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July 21, 2019

posted Jul 19, 2019, 5:31 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  next Sunday Morning, July 28, the Knights of Columbus will sponsor a breakfast as a fundraiser to aid Fr. Ralph’s School, HOLY NAME OF MARY. Along with the normal ordinary school expenses, Holy Name of Mary School is in need of a school bus.  We are hoping that the proceeds from the breakfast, and a second collection that will be taken up shortly, will help Fr. Ralph buy a school bus to transport some of the 280 students from the villages to the school.  I would ask if parishioners could please mark next Sunday Morning down on your calendars and plan to come to the breakfast. 


Construction is continuing on the SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT/SECURITY project here at the   parish.   After attending a meeting a few days ago, I was told that the project is right on schedule.  I have walked through the areas and I can just imagine how it will look once completed.  I am a little excited and at the same time a little nervous about the timeline.  However, I trust things are proceeding as they should be.  Again, thanks to all who are making this project a reality for the school.  We are investing our resources in the future of the Church, our young people.  Without them, the Church has no future.  If you have not yet contributed, please consider doing so.  We do need your help and assistance so that we can enter the school year free from any debt incurred by this project.


And let’s be honest, I know that there are some parishioners who feel that since they have no children in our school, or that the school is too much of a drain on our parish financially, or that this particular project was not worth it. How should I respond?  I think in what I said above – our YOUNG ARE THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH. I would hope that for many of us who see more years behind us than in front of us would see that an investment in the school is well worth it since we are looking ahead and making the Church even stronger by providing a firm spiritual foundation for our children.  We are so blessed to offer here in State College a Catholic education from pre-school to the 12th grade.  We are so blessed to instill into your children the importance of knowing and loving Jesus Christ, the only one who can fully satisfy the restless human heart.  And so do I feel that this project of security and improvement for the school worth it?  I say absolutely YES!  And when I am gone from here and from this earth I can go, knowing that maybe in some small way the children of God in State College came to know of God’s great love for them here and now.


A reminder for those going on the PITTSBURGH PIRATES BASEBALL GAME - the bus will leave  our parking lot at 7:30 AM.  Please park in the upper part of the parking lot, nearest the rectory and Mary’s Garden.  We will stop quickly at the McDonalds in Ebensburg for a breakfast stop and we will return to State College immediately after the game.  Please be on time for boarding.


As of this weekend, EMILY LOMBARDI, OUR WONDERFUL BOOKKEEPER, will be leaving the OLV  Parish staff to devote more time to her family.  Emily has been with us for 9 ½ years and has always done a superb job.  She has always been upfront and honest with me in dealing with our finances and has been a huge support towards the priests who came through OLV.  Emily will be missed, but I wish her nothing but the best.  In her place, we have hired Mary Ellen Bucknavage, another OLV parishioner.  She comes to us also with a bookkeeping background.  I am absolutely sure Mary Ellen will carry on the wonderful tradition of excellent bookkeeping for OLV.  Goodbye Emily; we will miss you.  Welcome, Mary Ellen.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Jacob, age 92, and Rebecca, age 89, living in Devon , are all excited about their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding, and on the way, they pass a chemist. Jacob suggests they go in. Jacob addresses the man behind the counter: "Are you the owner?" The chemist answers, "Yes." Jacob: "We're about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?"  Chemist: "Of course we do." Jacob: "Medicine for rheumatism?" Chemist: "Definitely." Jacob: "Medicine for memory problems, arthritis, and Alzheimer's?" Chemist: "Yes, a large variety. The works." Jacob: "What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol, antidotes for Parkinson's disease?" Chemist: "Absolutely.." Jacob: "Everything for heartburn and indigestion?" Chemist: "We sure do." Jacob: "You sell wheelchairs and walkers and canes?" Chemist: "All speeds and sizes." Jacob: "In that case, we'd like to use this store for our wedding presents list."