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December 15, 2019

posted Dec 13, 2019, 11:38 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 we will have our PENANCE SERVICE FOR CHRISTMAS. We will have the assistance of 10 extra priests, so like  always, waiting will not be long. PLEASE PLAN TO BE WITH US SO THAT WE CAN HEAR ALL THE CONFESSIONS OF PARISHIONERS in preparation for Christmas.  Since there are only 2 of us here at OLV, I am hoping everyone will make use of this opportunity to celebrate the sacrament.  Please do not wait until the last minute as this will be one of the last opportunities to celebrate the sacrament.


Below you will find the rest of the scheduled PENANCE SERVICES IN THE NORTHERN DEANERY:

December 15, OLV at 2:00 PM

December 16, St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

December 17, Good Shepherd, State College at 7:00 PM

December 18, Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM

December 19, SS Peter and Paul, Philipsburg at 7:00 PM.



  Christmas Eve:  4:00PM Mass in the Church

                                                  4:00PM Mass in the School Gym

                                                  6:30PM Mass in the Church

                                                10:00PM Mass in the Church (carols begin at 9:15pm)

             Christmas Day:  7:30AM, 9:30AM and 12:00PM


   New Year’s Eve:  4:00PM

   New Year’s Day:  8:00AM and 10:00AM   


As we anticipate Christmas gift-giving, may I ask parishioners to REMEMBER OUR LADY OF VICTORY AT COLLECTION TIME? This past year was one that was truly miraculous.  When a parish can raise 1.6 million within a year, it is truly a testament to the generosity of parishioners.  However, ordinary expenses kept  accruing. Bills still need to be paid out of our Sunday Collections.  What we have put off has now come due.  So if I can ask, please remember OLV in your Christmas and regular Sunday offerings.  We are not hurting tremendously, but we do need to make up some ground in the finance department.  And please   remember that if you travel over the holidays and attend Mass somewhere else, the bills continue at your  parish church.  As I have said  before, we are a little behind projected collections.  Please remember OLV over the next few weeks. Things will improve I am sure, when capital campaign pledges are fulfilled and our Christmas collection comes through. FUN FACT - $6,100.00 OF SUNDAY COLLECTIONS GOES EACH WEEK TO PAY ALL DIOCESAN ASSESSMENTS AND BILLS (NOT TO OLV)!  And contrary to what you might have read, NO OLV MONIES OR ANY OTHER CHURCH'S MONEY WENT TO PAY LAW SUITS!!!  DO NOT BE LEAD BY TOTAL MISINFORMATION.

And along those lines, I want to THANK all parishioners who are fulfilling their pledges for the Capital Campaign for this year.  As I just said above, the pledges now are” restoring the balance” of our finances as we enter into the normal operating expenses for the fiscal year that began on July 1.  I extend my thanks once again to all those who have participated in this drive.  The students have greatly benefited from all the improvements  made.

Just a reminder to parishioners to PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE in trying to come to church on bad weather weekends.  If the snow and ice keep you from coming safely, please remain at home.  I truly believe that the Lord understands the situation.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK In a small Southern town there was a "Nativity Scene" that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One small feature bothered many visitors. The three wise men were wearing firemen's helmets.  Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation one visitor left and stopped at a "Quick Stop" on the edge of town. The lady behind the counter was asked about the helmets. She exploded into a rage, yelling at me, "You visitors never do read the Bible!" She was assured that she did, but simply couldn't recall anything about firemen in the Bible. The lady jerked her Bible from behind the counter and ruffled through some pages, and finally jabbed her finger at a passage. "See, it says right here, ‘The three wise man came from afar.'" (get it?)