FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, one of the questions that I have been getting recently is, “Are we going to go back to the 5:00 PM Mass time on Saturday when we change the clocks in March?” I have been thinking about this for a little while. To be honest with you, since we have changed the time to 4:00 PM, I have noticed that it has become one of the most attended Masses on the weekend. The crowds have only grown over the weeks. To me, that says that the time is popular with many parishioners. Taking that into consideration, I will be leaving the time for the SATURDAY EVENING MASS at 4:00 PM. Again, I hope this best suits the needs of our parish, as it appears to me to be doing.
As we continue our Lenten Journey to Easter, I have finalized the dates and times for the NORTHERN DEANERY PENANCE SERVICES. Please take careful notice of the schedule and plan to attend one of these services in anticipation of the celebration of the Easter Mysteries.
- Sunday, March 15 at Holy Spirit, Lock Haven, beginning at 3:00 PM
- Thursday, March 19 at Queen of Archangels, Clarence beginning at 7:00 PM
- 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. 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.
On 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.
I do not know if parishioners know how charitable OLV is throughout the course of a year. As far in my experience as your pastor, I have seen how God has blessed us in so many ways and I have seen how, in response, parishioners being generous in sharing their blessings. Therefore I asked Chris to put together for me a list of charities we have contributed to and some financial totals given to all the charities we support through the CHARITABLE GIVING COMMITTEE. The list of charities that we have helped is as follows: Catholic Charities, Inc. – Bellefonte; Marian House, Clearfield; Holy Name of Mary School, Ghana; Faith Centre, Bellefonte; House of Care, State College; St. Vincent de Paul – Huntingdon; The Gabriel Project; Interfaith Human Services; St. Paul’s Mission Grade School – Hays, Montana; and Heart for the Homeless. Over the past year almost $41,000.00 has been given through the Charitable Giving Program. This does not include the monies given to the Diocese through special collections and assessments. I will inform you on those at a later time. As pastor, I just wanted to say THANKS for being such a generous parish. I am very proud to let other pastors know of your generosity when we get together. I can see that since God has been generous to us, we return that generosity to others and in turn God blesses us even more. I think that is the way it is supposed to be. Again, thanks for being good stewards of God’s blessings.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A company, feeling it was time for a shake-up, hires a new CEO. This new boss is determined to rid the company of all slackers. On a tour of the facilities, the CEO notices a guy leaning on a wall. The room is full of workers and he thinks this is his chance to show everyone he means business! The CEO walks up to the guy and asks, "And how much money do you make a week?" Undaunted, the young fellow looks at him and replies, "I make $200.00 a week. Why?" The CEO then hands the guy $200 in cash and screams, "Here's a week's pay, now GET OUT and don't come back!" Feeling pretty good about his first firing, the CEO looks around the room and asks, "Does anyone want to tell me what that slacker did here?" With a sheepish grin, one of the other workers mutters, "He's the pizza delivery guy."