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March 11, 2018

posted Mar 9, 2018, 5:34 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as in the past at this time of year, the churches in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese are asked to participate in the 2018 CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE. The theme for this year’s Drive is “Making Christ a Home in Your Heart.” The emphasis of this drive is on the poor, families, youth, seminarians and leadership development of the clergy and laity.  You should have already received a letter from Bishop Mark with a pledge card.  I will be sending a letter (if you have not already received it) encouraging your participation in this Drive.  Our assessed goal is $142,237.00, a little less than last year’s goal of $144,000.00.  I am again confident that we will achieve our goal as we have in the past.  The “over goal monies” that we will receive will be designated for the improvements to be made in the school cafeteria with the addition of air conditioning and improved security measures.  I will be having a meeting with the parish in the near future on this project; but for now I just want to concentrate on this Drive and get this behind us.  Please prayerfully consider helping us to meet our goal.  Pledge cards can be returned next weekend through the collection basket or through the mail.  Please know that I am grateful, in advance, to all who will participate.  We are a very generous parish and I know that your  generosity will once again shine out to all parts of the Diocese.  God bless and thanks in  advance.


Below are the SCHEDULED LENTEN PENANCE SERVICES FOR THE NORTHERN DEANERY.  Please take a look and schedule the day that will best fit into your schedule. Just a reminder that our Penance Service will be the last scheduled service for our parish. As always your priests will be in attendance at the services, so please be patient, as you always have been, if you cannot reach us.  Please note when a penance service falls on a Wednesday, EUCHARISTIC ADORATION WILL END AT 3:00pm, ALLOWING YOUR PRIESTS TRAVEL TIME.


                  Sunday, March 11                 Holy Spirit, Lock Haven                     3 pm

                  Monday, March 12                St. Matthew, Tyrone                           7 pm              

                  Thursday, March 15              SS Peter & Paul, Philipsburg             7 pm

                  Tuesday, March 20               Good Shepherd, State College          7 pm

                  Wednesday, March 21          Queen of Archangels, Clarence         7 pm

                  Thursday, March 22              Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon            7 pm  

                  Sunday, March 25               Our Lady of Victory                          2 pm  

                  Tuesday, March 27               PSU, University Park                          7 pm


AN IMPORTANT SCHEDULE CHANGE THIS WEEK – Due to the fact that we will be having FIRST RECONCILIATION for our second graders this coming Saturday, the 17th, the regularly schedule confessions will take place within the ceremony with the second graders.  I have scheduled more priests to be with us so that those wanting to celebrate the sacrament are asked to come after 10:30 and NOT 9:30 as we normally celebrate the sacrament.  Please mark your calendar appropriately.


I am still taking names for those wishing to LECTOR AT MORNING MASSES THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. We need the help mostly at the 9:00 AM Mass.  Please call the rectory giving us your name so that we can have a  variety of people exercising the ministry of Lector at our parish.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Our Lady of Victory parish will be sponsoring 2 PARISH BUS TRIPS in the near future.  On Tuesday, April 17 we will visit the Shrine of St. John Neumann in Philadelphia.  I will celebrate Mass at the Shrine.  After having lunch at the Shrine (order in pizza), the trip will be followed by the spring blooms of  Longwood Gardens. We will have dinner at Miller’s Smorgasbord (which is a fantastic dinner stop) on the way home in Lancaster.  The second trip will be on May 15 to see “Jesus” at Sight and Sound Theatre, followed by  dinner at Good and Plenty Restaurant.  The trip to Philadelphia will cost $100.00 per person and the trip to see “Jesus” will cost $95.00, which are great deals when compared with other agencies planning the same trip.  For more information please call Chris Kirkpatrick at the rectory.  If you are planning to go, reservations can be made at that time.  Since our trips are very popular, call soon.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A pirate walks off his ship. He has a wooden leg, a hook instead of a hand, and a patch over his right eye. He sits down on a bench, and begins throwing peanuts to the seagulls.  Two curious young children shyly sit down next to him and ask the pirate how he came to have a wooden leg.    

 The pirate replies, "Well, I was standing on the deck of me ship one day, and a wave washed me overboard. Then a shark came along and bit me leg off!"  The little boy then asked, "How did you lose your hand?"   "Many years ago, I was fighting with a friend, and he accidently cuts me hand off. My doc couldn't find a hand, so they puts this hook on," answered the pirate.  Next, the little girl asked, "How did you lose your eye?"  "Well," says the pirate, "I was standing watch up in the crow's nest, and just as I looked up, a lousy seagull flew over and did his business right in me eye!"  The children, thoroughly confused, exclaim "How did THAT cause you to lose your eye?" The pirate replies, "Well, it was me first day with the hook."