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December 2, 2018

posted Nov 30, 2018, 5:20 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as promised in a previous bulletin, I said I would               announce the PENANCE SERVICE SCHEDULE for the Northern Deanery as soon as I could.  After             contacting the various parishes, the schedule is as follows:


· Sunday, December 2, Holy Spirit, Lock Haven at 3:00 PM

· Monday, December 3, PSU Campus at 7:00 PM

· Wednesday, December 5, St. Joseph, Renovo at 6:30 PM

· Monday, December 10, Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon at 7:00 PM

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


· Monday, December 17, St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

· Tuesday, December 18, Good Shepherd, State College at 7:00 PM

· Thursday, December 20, SS Peter and Paul, Philipsburg at 7:00 PM


Once again, as usual, your priests will be attending these services giving help to our brother priests. Therefore, please know that our time might be at a premium over the month of December. Thank you for your      understanding in this matter.  And please mark Sunday, December 16 as the day of our Penance Service.


This Saturday the church celebrates the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. This doctrine states that Mary was conceived without original sin.  God  preserved her from the stain of original sin, thereby participating in the saving effects of the death and  resurrection of Jesus.  Masses will be celebrated Friday evening at 6:00 and Saturday at 9:00 and 11:00 AM. BECAUSE OF THE MASS TIMES ON SATURDAY, CONFESSIONS WILL BE CANCELED FOR THAT DAY.


Another notice - please mark your calendars and be with us for our ANNUAL 18 AND OVER   PARISH CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE STATE COLLEGE RAMADA. The evening will begin at 5:15 and end around 8:30.  This evening is my way of saying “THANKS” for being such a wonderful parish family,           supportive in every way.  There is no charge for this gathering and all I want are parishioners to come, relax and have a wonderful time as a family.  Please circle the day on your calendars and be with us for this            enjoyable evening.  Call the rectory for your reservation now.


This Tuesday morning I will be leaving with the parish on our CHRISTMAS TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY. The bus will be leaving at 10:30 in the morning and I do ask that all parishioners going to please be on time for boarding and leaving.


Beginning this weekend, the far side metal door is now an EXIT DOOR ONLY. Under advice from the police department and other key officials, it was determined that the door be used only as an exit out of the church.  I know that some will not like the idea.  However, it only means that one has to walk an additional 25 or so yards to enter the church.  With previous news stories, we are trying very hard to make attendance at OLV as safe as possible.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.


Join in the OLV GIVING TREE EXPERIENCE this year.  As in previous years, this annual event is an OLV Parish Outreach to the less fortunate in our area.  From residents in nursing homes to families, to those who might be hurting this holiday season, we reach out to make their days a little brighter.  As always, please take an ornament home with you off of the tree, purchase the gift and return it to be distributed.  We have always been successful in this ministry and I am sure we will be also this year.  Thanks in advance for your               participation.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "And what starting salary are you looking for?" The engineer replies, "In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package." The            interviewer inquires, "Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?" The engineer sits up straight and says, "Wow! Are you kidding?" The              interviewer replies, "Yeah, but you started it."