FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY…..As I told you in last week’s bulletin, I will have the NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICVE SCHEDULE in today’s bulletin. After finalizing the dates, the schedule is as follows:
- December 8 Holy Spirit Parish, Lock Haven at 3:00 PM
- December 9 PSU Campus at 7:00 PM
- December 11 St. Matthew’s Parish, Tyrone at 7:00 PM
- December 16 St. John’s, Bellefonte at 7:00 PM
- December 17 Good Shepherd, St. College at 7:00 PM
- December 18 St. Joseph’s, Renovo at 7:00 PM
- December 19 Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM
- December 22 OLV at 2:00 PM
As stated to you earlier, I feel these penance services are of great spiritual benefit to our Northern Deanery. It is important that the priests do help one another at this busy time of year. Therefore, with some of the scheduled services, there might have to be some changes here with our schedule. Please understand that with the shortage of priests and everyone helping each other, it is necessary to adapt and change. Fr. Matt, Fr. Val and I will be attending these services so our presence at the rectory might be at a minimum during the scheduled times. I do thank you for your understanding as we journey through Advent reaching the crib of the new born Babe of Bethlehem. I will run the schedule again in next week’s bulletin.
In order to help in the preparation of Christmas, the priests of the parish decided that there will be ADDITIONAL CONFESSIONS heard after the morning Masses during Advent on Wednesday’s and at the normal time of 6:00 PM. And just a reminder that the 22nd will be the LAST SCHEDULED opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation to be celebrated at OLV. With all the opportunities above and with the regular times at the parish, no one will be deprived of celebrating the sacrament. With the few days remaining before Christmas, therefore, your priests will have the opportunity to “get themselves ready” for the celebration – physically, spiritually and emotionally. So please plan accordingly.
The full CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR MASS SCHEDULE will be printed in next week’s bulletin. I am giving it out a little early so that parishioners can plan their schedules. Because of the timing, the schedule will not appear in your packet of envelopes as usual. I hope that with it in the bulletin it will reach more people, especially those who do not receive envelopes.
And a reminder to all parishioners that the bus for our trip to the CHRISTMAS SHOW AT SIGHT AND SOUND will leave OLV at 8:30 this Friday, Dec. 6. We will be stopping for a quick breakfast on the way down, attend the show and have dinner afterwards. I hope to return to OLV around 9:30 that evening. Please be on time for boarding. The priests are looking forward to being with you for the day. I have always believed that a parish that not only prays together, but also plays together, will stay together. Friday will be our “play date.”
For a point of information – many have related to me that the SOUND QUALITY ON THE RADIO is poor coming from our Sunday liturgy. We have checked into it and the problem in found on the radio station side and not ours. They have been contacted about the quality and until they do something about it, I am not sure what to do. But please know that the problem IS NOT at OLV. Maybe if people call them, they might see what the problem is and rectify it.
A reminder to parishioners that our ANNUAL 21 and over CHRISTMAS PARTY will be held on December 14th at the Activities Center from 6:00 – 8:30 PM. Please call the rectory letting us know that you will be coming.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - There was a teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put his boots on. He asked for help and she could see why. With her pulling and him pushing, the boots still didn't want to go on. When the second boot was finally on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost whimpered when the little boy said, "Teacher, they're on the wrong feet." She looked, and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on -- this time on the right feet. He then announced, "These aren't my boots." She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, "Why didn't you say so?" like she wanted to. Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off. He then said, "They're my brother's boots. My Mom made me wear them." The teacher didn't know if she should laugh or cry. She mustered up the grace to wrestle the boots on his feet again. She said, "Now, where are your mittens?" He said, "I stuffed them in the toes of my boots."