FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Monday the church celebrates the SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN. On November 1, 1950, Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: “We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.” The pope proclaimed this dogma only after a broad consultation of bishops, theologians and laity. There were few dissenting voices. What the pope solemnly declared was already a common belief in the Catholic Church. The Assumption completes God's work in her since it was not fitting that the flesh that had given life to God himself should ever undergo corruption. The Assumption is God's crowning of His work as Mary ends her earthly life and enters eternity. The feast turns our eyes in that direction, where we will follow when our earthly life is over. Mary’s Assumption into heaven gives us the hope that one day we too will be taken into heaven to be with the Lord forever. Since it falls on a Monday this year, IT IS NOT AN OBLIGATORY HOLY DAY. However, we still will celebrate it at our normal Masses on Monday at 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM.
As you know, I am a big advocate of the saying “a FAMILY THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.” However, I also believe that it can be taken a step further: “a FAMILY THAT PLAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.” Not only is it true for the family at home, it is also true for a parish family. Therefore we have 2 events this month that will allow us to “play together.” First, this Sunday afternoon the Northern Deanery Catholic Community will gather at the ball field to root on the STATE COLLEGE SPIKES beginning at 6:05 PM followed by fireworks. There are still tickets left and they can be purchased this Sunday afternoon at the stadium. Also, I invite parishioners to our ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC next Sunday, August 21 at the Knights of Columbus Pavilion from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. In past years we have had such a great attendance and I hope to have the same this year. This picnic is a time for us to enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed atmosphere. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
OLV RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM is in need of teachers for the upcoming school year. With the retirement of some of our teachers we do have openings. I am asking for some volunteers to help us fill out the vacant positions. If anyone is willing to give of themselves on Sundays, please contact the rectory or Eva. I appreciate any and all volunteers willing to help us. Thanks in advance.
Now that Fr. Ralph has returned to Ghana, I want to THANK OLV PARISHIONERS for their kindness and loving support of Father. I do not just mean financially, but I want to include the warmth and friendship shown to him over the past 6 weeks. He did comment many times of how welcomed he felt and how accepting the parishioners were of him. I truly appreciate the hand of friendship extended to him. May God bless you all for showing him what OLV parish truly is – a parish of love, friendship to strangers, and warm acceptance of all. God bless. Father Ralph has sent me a “thank you note” to the parish and I will print it in next week’s bulletin.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Grandpa Jones was celebrating his 100th birthday and everybody complimented him on how athletic and well-preserved he appeared. "Gentlemen, I will tell you the secret of my success," he cackled. "I have been in the open air day after day for some 75 years now." The celebrants were impressed and asked how he managed to keep up his rigorous fitness regime. "Well, you see my wife and I were married 75 years ago. On our wedding night, we made a solemn pledge. Whenever we had a fight, the one who was proved wrong would go outside and take a walk."