April 23, 2017

posted Apr 21, 2017, 7:11 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, hopefully the EASTER CELEBRATIONS have not worn thin in your lives.  As we celebrate the final day in the Octave of Easter I want to remind you that the Easter Season runs till Pentecost.  The church extends this joyful celebration for 50 days, to allow the followers of Jesus time to revel in the joyful news that Jesus is Alive!  The presence of Jesus in our lives should be our strength every day of the year, not just on Easter or Christmas.  Even though we may suffer some doubts, like Thomas did in this weekend’s gospel, we like Thomas should also take the next step of faith and affirm Jesus as “My Lord and God.”  What beautiful words those are; how    strengthening they can be; what consolation they bring.  May this Easter Season be one of joy and peace for all who profess Jesus is Lord, not with lips alone, but from the heart.

 

This weekend St. Pope John Paul II declared that it be named 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. - 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.

 

I want to THANK all those who sent Fr. Antony and me Easter Blessings through cards or baked goods.  As I have always said, it is so nice to know that the priests are appreciated.  May God bless all those who thought of us. 

 

As time marches on and things change, I do want to inform the parish that our DIRECTOR OF          RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, EVA, will be leaving us at the end of this school year in July.  Eva has served OLV faithfully over the years she has been with us and now she returns to her home state of  Indiana to begin a new chapter in her life.  I am sure we all wish her well and we send her off with God’s blessings and our prayers.  In her place taking over the DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION  PROGRAM WILL BE JIM HOY. Jim has been with us for many years teaching at OLV School.  He will continue to teach the religious education classes in the Middle School as well as now directing the  religious education program on Sunday mornings.   Jim is very capable, has a great love for the church and I am sure he will do a fine job for us.  Welcome Jim and God bless.

 

The training session for parishioners interested in the possible use of the HEART DEFIBRALATOR will be held this Tuesday evening at 6:30pm in the baptistery area of the church.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – Actual travelers complaints upon returning from vacation:

  “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers, they were all Spanish.”

  “We booked an excursion to a water park but no one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and  towels. We assumed it would be included in the price.”

  “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”

  “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white, but it  was more yellow.”

  “No one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”

 

April 16, 2017

posted Apr 13, 2017, 8:07 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we gather this weekend to celebrate the BLESSED SOLEMNITY OF THE RESURRECTION, I came across some beautiful reflections given by Pope Francis.  I thought I would share them with you this Easter day/night. Our Holy Father’s message:

   

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

In the Gospel of this radiant night of the Easter Vigil, we first meet the women who go the tomb of Jesus with spices to anoint his body (cf. Lk 24:1-3). They go to perform an act of compassion, a traditional act of affection and love for a dear departed person, just as we would. They had followed Jesus, they had listened to his words, they had felt understood by him in their dignity and they had accompanied him to the very end, to Calvary and to the moment when he was taken down from the cross. We can imagine their feelings as they make their way to the tomb: a certain sadness, sorrow that Jesus had left them, he had died, his life had come to an end. Life would now go on as before. Yet the women continued to feel love, the love for Jesus which now led them to his tomb. But at this point, something completely new and unexpected happens, something which upsets their hearts and their plans, something which will upset their whole life: they see the stone removed from before the tomb, they draw near and they do not find the Lord’s body. It is an event which leaves them perplexed, hesitant, full of questions: “What happened?”, “What is the meaning of all this?” (cf. Lk 24:4). Doesn’t the same thing also happen to us when something completely new occurs in our everyday life? We stop short, we don’t understand, we don’t know what to do. Newness often makes us  fearful, including the newness which God brings us, the newness which God asks of us. We are like the Apostles in the Gospel: often we would prefer to hold on to our own security, to stand in front of a tomb, to think about someone who has died, someone who ultimately lives on only as a memory, like the great historical figures from the past. We are afraid of God’s surprises; we are afraid of God’s surprises! He always surprises us!

Dear brothers and sisters let us not be closed to the newness that God wants to bring into our lives! Are we often weary, disheartened and sad? Do we feel weighed down by our sins? Do we think that we won’t be able to cope? Let us not close our hearts, let us not lose confidence, let us never give up: there are no situations which God cannot change, there is no sin which he cannot forgive if only we open ourselves to him.

But let us return to the Gospel, to the women, and take one step further. They find the tomb empty, the body of Jesus is not there, something new has happened, but all this still doesn’t tell them anything certain: it raises questions; it leaves them confused, without offering an answer. And suddenly there are two men in dazzling clothes who say: “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; but has risen” (Lk 24:5-6). What was a simple act, done surely out of love – going to the tomb – has now turned into an event, a truly life-changing event. Nothing remains as it was before, not only in the lives of those women, but also in our own lives and in the history of mankind. Jesus is not dead, he has risen, he is alive! He does not simply return to life; rather, he is life itself, because he is the Son of God, the living God (cf. Num 14:21-28; Deut 5:26; Josh 3:10). Jesus no longer belongs to the past, but lives in the present and is projected towards the future; he is the everlasting “today” of God. This is how the newness of God appears to the women, the disciples and all of us: as victory over sin, evil and death, over everything that crushes life and makes it seem less human. And this is a message meant for me and for you, dear sister, dear brother. How often does Love have to tell us: Why do you look for the living among the dead? Our daily problems and worries can wrap us up in ourselves, in sadness and bitterness… and that is where death is. That is not the place to look for the One who is alive!

Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life! If up till now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk: you won’t be disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust him, be confident that he is close to you, he is with you and he will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as he would have you do.

There is one last little element that I would like to emphasize in the Gospel for this Easter Vigil. The women encounter the newness of God. Jesus has risen, he is alive! But faced with empty tomb and the two men in brilliant clothes, their first reaction is one of fear: “they were terrified and bowed their face to the ground”, Saint Luke tells us – they didn’t even have courage to look. But when they hear the message of the Resurrection, they accept it in faith. And the two men in dazzling clothes tell them something of crucial       importance: “Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee… And they remembered his words” (Lk 24:6,8).

They are asked to remember their encounter with Jesus, to remember his words, his actions, his life; and it is precisely this loving remembrance of their experience with the Master that enables the women to master their fear and to bring the message of the Resurrection to the Apostles and all the others (cf. Lk 24:9). To  remember what God has done and continues to do for me, for us, to remember the road we have travelled; this is what opens our hearts to hope for the future. May we learn to remember everything that God has done in our lives.

On this radiant night, let us invoke the intercession of the Virgin Mary, who treasured all these events in her heart (cf. Lk 2:19,51) and ask the Lord to give us a share in his Resurrection. May he open us to the newness that transforms. May he make us men and women capable of remembering all that he has done in our own lives and in the history of our world. May he help us to feel his presence as the one who is alive and at work in our midst. And may he teach us each day not to look among the dead for the Living One. Amen.

 

GOD BLESS AND HAPPY EASTER…….Fr. Dadey and Fr. Antony

 


 

April 9, 2017

posted Apr 7, 2017, 5:58 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we enter into this HOLIEST WEEK of the church year, I pray that we all may come to know of God’s love for us in a more personal and intimate way.  For from John 3:16, we read, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”  The celebrations of this week will come to show that those words are fulfilled in the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection.  Please plan to attend as many of our  services this week as possible.  The Lord is rich in mercy and compassion.  His grace flows from His Most Sacred Heart.  May our hearts be open this week as we journey with Him so that our Easter Celebration be filled with joy, peace and love which comes from our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

This Sunday afternoon we will have our LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE AT 2:00 PM. There will be a total of 12 priests hearing confessions so hopefully waiting will not be long.  This will be the last scheduled                    opportunity to celebrate the sacrament in preparation for our Holy Week journey.  Please plan to be with us this Sunday afternoon.

 

Next weekend we begin our CELEBRATION OF HOLY WEEK. Please take notice of the HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE below.  I know people like to plan, so here it is:

· PALM SUNDAY – Regular Sunday schedule with the procession at the 9:30 Mass. Our Penance Service        

            will begin at 2:00 PM. This will be the last scheduled opportunity at OLV.

· MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK – 7:00 and 9:00 AM Mass. The Chrism Mass with Bishop Mark at the

           Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona will be celebrated at 11:00 AM with the priests and

           deacons in attendance.

· TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – 7:00 and 9:00 AM Mass

· WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK - 7:00 and 9:00 AM Mass. There will be no all-day adoration due to the 

           fact that we will have adoration after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday.

      Tenebrae will be prayed at 7:00 PM. Please note the day change from last year!

· THURSDAY OF HOLY WEEK – There will be neither a 7:00 nor 9:00 AM Mass. Morning Prayer will be

           prayed at 9:00 AM. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7:00 PM followed by

           Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 PM. Incense will be used at Mass.

· GOOD FRIDAY - There will be neither a 7:00 nor 9:00 AM Mass. Morning Prayer will be prayed at 

          9:00 AM. Stations of the Cross will be held at 12:00 PM followed by the Celebration of the Lord’s

          Passion, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion at 1:00 PM.

· SATURDAY OF HOLY WEEK – There will be no 9:00 AM Mass.  Morning Prayer will be prayed at 

          9:00  AM. The blessing of Easter Food baskets will take place at 11:30 in the baptistery.

   THE EASTER VIGIL WILL BE CELEBRATED AT 8:30 PM.  Incense will be used.

· EASTER SUNDAY – REGULAR SUNDAY SCHEDULE. 

· Due to the above schedule, the RECTORY WILL BE CLOSED from noon on Holy Thursday through     

          Easter Sunday. We will reopen on Monday at 9:00 AM. This will allow priests and staff to prepare

          themselves for the celebration of the Sacred Triduum.  

· A NEEDED REMINDER - In anticipation of the EASTER VIGIL, I would like to ask many parishioners to plan to attend this wonderful celebration of the Easter sacraments for our Elect and Candidates. So often I hear that since it is a bit longer, many do not want to attend. Yes, it is a bit longer, but it is the most beautiful and meaningful Mass that the Church celebrates all year. It will begin at 8:30 PM and probably will take about 1 ½ hours. But the beauty and meaning found within the Vigil surpasses all time. Not only that, your presence at the Vigil will be a wonderful show of support for our Elect and Candidates. Please mark it on your calendars, take off your watches when you come and just enjoy celebrating this wonderful Vigil with your parish family. And by the way, the time for the Easter Vigil is set by the Diocese. All churches in the Diocese will begin their Vigil at the same time. I say this because there are still some people who come expecting a Mass at 4:00 (our usual time on Saturday) and end up disappointed.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK -  A fifth grader looked downcast, so her teacher asked, "What's the problem,  Carol? I hope it's not homework again."  "Well, uh, yes, it is." replied Carol. "I was stupid and made my   homework paper into a paper airplane."  "Carol, you're right, that wasn't a very bright thing to do," said the teacher, "but this once I'll let you just unfold the paper and hand it in."  "Oh, but that won't work," said Carol, looking even sadder. "You see, the plane was hijacked."

 

April 2, 2017

posted Mar 31, 2017, 7:57 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, Once again, our NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICE SCHEDULE is below.  Please take a close look and see what Penance Services best suit your schedule as we continue our journey through Lent, through Holy Week to a wonderful Easter Sunday celebration.

 Monday, April 3           St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, April 4          Good Shepherd, State College, with Bishop Mark at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 5     Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM

SUNDAY, APRIL 9     OUR LADY OF VICTORY at 2:00 PM

Tuesday, April 11        PSU, University Park at 7:00 PM

Just a couple of reminders with the above schedule: Fr. Antony and I will be attending all the Penance          Services as a show of support to our neighboring parishes.  Therefore, we will not be around the rectory at those times.  Also, please mark your calendars for our Penance Service.  It is  on Palm Sunday afternoon.  We are hoping for the assistance of 13 priests, so waiting will not be all that long.  Please plan to attend the service, pray together with our community of faithful, and receive the sacrament with you parish family.  Sunday, April 9, will be the last scheduled penance service at OLV.

Because of the PENANCE SERVICE in Clarence on Wednesday, ALL DAY ADORATION will end at 3:30 PM.

 

Next weekend we begin our CELEBRATION OF HOLY WEEK. Please take notice of the HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE below.  I know people like to plan, so here it is:

· PALM SUNDAY – Regular Sunday schedule with the procession at the 9:30 Mass. Our Penance Service    

           will begin at 2:00 PM. This will be the last scheduled opportunity at OLV.

· MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK – 7:00 and 9:00 AM Mass. The Chrism Mass with Bishop Mark at the

           Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona will be celebrated at 11:00 AM with the priests and

           deacons in attendance.

· TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – 7:00 and 9:00 AM Mass

· WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK - 7:00 and 9:00 AM Mass. There will be no all-day adoration due to the 

           fact that we will have adoration after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday.

     Tenebrae will be prayed at 7:00 PM. Please note the day change from last year!

· THURSDAY OF HOLY WEEK – There will be neither a 7:00 nor 9:00 AM Mass. Morning Prayer will be

           prayed at 9:00 AM. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7:00 PM followed by

           Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 PM.

· GOOD FRIDAY - There will be neither a 7:00 nor 9:00 AM Mass. Morning Prayer will be prayed at 

          9:00 AM. Stations of the Cross will be held at 12:00 PM followed by the Celebration of the Lord’s

          Passion, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion at 1:00 PM.

· SATURDAY OF HOLY WEEK – There will be no 9:00 AM Mass.  Morning Prayer will be prayed at 

          9:00  AM. The blessing of Easter Food baskets will take place at 11:30 in the baptistery.  

          THE EASTER VIGIL WILL BE CELEBRATED AT 8:30 PM. 

· EASTER SUNDAY – REGULAR SUNDAY SCHEDULE. 

· Due to the above schedule, the RECTORY WILL BE CLOSED from noon on Holy Thursday through     

          Easter Sunday. We will reopen on Monday at 9:00 AM. This will allow priests and staff to prepare

          themselves for the celebration of the Sacred Triduum.  

· A NEEDED REMINDER - In anticipation of the EASTER VIGIL, I would like to ask many parishioners to plan to attend this wonderful celebration of the Easter sacraments for our Elect and Candidates. So often I hear that since it is a bit longer, many do not want to attend. Yes, it is a bit longer, but it is the most beautiful and meaningful Mass that the Church celebrates all year. It will begin at 8:30 PM and probably will take about 1 ½ hours. But the beauty and meaning found within the Vigil surpasses all time. Not only that, your presence at the Vigil will be a wonderful show of support for our Elect and Candidates. Please mark it on your calendars, take off your watches when you come and just enjoy celebrating this wonderful Vigil with your parish family. And by the way, the time for the Easter Vigil is set by the Diocese. All churches in the Diocese will begin their Vigil at the same time. I say this because there are still some people who come expecting a Mass at 4:00 (our usual time on Saturday) and end up disappointed.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy: "So your mother says your prayers for you each night? Very commendable. What does she say?" The little boy replied, "Thank God he's in bed!"

 

March 19, 2017

posted Mar 17, 2017, 5:13 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  Once again our NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICE SCHEDULE has been finalized.  Please take a close look and see what Penance Services best suits your schedule as we continue our journey through Lent, through Holy Week to a wonderful Easter Sunday celebration.

 Sunday, March 19       Holy Spirit, Lock Haven at 3:00 PM

Thursday, March 30    Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon at 7:00 PM

Monday, April 3           St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, April 4          Good Shepherd, State College, with Bishop Mark at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 5     Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM

SUNDAY, APRIL 9     OUR LADY OF VICTORY at 2:00 PM

Tuesday, April 11        PSU, University Park at 7:00 PM

 

Just a couple of reminders with the above schedule: Fr. Antony and I will be attending all the Penance               Services as a show of support to our neighboring parishes.  Therefore we will not be around the rectory at those times.  Also, please mark your calendars for our Penance Service.  It is usually on Palm Sunday afternoon.  We are hoping for the assistance of 13 priests, so waiting will not be all that long.  Please plan to attend the service, pray together with our community of faithful, and receive the sacrament with you parish family.  Sunday, April 9 will be the last scheduled penance service at OLV.

 

Next Saturday at 10:30 our First Communion Class will celebrate the SACRAMENT OF                     RECONCILIATION for their first time.  I am sure it might be a nervous time for some of them and so I ask you if you could just say a prayer for them as they prepare to experience the Lord’s forgiveness through this sacrament.

PLEASE NOTE: OUR  REGULAR  SATURDAY CONFESSIONS AT 9:45 WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE CELEBRATION OF FIRST PENANCE (10:30).  I WILL HAVE EXTRA PRIESTS WHO WILL BE HEARING THE CONFESSIONS OF THE ADULTS PRESENT WHILE THE CHILDREN ARE GOING TO CELEBRATE THEIR FIRST CONFESSION.

 

In anticipation of the EASTER VIGIL, I would like to ask many parishioners to see if they could plan to attend this wonderful celebration of the Easter sacraments for our Elect and candidates.  So often I hear that since it is a bit longer, many do not want to attend.  Yes, it is a bit longer, but it is the most beautiful and meaningful Mass that the church celebrates all year.  It will begin at 8:30 PM and    probably will take about 1 ½ hours.  But the beauty and meaning found within the Vigil surpasses all time.  Not only that, your presence at the Vigil will be a wonderful show of support for our Elect and candidates.  Please mark it on your calendars, take off your watches when you come and just enjoy celebrating this wonderful Vigil with your parish family.  And by the way, the time for the Eater Vigil is set by the Diocese.  All churches in the Diocese will begin their Vigil at the same time.  I say this because there are still some people who come expecting a Mass at 4:00 (our usual time on                 Saturday) and end up disappointed.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - MORE BULLETIN BLOOPERS:

· For the word of God is quick and powerful...piercing even to the dividing asunder of soup and spirit.

· Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peach to men.

· Definition: Persons who are shut-in during bath weather.

· Bring one dozen coolies wrapped for Christmas.

· The lovers in the exhaust fan are not working...

· Volunteers are needed to spit up food.

· Head Deacon and Dead Deaconess.   

· We pray that our people will jumble themselves.

 

 

March 12, 2017

posted Mar 10, 2017, 10:43 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   as promised 2 weeks ago, our NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICE SCHEDULE has been finalized.  Please take a close look and see what Penance Services best suits your schedule as we continue our journey through Lent, through Holy Week to a wonderful Easter Sunday celebration.

 

Sunday, March 12       St Joseph, Renovo at 3:00 PM

Sunday, March 19       Holy Spirit, Lock Haven at 3:00 PM

Thursday, March 30    Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon at 7:00 PM

Monday, April 3           St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, April 4          Good Shepherd, State College, with Bishop Mark at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 5     Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM

SUNDAY, APRIL 9     OUR LADY OF VICTORY at 2:00 PM

Tuesday, April 11        PSU, University Park at 7:00 PM

 

Just a couple of reminders with the above schedule: Fr. Antony and I will be attending all the Penance               Service as a show of support to our neighboring parishes.  Therefore we will not be around the rectory at those times.  Also, please mark your calendars for our Penance Service.  It is usually on Palm Sunday afternoon.  We are hoping for the assistance of 13 priests, so waiting will not be all that long.  Please plan to attend the service, pray together with our community of faithful, and receive the  sacrament with you parish family.

 

This Tuesday evening at 6:30 we will have a BRIEF TEACHING LESSON ON USING OUR HEART             DEFIBRILLATOR. An EMT will explain the proper use just in case it has to be used in an emergency in the parish.  All parishioners are invited to attend and it will be held in the baptistery area of the church.

 

Fr. Antony found the above sayings from POPE FRANCIS on the internet.  How appropriate at this time in our lives.  I thought it would be fitting to reprint it so all may meditate on these beautiful words and try to place 

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 TRUST IN GOD.

Fast from COMPLAINTS and contemplate SIMPLICITY.

Fast from PRESSURES and be PRAYERFUL.

Fast from BITTERNESS and fill your heart 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.

 


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - MORE BULLETIN BLOOPERS:

 

 *Newsletters are not being sent to absentees because of their weight.

 *Helpers are needed! Please sign up on the information sheep.

 *The Advent Retreat will be held in the lover level of St. Mary's Cathedral.

 *The District Duperintendent will be meeting with the church board.

 *As soon as the weather clears up, the men will have a goof outing.

 *Fifth Sinday is Lent.

 *Thank you dead friends.

 *Diana and Don request your presents at their wedding.

 *Lent is that period for preparing for Holy Weed and Easter.

 *Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget all His benefits. 

 

March 5, 2017

posted Mar 3, 2017, 5:50 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, last week I mentioned that for some Lent is a time of drudgery.  With penances, sacrifices, giving up things – the next 40 days can seem like an eternity.  Many go around like they are carrying a great weight on their shoulders.  And some even think that spirituality should be drudgery.  God is only pleased when do our penances, tow the line and follow everything to the nth degree.  To me that seems to be a spirituality of unhappiness.  I myself do not believe that and that is why I try to inject some humor in my homilies and have a “humor for the week” in the bulletin.  I came across a writing by Fr. Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B. who, I think, agrees with me.  He writes, “A positive and trusting spirit liberates a person to acquire that HALLMARK OF THE TRUE BELIEVER WHICH IS A SENSE OF HUMOR (my caps and bold). Humor is said to imply a certain incongruity, and it is hard to imagine anything more delightfully incongruous than finding peace and happiness in the midst of uncertainty and loss of control.  Those who do not really trust God or the ultimate victory of God’s love have little choice but to be grim and humorless.  For they feel that they must assume all the responsibility for security in the world or ORTHODOXY in the church.  True faith rejects the need to see everything in black-and-white clarity; it can be happy with gray areas of ambiguity or mystery.  It rejects, therefore, that  fundamentalist tendency which is found in all religions and which represents a bankruptcy or true and effective faith…..the first fruit of one’s discovery of the goodness of God is an indomitable trust – in God, in the future and in the good will of other persons.”  Well said Fr. Demetrius.  So throughout this Lent, may we keep laughing and smiling showing that we are true believers in the goodness of God.

 

This Sunday afternoon our catechumens and candidate will be going to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament to celebrate the RITE OF ELECTION OF CATECHUMENS AND THE CALL TO  CONTINUING CONVERSION OF CANDIDATES WHO ARE PREPARING FOR CONFIRMATION AND/OR EUCHARIST OR RECEPTION INTO THE FULL COMMUNION OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. In union with the church of Altoona-Johnstown the catechumens will have their names enrolled in the Book of the Elect and the candidate will greet the Bishop who, in that greeting,  accepts his intention to continue his journey to the Easter sacraments.  We congratulate them:  Catechumens: Teresa Speck and Laurain Tennis; Candidate: David Brown.  Please keep them and all the catechumens and candidates in your prayers as they go forth for the Rite of  Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion.

 

If you have noticed recently, Our Lady of Victory School and their activities have received public recognition – in newspapers, on newscasts, etc. We have been making more of an effort to  showcase our wonderful school and showing to all what we do and what we stand for.  I want to THANK Kathy Peters for doing a wonderful job with the publicity.  I have received many great comments about our school and I am sure with the word getting out, more families will want to be part of our school experience.  May we continue, under God’s grace and watchful eye, to be a source of light and love in our community through the education of our children.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – PROOF READ YOUR BULLETIN.  Actual bulletin items:

· Congratulations to Tim and Rhonda on the birth of their daughter October 12 thru 17.

· If you choose to heave during the Postlude, please do so quietly.

· We are grateful for the help of those who cleaned up the grounds around the church building and  

            the rector.

· Hymn: "I Love Thee My Ford."

· Sign-up sheet for anyone wishing to be water baptized on the table in the foyer.

· Newsletters are not being sent to absentees because of their weight.

· Helpers are needed! Please sign up on the information sheep.

 

February 26, 2017

posted Feb 24, 2017, 6:55 AM by Diane Lapinski   [ updated Feb 24, 2017, 6:56 AM ]

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   it is absolutely hard to believe that we are entering the SEASON OF LENT this Wednesday.  It seems like yesterday we took all the poinsettias off the altar and now we bring out the cross to adorn our sanctuary.  Many dread the season of lent, I am afraid.  It is seen as 40 days of penance and sacrifice, and that it is.  However, if we remain in that state of mind then these next 6 weeks will truly be drudgery.  If, on the other hand, we see it as a time of spiritual growth, it might not be all that much of drudgery.  Maybe we could see it as a time of refocusing on our Lord, letting go of those things which hinder our total trust and reliance on Him and embracing the virtue of humility and confidence that we have a God who walks with us and will supply what we need for our eternal salvation.  That was the message to the Israelites as they wondered in the desert – trust and confidence in God.  May that be our message from God this Lenten season as we begin the journey on Wednesday.

 

As we begin our walk these next 40 days, I want to bring to you attention a few items:

            1.       Masses with DISTRIBUTION OF ASHES during mass will be celebrated at 7:00 and                                9:00AM,  12:05PM and 6:00 PM.  Adoration will end at 5:30pm on Ash Wednesday.

            2.       We have purchased additional devotional booklets entitled “THE WORD AMONG US”.  They           are available at the entrances of the church.  Please feel free to take one and/or give one to           someone who would appreciate the booklet.

            3.       STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed on Friday’s at 7:00 PM in the church.  Children’s                      Stations will be prayed on Friday’s at 1:30 PM.

            4.       OLV PENANCE SERVICE will be held on Palm Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM.  I am in the                         process of gathering the times and place for the other Northern Deanery Penance  Service.  When I have             the official results, I will publish them.

            5.       If you are looking for additional penances, I am offering my class on Monday’s in the                                    Activities Center from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  We will be taking a brief look at the OLD TESTAMENT                               PROPHETS, focusing on Isaiah, Amos and Hosea.  Even if you missed the first class, you                                    are still welcomed to attend the remaining classes.  I will review each previous class at the                                    beginning of the new class.

            6.       Just a reminder that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of FAST AND                                            ABSTINENCE.  All Friday’s of Lent are days of ABSTINENCE.

 

I am sure all of you are looking forward to this announcement (?) –  We just got word that the ANNUAL

CATHOLIC APPEAL will begin after Easter.  Announcement Weekend will be on April 29/30 and                Commitment Weekend will be on May 6/7.  I know this is not what some wanted to hear, but I wanted to give all parishioners a heads-up.  No more details (e.g.  Amount we are going to be assessed) are known at this time.  When it is, I will surely let you all know.

 

I want to offer my THANKS to all those parishioners who have made an increase in their offertory                    contribution.  Like I said before, I do not like talking about money and I rarely do, but I felt like I had to this time and I appreciated all those who have responded.  There was a difference from previous collections and I am grateful.  May God bless all those who heard the call and responded.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – (Being that I go to Florida for a vacation, I found these and how appropriate they are):  You know you are a Floridian when…..

      -   You know that any hurricane under a Category 3 just isn't worth waking up for.

      -   You dread "love bug" season (and you know what "love bugs" are!)

      -   You are on a first name basis with the Hurricane list. They aren't Hurricane Charley or Hurricane Frances. You know them as just Andrew, Charley, Frances , Ivan, Jeanne & Wilma......

      -   You know what a "snowbird" is and more importantly when they'll leave.

      -   You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty 'average'.

      -   'Down South' really means Key West.

      -  Flip-flops are everyday wear. Shoes are for business meetings and church, but you HAVE worn                                   flip flops to church before.

 

February 19, 2017

posted Feb 17, 2017, 5:31 AM by Diane Lapinski   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 5:32 AM ]

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   beginning this Monday, February 20th,  I will be conducting another ADULT EDUCATION CLASS entitled “A Look At The Old Testament Prophets.”  The focus will be on 3 prophets in particular – Amos, Hosea and Isaiah.  This will be our Lenten class.  I am beginning it 2 weeks before Lent starts because as you know as Easter   approaches I will be busy with the “confession circuit” in the Northern Deanery parishes.  The class will be held as usual on Monday evenings from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Activities Center Gardiner Social Hall.  All parishioners are invited to attend.

 

Due to the goodness of a couple from our parish, we now have received a HEARTSTOP                 DEFIBRILLATOR. This device is used to aid a person who might be having a heart attack when coming to OLV for liturgies or other ceremonies.  It is something that was on my “bucket list” for a long time and now that wish is completed.  The defibrillator will be installed in the baptismal area, near the picture of Msgr. Fleming.  For those who might want to know how to use one in aid of someone suffering a heart attack, we will be offering a brief session on March 14th at 6:30 PM in the baptismal area.  Any and all parishioners are invited to attend this instructional  session in order to come to the aid of parishioners or guests who are having heart issues while in OLV church. 

 

The call goes out for any Eucharistic Minister willing to TAKE HOLY COMMUNION TO THE             HOSPITAL AND/OR A NURSING HOME. We had some ministers retire and now we are looking for more volunteers to help in this ministry to “visit the sick” as the gospel states.  If you are interested, please call the rectory to leave your name.  If you are a new person interested in this ministry, we will have a brief instructional session after a Sunday Mass.  Being that I am the only priest here with a car (Fr. Antony is now learning how to drive), it is important that some  parishioners do “come to our assistance” in fulfilling this ministry.  If you have done this in the past, then you will immediately be assigned to begin this ministry.  Thank you for your help in this wonderful and beautiful work in bringing the Lord to those who desire to have Him.

 

ATTENTION ALL LECTORS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS – as you know from past  experiences, we would always have sign-up sheets in the baptistery asking for our ministers to  sign-up for various roles in ministry for Christmas, Easter and holy days.  After observing that not every slot was filled in, the Liturgy Committee with my agreement decided that we will stop the sign-up sheets and instead begin assigning people to fulfill the various ministry slots present – just like we do for ordinary Sundays.  Therefore, if you are assigned a ministry on one of those days and you cannot make it, please do what you do when you cannot make a Sunday –  request a substitute through the computer.  This will make things a lot easier for the office and for all involved.  Normally we have enough ministers who attend the Masses, so this will not be a problem.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Today's riddle:  Here is the situation:

· You are on a horse, galloping at a constant speed.

· On your right side is a sharp drop-off.

· On your left side is an elephant traveling at the same speed as you.

· Directly in front of you is a galloping kangaroo and your horse is unable to overtake it.

· Behind you is a lion running at the same speed as you and the kangaroo.

· What must you do to get out of this highly dangerous situation?

· Get off the merry-go-round and go home; You've had enough excitement for one day...

 

February 12, 2017

posted Feb 10, 2017, 5:07 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  I would like your prayerful consideration for the following OPEN LETTER TO PARISHIONERS by your pastor.  My dear friends, as you know, when the number of priests for Our Lady of Victory decreased from 3 to 1 and now to 2, I moved to make some changes that would help me guide the parish in a fruitful and beneficial way.  I moved confessions to Saturday morning, which proved to be a good move since we are hearing more confessions now than before.  I moved the Saturday evening Mass to 4:00 PM and that Mass has now become the second largest attended Mass at OLV.  I moved the All-day Adoration to  Wednesday so that our school children will hopefully come to love this beautiful tradition in the Church.  Other changes were small but necessary.  But, one of the major changes was to eliminate the Sunday afternoon Mass.  I prayed a lot about this move and came to the conclusion that this change was necessary for the health and well-being of your priests.  One item that was brought to my mind with this change was the fact that we will lose some income.  I never base a decision I make on “money.”  However, the reality came true – we did lose income, roughly $1,500.00 per week.  Over a period of time this will add up and affect our budget.  I have been thinking about this for the past 2-3 months now and I have come before you with a request: Would it be possible for every contributing member of the parish to increase their offering by 10%?  For example, if you weekly offering is $20.00 and increase of 10% would be $22.00.  A weekly offering of $50.00 would increase to $55.00 and so on.  You know I never preach on money, except when it comes to the  Annual Catholic Appeal.  But at this time I feel I need to ask my parish family if my request could be fulfilled.  We are meeting every bill and paying every assessment.  We are in the black, with money in the bank.  But if this trend continues we might have to dip into our savings and adjust the budget to stay in the black for a very long time to come.  I know that there will be those people who might say, “See I told you so” or “You should never have eliminated the 5:00 PM Mass” or “He should know better than that.”  Well so be it; I cannot stop talk.  But it was either the elimination of the Mass or the health of your priests.  I hope and pray for your understanding.  OLV has and will always be known as a very generous parish for so many important items that come up through the course of the year.  I hope that you might agree with me that an additional 10% will not be all that much and that we will all join in the effort for an increased offering.  May God bless you and please give my comments above a prayerful consideration.  Thanks so much.

 

Beginning February 20th I will be conducting another ADULT EDUCATION CLASS entitled “A Look At The Old Testament Prophets.”  The focus will be on 3 prophets in particular – Amos, Hosea and Isaiah.  This will be our Lenten class.  I am beginning it 2 weeks before Lent starts because as you know as Easter approaches I will be busy with the “confession circuit” in the Northern Deanery parishes.  The class will be held as usual on Monday evenings from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  All  parishioners are invited to attend.

 

The call goes out for any Eucharistic Minister willing to TAKE HOLY COMMUNION TO THE  HOSPITAL AND/OR A NURSING HOME.  We had some ministers retire and now we are looking for more volunteers to help in this ministry to “visit the sick” as the gospel states.  If you are  interested, please call the rectory to leave your name.  If you are a new person interested in this ministry, we will have a brief instructional session after a Sunday Mass.  If you have done this in the past, then you will immediately be assigned to begin this ministry.  Thank you for your help in this wonderful and beautiful ministry.

 

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The math teacher saw that Little Johnny wasn't paying attention in class. She called on him and said, "Johnny! What are 2 and 4 and 28 and 44?"  Little Johnny quickly replied, "NBC, CBS, HBO and the Cartoon Network!"

 

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