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March 31, 2019

posted Mar 29, 2019, 7:07 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, please take special note of THE REMAINING NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICES which are scheduled as follows:

· 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.


PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO A FUNERAL AT 10:00 AM ON SATURDAY, APRIL 6 FOLLOWED BY A WEDDING AT 1:00 PM, CONFESSIONS NEED TO BE CANCELED. However, with as many opportunities to celebrate the sacrament that there are, I am sure no one will be excluded from celebrating the sacrament this Lenten season.


For those who want to schedule their plans for the HOLY WEEK AND EASTER CELEBRATIONS, please note the following times:

· Palm Sunday - Masses will be celebrated at the usual weekend times. The procession will take place at  the 9:30 AM Mass. OLV Penance Service at 2:00 PM.

· Monday of Holy Week – Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM. Please remember the priests of the Diocese who will celebrate the Chrism Mass at 11:00 AM with Bishop Mark.

· Tuesday of Holy Week – Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM.

· Wednesday of Holy Week – Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM. The celebration of Tenebrae at 7:00 PM. There will be no adoration that day. It is my hope that parishioners will come to adore the Lord on Holy Thursday evening.

· Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 PM followed by private adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 PM. There will be no morning Masses; however, Morning Prayer will be recited at 9:00 AM.

· Good Friday – Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 12:00 Noon and 7:00 PM. Remembrance of the Lord’s Passion will be prayed at 1:00 PM. Morning Prayer will be prayed at 9:00 AM.

· Holy Saturday – The Blessing of Easter Food will take place at 11:30 in the baptistery. The Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 8:30. There will be no 4:00 PM Mass. Morning Prayer will be prayed at 9:00 AM.

· Easter Sunday – Usual Sunday Mass times: 7:30, 9:30 and 12:00 Noon.


Once again, I encourage many parishioners to attend the EASTER VIGIL. Yes, the liturgy is a little longer, but the beauty and meaning of the liturgy cannot be rushed through.  If you talk to anyone who attends the Vigil they will tell you how uplifting and wonderful it is as we welcome the Risen Lord into our hearts and as we welcome our newest members of the Catholic Church into our parish family.  Please consider attending.  Take off your watches, enter into the moment and allow the Risen Lord to so move your hearts to experience His love and presence that evening.  Please mark the time and date on your calendar.  You will not be disappointed, I promise you.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Five-year-old Brian had a pivotal verse to recite in an Easter program: “He is not here, he is risen” (Luke 24:6). Unfortunately, he could not remember what to say, and the director had to quietly remind him of his line. He then confidently grabbed the microphone and triumphantly shouted, “He’s not here; He’s in prison!”