FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Wednesday Fr. Anthony Petracca, a former assistant at OLV, will be with us to celebrate a Wednesday evening Mass at 7:00 PM, followed by a book signing in the baptistery. Fr. Anthony asked if he could return to OLV for this occasion and I was happy to grant him permission. His book, “SEEING AMERICA FIRST” is a volume offering a taste of his travel experiences, and specific recommendations for others to plan and begin their own such adventures, so that they too might discover the same length of road destinations, the same breath of beauty, and the same depth of history, that he has. Since his parents and siblings all moved to the West Coast in the 1980s, Fr. Anthony has undertaken over three dozen cross-country drives to visit them, experiencing over that time an incredible chunk of the intervening continent in its various aspects. All parishioners and friends are invited to the Mass and then the book signing.
Because of the Mass and book signing, our ALL DAY ADORATION will end at 6:30 PM with a simple reposition, allowing us to prepare the altar for the Mass.
And along those lines, a week ago I canceled our ALL DAY ADORATION after the 9:00 AM Mass due to the weather. I made the decision for various reasons. I did not want anyone to slip and fall, injuring themselves. I did not want anyone on the road possibly being hurt or hurting someone else through a car accident. I also wanted to give the guys here a chance to clear our property without the hindrance of cars and people. Since school was closed it was the ideal time to accomplish that job. And even though it warmed up later on in the day, I did not feel it was appropriate to expose the Blessed Sacrament since word was out that it was postponed. To me it would be irreverent to bring the Blessed Sacrament out and then place Eucharist back in the tabernacle and then bring the Eucharist out again and place our Lord back in the tabernacle, etc. So for those who came expecting adoration, I hope you can understand my situation. And I hope that you stayed and prayed anyway. The Lord is present in the tabernacle just as much as He is present during exposition. No graces would have been lost. And by the way, prayer can be said at home where Jesus is present also. We will continue to try to put word out through e-mail and our web page about any cancellations. But if there are still questions as to whether we are having adoration or not, please call the rectory.
And along those lines, I want to inform the parish that the OLV WILL BE LOCKED from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM each day. This is something that the State College Police and our church council members have been encouraging me to do for the safety of our church. Once again, I have to look out for the good of the total parish – complex and parishioners – and so the decision was made. The doors are computerized to lock at those times. I do ask for your understanding in this matter. I do not want to be the "incident" that the State College Police tell me is waiting to happen.
Next week at the 9:30 Sunday Mass we will begin the celebration of CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Parishioners are invited to attend this liturgy which will involve our school and St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy as well. More information will be in next week’s bulletin.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – LIFE ADVICE FROM KIDS –
On longevity: “Don’t cross the street without looking both ways because you could get hit by a car and then somebody else gets all the candy.” – Charlie, 5. “Get a bigger house. If your house is really big, you’ll have to walk a long way to get to the bathroom. That’s a lot of exercise. I think people who live to 100 had to walk up and down a lot of stairs just to go to the potty.” – Ian, 5
On money: “Bury your money in the backyard. But make a map so you remember where the money is. But hide the map where you can’t find it, so you don’t dig up the money. Or give the map to a friend who has enough money.” - Charlie, 5. “Buy more things that give you back more change. If you have a lot of coins, your pockets will be heavy and you’ll think, ‘I’m rich!’ It’s all about having heavy pockets.” – Aki, 6