FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, a week ago, we had the CHURCH CARPET CLEANED. It really took a beating this past winter, as we all know. However in the process of cleaning, we found marks on the floor from juice containers, soda, gum and ground in cookies and crackers. I write these words asking parishioners to please be careful when coming to church. If you find it necessary to bring all those things for the little ones (remember, there is a cry room), please take care of the pews and carpets. I know this sound like a small thing, but for as much that was invested in the carpet and pews financially, extra care needs to be taken. I appreciate your help and assistance in trying to keep OLV Church looking fit for many more years to come.
Please mark on your calendars the date of August 24th. That Sunday afternoon we will have our PARISH PICNIC. Last year, my first picnic, was a wonderful way for me to get to know new parishioners. This year I hope it will be an opportunity to our parish to continue to grow stronger as God’s family. It will be held at the Knights of Columbus pavilion beginning at 4:00PM. I am looking forward to this time together as we celebrate “family.”
Also mark on your calendars September 24th. Our Lady of Victory will travel to Sight and Sound Theatre for the production of MOSES. This production is billed as one of their most spectacular event over produced. The cost for this trip is just $75.00, which included bus transportation, ticket to see the show and dinner afterwards at Hershey Farms. Please call the church office now to reserve your seat for this wonderful production.
As I looked over and signed the OLV FINANCIAL REPORT that must be sent to the Bishop every year, I want to take this time to THANK all parishioners who are contributing to the parish financially. Your generosity and kindness to the church is greatly appreciated by your pastor and I am sure will be rewarded by the Lord in some untold ways. Because of your faithfulness, we are able to remain the black, pay all bills and assessments, keep our Catholic School up and running (serving over 350 students, including pre-school), repair, improve and renovate many areas within our parish complex, pay fair salaries to employees, operate a Religious Education program for hundreds of students and extend our charity to many organizations outside of our church. This is a great testament to our parish and I am very proud of all of you. A pastor could not want a more generous parish than what OLV is to me. May God continue to bless us and we work for the coming of His Kingdom here in State College. I know that I can count on your future support as we journey together.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - In heaven there were two lines. One said "Men who were bossed by their wives," and the other one said, “Men who weren't bossed by their wives". There was a big line for the first one, but then the man who was checking peoples name in the book of life saw one man in the other line. So he told the guys to wait. He asked the man why he was in that line. The man replied, “My wife told me to."