April 28, 2019

posted 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.

 

May 12, the nation REMEMBERS OUR MOTHERS, on this day, MOTHER’S DAY. We all should stop and thank our moms (if they are living) for the very life that they gave us and 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, our mothers will be remembered on their day at the altar during the Masses.  If you would like your mother remembered, whether living 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 May after Mother’s Day.

 

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 are extended to all those who exercised their ministries in our church – cantors, ushers, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers and greeters.  My thanks are 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 extend to me, Fr. Antony and Fr. Jonathan their Easter Blessings through cards and goodies that came into the rectory.  I cannot tell you how good 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.

 

SO CLOSE….YET, NOT THERE! The totals for the CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE are as follows:  we have 370 pledges with $138,152.00 in pledged money.  We are $ 9,804.00 away from our goal with about 1900 pledge cards still outstanding.  I thank you for your generosity and ask those who have not contributed to please consider doing so.  Remember, all monies over the goal will be going to complete the school safety/improvements project.  I am very humbled by the response so far.  May God continue to bless us as we reach out to help His children.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – One day, a house worked-challenged husband decided to wash his sweatshirt.  Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to his wife, “What setting do I use on the washing machine?”  “It depends,” she replied.  “What does it say on your shirt?”  He yelled back, “We Are…Penn State.”

 

April 14, 2019

posted Apr 12, 2019, 7:07 AM 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 means "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 at least 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 and Deacon to prepare themselves mentally and spiritually to celebrate the sacred rites with you over the next few days, We will reopen on Monday, April 22 at 9:00am. Please limit all calls to emergency only.

 

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

· Palm Sunday - Masses will be celebrated at the usual weekend times. The procession will take place at  the 9:30 AM Mass. OLV Penance Service at 2:00 PM.

· Monday of Holy Week – Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM. Please remember the priests of the Diocese who will celebrate the Chrism Mass at 11:00 AM with Bishop Mark.

· Tuesday of Holy Week – Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM.

· Wednesday of Holy Week – Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM. The celebration of Tenebrae at 7:00 PM. There will be no adoration that day. It is my hope that parishioners will come to adore the Lord on Holy Thursday evening.

· Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 PM followed by private adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 PM. There will be no morning Masses; however, Morning Prayer will be recited at 9:00 AM.

· Good Friday – Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 12:00 Noon and 7:00 PM. Remembrance of the Lord’s Passion will be prayed at 1:00 PM. Morning Prayer will be prayed at 9:00 AM.

· Holy Saturday – The Blessing of Easter Food will take place at 11:30 in the baptistery. The Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 8:30. There will be no 4:00 PM Mass. Morning Prayer will be prayed at 9:00 AM.

· Easter Sunday – Usual Sunday Mass times: 7:30, 9:30 and 12:00 Noon.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK -  I think everyone can emphasize with the desperate and doomed prayer of a schoolboy emerging from a school exam: “Dear God, please make Paris the capital of Turkey.”

 

April 7, 2019

posted Apr 5, 2019, 7:28 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, please take special note of THE REMAINING NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICES which are scheduled as follows:

 

· Monday, April 8 at St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

· Tuesday, April 9 at Good Shepherd, State College (with Bishop Mark) at 7:00 PM

· Wednesday, April 10 at Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM

· Sunday, April 14 at OLV at 2:00 PM

· Tuesday, April 16 at the PSU Campus at 7:00 PM

 

Please mark on your calendars the date APRIL 14th AT 2:00 PM FOR OUR PENANCE SERVICE.  As  always we will have the assistance of many priests so waiting will be at a minimum.  As always, your priests will be in attendance at the services so please be understanding if we are not quickly available at some of the times.  On a special note, the Sunday penance service at OLV will be the last scheduled service at OLV before Easter.  Since it falls on Palm Sunday, it is our hope that we will then be prepared to celebrate Holy Week with a heart open to the love of God that we will experience throughout the various services.

 

DUE TO THE PENANCE SERVICE ON WEDNESDAY IN CLARENCE, ALL DAY ADORATION WILL END AT 4:00PM.

 

For those who want to schedule their plans for the HOLY WEEK AND EASTER CELEBRATIONS, please note the following times:

· Palm Sunday - Masses will be celebrated at the usual weekend times. The procession will take place at  the 9:30 AM Mass. OLV Penance Service at 2:00 PM.

· Monday of Holy Week – Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM. Please remember the priests of the Diocese who will celebrate the Chrism Mass at 11:00 AM with Bishop Mark.

· Tuesday of Holy Week – Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM.

· Wednesday of Holy Week – Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM. The celebration of Tenebrae at 7:00 PM. There will be no adoration that day. It is my hope that parishioners will come to adore the Lord on Holy Thursday evening.

· Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 PM followed by private adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 PM. There will be no morning Masses; however, Morning Prayer will be recited at 9:00 AM.

· Good Friday – Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 12:00 Noon and 7:00 PM. Remembrance of the Lord’s Passion will be prayed at 1:00 PM. Morning Prayer will be prayed at 9:00 AM.

· Holy Saturday – The Blessing of Easter Food will take place at 11:30 in the baptistery. The Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 8:30. There will be no 4:00 PM Mass. Morning Prayer will be prayed at 9:00 AM.

· Easter Sunday – Usual Sunday Mass times: 7:30, 9:30 and 12:00 Noon.

 

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU - CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE UPDATE – as of this typing we have reached $83,170.00 (over ½ already) on 196 pledges with approximately 2200 pledge cards still outstanding.  I want to thank all those who have participated in helping the diocese maintain their 14 charities with their contribution.  For those who have not contributed as yet, please consider doing so.  And please remember 2 points – all monies over the goal will go to complete our school improvement/security capital campaign AND no money will go towards any lawsuits or lawyers during this time in our church history.  Any words to the contrary are coming from people who have their own agenda to promulgate.  Again, thanks for all your support.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - “Can you play with me?” a preschooler asked his mother.  “Not now,” she said. “I have too much work to do around the house.” Taking her hand, and with the wisdom of one who has lived many a lifetime, he said to her, “Mom, I have advice for you. When people tell me to do work, I don’t listen to them. Then I don’t have work to do. It works for me. You should try it.”

 

March 31, 2019

posted Mar 29, 2019, 7:07 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, please take special note of THE REMAINING NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICES which are scheduled as follows:

· Thursday, April 4 at SS. Peter and Paul, Philipsburg at 7:00 PM

· Monday, April 8 at St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

· Tuesday, April 9 at Good Shepherd, State College (with Bishop Mark) at 7:00 PM

· Wednesday, April 10 at Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM

· Sunday, April 14 at OLV at 2:00 PM

· Tuesday, April 16 at the PSU Campus at 7:00 PM

 

Please mark on your calendars the date APRIL 14th AT 2:00 PM FOR OUR PENANCE SERVICE.  As always we will have the assistance of many priests so waiting will be at a minimum.  As always, your priests will be in attendance at the services so please be understanding if we are not quickly available at some of the times.  On a special note, the Sunday penance service at OLV will be the last scheduled service at OLV before Easter.  Since it falls on Palm Sunday, it is our hope that we will then be prepared to celebrate Holy Week with a heart open to the love of God that we will experience throughout the various services.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO A FUNERAL AT 10:00 AM ON SATURDAY, APRIL 6 FOLLOWED BY A WEDDING AT 1:00 PM, CONFESSIONS NEED TO BE CANCELED. However, with as many opportunities to celebrate the sacrament that there are, I am sure no one will be excluded from celebrating the sacrament this Lenten season.

 

For those who want to schedule their plans for the HOLY WEEK AND EASTER CELEBRATIONS, please note the following times:

· Palm Sunday - Masses will be celebrated at the usual weekend times. The procession will take place at  the 9:30 AM Mass. OLV Penance Service at 2:00 PM.

· Monday of Holy Week – Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM. Please remember the priests of the Diocese who will celebrate the Chrism Mass at 11:00 AM with Bishop Mark.

· Tuesday of Holy Week – Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM.

· Wednesday of Holy Week – Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM. The celebration of Tenebrae at 7:00 PM. There will be no adoration that day. It is my hope that parishioners will come to adore the Lord on Holy Thursday evening.

· Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 PM followed by private adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 PM. There will be no morning Masses; however, Morning Prayer will be recited at 9:00 AM.

· Good Friday – Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 12:00 Noon and 7:00 PM. Remembrance of the Lord’s Passion will be prayed at 1:00 PM. Morning Prayer will be prayed at 9:00 AM.

· Holy Saturday – The Blessing of Easter Food will take place at 11:30 in the baptistery. The Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 8:30. There will be no 4:00 PM Mass. Morning Prayer will be prayed at 9:00 AM.

· Easter Sunday – Usual Sunday Mass times: 7:30, 9:30 and 12:00 Noon.

 

Once again, I encourage many parishioners to attend the EASTER VIGIL. Yes, the liturgy is a little longer, but the beauty and meaning of the liturgy cannot be rushed through.  If you talk to anyone who attends the Vigil they will tell you how uplifting and wonderful it is as we welcome the Risen Lord into our hearts and as we welcome our newest members of the Catholic Church into our parish family.  Please consider attending.  Take off your watches, enter into the moment and allow the Risen Lord to so move your hearts to experience His love and presence that evening.  Please mark the time and date on your calendar.  You will not be disappointed, I promise you.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Five-year-old Brian had a pivotal verse to recite in an Easter program: “He is not here, he is risen” (Luke 24:6). Unfortunately, he could not remember what to say, and the director had to quietly remind him of his line. He then confidently grabbed the microphone and triumphantly shouted, “He’s not here; He’s in prison!”

 

March 24, 2019

posted Mar 27, 2019, 7:40 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, please take special note of THE                  NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICES which are scheduled as follows:

      · Sunday, March 24 at Holy Spirit, Lock Haven at 3:00 PM

· Wednesday, March 27 at St. Joseph, Renovo at 7:00 PM

· Thursday, April 4 at SS. Peter and Paul, Philipsburg at 7:00 PM

· Monday, April 8 at St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

· Tuesday, April 9 at Good Shepherd, State College (with Bishop Mark) at 7:00 PM

· Wednesday, April 10 at Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM

· Sunday, April 14 at OLV at 2:00 PM

· Tuesday, April 16 at the PSU Campus at 7:00 PM

 

Please mark on your calendars the date APRIL 14th AT 2:00 PM FOR OUR PENANCE                    SERVICE.   As always we will have the assistance of many priests so waiting will be at a            minimum.  As always, your priests will be in attendance at the services so please be                  understanding if we are not quickly available at some of the times.  On a special note, the             Sunday penance service at OLV will be the last scheduled service at OLV  before Easter.  Since it falls on Palm Sunday, it is our hope that we will then be prepared to celebrate Holy Week with a heart open to the love of God that we will experience throughout the various services.

 

With a Penance Service in Renovo on Wednesday, March 27, ALL DAY ADORATION will end at 3:00pm allowing your priests to travel to Renovo.

 

Next Saturday, March 30 we will celebrate FIRST CONFESSIONS at 10:30 AM.  Because of this celebration, our regular Saturday morning confessions will be held at 10:30AM.  We will have a few extra priests to hear the confessions of adults (parents). So please know the time will be changed next Saturday to 10:30 AM.

 

Next week I will publish the HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SCHEDULE. I know that many              parishioners would like to make plans for their celebrations, so I will publish the schedule next week.  We will also be sending out an Easter postcard with the schedule on the back so that          everyone will know what the times for the various services will be.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Motherhood has truly set in when:

· You offer to cut up other people’s food

· You hide in the bathroom to be alone

· You hope ketchup is a vegetable because it’s the only one your kids will eat

· You read that the average five-year-old asks 492 questions a day and you feel proud your

          child is above average

· You use your own saliva to clean your child’s face

· You count the sprinkles on each kid’s cupcake to make sure they’re all equal

· You hear your mother’s voice coming out of your mouth

· You stop criticizing the way your mother raised you

· You hire a sitter because you can’t remember the last time you went out alone with your                         husband, but then you spend half the night checking on the kids

· You say at least once a day, “I’m not cut out for this job,” but you wouldn’t trade it for the

          world.

 

March 17, 2019

posted Mar 15, 2019, 6:02 AM by Diane Lapinski   [ updated Mar 15, 2019, 6:04 AM ]

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, since we had spring break last week, I thought I would run this schedule again for those who missed it. THE NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE  SERVICES are scheduled as follows:

                                   · Sunday, March 24 at Holy Spirit, Lock Haven at 3:00 PM

· Wednesday, March 27 at St. Joseph, Renovo at 7:00 PM

· Thursday, April 4 at SS. Peter and Paul, Philipsburg at 7:00 PM

· Monday, April 8 at St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

· Tuesday, April 9 at Good Shepherd, State College (with Bishop Mark) at 7:00 PM

· Wednesday, April 10 at Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM

· Sunday, April 14 at OLV at 2:00 PM

· Tuesday, April 16 at the PSU Campus at 7:00 PM

 

Please mark on your calendars the date APRIL 14th AT 2:00 PM FOR OUR PENANCE SERVICE.   As always we will have the assistance of many priests so waiting will be at a minimum.  As always, your priests will be in attendance at the services so please be understanding if we are not quickly available at some of the times.  On a special note, the Sunday penance service at OLV will be the last scheduled service at OLV      before Easter.  Since it falls on Palm Sunday it is our hope that we will then be prepared to celebrate Holy Week with a heart open to the love of God that we will experience throughout the various services.

 

By now, you probably have received from the Diocese their appeal for the CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE. As you know all money collected will go to fund the many outreach programs the Diocese sponsors, e.g. Catholic Social Services, Diaconate Program, Marriage Office, Scouting, Youth Ministry, just to name a few.  Our goal this year is $ 147,956.00, a little over $5,000.00 from last year, with all monies over the goal will go to support our school improvements and security. Please be assured that contrary to people who like to talk and spread gossip and wrong information, NO MONEY COLLECTED WILL BE GIVEN TO SETTLE ANY LAWSUITS THAT MIGHT BE PENDING.  The money is strictly for those who are in need.  My letter, encouraging you to participate, will be coming hopefully this week.  Even though we are going through our own campaign, can I ask that you be as generous as your finances will allow.  God bless and thanks for your help each and every year during this Drive.

 

THIS TUESDAY - Do you have an Advanced Medical Directive or a Health Care Proxy?  Do you   understand the basics of medical ethics and serious medical illness decision making from a Catholic perspective? Is there someone you trust to help make medical decisions for you if you are not able?  What medical decision-making advice can you give family or friends that is in line with Church teaching? So often we have questions when our loved one is terminally ill. It is a very difficult time in the life of a family trying to understand what is permissible or not permissible, according to Catholic teaching.  Therefore, under the    guidance of Pete Roy, there will be a discussion entitled, END OF LIFE MEDICAL DECISION MAKING – A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE. Parishioners are invited to join me and Pete Roy, MD on Tuesday, March 19th for a presentation on Catholic medical decision making.  The session will begin at 7:00 PM in the Activities Center and will last between 45 minutes to one hour.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A newly ordained preacher and his young wife were talking about being more considerate of each other. The good wife promised that she would stop being so critical of his sleep inducing sermons. He, in return, promised to honor her privacy and stop looking through her dresser drawers.  The preacher was true to his word, and never looked through his wife's dresser drawers; the good wife was never openly critical of her husband's sermons, and their marriage progressed smoothly.  After 50 years, their children gave a great party to celebrate the golden  anniversary of the preacher and his wife. Many people came to congratulate the happy couple and brought lovely gifts.  That evening, as they were putting the gifts away, the preacher saw that his wife had left one dresser drawer slightly open. He tried as hard as he could to withstand the temptation, but he finally opened the drawer and looked       inside. There he found 3 eggs, and $10,000.00, in bills of varied denominations. He was greatly puzzled by this and went to question his wife.  "Oh," she said. "Well, you remember when we spoke of being more considerate with each other all those years ago?"  The preacher, feeling profoundly guilty, answered "yes."  "Well," she continued, "I promised to stop criticizing your boring sermons, but every time you gave a sermon that was a real snoozer, I put an egg into that drawer."  The preacher smiled. "Well, that's not so bad. 50 years of sermons and only 3 eggs! But what about all that money?"  His wife quietly responded, "Every time I got a dozen eggs, I sold them."

 

March 10, 2019

posted Mar 8, 2019, 5:32 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH               FAMILY, do you have an Advanced Medical Directive or a Health Care Proxy?  Do you understand the        basics of medical ethics and serious medical illness decision making from a Catholic perspective? Is there someone you trust to help make medical decisions for you if you are not able?  What medical                     decision-making advice can you give family or friends that is in line with Church teaching when their loved one is a terminally ill patient?  It is a very difficult time in the life of a family trying to understand what is            permissible or not permissible, according to Catholic teaching.  Therefore, under the guidance of Pete Roy, there will be a discussion entitled, END OF LIFE MEDICAL DECISION MAKING – A CATHOLIC                  PERSPECTIVE. Parishioners are invited to join me and Pete Roy, MD on Tuesday, March 19th for a                  presentation on Catholic medical decision making.  The session will begin at 7:00 PM in the Activities Center and will last between 45 minutes to one hour.

 

THE NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICES have been finalized and they are scheduled as           follows:

 

· Thursday, March 14 at Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon at 7:00 PM

· Sunday, March 24 at Holy Spirit, Lock Haven at 3:00 PM

· Wednesday, March 27 at St. Joseph, Renovo at 7:00 PM

· Thursday, April 4 at SS. Peter and Paul, Philipsburg at 7:00 PM

· Monday, April 8 at St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

· Tuesday, April 9 at Good Shepherd, State College (with Bishop Mark) at 7:00 PM

· Wednesday, April 10 at Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM

· Sunday, April 14 at OLV at 2:00 PM

· Tuesday, April 16 at the PSU Campus at 7:00 PM

 

Please mark on your calendars the date APRIL 14th AT 2:00 PM FOR OUR PENANCE SERVICE.   As           always we will have the assistance of many priests so waiting will be at a minimum.  As always, your priests will be in attendance at the services so please be understanding if we are not quickly available at some of the times.  On a special note, the Sunday penance service at OLV will be the last scheduled  service at OLV  before Easter.  Since it falls on Palm Sunday it is our hope that we will then be prepared to celebrate Holy Week with a heart open to the love of God that we will experience throughout the various services.

 

My Lenten class, JESUS, HIS MISSION, AND MESSAGE, will continue to be held on Mondays from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Activities Center.  Even if you might have missed a session, you are still welcome to come.

 

This Sunday afternoon at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona, we will celebrate the Rite of Election or Enrollment of Names for those who are unbaptized and the Rite of Calling the                    Candidates to Continuing Conversion for those who are baptized, with our Candidates and                       Catechumens.  This is a very significant and important step in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is usually celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent at the local diocesan Cathedral, led by the local bishop. All of the Catechumens and Candidates, their Godparents (for Catechumens), and Sponsors (for Catechumens and Candidates) gather together on this day. The Church formally ratifies the Catechumens' readiness for the Sacraments of Initiation and the Candidates' readiness to be received into full Communion with the Catholic Church. In turn, the Catechumens – from now on known as the ELECT– publicly acknowledge their desire to receive the Sacraments of Initiation, and the Candidates' desire to be received into full         Communion with the Catholic Church.  We congratulate our Candidates and Catechumens and ask you to please continue to pray for them and they journey to the Easter Vigil: Sherry Houtz, Brian Hyman, Anna Zhang (Catechumens); Gabrielle Robinson and Michael Robinson (Candidates).

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Finding the Ten Commandments can be a challenge for many adults (Exodus 20). Imagine the looks a Sunday school teacher got when she inquired of their whereabouts in a class for   five-year-olds. After a few moments of blank stares, she asked again, "Can anybody tell me where to find the Ten Commandments?" Finally, a little kid offered, "Have you looked them up in the Yellow Pages?"

 

March 3, 2019

posted Mar 1, 2019, 6:28 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, it is hard to believe that I am already typing these words to you – LENT BEGINS THIS WEDNESDAY! It seems like we just cleaned up the church from  Christmas and now we are preparing to walk through the desert with the Lord leading up to the celebration of Easter.  And that is how I personally look at Lent – as a journey through the desert.  Why do I say that?  Look at the Old Testament with the Jewish nation traveling through the desert for 40 years.  What was the purpose of that?  It is very simple.  In the desert, there is nothing and God was teaching them to rely upon Him for everything.  Deprived of earthly and material things, God wanted them to know that He will provide for their needs and that He will look out for them.  And if they follow His way, they will reach the Promised Land.  However as we know, that lesson took many years for them to understand.  That leads to us  today.  As we live our years out, God also wants us to come to an understanding that only He can provide the ultimate happiness we are searching for.  Through our journey of 40 days in Lent, may we come to understand that by following His way for us here on earth, we are journeying to our Promised Land of heaven.  And so over the next 40 days may our journey be a fruitful one; may we allow God to lead us and rid ourselves of anything that hinders our walk through our Lenten Desert this year.

 

Please take note of the following as Our Lady of Victory prepares to enter into this Lenten Season:

 1.  We will have the DISTRIBUTION OF ASHES during the Masses. Our liturgies will be celebrated at 7:00 and 9:00 AM, 12:05 and 6:00 PM. Due to the many Masses, we will NOT HAVE ADORATION ON ASH  WEDNESDAY.

 2.  STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed on Friday evenings at 7:00 PM. Stations of the Cross with the school children (when in session) will be celebrated on Friday afternoon’s beginning at 1:45.

 3.  We are finalizing the NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICES for this season. I will publish them shortly. But for your information, OLV PENANCE SERVICE will be held on April 14 at 2:00 PM.

 4.  My Lenten class, JESUS, HIS MISSION AND MESSAGE, will continue to be held on Mondays from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Activity Center.

 5.  Please feel free to take the popular MEDITATION BOOKLET – THE WORD AMONG US – found throughout the church. They are free and we ordered extra to take to those who would enjoy them as well.

 6.  A reminder that Friday’s during lent are times of ABSTINENCE and Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of FASTING AND ABSTINENCE.

 

May our journey through the desert these next few weeks bring us closer to understand our dependence          upon God for all things until the day we can thank Him forever in heaven.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Top Ten Signs You May Not Be Reading Your Bible Enough

10) You think Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob may have had a few hits during the 60's.

9) You open to the Gospel of Luke and a W.W.I savings bond falls out.

8) Your favorite Old Testament Patriarch is Hercules.

7) A small family of termites has taken up residence in the Psalms.

6) You become frustrated because Charlton Heston isn't listed in either the Concordance or the Table

     of Contents.

5) You think Concordance involves dark grapes and music.

4) The priest asks you to turn to the book of Revelation, and you look it up in the Table of Contents.

3) You think the Minor Prophets worked in the quarries.

2) You keep falling for it every time when the adult class teacher tells you to turn to First Condominiums.

And finally, the number one sign that you may not be reading your Bible enough:

 

1) The kids keep asking too many questions about your bedtime story:

“Jonah the Shepherd and His Ark of Many Colors.”

 

February 24, 2019

posted Feb 22, 2019, 6:12 AM by Diane Lapinski

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

February 17, 2019

posted Feb 22, 2019, 6:07 AM by Diane Lapinski   [ updated Feb 22, 2019, 6:09 AM ]

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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