FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, please be patient with me as I run once again the PENANCE SERVICE, CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY AND NEW YEAR’S EVE AND DAY schedules. I will run them through the month due to the fact that some might have missed them and it might save them a call to the rectory. The Northern Deanery takes the lead in scheduling penance services in each of the churches. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend one of them. THREE SERVICES WILL BE HELD THIS WEEK:
- December 6 at 3:00 PM – Holy Spirit, Lock Haven
- December 9 at 7:00 PM – PSU Campus
- December 10 at 7:00 PM – Queen of Archangels, Clarence
- December 14 at 7:00 PM – St. Matthew’s, Tyrone
- December 15 at 7:00 PM – Good Shepherd, State College
- December 17 at 7:00 PM – St. Joseph’s, Renovo
- December 20 at 2:00 PM – OLV
Please take special note that our Penance Service will be on the 20th and IT WILL BE THE LAST SERVICE OFFERED IN THE NORTHER DEANERY. Since this is a deanery celebration of God’s mercy, your priests will be attending making our presence in the rectory a little less.
And for those who are planning their Christmas and New Year’s Day celebrations, please note the following MASS TIMES:
- NO 7:00 nor 9:00 AM Mass on Thursday, December 24
- CHRISTMAS EVE – 4:00 PM at Church and School Gym, 6:30 and 10:00 PM in Church
- CHRISTMAS DAY – 9:00 AND 11:00 AM
- NEW YEAR’S EVE – 4:00 PM
- NEW YEAR’S DAY – 9:00 AND 11:00 AM
I will repeat these times once again, but calls have been coming into the rectory already so I thought I would make them known now so family planning can take place.
This Tuesday the Church CELEBRATES THE SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, a Holy Day of Obligation. We celebrate the fact that Mary was conceived without sin. God preserved her from any stain of sin to be the worthy vessel of bringing His Son into the world. May we also cooperate with God’s grace being free from sin and enjoying His life within us. Masses will be celebrated Monday evening at 6:00 PM, Tuesday at 7:00 and 9:00 AM (the children will be with us), 12:05 and 6:00 PM. Because of the evening Mass on Tuesday the 8th, there will be NO CONFESSIONS THAT EVENING.
Just a reminder to parishioners to call now for your reservation for our CHRISTMAS PARTY TO BE HELD AT THE RAMADA on the 19th of December. Call now; let us celebrate OLV as a parish family who also plays together.
December 8 also marks the beginning of the CELEBRATION OF THE YEAR OF MERCY in the Catholic Church. Seeing the great need for mercy and healing in the world, Pope Francis called for the Year of Mercy—a special period, also known as a Holy Year or Jubilee Year, for the Catholic Church. It is a time for the Church across the world to take approximately a year to focus on forgiveness and healing in a special way. Pope Francis has asked us as individuals and as a Church “to be a witness of mercy” by reflecting on and practicing the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Beginning December 8, 2015, the Holy Year of Mercy will focus on studying and reflecting on mercy, receiving mercy, and being merciful towards others. Watch the bulletin for various events to be held here and throughout the Diocese celebrating this wonderful proclamation of the greatness of God and His mercy towards us.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – Here are ten useful phrases for responding to Christmas presents you would rather not have received:
1. Thanks a lot! 2. My word! What a gift.
3. Well, well, well … 4. If I hadn't put on so much weight recently it would have fit me perfectly.
5. Gosh, I hope I never lose this. We're always losing things around here.
6. It's great; but I'm worried about the envy it may create.
7. Just my luck to get this on the very Christmas I promised to give all my gifts to charity.
8. Unfortunately, I am about to enter MI5's Witness Protection program.
9. Frankly, I don't deserve this.
10. Really, you shouldn't have. No, honestly, you shouldn't have.