FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we finished up CATHOLIC SCHOOL WEEK on Friday, I want to offer my THANKS to all who made the week so special for the students. From the staff at the school to all the parent volunteers who gave of themselves to celebrate our Catholic Tradition, I am grateful. From the opening Mass to the closing with Family Fun Night on Friday, I hope that our students have come to realize what a treasure we have in our Catholic School. It was so nice also to have St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy join with us at the opening Mass last Sunday. What a blessing we have in State College with the possibility of a Catholic Education from pre-school through the 12th grade. May God bless all of us as we bring our young people to come to know, love and serve our Blessed Lord throughout their lives. Thanks to all!
I want to give a SPECIAL THANKS to all parishioners of Our Lady of Victory for their continued financial support of our school. Just for your information, the tuition amount that a Catholic family pays to attend our school is NOT the full per pupil cost to educate a child. The tuition required is discounted for each family and discounted even more for families who have more than one child in the school. For example, if the per pupil cost (the real amount it costs to educate a child) is $4,500.00 and the tuition for one child is $3,000.00, the difference of $1,500.00 is paid by the parish in a parish assessment. And where does that money come from? It comes from the ordinary Sunday collections! As a parish we subsidize the school and I am VERY HAPPY to do so. We as a parish should be concerned that our children receive the best Catholic Education possible. Of course, for those who can afford to do so, we do ask if the full per pupil cost be offered; but that is not the hard fast rule. So I do say THANKS to the parishioners of OLV who through their generosity allow our school to continue to educate God’s children. And remember, no matter what – NO CHILD WILL BE DEPRIVED OF A CATHOLIC EDUCATION DUE TO FINANCIAL ISSUES! Again, I ask God’s blessings upon all those who are participating in the education of our children.
Beginning February 20th I will be conducting another ADULT EDUCATION CLASS entitled “A Look At The Old Testament Prophets.” The focus will be on 3 prophets in particular – Amos, Hosea and Isaiah. This will be our Lenten class. I am beginning it 2 weeks before Lent starts because as you know as Easter approaches I will be busy with the “confession circuit” in the Northern Deanery parishes. The class will be held as usual on Monday evenings from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Gardiner Social Hall. All parishioners are invited to attend.
Now that the Christmas Season is long gone, the CHRISTMAS TOTALS can be presented to the parish. I am happy to report that our Christmas collection came to $62,435.00! What a marvelous total and I am very grateful for the generosity and kindness of OLV parishioners. As always in my prayer, I ask God to continue to bless us so that we may continue to work for the coming of His Kingdom in State College. Thanks from a grateful pastor!
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A family had twin boys whose only resemblance to each other was their looks. If one felt it was too hot, the other thought it was too cold. If one said the TV was too loud, the other claimed the volume needed to be turned up. Opposite in every way, one was an eternal optimist, the other a doom and gloom pessimist. Just to see what would happen, on Christmas day their father loaded the pessimist's room with every imaginable toy and game. The optimist's room he loaded with horse hay. That night the father passed by the pessimist's room and found him sitting amid his new gifts crying bitterly. "Why are you crying?" the father asked. "Because my friends will be jealous, I'll have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff, I'll constantly need batteries, and my toys will eventually get broken." answered the pessimistic twin. Passing the optimistic twin's room, the father found him dancing for joy in the piles of hay. "What are you so happy about?" he asked. To which his optimistic twin replied, "There's got to be a pony in here somewhere!"