FROM THE PASTOR...MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as you know Advent is a time of preparation for the celebration of Christmas, the celebration of love coming into the world in the person of Jesus Christ. One of the ways we prepare is through the CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION. As in previous years we will be having ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES throughout the Northern Deanery. Below, you will find the completed schedule of the services:
December 4 Holy Spirit, Lock Haven at 3:00 PM
December 5 PSU Campus at 7:00 PM
December 12 St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM
December 13 Good Shepherd, St. College at 7:00 PM
December 14 Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM
December 15 Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon at 7:00 PM
December 18 OLV at 2:00 PM
Please take note that Fr. Antony and I will be out attending all the services. Therefore, our presence at the rectory over those times will be very limited. Please keep us and all priests in your prayers at this time, one of the busiest times for us in the year.
Along those lines, please take note that the LAST SCHEDULED TIME at OLV for the celebration of the sacrament will be on Sunday the 18th at 2:00 PM. We will have the assistance of 9 extra priests so waiting will not be all that long. Plan to attend as we prepare to celebrate the beautiful birth of Our Lord and Savior.
This Thursday the church celebrates the SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. Defined as dogma in 1854 by Pope Pius IX, it states that “the Blessed Virgin Mary was preserved, in the first instant of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of God omnipotent and because of the merits of Jesus Christ the Savior of the human race, free from all stain of original sin…” Masses will be celebrated on Wednesday evening at 6:00, Thursday at 7:00 and 9:00 AM (School Mass) and 12:05 PM. Because of the Wednesday evening Mass, ALL DAY ADORATION WILL END AT 5:30 with a simple reposition.
AS you noticed, our CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE is up once again in the Baptistery. There are 600 ornaments on the tree, representing 600 gifts that our parish can obtain for 600 people in our State College community to make their Christmas a little bit brighter. Please take an ornament from the tree, purchase the gift described upon the ornament and return it to the church by the 18th. We have always supplied these gifts each year and I know that we will achieve the same success once again for the goodness of others.
On the 17th of December, adult parishioners 18 and over are invited to our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY at the Ramada Inn on S. Atherton Street. This Christmas gathering is my way of just saying “thank you” to all who make our parish a wonderful parish to attend and experience God’s love. The party is free and it begins at 6:00 PM and ends around 9:00 PM. Call the rectory now for your reservations so that we can plan.
ADVENT THOUGHT FROM POPE FRANCIS – “We all need to be a little more merciful, to not badmouth others, not judge, not rip people apart with criticism, envy, jealousy.” By giving and forgiving, he said, one’s heart will expand with love, while selfishness and hatred will turn the heart into a hard tiny stone. “Which do you want?” he asked.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The temporary Sunday School teacher was struggling to open a combination lock on the supply cabinet. She had been told the combination, but couldn't quite remember it. Finally she went to the pastor's study and asked for help. The pastor came into the room and began to turn the dial. After the first two numbers he paused and stared blankly for a moment. Finally he looked serenely heavenward and his lips moved silently. Then he looked back at the lock, and quickly turned to the final number, and opened the lock. The teacher was amazed. "I'm in awe at your faith, pastor," she said. "It's really nothing," he answered. "The number is on a piece of tape on the ceiling."