FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this week the Northern Deanery begins in earnest the celebration of the SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION in the churches throughout the area. Please take special note of the following times and places:
- Monday, March 14 at Good Shepherd, State College, with Bishop Mark at 7:00 PM
- Tuesday, March 15 at Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00 PM
- Wednesday, March 16 at St. Matthew’s, Tyrone at 7:00 PM
- Thursday, March 17 at St. Joseph’s, Renovo at 7:00 PM
- SUNDAY, MARCH 20 AT OLV, STATE COLLEGE AT 2:00 PM.
- Tuesday, March 22 at PSU, University Park at 7:00 PM
As you can see from the above schedule, the priests will be extremely busy, especially the week of the 13th. Fr. Mike and I will be attending the services and thus our time here will be limited. Please note that there will be no evening Masses on the 15th nor the 22nd nor confessions since we will be in Clarence and on the PSU Campus respectively. Thank you in advance for your understanding for the adjustments that need to be made during this very busy time of year. And please note the time of the OLV Penance Service. We will have the assistance of many priests, so mark your calendar.
Due to the Diocesan Penance Service on Monday, I will NOT BE HAVING MY LENTEN CLASS THIS WEEK. My next class will be Monday, March 21st.
As we prepare for the celebration of God’s forgiveness in the Northern Deanery, I came across a dialogue Pope Francis had with a man who had a hard time understanding God’s forgiveness for sinners. In stating that if we think we are righteous, Pope Francis says then “we do not know the Lord’s heart, and we will never have the joy of feeling His mercy.” The conversation continues with the man who answered, “Oh Father, if you knew my life you wouldn’t talk to me like that! I have done some terrible things!” This was Francis’ reply: “Even better! Go to Jesus: He likes to hear about these things. He forgets, He has a special knack for forgetting. He forgets, He kisses you, He embraces you, and He says: ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.’ That is the only advice He gives. If things haven’t changed in a month…we go back to the Lord. The Lord never tires of forgiving: never! It is we who tire of asking Him for forgiveness. We need to ask for the grace not to get tired of asking for forgiveness, because He never gets tired of forgiving.” WHAT BEAUTIFUL WORDS FOR ALL OF US SINNERS.
THANK YOU…THANK YOU…THANK YOU…Words cannot express my THANKS to all parishioners who have contributed to the ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL over the past two weekends. Due to your generosity we have received 315 pledges totaling $122,612.74. This amount is over $23,963.19 from last’s years totals at this time AND just $24,771.26 away from our goal of $147,384.00. No other parish can claim such wonderful results as ours can. I am absolutely proud of our parish and the generosity shown to those who will benefit by the Diocesan Ministries. The Appeal will continue over the next few months, so all pledge cards can be returned at any time. May God continue to bless our parish, the most generous and outreaching parish in the Diocese.
Our parish will be going to SIGHT AND SOUND THEATRE on Tuesday, May 3rd to see the 2:45 PM showing of the musical SAMSON. The cost is $85.00 per person which includes bus transportation, ticket to the show and dinner at Hershey Farms after the show. The bus will leave promptly after the 9:00 Mass, stop for a quick breakfast stop and return after dinner, around 10:00 PM. Call now for reservations since only 40 tickets have been purchased.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Hymns for People Over 50
- Give Me the Old Timers Religion
- Precious Lord, Take My Hand, And Help Me Up
- Just a Slower Walk with Thee
- Go Tell It on the Mountain, But Speak Up
- Nobody Knows the Trouble I Have Seeing
- Guide Me O Thou Great Lord God, I've Forgotten Where I've Parked The Car
- Count Your Many Birthdays, Count Them One By One
- Blessed Insurance
- It Is Well With My Soul, But My Knees Hurt