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March 17, 2019

posted Mar 15, 2019, 6:02 AM by Diane Lapinski   [ updated Mar 15, 2019, 6:04 AM ]

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, since we had spring break last week, I thought I would run this schedule again for those who missed it. THE NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE  SERVICES are scheduled as follows:

                                   · 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.


By now, you probably have received from the Diocese their appeal for the CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE. As you know all money collected will go to fund the many outreach programs the Diocese sponsors, e.g. Catholic Social Services, Diaconate Program, Marriage Office, Scouting, Youth Ministry, just to name a few.  Our goal this year is $ 147,956.00, a little over $5,000.00 from last year, with all monies over the goal will go to support our school improvements and security. Please be assured that contrary to people who like to talk and spread gossip and wrong information, NO MONEY COLLECTED WILL BE GIVEN TO SETTLE ANY LAWSUITS THAT MIGHT BE PENDING.  The money is strictly for those who are in need.  My letter, encouraging you to participate, will be coming hopefully this week.  Even though we are going through our own campaign, can I ask that you be as generous as your finances will allow.  God bless and thanks for your help each and every year during this Drive.


THIS TUESDAY - 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? So often we have questions when our loved one is terminally ill. 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.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A newly ordained preacher and his young wife were talking about being more considerate of each other. The good wife promised that she would stop being so critical of his sleep inducing sermons. He, in return, promised to honor her privacy and stop looking through her dresser drawers.  The preacher was true to his word, and never looked through his wife's dresser drawers; the good wife was never openly critical of her husband's sermons, and their marriage progressed smoothly.  After 50 years, their children gave a great party to celebrate the golden  anniversary of the preacher and his wife. Many people came to congratulate the happy couple and brought lovely gifts.  That evening, as they were putting the gifts away, the preacher saw that his wife had left one dresser drawer slightly open. He tried as hard as he could to withstand the temptation, but he finally opened the drawer and looked       inside. There he found 3 eggs, and $10,000.00, in bills of varied denominations. He was greatly puzzled by this and went to question his wife.  "Oh," she said. "Well, you remember when we spoke of being more considerate with each other all those years ago?"  The preacher, feeling profoundly guilty, answered "yes."  "Well," she continued, "I promised to stop criticizing your boring sermons, but every time you gave a sermon that was a real snoozer, I put an egg into that drawer."  The preacher smiled. "Well, that's not so bad. 50 years of sermons and only 3 eggs! But what about all that money?"  His wife quietly responded, "Every time I got a dozen eggs, I sold them."