FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, from last week’s bulletin you read a little about the E.I.T.C. Tax Credit Program in the State of Pennsylvania. I thanked the participating people and companies for their help this past school year. $115,934.00 was returned to OLV School for tuition help for 94 families. I now would like to make a mention of the people and companies who have already pledged $90,500.00 to the 2016-17 school year plus an additional $5,000 to the preschool. They are:
BB & T Bank/Susquehanna – Mike Petrine
GM McCrossin – Bob Leahey
Lee Industries – Joshua Montler
Mammoth Restoration – Mike Bevilacqua
Momentum Associates, LP Ramada – Joe Thomas
Scientific Systems – Andrew Charney
Torron Group – Tom Songer
I want to THANK them upfront since their donations are helping parents make decisions about sending their children to our school. With this financial help, many more families will be able to benefit from our school and preschool. And for those companies who have never participated in this program (to defer their state tax to our school), there is still time to participate. Applications are being taken now and until July 1 for NEW BUSINESSES to participate in this program. For tax credit application guidelines, please contact Chris Kirkpatrick – OLV Director of Development at 237-7832 or email chrisk@ourlady ofvictory.com. The Diocesan Development Office is also available by phone (814-695-5577) or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.SecondCenturyFund.org. TO ALL WHO ARE GENEROUS AND WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM – THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
FATHER’S DAY is in just 3 weeks. As we did for our mothers, there are envelopes at the entrances of the church for those who would like the priest to remember their fathers, living and deceased, on the weekend of the 18th and 19thand throughout the week of the 19th. Please return them with the names of your fathers to the rectory through the collection basket or on a “drop-off” through the mail slot. They will be placed before God’s altar asking God’s blessings upon our fathers who are still with us or asking God to grant our fathers eternal rest for those who have been called from this life.
As you can see from the Mass and parish schedule, due to the changes in the number of priests at OLV there are no longer Tuesday evening Masses nor confessions. The other needed adjustments will be made known once I hear what the diocese has in mind for OLV. It will involve number of Masses prayed on Sunday and throughout the week and the time for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturdays. Once again, I ask for PARISHIONER UNDERSTANDING in the necessity for the changes.
As we end another school year, I want to THANK ALL THE TEACHERS, AIDES AND STAFF for a “job well done.” It is hard to believe that we have completed another year; but as the saying goes time marches on. We have a wonderful school and preschool and I am very proud of them all. May God bless them for their dedication and ministry to God’s children. Now may we all have a restful and safe summer.
Remember, as we start the summer vacation season, there should not be a vacation from Mass attendance. There is a wonderful web site MASSTIMES.ORG that will locate the nearest Catholic church in your travels with the mass times and directions if needed. Please make use of this website and never forget to praise God throughout your travels.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A man had been driving all night and by morning was still far from his destination. He decided to stop at the next city he came to, and park somewhere quiet so he could get an hour or two of sleep. As luck would have it, the quiet place he chose happened to be on one of the city's major jogging routes. No sooner had he settled back to snooze when there came a knocking on his window. He looked out and saw a jogger running in place. "Yes?" "Excuse me, sir," the jogger said, "do you have the time?" The man looked at the car clock and answered, "8:15". The jogger said thanks and left. The man settled back again, and was just dozing off when there was another knock on the window and another jogger. "Excuse me, sir, do you have the time?" "8:25!" The jogger said thanks and left. Now the man could see other joggers passing by and he knew it was only a matter of time before another one disturbed him. To avoid the problem, he got out a pen and paper and put a sign in his window saying, "I do not know the time!” Once again he settled back to sleep. He was just dozing off when there was another knock on the window. "Sir, sir? It's 8:45!."