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March 15, 2015

posted Mar 13, 2015, 6:54 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, below you will find the letter from Bishop Mark encouraging us to participate in the ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL once again this year. As in past years, we have always achieved our goal and I am anticipating that happening once again. Please take time to read his letter, consider giving a gift and helping us to support the many ministries our Diocese has to help the people of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.

Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

February 09, 2015


Very Rev. Neil R. Dadey, V.F.

Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church 820 Westerly Parkway

State College, PA 16801


Dear Father Dadey and Parishioners,

On a recent segment for Proclaim! TV, I interviewed Dave and Allison who spoke about their Marriage Preparation experience. It was encouraging to hear how Dave and Allison continue to grow in their love for each other and Jesus Christ. It was even more special to hear of their eagerness to share their story with couples who are preparing for marriage.

This is just one example of the impact of our mission in the lives of ordinary people who we serve. Pope Francis continues to remind us, as he outlined in his exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, that the Church’s mission is to provide opportunities for people to encounter Christ where they are.

In order to encounter us, Christ offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice. During this season of Lent, you and I are reminded of the importance of sacrifice in our lives. I invite you to participate in this mission of Christ through a sacrificial gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal.

Parish goals for the Appeal have been frozen, except for two parishes that received reductions last year due to major parish campaigns. Our Lady of Victory Parish's goal remains at $138,976. Please be as generous as possible in your giving. I am encouraged to know that many parishes aim higher. Contributions beyond your parish goal will be returned for local needs.

 An anticipated blessing this year is the visit of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, in Philadelphia at the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families. His intention is to inspire, guide, and support married couples and families and those preparing for marriage like Dave and Allison. Let’s work together through our Annual Catholic Appeal to make Pope Francis’ vision a reality, so that all who are served by our various ministries will come to know the love of Christ and the joy of His Gospel.

 I am praying for you and the success of our Annual Catholic Appeal. I ask all of you to join me in this season of Lent to pray for all those who will benefit from your generosity. Thank you for your participation.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown 

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Every year, Smitty and his wife Martha went to the State Fair. And every year, Smitty would say, "Martha, I'd like to ride in that there airplane." And every year, Martha would reply, "I know, Smitty, but that airplane ride costs ten dollars, and ten dollars is ten dollars." This one year Smitty and Martha went to the fair and Smitty said, "Martha, I'm 71 years old. If I don't ride that airplane this year I may never get another chance. “Martha replied, "Smitty, that there airplane ride costs ten dollars, and ten dollars is ten dollars." The pilot overheard them and said, "Folks, I'll make you a deal. I'll take you both up for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say one word, I won't charge you, but if you say one word it’s ten dollars." Smitty and Martha agreed, and up they went.  The pilot performed all kinds of twists and turns, rolls and dives, but not a word is heard. He even does a nose dive, pulling up 15 feet above the ground, but still not a word. They land and the pilot turns to Smitty, "By golly, I did everything I could think of to get you to yell out, but you didn't."    Smitty replied, "Well, I was gonna say something when Martha fell out ...but ten dollars is ten dollars!"