FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we continue our Lenten Journey to Easter, please take careful notice of the remaining scheduled times for the NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICES and plan to attend one of these services in anticipation of the celebration of the Easter Mysteries:
- Monday, March 23 at St. Joseph’s, Renovo beginning at 7:00 PM
- Tuesday, March 24 at Good Shepherd, State College beginning at 7:00 PM.
- Thursday, March 26 at St. Matthew’s, Tyrone beginning at 7:00 PM
- Sunday, March 29 (Palm Sunday) at OLV beginning at 2:00 PM
- Tuesday, March 31 at PSU Campus, beginning at 7:00 PM
With the above times and dates, no one will be denied the opportunity of celebrating the sacrament. For your information, the priests of the parish will be out participating in the services, so our time in the rectory will be limited. Also, please note that our penance service on Palm Sunday will be the LAST SCHEDULED SERVICE in our parish. There will be 12 priests hearing confessions so waiting will be at a minimum. It is our hope that parishioners will have celebrated the sacrament in preparation for the celebration of Holy Week. Plus, this will allow your priests to prepare themselves to lead the services at the church. Thank you for your understanding. I will be running this announcement throughout the weeks of Lent.
Since we will be hearing confessions at Good Shepherd on Tuesday the 24th, there will be NO TUESDAY EVENING MASS AT OLV. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
This Monday March 23, at 7:00 PM Dr. Peter Roy will give a presentation in our Activities Center on A MEDICAL LOOK AT THE CRUCIFIXION. My class presentation on Job will be finished. Dr. Roy and I had a discussion about the topic and I feel that it would be an enlightening evening as we prepare to celebrate Holy Week the following week. Please mark the date of your calendars and plan to be with us as Dr. Roy takes us on a journey through the crucifixion.
ANOTHER FYI – A few weeks ago, I informed parishioners that through the Giving Committee a total of $41,000.00 were given to various charities. In continuing to share with parishioners how generous OLV is, I have asked Chris to give me information as to how much is given to other collections through the envelopes in your packet, e.g. Maintenance, Twin Parish in Arizona, Missionary Co-op., Priest, Religious Retirement, Diocesan Special Collections, etc. The total for last year was $104,930.27. Again, what an amazing number that speaks volumes of our parish. This amount is over and above the regular Offertory Collections on the weekends. Taking the numbers together, OLV parishioners have contributed almost $150,000.00 to charities. As pastor, I am very grateful and proud of your generosity in contributing to God’s people. May you all be blessed by God for giving from the blessings He has given you.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – An elderly husband and wife noticed that they were beginning to forget many little things around the house. They were afraid that this could be dangerous, as one of them may accidentally forget to turn off the stove and thus cause a fire. So, they decided to go see their doctor to get some help. Their physician told them that many people their age find it useful to write themselves little notes as reminders. The elderly couple thought this sounded wonderful, and left the doctor's office very pleased with the advice. When they got home, the wife said, "Honey, will you please go to the kitchen and get me a dish of ice cream? And why don't you write that down so you won't forget?" "Nonsense," said the husband, "I can remember a dish of ice cream!” "Well," said the wife, "I'd also like some strawberries on it. You better write that down, because I know you'll forget." "Don't be silly," replied the husband. “A dish of ice cream and some strawberries. I can remember that!" "OK, dear, but I'd like you to put some whipped cream on top. Now you'd really better write it down now. You'll forget," said the wife. "Come now, my memory's not all that bad," said the husband. "No problem, a dish of ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream." With that, the husband shut the kitchen door behind him. The wife could hear him getting out pots and pans, and making some noise inconsistent with his preparing a dish of ice cream, strawberries, and whipped cream. He emerged from the kitchen about 15 minutes later. Walking over to his wife, he presented her with a plate of bacon and eggs. The wife took one look at the plate, glanced up at her husband and said, "Hey, where's the toast?"