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July 6, 2014

posted Jul 3, 2014, 12:48 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR….MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, I received this from the Diocese and I wanted to share it with you: Clergy, I am writing to inform you that Bishop Mark will undergo surgery tomorrow, June 19, on his shoulder. The Bishop began experiencing pain recently, and x-rays revealed significant damage to his rotator cuff, likely due to years of wear and tear. The surgery will be performed in Altoona and will be an out-patient procedure. Family members will be with the Bishop. After the surgery, Bishop Mark will be required to keep his arm in a sling for several weeks, and he will undergo therapy for several months. Despite that, he plans to maintain a normal schedule whenever possible. I ask that you please keep Bishop Mark in your prayers as he prepares for surgery and during his recovery. I will keep you updated in the coming daysPlease keep the Bishop in your prayers over the next few months.


Speaking for the children of Haiti, I want to THANK ALL OF YOU WHO CONTRIBUTED to the Haiti Appeal a few weeks ago. Due to such overwhelming generosity, we collected over $13,200.00. I am humbled with such a response. Once again, OLV Parish has shown itself to be one that truly believes in giving to God’s least fortunate children. May God bless you all. I am at a loss for words to thank you enough.


ANOTHER REMINDER - Our Lady of Victory Parish will be going to NEW YORK CITY FOR A FREE DAY on July 30th. The bus will drop us off in mid-town Manhattan and the day will be on your own. Since it is a Wednesday, there will be shows in the afternoon; however tickets are on your own. You can see a list of shows and tickets by going to After the free day, the bus will pick us up and we will return to State College. The price for this trip is $45.00. Details for the trip are found elsewhere in the bulletin. I think this will be a popular trip so please call now for your reservation.


As parishioners come to church throughout the week, I hope that you have noticed that the church is being kept clean through the efforts of our MARTHA’S HELPERS. It is a group that was started to help keep our church looking neat and clean for parishioners and guests. Over the winter, it was a daunting task and I want all to know that I am grateful to all those who have given their time and  talent for the church. Many times it is a thankless task; but I want all to know that your pastor is very thankful for your work and efforts. May God bless all of you for your kindness and generosity over this past year.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - If Students Wrote the Bible

-       Instead of God creating the world in six days and resting on the seventh, He would have put

        it off until the night before it was due and then pulled an all-nighter.   


-   The Ten Commandments would actually be only five--double-spaced and written in a large 



      -   Paul's letter to the Romans would become Paul's email to [email protected].


      -   Reason Cain killed Abel: they were roommates.


      -   Reason why Moses and followers walked in the desert for 40 years: they didn't want to

              ask  directions and look like freshmen.