FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we begin a NEW YEAR together at Our Lady of Victory Parish, my prayer for the parish is that we continue to grow in love of God and from that relationship to love of each other. As I have always said in my homilies, the God is intimately in love with us – madly in love, to say it another way. I hope that this coming New Year, we all will grow in that understanding, realizing that the relationship we have with God is to fill the human heart with JOY. Life so often has its share of hardships; yet through it all, God is ever faithful to us and His love will always be there. Maybe that can be our New Year’s Day resolution – growing in that understanding, not just in the year 2015, but throughout the rest of our lives.
BLESSINGS FOR A NEW YEAR
May you be blessed with sudden insights and inspiration
May you be graced with quiet moments of simplicity and reflection
May you be supported by your loved ones when you need them
May you be a source of strength to those around you
May you receive embraces from parents, children, and long lost friends
May you cry at a good movie with the one you love
May you read a newspaper and react to injustice – both in mind and deed
May you pick up a hobby that you have always wanted to do
May you say good-bye to habits and thoughts that have become a burden to you
May you forgive those who have hurt you, and
May you have the courage to make amends when needed
May you take a long awaited trip
May you travel to new places inside yourself
May you build the world you have always wanted for yourself and others
May you have late mornings with a good cup of coffee, and enjoy the fresh air, and
May you feel healthy – physically, emotionally, and spiritually
May you hear the joy and sorrow of this great universe in which we live
And may you be blessed with peace through God’s intimate love for you!
Beginning this Thursday, January 8 and after careful consultation with the State College Police Department, lawyers and parishioners, I have decided that our all-day adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will END AT 11:00 PM ON THOSE THURSDAYS. During my time here at OLV, there have been 3 incidents during the early adoration hours involving persons who were “high” on something, twice having to call the police. I hate to do this, but as pastor I have the responsibility for the safety of those coming to church to worship and pray. It would be on my conscience if someone was hurt while attending OLV for a service. I cannot chance someone’s physical well-being. I know this will not sit well with some in the parish. But I have to look out for the good of the whole. If someone feels called to pray during the wee hours of the morning, remember, Jesus is present everywhere, even in the living room of one’s home. Please, be understanding of this decision. I love Jesus in the Eucharist also. But as the police officer said to me, “OLV is an incident waiting to happen.” I do not want that incident happening! Unfortunately it is not 1940 anymore.
As advertised, this week is the LAST WEEK FOR PICTURES FOR OUR PARISH DIRECTORY. So far, the response has been good, but we are still missing many families. Please, if you have not had your picture taken, call the office and talk to Chris. He will let you know what dates are still available or if you will be placed on a waiting list. Again, thanks for your cooperation. This directory will truly help me and many parishioners to become familiar with the many families attending our parish.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK -
WIFE: "There's trouble with the car. It has water in the carburetor."
HUSBAND: "Water in the carburetor? That's ridiculous."
WIFE: "I tell you the car has water in the carburetor."
HUSBAND: "You don't even know what a carburetor is. I'll check it out. Where's the car?"
WIFE: "IN THE POOL."