FROM THE PASTOR…MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, last week our school opened for the 2014-15 school year. We have had a wonderful first week of school and I am looking forward to a great year. The running of the school is a very complicated task. We need dedicated teachers and aides, good administration, wonderful parent volunteers and sufficient financial backing. As you know, the tuition that is collected from parents covers only a portion of the total cost. We do have the Walk-a-Thon fund-raiser. But again, it does not cover the funds needed; it helps, but not totally. More financial assistance is needed for low and moderate income families to meet tuition requirements. That is why a major portion of the budget for tuition comes from the parish itself. However, we do receive great assistance from various companies that participate in the E.I.T.C. program – EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT TAX CREDIT. Under this program, companies can have part of their taxes deferred from the state and given to non-profit organizations, like our school, helping families in need. This program has helped our parishioners tremendously and I would like to recognize those who have been so generous and kind to participate in the program, benefiting Our Lady of Victory School children – G.M. McCrossin, Inc., Stocker Chevrolet Subaru, Inc., Lovisky & Associates, Restek Corporation, Susquehanna Bankshares, Inc., Mammoth, Inc., Lee Industries, Inc., Kish Bank, Fernsler Hutchinson Architecture, LLC, Fit for Play, Momentum Associates LP, Scientific Systems, Inc. For more information on this program or to participate in this program, please contact Chris Kirkpatrick, our Development Director at the rectory. Thanks again and may God bless all those who are helping to educate God’s children.
This Monday our nation celebrates LABOR DAY. Since it is a national holiday and many businesses are closed, the rectory office will also be closed. There will be only one Mass that day, celebrated at 9:00 AM. This will allow your priests and staff also to enjoy one last free day, “ending” the summer season. The rectory office will resume regular office hours on Tuesday.
Congratulations are extended to our newest members of the PARISH COUNCIL. Last Sunday at the7:30 Mass I drew three names “from the hat.” They are – Rita Robert, Lyle Merriman and Christopher Smith. They will replace 3 members who have served out their term. I congratulate them and I am looking forward to working with them over the next year. May God bless all the Council members as we continue to move forward.
Last Sunday we had our PARISH PICNIC and I can say what a huge success it was. I was told that it was one of the best attended picnics in a long time. I want to THANK the following people for making it a huge success: Bob and Mary Hershey, Mary Grunthaner, Bob and Nancy Jacobs, Pat Hopkins, Rodney Hopkins, Pat Hubler, Pat Lutz, Steve Milillo, Joe and Deb Reese, Heidi Tittmann, Pam Scott, Arnold Gasche. I also want to thank all those who came and pitched in throughout the afternoon. Thanks to all who came and made it truly a “family affair.”
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A basketball coach stormed into the university president's office and demanded a raise right then and there. "Please," protested the college President, "you already make more than the entire History department." "Yeah, maybe so, but you don't know what I have to put up with," the coach blustered. "Look." He went out into the hall and grabbed a jock who was jogging down the hallway. "Run over to my office and see if I'm there," he ordered. Twenty minutes later the jock returned, sweaty and out of breath. "You're not there, sir," he reported. "Oh, I see what you mean," conceded the President, scratching his head. "I would have phoned."