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December 8, 2019

posted Dec 6, 2019, 6:22 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILYthis Sunday, December 8 is usually a holy day of  obligation – the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN. It states that Mary had no stain of original sin on her, the consequence of Adam’s fall, preserved by a special grace from God. The  Immaculate  Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is part of God’s plan. Christ, who receives his human flesh from his mother, receives this flesh from a person who, by a singular gift from God, herself comes into this world without original sin.  This exemption is God’s gift to the woman who would freely choose to be his   mother. The gift highlights the extraordinary nature of the mission of the Mother of God- no one would even have the relationship God in Christ has to the Blessed Virgin Mary. No one will ever be the Mother of God except the Blessed Virgin Mary. Since it falls on a Monday and is not obligatory, we will keep to the   normal weekday Mass schedule – 7:00 and 9:00 AM. However, since Mary is our patron, we will have the school children attend the 9:00 AM Mass   instead of the normal Wednesday.

 

One of the best ways to prepare for the celebration of Christmas is through the SACRAMENT OF    RECONCILIATION. As promised earlier, you will find here the complete schedule of the NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICES:    

December 8, Holy Spirit, Lock Haven at 3:00 PM

December 9, PSU Campus at 7:00 PM

December 11, St. Joseph, Renovo at 7:00 PM

December 12, Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon at 7:00 PM

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.

As you look at that schedule, you will see that your priests will be very busy over those 11 days. Fr.  Jonathan and I will be attending all the services, so please be patient with us is we are not around too much over those times.  As always, you have been understanding in the past and I am counting on all of you to be understanding once again.

 

As we are now in the swing of having only 2 priests here at OLV, I want to THANK parishioners for their understanding when we had to change a few items here at the parish, e.g., Mass times and cancellations, all-day adoration being canceled or shortened, etc.  Fr. Jonathan and I are trying to keep things as normal as possible.  But there will be additional times when we have to make more adjustments, especially with the holiday season coming upon us and the workload that it brings.  I thank you for your understanding and I know that I can count on it in the future.

 

ADULT CHRISTMAS PARTY – PLAN TO BE WITH US – ON DECEMBER 14TH… our annual Christmas Party for adults will be held at the Ramada Inn on Saturday, December 14th from 5:15 – 8:30 PM. This party is my way to say THANK YOU for being such a wonderful parish family.  We are having a new menu this year!  More information is found in the bulletin, but I wanted to draw your attention to this wonderful event.  Call the rectory now for your reservation. 

 

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 of read, NO OLV MONIES OR ANY OTHER CHURCH'S MONEY WENT TO PAY LAW SUITS!!!  DO NOT BE LEAD BY TOTAL MISINFORMATION.

 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – (as we buy Christmas gifts) After being away on business, Tim thought it would be nice to bring his wife a little gift. "How about some perfume?" he asked the cosmetics clerk.    She showed him a bottle costing $50."That's a bit much," said Tim, so she returned with a smaller bottle for $30.00. "That's still quite a bit," Tim complained.   Growing annoyed, the clerk brought out a tiny $15.00 bottle.  "What I mean," said Tim "is I'd like to see something really cheap."  The clerk handed him a mirror.

 

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