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February 24, 2019

posted Feb 22, 2019, 6:12 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  last Friday evening we had our TRIVIA NIGHT for the Our Lady of Victory School Athletics Department.  As before, this evening was a huge success.  We had more people attend this event than in the past years.  It was a very enjoyable evening for all who were in attendance.  It was a huge success for us because of the many volunteers who worked so hard.  I want to thank them through my page in the bulletin.  MaryAnn Stolberg and Kathy Peters -Trivia Night Co-Chairs, Live Auction and “Spirit”ual Suprise. Will Malerich, Patti Malerich, Stephanie Salada, Anne Bord - Trivia  Competition.  Melissa Coudriet, Katie Gagnon, Ayumi Ohmoto - Baskets and Wine Pull.  Matt Stolberg -   Mulligan Expert.  Jordan Napkora, Amanda Adams - Penn State Interns.  Monika Peters, Claire Peters -    Pulpit Promotion. Denise Dible, Tonia Eby, Lisa Groves - Check-In/Payment Table. Chris Meckley – Food. Ruthie Straub, Joe Viglione – Beverages.  Elizabeth Peters - Cookie Bouquet and Table Arrangements.  Jeff Peters, Samantha Weakland - Music and Sound.  AND TO OUR SPONSORS: Keynote Sponsor - Kathleen and Chris Hulburt. Gold Sponsors - Hall Foundation, Peters Family. Silver Sponsors - Knights of Columbus, Fr. O’Hanlon Council #4678, Redline Speed Shine, RE/MAX Centre  Realty, Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy. Bronze Sponsors - Balfurd Dry Cleaners, Giant Foods, Nittany Beverage, State College Medicine, TC Transport.  Friends - BowerShots Photography, Englehart Dentistry, Karstetter Insurance, Landscape II, Manning Photography, Penn State Hospitality Services, Straub Family, Stover McGlaughlin, Attorneys and Counselors of Law, Weis Markets.  As I looked around the gym last  Friday, it was so good to see so many people enjoying themselves by being part of the Our Lady of Victory family.  Thanks to all who came and made this night so memorable.


On a similar note, I am so very proud of the VOLUNTEER ETHIC that is here in our parish as seen from the above list.  From workers in the school to pre-school to parish, we always have many who are willing to give of their time to further the good things we are doing here.  I am very proud of all those who contribute their time and I can only ask God to bless them for their goodness and kindness they give to Our Lady of  Victory.  Thanks to all.


UPDATE ON THE SCHOOL SECURITY AND RENOVATION PROJECT – this past week I signed the       contracts that allows us to continue to move forward for the completion of the wonderful improvements for parish and school.  Dates were set for the beginning and ending of the construction; appliances for the kitchen were reserved and purchased; plans for the air conditioning are being finalized; plans for the new  secure entrance into the school are also being finalized.  As of this typing we have pledged $1,375,000.00, almost of which $1,000.000 has been received in cash.  After everything is finished I am sure parishioners will be very proud of the changes and improvements.  However, I do have a request.  If you have not already contributed to this project, please consider doing so.  We are undertaking this massive project for the good of our school children, especially for their safety.  There are additional envelopes in the baptistery for those who want to help.  As a matter of fact, I received a check for $500.00 from visitors from Ohio who were so impressed with our Catholic Schools Mass that they wanted to help out in this campaign. They write, “Fr. Dadey, as a visitor to OLCVS on the Sunday of Catholic Schools Week, we were so moved by your sermon regarding the importance of Catholic education that we just had to send this contribution to help with your  improvement project. We hope this will help reach your goal.  God Bless.”  Here we have visitors, not parishioners who are helping us.  Could I ask parishioners who have not contributed so far to kindly consider doing so?  Your help will ensure that children for many years will continue to receive the best education and school environment for many years to come.  What a wonderful legacy to leave  behind!


Just for parishioner information, I will be having a class this Lent entitle JESUS, HIS MESSAGE AND MISSION. It will be based on the scriptures and some biblical scholarship.  The sessions will begin this Monday February 25 and go for about 6 weeks.  It will run from 7:00 – 8:00 PM as usual and be held in our Activities Center.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Little Johnny came in from the backyard sobbing. His mother asked "What's the matter?" "Dad was fixing the fence and hit his thumb with the hammer," he said through his tears. "That's not so serious," his mother said, "and a big boy like you shouldn't cry about that. Why didn't you just laugh?" "I did!" cried Johnny.