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December 10, 2017

posted Dec 8, 2017, 6:21 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH        FAMILYANOTHER REMINDER - As you know, the Northern Deanery conducts PENANCE SERVICES for Christmas and Easter.  I have finalized the services for us in the North and I would like to let you know the times and places for the opportunity of reconciliation in preparation for Christmas.

       -              December 11, St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

       -              December 12, Good Shepherd, State College at 7:00 PM

       -              December 13, Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM

       -              December 14, Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon at 7:00 PM

       -              December 17, OLV at 2:00 PM

       -              December 21, SS Peter and Paul, Philipsburg at 7:00 PM

Please note that ours will be on the 17th and we will have the services of about 14 priests, so waiting should not be long.  And of course, Fr. Antony and Fr. Jonathan and I will be attending all the services so our presence at the rectory might be limited.  Also please note that since 2 of the penance services fall on Wednesday’s (the 6th and 13th) our all-day adoration will end at 3:00 PM allowing us the time to get to the churches.  Thank you for your understanding at this busy time of the year for all of us.


And for those who are planning their CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S DAY MASS SCHEDULES, please note the following times for the Christmas Masses.

· CHRISTMAS EVE:     4:00pm in the Church and 4:00pm in the school gym;

                                                   6:30pm in the Church;  10:00pm in the Church

· CHRISTMAS DAY:     7:30am, 9:30am and 12:00 Noon

· NEW YEAR’S DAY:   Since New Year’s is NOT at holy day of obligation, we still will have Masses                            celebrated at 4:00 PM New Year’s Eve and 9:00 AM New Year’s Day.

AND AN IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR PARISHIONERS – Parishioners must attend 2 Masses over the weekend of the 24th-25th:  one Mass for the 4th Sunday of Advent and one Mass for                                     Christmas.   Attendance at one Mass will not suffice for the obligation of Sunday and Christmas.  I know it is different this year, but be aware of the Masses your priests must celebrate from Saturday evening through Christmas morning! 

I want to THANK Glenn Fleming and Koch Funeral Home for once again sponsoring the 2018 CALENDARS for the parish that are available at the entrances of the church.  For the many years I have been here, both the first go round and now the second, we have always had a great relationship with Glenn and the funeral home.  Thanks Glenn and may God bless you for all your kindnesses you show to OLV.

I also want to THANK the decorating committee who did such a wonderful job for the month of                     November.  The FALL DECORATIONS were beautiful and many have commented on how they were an  aid for their prayer.  Thanks Ann and the committee for a job well done.

THIS COMING SATURDAY – December 16th from 5:30PM - 8:00PM is our ANNUAL 18 and over CHRISTMAS PARTY at the Ramada.  There is no cost for the party and it is my way of saying “thanks” for being such a wonderful parish family.  Please call the rectory for your reservation now.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – Some advice as we enter the Christmas “party season”

Rules for Dieting:

-  If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it has no calories.

-  If you drink diet soda with candy bars, the calories in the candy bar are cancelled out by the diet soda.

-  When you eat with someone else, calories don't count as long as you don't eat more than they do.

-  Food used for medicinal purposes never counts, such as hot chocolate, toast, and Sara Lee cheesecake.

-  If you fatten up the people around you, then you look thinner.

-  Movie-related foods do not have additional calories because they are part of the entire entertainment package and are not part of one's personal intake. Examples are Milk Duds, buttered popcorn, Junior Mints, Red Hots and Tootsie Rolls.

-  Cookie pieces contain no calories. The process of breaking cookies causes caloric leakage.

-  Things licked off knives and spoons have no calories if you are in the process of preparing something. Examples are peanut butter on a knife while making a sandwich, or ice cream on a spoon while making a sundae.

-  Foods that have the same color have the same number of calories. For instance, spinach and pistachio ice cream, cauliflower and whipped cream. Note: Chocolate is a universal substitute and may be used in place of any other food.