," answered the pirate.  Next, the little girl asked, "How did you lose your eye?"  "Well," says the pirate, "I was standing watch up in the crow's nest, and just as I looked up, a lousy seagull flew over and did his business right in me eye!"  The children, thoroughly confused, exclaim "How did THAT cause you to lose your eye?" The pirate replies, "Well, it was me first day with the hook."

 

March 4, 2018

posted Mar 2, 2018, 5:46 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, you will find below the SCHEDULED LENTEN PENANCE SERVICES FOR THE NORTHERN DEANERY.  Please take a look and schedule the day that will best fit into your schedule. Just a reminder that our Penance Service will be the last scheduled  service for our parish. As always your priests will be in attendance at the services so please be patient, as you always have been, if you cannot reach us.  Please note when a penance service falls on a Wednesday, EUCHARISTIC ADORATION WILL END AT 3:00pm, ALLOWING YOUR PRIESTS TRAVEL TIME. This coming Wednesday will be the first Wednesday it will affect.

 

                     Wednesday, March 7            St. Joseph, Renovo                            7 pm              

                  Sunday, March 11                 Holy Spirit, Lock Haven                     3 pm

                  Monday, March 12                St. Matthew, Tyrone                           7 pm              

                  Thursday, March 15              SS Peter & Paul, Philipsburg             7 pm

                  Tuesday, March 20               Good Shepherd, State College          7 pm

                  Wednesday, March 21          Queen of Archangels, Clarence         7 pm

                  Thursday, March 22              Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon            7 pm  

                  Sunday, March 25               Our Lady of Victory                          2 pm  

                  Tuesday, March 27               PSU, University Park                          7 pm

 

For the longest time, as I celebrate the 7:00 AM or 9:00 AM Mass, I look out and see parishioners who are Lectors in the pews. I have been approached by some as to their willingness to volunteer reading at the morning Masses.  And I was wondering if others would be interested in reading at our morning liturgies.  Therefore I am WORKING ON REVISING THE MORNING MASS LECTOR SCHEDULE. I have talked this over with both Frs. Antony and Jonathan and they are fully behind it and see no reason not to.  Therefore, if any parishioner is interested in proclaiming the word of God at morning masses, please call the rectory and give us your name, day of the week you would be interested and time of liturgy you would be willing to serve.  I will make up a new schedule and distributed it to all involved.  I would like to have this accomplished by Easter so that we can start sometime in April.  Thanks and God bless.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS - Our Lady of Victory parish will be sponsoring 2 PARISH BUS TRIPS in the near future.  On Tuesday, April 17 we will visit the Shrine of St. John Neumann in Philadelphia.  I will  celebrate Mass at the Shrine.  After having lunch at the Shrine (order-in pizza), the trip will be followed by the spring blooms of Longwood Gardens. We will have dinner at Miller’s Smorgasbord (which is a fantastic dinner stop) on the way home in Lancaster.  The second trip will be on Tuesday, May 15 to see “Jesus” at Sight and Sound Theatre, followed by dinner at Good and Plenty Restaurant.  The trip to Philadelphia will cost is 100.00 per person and the trip to see “Jesus” will cost $95.00, which are great deals when compared with other agencies planning the same trip. For more information please call Chris Kirkpatrick at the rectory.  If you are planning to go, reservations can be made at that time.  Since our trips are very popular, call soon.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Sister Mary Ann, who worked for a home health agency, was out making her rounds visiting homebound patients when she ran out of gas.  As luck would have it, a Texaco Gasoline          station was just a block away. She walked to the station to borrow a gas can and buy some gas. The            attendant told her that the only gas can he owned had been loaned out, but she could wait until it was        returned. Since Sister Mary Ann was on the way to see a patient, she decided not to wait and walked back to her car. She looked for something in her car that she could fill with gas and spotted the bedpan she was         taking to the patient. Always resourceful, Sister Mary Ann carried the bedpan to the station, filled it with      gasoline, and carried the full bedpan back to her car.  As she was pouring the gas into her tank, two   Lutherans watched from across the street.  One of them turned to the other and said, 'If it starts . . . I'm               turning Catholic'.

 

February 25, 2018

posted Feb 23, 2018, 6:12 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as stated last week, you will find below the SCHEDULED LENTEN PENANCE SERVICES FOR THE NORTHERN DEANERY.  Please take a look and schedule the day that will best fit into your schedule. Just a reminder that our Penance Service will be the last scheduled service for our parish. As always your priests will be in attendance at the services so please be patient, as you always have been, if you cannot reach us.  Please note when a penance service falls on a Wednesday, EUCHARISTIC ADORATION WILL END AT 3:00pm, ALLOWING YOUR PRIESTS TRAVEL TIME.

 

                  Wednesday, March 7            St. Joseph, Renovo                           7 pm              

                  Sunday, March 11                 Holy Spirit, Lock Haven                     3 pm

                  Monday, March 12                St. Matthew, Tyrone                           7 pm              

                  Thursday, March 15              SS Peter & Paul, Philipsburg             7 pm

                  Tuesday, March 20               Good Shepherd, State College          7 pm

                  Wednesday, March 21          Queen of Archangels, Clarence         7 pm

                  Thursday, March 22              Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon            7 pm  

                  Sunday, March 25                Our Lady of Victory                         2 pm  

                  Tuesday, March 27                PSU, University Park                         7 pm

 

IN CASE ANYONE MISSED IT LAST WEEKEND - ATTENTION CARE GIVERS AND IN HOME              VOLUNTEERS: Below you will find some new, unused home care products that are no longer needed by the person donating them.  He thought someone who is giving home care might use them:

            -  Tranquility Over Night Briefs, from medium to extra large

            -  Reassure Booster Pads and disposable bed pads

            -  Tena Washing cream and body cleansers 

            -  Travel wheel chair with pad and a walker

These items are available at NO COST.  If interested please call the rectory and we can make the necessary arrangements.

 

Two weeks ago, the ATHLETIC COMMITTEE SPONSORED A TRIVIA NIGHT to raise funds for the athletic programs at OLV School.  I can testify that the night was a huge success.  The attendance this year was  double from last year (word got out on the street).  It truly was a fun and entertaining evening for all in                 attendance.  I would like to thank all those who helped make it a wonderful event for the parish and the school.  Thanks is extended to Chris and Kathleen Hulburt, our Keynote Sponsor; Balfurd Dry Cleaners and the Knights of Columbus #4678, Gold Level sponsors; Englehart Dentistry, Redline Speedshine, State College Family Medicine, State College Orthodontics, Silver Level sponsors; Chris and Samantha Weakland, Jeff and Kathy Peters, Result Training Plus, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, The Lingle Corporation, Vantage Investment Advisors, Friends and Family Level; Beth Anne Whalen, chairperson; MaryAnn Stolberg, co-chairperson; Andrea Englehart, Annie Foytak, Kelly Kurpekis, Lee Ann Kris, Kathy Peters, Kristina Poust, Jen Rogan, Sue Stayers, Peter Whalen; Will Morse, OLVCS Athletic Director and Dean of Students and Jeff Peters, Athletic Council Chairperson; Mark Griffin, Master of Ceremonies.  Thank you so much for giving of your time helping in this event.  I am not sure how much was raised; but considering the crowd, it will most definitely be more than last year. As pastor, I am very grateful to all who came and enjoyed themselves.  The laughter and friendship was very heartwarming to hear and see.  God bless to all who made this event such a wonderful success.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – (Since I love going to New York City, I understand) - Before going to Europe on business, a man drove his Rolls-Royce to a downtown New York City bank and went in to ask for an        immediate loan of $5,000. The loan officer, taken aback, requested collateral and so the man said, "Well then, here are the keys to my Rolls-Royce."  The loan officer promptly had the car driven into the bank's           underground parking for safe keeping, and gave him $5,000.  Two weeks later, the man walked through the bank's doors, and asked to settle up his loan and get his car back. "That will be $5,000 in principal, and $15.40 in interest," the loan officer said. The man wrote out a check and started to walk away.  "Wait, sir," the loan officer said, "while you were gone, I found out you are a millionaire. Why in the world would you need to borrow $5,000?” The man smiled. "Where else could I park my Rolls-Royce in Manhattan for two weeks and pay only $15.40?"

 

February 18, 2018

posted Feb 16, 2018, 7:20 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this Sunday, February 18, 2018, the  Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will celebrate the Rite of Election of Catechumens and the Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament,  Altoona, beginning at 7:00 PM.  These are men and women who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter from our parish and those in the surrounding area. The adults who are seeking Baptism will be formally named and welcomed as the Elect of God and the Candidates seeking full initiation will declare their intent and be blessed by Bishop Mark Bartchak.  All parishioners are invited to join our Catechumens and Candidates and their sponsors and families in prayer and    communal support.  Everyone is invited to attend light reception afterwards in the Cathedral Hall.

 

WORDS FROM OUR HOLY FATHER to think about this Lenten Season.  For those who are going to “FAST” as a sacrifice, maybe we could fast using the Holy Father’s words.  If we follow fasting  using Pope Francis’ suggestions, maybe we would make greater progress in our spiritual life instead of giving up a bag of potato chips.  Think about it!

 

· FAST from hurting words and say kind words

· FAST from sadness and be filled with gratitude

· FAST from anger and be filled with patience

· FAST from pessimism and be filled with hope

· FAST from worries and have trust in God

· FAST from complaints and contemplate simplicity

· FAST from pressures and be prayerful

· FAST from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy

· FAST from selfishness and be compassionate to others

· FAST from grudges and be reconciled

· FAST from words and be silent so you can listen

 

Next weekend, I will have the FINALIZED SCHEDULE FOR THE PENANCE SERVICE IN THE NORTHERN DEANERY for the Lenten Season.  However another reminder for parishioners that our Penance Service will be on Sunday, March 25th at 2:00 PM.  As always we will have many priests hearing confessions, therefore waiting will not be all that long.

 

ATTENTION CARE GIVERS AND IN HOME VOLUNTEERS: below you will find some new unused home care products that are no longer needed by the person donating them.  He thought someone who is giving home care might use them:

 

·  Tranquility Over Night Briefs, from medium to extra large

·  Reassure Booster Pads and disposable bed pads

·  Tena Washing cream and body cleansers

·  Travel wheel chair with pad and a walker 

·  These items are available at NO COST. If interested please call the rectory and we can

     make the necessary arrangements.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Little Johnny's mother was becoming worried. She hadn't seen her neighbor, Mrs. Goldbloom in days. Fearing the old widow may have had an accident, she decided to send Johnny next door to check up on her. "Johnny, would you go next door and see how 'old' Mrs. Goldbloom is?"  "Sure Mom" he said running out the door.  A few minutes later, Johnny returned.  "Well," asked Johnny's mom "is she all right?"  "She's fine, except that she's mad at you."  "At me?" the woman exclaimed. "Whatever for?"  "She said it's none of your business how 'old' she is."

 

February 11, 2018

posted Feb 12, 2018, 12:42 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   “Here we go again.”  Sound familiar?  Yes, it is that time again when the church enters into the SEASON OF THE DESERT – LENT. It seems like just last week, we were singing “Joy to the World” and now we will be singing “O Sacred Head Surrounded.”  Time does fly doesn’t it?  Yes, on Wednesday we begin our desert walk for the next 6 or so weeks.  We begin our Lenten Journey leading up to the walk through Holy Week, culminating in the grand Easter Celebration.  I call these next 6 weeks our “Season of the Desert.”  Why?  Because for anyone who has been in the desert you know that there is nothing there.  One can drive for miles and miles through barren lands before coming to some sort of city or village.  Well, that is what the early Israelite nations faced – barren land to learn to be completely dependent upon God for everything.  That is the lesson for us as well – to understand our complete and utter dependence upon God for everything.  So very many times, we want to be in control of our lives or in control of other people’s lives.  We want to “play God” and tell Him what is best for the world.  Maybe these next few weeks, we can learn to let God be in control of lives.  How we would grow spiritually if that would become a reality in our life.  So instead of saying, “Another 6 weeks of Lent” with a discouraging attitude, maybe we can say, “Wonderful.  A journey through the desert.  Let’s do it.”

This Wednesday we begin our SEASON OF THE DESERT with Mass celebrated at 7:00 and 9:00 AM, 12:05 and 6:00 PM.  At each Mass ashes will be distributed DURING THE MASS.  I think it is only fitting and proper that ashes are distributed within the most perfect prayer we can offer to God – the liturgy.

Another reminder that this Monday evening, I will be holding another ADULT EDUCATION CLASS ENTITLED THE FOUR GOSPELS.  We will look at the origins of the gospels and briefly discuss the major themes proper to each gospel writer.  We will begin at 7:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM.  The class will be held in the Activities Center as usual.  If you want more penance for the Lenten season, this is the way to do it!  Come and listen to me.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed each Friday evening at 7:00.  The school children will be praying the CHILDREN’S STATIONS OF THE CROSS on Friday afternoons at 1:30.  And of course, parishioners are always invited to join the children at this time.

As of this writing, we are finalizing the NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICE FOR THE LENTEN SEASON. For your personal information, the penance service for OLV will be on Palm Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 PM.  As soon as we confirm the times in the other parishes, I will let you know.  But for now, mark down the 25th of March and plan to be with us.

I want to take this time also to THANK THE CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS for their wonderful brunch prepared for us at the Diocesan In-Service for our Arise Program.  Everyone in attendance, especially. the national team, commented on how wonderful “the spread was” and how grateful they were for the hospitality.  Thanks again ladies for your help and assistance to OLV.

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A Teenager Is . . .

· A person who can't remember to walk the dog but never forgets a phone number.

· A weight watcher who goes on a diet by giving up candy bars before breakfast.

· A youngster who receives her allowance on Monday, spends it on Tuesday, and borrows it from her best    friend on  Wednesday.

· Someone who can hear his favorite singer 3 blocks away but not his mother calling from the next room.

· A whiz that can operate the latest computer without a lesson but can't make a bed.

· A student who spends 12 minutes studying history and 12 hours studying for her driver's license.

· A connoisseur of 2 kinds of fine music -- loud and very loud.

· An enthusiast who has the energy to bike for miles but is usually too tired to dry the dishes.

· A young woman who loves the cat and barely tolerates her brother.

· A romantic who never falls in love more than once a week.

· A budding beauty who never smiles until her braces come off.

· A boy who can sleep till noon on any Saturday -- he suspects the lawn needs mowing.

    An original thinker who is positive that her mother was never a teenager.

 

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