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June 25, 2017

posted Jun 23, 2017, 5:42 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this weekend we WELCOME FATHER JONATHAN DICKSON. Being ordained just a few weeks ago, I am sure the “oil is still wet” on his hands, a saying us older priests say to a newly ordained implying that the new priest is very anxious to “get to work.”  And believe me I am very happy to have him here working with us at our parish.  Being that he was here 2 summers ago, he is somewhat familiar with some parishioners and with the area around State College.  As you have read in the announcement, he and Fr. Antony will now be the chaplains to the hospital, meaning that they will cover all emergencies dealing with the Sacrament of the Sick for Catholics, as well as visiting OLV patients.   The parishioners and Catholic patients who are not of our parish will still be served by our Eucharistic Ministers daily; however we are counting on their local pastors to visit their own       parishioners as one of their duties should be. This is a slight change from before, but the change comes to us from the Chancery.  The hospital does have a full time paid chaplain – Rev. Margaret Lindsey.  She is the person who will fill out the cards found in the room off the chapel in the hospital for our Eucharistic Ministers.  The hospital will be visited at least twice a week by priests from OLV.  I know that Fr. Jonathan will be well received as he begins his many years of service to God and His church.  Once again, WELCOME FR. JONATHAN!


There was a question in the background as to whether there will be any CHANGES TO OUR PARISH SCHEDULE now that we have a third active full time priest.  The answer is simply “no”.  The Mass and confession schedules will remain the same.  Confessions on Saturday morning have increased with the time change; attendance at our Masses has gone up even though we have eliminated the 5:00 PM Sunday Mass.  We have not lost any parishioners due to the above changes.  In fact, we have seen at least 4-6 new family registrations per month.  I am very proud of that fact since many new families seem to like the spirit of our parish and what they see here.


I also want to WELCOME BACK TO OUR PARISH OUR GOOD FRIEND FR. RALPH. Fr. Ralph will be with us for about 6 weeks, enjoying a little R & R as well as informing us and other parishes about the great work he has done due to the generosity of so many parishioners and friends. Welcome back Fr. Ralph and enjoy your stay.


The PIRATE BASEBALL GAME FOR JULY 20 is sold out.  All tickets have been                  taken. However, we are beginning a waiting list so if anyone still wishes to go, please call and give us your- name.  Normally we have some cancellations as the time get close.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Little Josh was brought to Dr. Gill because he hadn't eaten anything for days. Dr. Gill offered him all the goodies he could think of. No luck. He tried a little scolding. It didn't work.  A little pleading, to no avail.  Finally he sat down, faced the boy, and looked him in the eye. He said, "Look young man, if you can be stubborn, so can I. You're not going anywhere till you eat something.  You can have whatever you want, but only after you have eaten will you leave." Josh just sat and glared for some time, then said, "Ok. I'll eat but I have some conditions.  First, I'll have exactly what I want and exactly how I want it and second you'll share it with me." Dr. Gill was ok with this. He asked the boy what he'd like. "Worms!" said Josh.  Dr. Gill was horrified but didn't want to back out and seem like a loser, so he ordered a plate of worms to be brought in.  "Not that many, just one," yelled Josh as he saw the plate. Everything other than one worm was removed. Josh then demanded that the single worm be cut into two and then Dr. Gill eat half.  Dr. Gill went through the worst ordeal of his life, and after finishing, barely managing to keep his cool said, "Ok, now eat!"  Josh refused as he sobbed, "No way! You ate my half!"