FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this past week I received a LETTER FROM OUR BISHOP and I would like to share it with you. “Dear Father Dadey and Parishioners, In the holy season of Lent, I invited the faithful to support the Annual Catholic Appeal so our diocesan ministries may help others discover and rediscover what is good, beautiful and true with Jesus Christ and the Church. I am grateful to the faith community for doing its part to make the Annual Catholic Appeal a success this year. By the Grace of God, we have been called to bring Christ, our Hope of Glory, to everyone we encounter in our daily lives. Thank you for your sacrificial support. Sincerely Yours in Christ, Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown.” And in his letter was the first check of OVER-GOAL for our participation in the Appeal - $37,416.55. This first installment of over-goal monies will go to the roof replacement on the church and rectory beginning in early fall. I also want to extend my thanks to all those who have contributed to this Appeal for the diocese and OLV. And remember, it is not too late to help in this cause for all money now pledged to the diocese will be returned directly back to our parish for the rectory and church roofs. Envelopes can be found on the counter in the baptistery. May God bless each and every one of you for your generosity and kindness shown to your parish.
In just a few weeks, we will be celebrating FATHER’S DAY. As in the past, if you would like the priests to remember your father at the masses on Father’s Day weekend, please take an envelope found at the entrances of the church and return them to the rectory. They will be placed before God’s altar asking Him to bless our fathers who are still with us or asking God to grant eternal rest and peace on those fathers who have died.
Last Saturday, the Catholic Daughter’s held a PRIEST APPRECIATION BREAKFAST for Fr. Val, Fr. Mike, Msgr. Saylor, myself and Fr. David from PSU Campus. I want to publicly thank them for their show of appreciation and kindness to us. In today’s world, the priesthood is often under attack – from within and without. Everything a priest does seem to be scrutinized, judged and sentence pronounced. We are truly grateful for the support and prayers coming our way from good and faithful parishioners who truly care about their priests. May God bless the CDA and all those who are so supportive of the priests at a time when our numbers are diminishing and the work load continues to grow.
A huge THANKS to the kids of the Kennedy Dance Studio under the direction of Joan Kennedy, Chris Kirkpatrick and Kaitlyn Whitesell for a job well done in their production of The Little Mermaid performed last Saturday evening in the school gym. The production was for the benefit of Fr. Ralph and his school, Holy Name of Mary, which our parish supports. The kids were terrific and I see some Broadway stars in the making. $742.30 was donated for the support of the school. I am very proud of the kids and their work. May God bless them all for giving of themselves for the benefit of our school in Ghana.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Southern Baptist minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon. Four worms were placed into four separate jars. The first worm was put into a jar of alcohol. The second worm was put into a jar of cigarette smoke. The third worm was put into a jar of chocolate syrup. The fourth worm was put into a jar of good clean soil. At the conclusion of the Sermon, the Minister reported the following results: The first worm in alcohol - Dead. The second worm in cigarette smoke - Dead. Third worm in chocolate syrup - Dead. Fourth worm in good clean soil - Alive. So the Minister asked the congregation, "What can you learn from this demonstration?" A little old woman in the back quickly raised her hand and said, "As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms.