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March 10, 2019

posted Mar 8, 2019, 5:32 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH               FAMILY, do you have an Advanced Medical Directive or a Health Care Proxy?  Do you understand the        basics of medical ethics and serious medical illness decision making from a Catholic perspective? Is there someone you trust to help make medical decisions for you if you are not able?  What medical                     decision-making advice can you give family or friends that is in line with Church teaching when their loved one is a terminally ill patient?  It is a very difficult time in the life of a family trying to understand what is            permissible or not permissible, according to Catholic teaching.  Therefore, under the guidance of Pete Roy, there will be a discussion entitled, END OF LIFE MEDICAL DECISION MAKING – A CATHOLIC                  PERSPECTIVE. Parishioners are invited to join me and Pete Roy, MD on Tuesday, March 19th for a                  presentation on Catholic medical decision making.  The session will begin at 7:00 PM in the Activities Center and will last between 45 minutes to one hour.


THE NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICES have been finalized and they are scheduled as           follows:


· Thursday, March 14 at Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon at 7:00 PM

· Sunday, March 24 at Holy Spirit, Lock Haven at 3:00 PM

· Wednesday, March 27 at St. Joseph, Renovo at 7:00 PM

· Thursday, April 4 at SS. Peter and Paul, Philipsburg at 7:00 PM

· Monday, April 8 at St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00 PM

· Tuesday, April 9 at Good Shepherd, State College (with Bishop Mark) at 7:00 PM

· Wednesday, April 10 at Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM

· Sunday, April 14 at OLV at 2:00 PM

· Tuesday, April 16 at the PSU Campus at 7:00 PM


Please mark on your calendars the date APRIL 14th AT 2:00 PM FOR OUR PENANCE SERVICE.   As           always we will have the assistance of many priests so waiting will be at a minimum.  As always, your priests will be in attendance at the services so please be understanding if we are not quickly available at some of the times.  On a special note, the Sunday penance service at OLV will be the last scheduled  service at OLV  before Easter.  Since it falls on Palm Sunday it is our hope that we will then be prepared to celebrate Holy Week with a heart open to the love of God that we will experience throughout the various services.


My Lenten class, JESUS, HIS MISSION, AND MESSAGE, will continue to be held on Mondays from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Activities Center.  Even if you might have missed a session, you are still welcome to come.


This Sunday afternoon at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona, we will celebrate the Rite of Election or Enrollment of Names for those who are unbaptized and the Rite of Calling the                    Candidates to Continuing Conversion for those who are baptized, with our Candidates and                       Catechumens.  This is a very significant and important step in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is usually celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent at the local diocesan Cathedral, led by the local bishop. All of the Catechumens and Candidates, their Godparents (for Catechumens), and Sponsors (for Catechumens and Candidates) gather together on this day. The Church formally ratifies the Catechumens' readiness for the Sacraments of Initiation and the Candidates' readiness to be received into full Communion with the Catholic Church. In turn, the Catechumens – from now on known as the ELECT– publicly acknowledge their desire to receive the Sacraments of Initiation, and the Candidates' desire to be received into full         Communion with the Catholic Church.  We congratulate our Candidates and Catechumens and ask you to please continue to pray for them and they journey to the Easter Vigil: Sherry Houtz, Brian Hyman, Anna Zhang (Catechumens); Gabrielle Robinson and Michael Robinson (Candidates).


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Finding the Ten Commandments can be a challenge for many adults (Exodus 20). Imagine the looks a Sunday school teacher got when she inquired of their whereabouts in a class for   five-year-olds. After a few moments of blank stares, she asked again, "Can anybody tell me where to find the Ten Commandments?" Finally, a little kid offered, "Have you looked them up in the Yellow Pages?"