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June 30, 2019

posted Jul 1, 2019, 10:29 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,   once again, I would like to bring our parishioners up to date on the progress in the SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT AND SAFETY PROJECT. As you have noticed, there is much activity going on in and around our school.  The kitchen, locker rooms, and front offices have all been gutted and are in the process of being reconstructed.  As of this writing, we are on schedule for the completion for the new school year.  There have been some small bumps in the road, but anyone dealing with contractors and construction knows that this is part of the normal process.  So I am very pleased with where we are right now.  Financially, we are still a little short.  We are still hoping that there will be more pledges/cash coming in from those who have not participated to date or maybe some will up their pledge a little this year.  I cannot think of a more fitting project for our school and parish.  May God continue to bless us in this project.  Please understand my repeating this announcement often, but when bills come due, I want to have the cash to pay them off.


This Thursday, our nation celebrates the NATIONAL HOLIDAY OF THE 4TH OF JULY, A.K.A.                  INDEPENDENCE DAY.  Since it is a holiday, the rectory will be closed on the 4th and there will be only one Mass that day celebrated at 9:00 AM.  Remember, as we celebrate Independence Day, we should never    apply that to our relationship with God.  Instead, it should be just the opposite – we should always remember our total DEPENDENCE UPON GOD.


As of this typing, our PIRATE GAME on July 25th is sold out.  However, there seem to be cancelations       occurring every year.  If you might think you might want to go to the game, please call and be placed on a waiting list.


And speaking of a baseball game, do not forget to sign up for CATHOLIC COMMUNITY DAY WITH THE SPIKES on July 28 for a 6:05 PM game.  The tickets are just $10.00.  Our choirs will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America.  Please call the rectory and enjoy a night out with your parish and the State College Spikes.


I want to give another reminder to all parishioners that the diocesan paper, THE CATHOLIC REGISTER is no longer being delivered to your homes.  The Diocese is sending them to the various churches to be placed at the entrances of the church for people to take.  It is probably a cost-cutting measure.  So please feel free to take your copy home with you.


Over the past few Sunday's I have noticed that MASS ATTENDANCE is a bit down.  Of course, it is due to vacations and the like.  However, I want to remind parishioners that there is a web site called that will show you where the nearest Catholic Church is located and the Mass times for the weekend.  Please make use of this web site because there should be no vacation from God while we are away.


And speaking of VACATIONS, I would like to remind parishioners that even though you might not be here for your weekend Mass, the expenses of the church still are present.  Please when you return from your break, I would be most appreciative if you would place your missing envelope with your regular contribution to the collection.  At this time of year, keeping the church in the black is a little more difficult (as it is right now) so every little bit of remembrance to bring your envelope is greatly appreciated.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Humorous Signs:

· In the window of a Kentucky appliance store: "Don't kill your wife. Let our washing machine do the dirty work."

· In a funeral parlor: "Ask about our layaway plan."

· On a shopping mall marquee: "Archery Tournament -- Ears pierced"

· In the window of an Oregon store: "Why go elsewhere and be cheated when you can come here?"

· In a Maine restaurant: "Open 7 days a week and weekends."

· In the vestry of a New England church: "Will the last person to leave please see that the perpetual light is extinguished."

· In a Pennsylvania cemetery: "Persons are prohibited from picking flowers from any but their own graves."

· On the grounds of a public school: "No trespassing without permission."

· On a Tennessee highway: "When this sign is under water, this road is impassable."

· Similarly, in front of a New Hampshire car wash: “If you can’t read this, it’s time to wash your car.”