FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Sunday afternoon we will have our PARISH PICNIC at the Knights of Columbus pavilion. The picnic will begin at 4:00 PM and conclude at 7:00 PM. I hope to see many of you there so that we can enjoy a fun afternoon together. Hopefully the weather will cooperate, allowing us to enjoy the day. Come and celebrate our parish family.
This Tuesday OUR LADY OF VICTORY SCHOOL will once again reopen for the 2015-16 school year. As last year, our attendance has increased and we are now at 333 students K-8. When you include the pre-school, which I hold to be part of Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, the number rises to well over 400 students. The numbers speak to the quality education our students receive, the dedication of teachers and staff, a dedicated administration and a sense of pride of being part of a school that is growing. If you have noticed in the papers or newscasts, schools in the Altoona and Johnstown area are closing and consolidating. The number of students has gone down. Yet, we are growing. Yes, it is partly due to the area in which we live. State College is growing each year. Just look at the housing going up all around us. But I feel it is more than that. Families come and look at the school and like what they see. They want to be part of our parish community. To me, that is what speaks highly of the “product” we put out. I want to welcome back all students and teachers and I am looking forward to having another great year. May God, through the intercession of Mary, continue to bless us and allow us to instill in our children His love and at the same time provide them with a quality education.
And speaking of the school, I would like to welcome our NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL COUNCIL - Brent Laskowski, Kelly Kurpeikis, and Kathy Hershbine. They are joining a team of dedicated parishioners in advising me and Samantha in leading the school forward. We rely heavily on the advice of the Council and again, I am looking forward to working with them.
FOOD FOR THE SOUL – Some words from St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Doctor of the Church: She writes to one who fears God’s judgement due to the lack of His mercy: “Yes, I feel it; even though I had on my conscience all the sins that can be committed, I would go, my heart broken with sorrow, and throw myself into Jesus’ arms, for I know how much He loves the prodigal child who returns to Him.” She never despairs of God’s mercy, which is far removed from His justice. Instead, she boldly goes to Him in trust and confidence in His great love, mercy and forgiveness. If it is good for St. Therese, certainly it is good for all of us who continue to walk our path to the Kingdom. What comforting words for us non-perfect people!
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A LITTLE HUMOR AS SCHOOL BEGINS: A school teacher injured his back and had to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body. It fit under his shirt and was not noticeable at all. On the first day of school, still with the cast under his shirt, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in school. Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, he opened the window as wide as possible and then busied himself with desk work. When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he took the desk stapler and stapled the tie to his chest. He had no trouble with discipline that year.