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December 24, 2017

posted Dec 21, 2017, 12:43 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this weekend we celebrate the SOLEMNITY OF THE HOLY FAMILY.  Scripture tells us practically nothing about the first years and the boyhood of the Child Jesus. All we know are the facts of the sojourn in Egypt, the return to Nazareth, and the incidents that occurred when the twelve-year-old boy accompanied his parents to Jerusalem. In her liturgy the Church hurries over this period of Christ's life with equal brevity. The general breakdown of the family, however, at the end of the past century and at the beginning of our own, prompted the popes, especially the far-sighted Leo XIII, to promote the observance of this feast with the hope that it might instill into Christian families something of the faithful love and the devoted attachment that characterize the family of Nazareth. The primary purpose of the Church in instituting and promoting this feast is to present the Holy Family as the model and exemplar of all Christian families.   Let us ask God to bless all of our families, that they may reflect the love, peace and security found in The Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

This Monday, January 1st, the church celebrates the SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD. The feast is a celebration of Mary’s motherhood of Jesus.  The title “Mother of God” is a western derivation from the Greek Theotokos, which means “God-bearer”.  On this day, we are reminded of the role that the Blessed Virgin played in the plan of our salvation.  Through the Holy Spirit, God the Father prepared Mary to be the dwelling place where His Son and His Spirit could dwell among men.  Christ’s birth was made possible by Mary’s fiat, or sanctioning of God’s plan with her words, “Be it done to me according to thy word”.  Calling Mary “Mother of God” is the highest honor we can give to her.  Just as Christmas  honors Jesus as the “Prince of Peace”, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God honors Mary as the “Queen of Peace”.  New Year’s Day is also designated as the “World Day of Peace”, further acknowledging the role of Mary in our hearts and in our world.  Since this solemnity falls on a Monday this year, IT IS NOT A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. However, we will have an anticipated Mass on Sunday evening at 4:00 PM and one Mass on Monday at 9:00 AM.

Just to let you know that I received a letter from INNERFAITH HUMAN SERVICES thanking us for    ringing bells for them this past Christmas Season and also thanking us for our continual donations to their organization helping the less fortunate in our State College area and beyond.  Again, I thank you also for your generosity throughout the years I have been here.  May God bless you all.

I want to THANK ALL PARISHIONERS who so generously sent in cards and baked goodies and      candies for the priests of the parish.  I have always said that it is heartwarming to know that a priest’s parishioners truly do care for their priests.  It is something that is not universal, unfortunately.  But Fr.  Antony, Fr. Jonathan and I do appreciate all the support and love we receive here.  May God bless you all for your kindness and generosity.  And now that we are starting a New Year (once again) I must hit the treadmill and work off all of your kindnesses!

And as I look back to our CHRISTMAS PARTY, I just wanted you all to know how wonderful the whole evening went.  It was so nice to see so many parishioners enjoying themselves and just being  together talking, laughing and relaxing.  As pastor, I was proud of you all and hope that everyone had a nice time.  I want to thank Chris Kirkpatrick for his work in organizing this event and to Joe and the Ramada staff to putting together a wonderful evening, especially with the decorations in the ball room.  Thanks for making this a wonderful evening for the parish.

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - On Christmas Eve, Nathan thought it would be nice to buy his wife a little gift for the next day. Always short of money, he thought long and hard about what that present might be.  Unable to decide, Nathan entered Debenhams and in the cosmetics section he asked the girl, 'How about some perfume?'  She showed him a bottle costing $150.00. 'Too expensive,' muttered Nathan. The young lady returned with a smaller bottle for $100.00.  'Oh dear,' Nathan groused, 'still far too much.' Growing rather annoyed at Nathan's meanness, the sales girl brought out a tiny $25.00 bottle and offered it to him. Nathan became really agitated, 'What I mean', he whined, 'is I'd like to see something  really cheap.'  So the sales girl handed him a mirror.