FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, after a few phone calls, I have finalized the LENTEN PENANCE SERVICES FOR THE NORTHERN DEANERY. As you know from past years, the priests of the Northern Deanery try to help out other pastors with the celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in their respective churches. This is a big help to the pastors as well as a help to the parishioners who might want to “go to confession to a strange priest”. Please take note of the following dates and times and parishes:
- Sunday, February 28 at Holy Spirit, Lock Haven at 3:00 PM
- Monday, March 14 at Good Shepherd, State College, with Bishop Mark at 7:00 PM
- Tuesday, March 15 at Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM
- Wednesday, March 16 at St. Matthew’s, Tyrone at 7:00 PM
- Thursday, March 17 at St. Joseph’s, Renovo at 7:00 PM
- SUNDAY, MARCH 20 AT OLV, STATE COLLEGE AT 2:00 PM.
- Tuesday, March 22 at PSU, University Park at 7:00 PM
As you can see from the above schedule, the priests will be extremely busy, especially the week of the 13th. Fr. Mike, Fr. Val and I will be attending the services and thus our time here will be limited. Please note that there will be no evening Masses on the 15th nor the 22nd nor confessions since we will be in Clarence and on the PSU Campus respectively. Thank you in advance for your understanding for the adjustments that need to be made during this very busy time of year. And please note the time of the OLV Penance Service. We will have the assistance of many priests, so mark your calendar.
This weekend every parish in the diocese will participate in the ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL. As from past years, the Appeal supports the many ministries within the diocese and directly impacts the lives of parishioners throughout the 8 counties. Our goal is $147,384.00. You all should have received the Bishop’s letter, my letter and a pledge card. Please fill out your card and return it to the church office. Remember, all monies over and above the goal will be returned to the parish for ordinary parish operations, which total over 1 and ½ million dollars – not a small amount. Every gift, regardless of the amount, will make a difference. I am confident that we will reach our goal and go over. May God bless everyone who will help in this Appeal.
As you know OLV has an excellent ministry of bringing the Holy Eucharist to the Catholic patients in the hospital. I do appreciate all the volunteers who are giving of themselves to this ministry. However, we are always in need of more ministers to help in this important ministry. Therefore, as pastor to the hospital and given the responsibility to insure that this ministry continues, I will be holding a session for Eucharistic Ministers who would like to help in our HOSPITAL MINISTRY. It will be held after the 9:30 Mass on Sunday, March 13th. For those not attending the 9:30 Mass, please arrive at the church at10:30. The session will only last about 20 minutes. Again, thanks to all the ministers who bring the Lord Jesus to those who are hospitalized.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - An office supplies company in a small suburban town noticed that a local church had stopped placing its regular orders, and so the manager called to see what the problem might be. The minister responded, and was obviously not happy. "I'll tell you why we stopped ordering from you" shouted the minister angrily. "Our church ordered some pencils from you for use in the pews for visitors to register". The store manager, puzzled, responded, "I don't understand what the problem is, didn’t you receive them yet?" "Oh yes, we received them all right," replied the minister. "The pencils that you sent were golf pencils... everyone was stamped with the words, `Play Golf Next Sunday'".