FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, I want to thank all those who offered me words of encouragement and support over the announcement of the VARIOUS CHANGES that will occur beginning on August 1. Your support and prayers of concern mean so much to me. But as I said during the homily, we will journey through this together and we will come out stronger. For those who missed the homily describing the upcoming changes, please take note of them below:
- The 5:00 PM Mass on Sundays will be discontinued
- Saturday confessions will now be heard at 9:45 AM
- The Friday morning Mass at 7:00 will be a Communion Service led by Deacon Dave
- The evening Mass at 6:00 on a holyday will be discontinued; but we will continue to have the Vigil Mass the day before the holyday
- There might have to be other changes as we journey through the months ahead; but I will let you know what they might be as they come up.
Once again, thank you for all the support and understanding that I have received. May God bless us and continue to watch over us.
While I was away for a short time, we received a letter from the Bishop thanking us for our wonderful participation in the ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL. I would like to share it with you: “Dear Father Dadey and Parishioners, On behalf of the families, students, seminarians, retired clergy, homeless, hungry, and poor (just to name a few) who are beneficiaries of our Annual Catholic Appeal, I wish to thank you for your generous participation. Among the many challenges that our diocese has been facing this year, we should not lose sight of the many opportunities for us to be people of mercy during this Extraordinary Year of Mercy. I am grateful to your parish faith community for doing its part through the Annual Catholic Appeal this year. Your generous giving is a reminder of the abundance of God’s grace and care for us, because none of this is possible without the Lord’s help. Thank you for your sacrificial support. You are in my prayers.” Sincerely in Christ, Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown. I too again want to thank you for being such a generous parish. We have almost $80,000.00 being returned to the parish due to “over-goal” monies. I am so grateful to all of you who participated and remember, you still can participate by taking an envelope found in the baptistery area and returning it to the rectory. God bless and thanks.
Fr. Ralph came to me a week ago with a problem – the church building connected with our school – Holy Name of Mary – is falling down. The foundation is giving way to the clay dirt underneath; the plaster is falling and the walls are cracking. He asked if there was any possible way that we might be able to help him repair his church – St. Patrick’s – through financial help. After prayerful consideration, I would like to have a SECOND COLLECTION on the weekend of July 30-31. It is purely optional for the parish; but I thought it would be a great gesture from OLV if we could be the instrument of repairing the church for his village of Beyin, Ghana. Our goal is $10,000.00. If you would like to contribute….please pick up an envelope found in the baptistery area and return it next weekend during the second collection.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - There's a little fellow named Junior who hangs out at the local grocery store. The manager doesn't know what Junior's problem is, but the boys like to tease him. The boys say he is two bricks short of a load, or couple fries short of a happy meal. To prove it, sometimes the boys offer Junior his choice between a nickel and a dime. He always takes the nickel, they say, because it's bigger. One day after Junior grabbed the nickel, the store manager got him off to one side and said, "Junior, those boys are making fun of you. They think you don't know the dime is worth more than the nickel. Are you grabbing the nickel because it's bigger, or what?" Junior said, "No sir, you see if I took the dime, they'd quit doing it!"