FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, please be patient with me as I run once again the PENANCE SERVICE, CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY AND NEW YEAR’S EVE AND DAY schedules with the necessary adjustments. I will run them through the month due to the fact that some might have missed them and it might save them a call to the rectory. The Northern Deanery takes the lead is scheduling penance services in each of the churches. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend one of them. THREE SERVICES WILL BE HELD THIS WEEK:
- December 14 at 7:00 PM – St. Matthew’s, Tyrone
- December 15 at 7:00 PM – Good Shepherd, State College
- December 17 at 7:00 PM – St. Joseph’s, Renovo
- December 20 at 2:00 PM – OLV
Please take special note that our Penance Service will be on the 20th and IT WILL BE THE LAST SERVICE OFFERED IN THE NORTHER DEANERY and at OLV. Since this is a Deanery celebration of God’s mercy, your priests will be attending making our presence in the rectory a little less.
PLEASE NOTE – DUE TO THE PENANCE SERVICE ON TUESDAY, THE 15th, THERE WILL BE NEITHER EVENING MASS NOR CONFESSIONS.
And for those who are planning their Christmas and New Year’s Day celebrations, please note the following MASS TIMES:
- NO 7:00 nor 9:00 AM Mass on Thursday, December 24
- CHRISTMAS EVE – 4:00 PM at Church and School Gym, 6:30 and 10:00 PM in Church
- CHRISTMAS DAY – 9:00 AND 11:00 AM
- NEW YEAR’S EVE – 4:00 PM
- NEW YEAR’S DAY – 9:00 AND 11:00 AM
I will repeat these times once again, but calls have been coming into the rectory already so I thought I would make them known now so family planning can take place.
And please note – THERE WILL BE NO 5:00 PM Mass on Christmas Day nor one on New Year’s Day. Your priests do enjoy celebrating Christmas with family and friends also. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
As we enter the YEAR OF MERCY, I came across this quote from our Holy Father Pope Francis that I feel should touch our hearts and make us “think a little”: “If in our heart there is no mercy, no joy of forgiveness, we are not in communion with God, even if we observe all of His precepts, for it is love that saves, not the practice of precepts alone. It is love of God and neighbor that brings fulfillment to all the commandments. And this is the love of God, His joy: forgiveness. He waits for us always! Maybe someone has some heaviness in his heart: “But I did this, I did that…” He expects you! He is your Father: He waits for you always!” This quote comes to us from Pope Francis’ Angelus address on September 15, 2013. What a comforting quote from our Holy Father, calling us to trust in God’s forgiveness and mercy no matter what our past has been.
Next Saturday evening we will have our ADULT PARISH CHRISTMAS PARTY at the Ramada. The party will begin at 6:00 PM with a cash bar of wine and soda. Dinner will follow at 6:30. There will be a D.J. once again for anyone who cares to dance after dinner until 8:30. We do have a limited number of seats, so please call ASAP to reserve your time.
I want to THANK Glenn Fleming and Koch’s Funeral Home for sponsoring the 2016 calendars once again. I do appreciate their willingness to “foot the bill.” They have always been good friends and I do appreciate their service they provide to parishioners of OLV. Thanks, Glenn.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Rick, is a paramedic here in Miami. A few years ago he answered a call about a man who had a head injury he sustained when some teenagers were throwing eggs at cars. It seems that the egg had come through the open window of the man’s car as he was driving at about 45 mph. He had a large swelling on his forehead. In the official report, Rick described the incident as an “egg-noggin”.