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!"