FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY…..Below you will find the NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICE SCHEDULE.
- 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 schedule service, 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 schedule times. I do thank you for your understanding as we journey through Advent reaching the crib of the new born Babe of Bethlehem.
Please note that the afternoon of the 22nd, OUR PENANCE SERVICE, will be the final opportunity for scheduled confessions at OLV. The remaining 2 days will be the time for your priests and some parishioners to prepare the church, and themselves, for the celebration of the great day of Christmas. I do hope all will understand the importance of having the 2:00 session on the 22nd as the final session.
And a change that is necessitated due to the penance services is that for WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18th - – there will be no 6:00pm confessions and no 7:00pm Mass since we will be out in the scheduled parishes. For those wanting confession on the Wednesday, please note that we will be hearing after the 7:00 and 9:00 AM Masses throughout Advent and at the regular Saturday 4:00 PM session. Again, no one will be denied opportunities to celebrate the sacrament.
Last week our parish took its first PARISH BUS TRIP to see the Christmas show at Sight and Sound in Lancaster. I just wanted everyone to know how enjoyable the day was and what a great time everyone had. I feel these trips are very important to the life for our parish and I do plan on having many more in the future. And I am sure after hearing the response from those in attendance last week that they will be just as enjoyable as our first one. Just keep an eye out in the bulletin for future announcements.
I want to take this time to THANK Mary and Bob Hershey and the FAMILY LIFE COMMITTEE for their work with the Giving Tree. As in the past, due to the generosity of many parishioners, many others will have a brighter Christmas this year. And thanks to all who did contribute a gift for this project. May God bless you all for your generosity and kindness.
Another THANKS goes out to Mary Ann Spychalski for her work in acquiring gifts for all the residents at Hearthside. Once again, many of our parishioners and friends will have a brighter Christmas due to the generosity of OLV parishioners. Thanks so much for being so kind at this time of year.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A LETTER FROM A WONDERFUL GRANDMA –
I have become a little older since I saw you last, and a few changes have come into my life since then. Frankly, I have become a frivolous old gal. I am seeing five gentlemen every day. As soon as I wake up, Will Power helps me get out of bed. Then I go to see John. The Charlie Horse comes along, and when he is here, he takes a lot of my time and attention. When he leaves, Arthur Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day. He doesn't like to stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint. After such a busy day, I'm really tired and glad to go to bed with Ben Gay. What a life. Oh yes, I'm also flirting with Al Zymer.
P.S. The preacher came to call the other day. He said at my age I should be thinking of the hereafter. I told him, "Oh, I do it all the time." No matter where I am, in the parlor, upstairs, in the kitchen or down in the basement, I ask myself, "Now, what am I here after?"