FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, last week I mentioned that for some Lent is a time of drudgery. With penances, sacrifices, giving up things – the next 40 days can seem like an eternity. Many go around like they are carrying a great weight on their shoulders. And some even think that spirituality should be drudgery. God is only pleased when do our penances, tow the line and follow everything to the nth degree. To me that seems to be a spirituality of unhappiness. I myself do not believe that and that is why I try to inject some humor in my homilies and have a “humor for the week” in the bulletin. I came across a writing by Fr. Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B. who, I think, agrees with me. He writes, “A positive and trusting spirit liberates a person to acquire that HALLMARK OF THE TRUE BELIEVER WHICH IS A SENSE OF HUMOR (my caps and bold). Humor is said to imply a certain incongruity, and it is hard to imagine anything more delightfully incongruous than finding peace and happiness in the midst of uncertainty and loss of control. Those who do not really trust God or the ultimate victory of God’s love have little choice but to be grim and humorless. For they feel that they must assume all the responsibility for security in the world or ORTHODOXY in the church. True faith rejects the need to see everything in black-and-white clarity; it can be happy with gray areas of ambiguity or mystery. It rejects, therefore, that fundamentalist tendency which is found in all religions and which represents a bankruptcy or true and effective faith…..the first fruit of one’s discovery of the goodness of God is an indomitable trust – in God, in the future and in the good will of other persons.” Well said Fr. Demetrius. So throughout this Lent, may we keep laughing and smiling showing that we are true believers in the goodness of God.
This Sunday afternoon our catechumens and candidate will be going to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament to celebrate the RITE OF ELECTION OF CATECHUMENS AND THE CALL TO CONTINUING CONVERSION OF CANDIDATES WHO ARE PREPARING FOR CONFIRMATION AND/OR EUCHARIST OR RECEPTION INTO THE FULL COMMUNION OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. In union with the church of Altoona-Johnstown the catechumens will have their names enrolled in the Book of the Elect and the candidate will greet the Bishop who, in that greeting, accepts his intention to continue his journey to the Easter sacraments. We congratulate them: Catechumens: Teresa Speck and Laurain Tennis; Candidate: David Brown. Please keep them and all the catechumens and candidates in your prayers as they go forth for the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion.
If you have noticed recently, Our Lady of Victory School and their activities have received public recognition – in newspapers, on newscasts, etc. We have been making more of an effort to showcase our wonderful school and showing to all what we do and what we stand for. I want to THANK Kathy Peters for doing a wonderful job with the publicity. I have received many great comments about our school and I am sure with the word getting out, more families will want to be part of our school experience. May we continue, under God’s grace and watchful eye, to be a source of light and love in our community through the education of our children.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – PROOF READ YOUR BULLETIN. Actual bulletin items:
· Congratulations to Tim and Rhonda on the birth of their daughter October 12 thru 17.
· If you choose to heave during the Postlude, please do so quietly.
· We are grateful for the help of those who cleaned up the grounds around the church building and
· Hymn: "I Love Thee My Ford."
· Sign-up sheet for anyone wishing to be water baptized on the table in the foyer.
· Newsletters are not being sent to absentees because of their weight.
· Helpers are needed! Please sign up on the information sheep.