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May 19, 2019

posted May 17, 2019, 7:01 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  over the past few weeks I have been asked if we are going to go back to the 9:00 PM Benediction Time on Wednesday evenings now that the weather is much      better.  I have talked this over with the priests and we have concluded that we will KEEP THE 7:00 PM closing hour.  The keeping of the 7:00 PM closing hour will help your priests to better serve the parish with all the duties and responsibilities that we must undertake as well as some possible changes that might occur with OLV.  For those who might be disgruntled with the keeping of the 7:00 PM hour, please note that we do not prohibit one from coming into the church to pray on off hours and on other days.  Keeping adoration for 12 hours, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM, seems to us to be ample time for parishioners to come and pray before the Blessed Sacrament.  And remember, theologically, there is no distinction between God’s grace being bestowed while the Blessed Sacrament is exposed or reposed in the tabernacle.  And by the way, we are one of the few churches in the Diocese that has adoration every week for half the day!


FOR PARISH INFORMATION - OUTDOOR SUMMER MASSES: ​  Father John D. Byrnes, Rector, and the Parish Family of Saint Michael the Archangel Basilica, Loretto, invite the faithful to join us each Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. for the outdoor Sunday Mass at the beautiful  garden Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies in Loretto. The first Mass of the season will be celebrated on Sunday, May 26, 2019, and will continue through Labor Day Weekend, September 1, 2019. Please bring a lawn chair. In the event of inclement weather, the Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel.


I would like to bring the parishioners up to date on our two FINANCIAL APPEALS that we are now undertaking.

1. The CATHOLIC MINISTRIES DRIVE – to date, the amount pledged and promised is $170,262.00 on 404 pledges/payments towards our goal of $147,956.00. We have reached our goal in pledges and if all pledges are fulfilled we will have $22,306.00 returned to us which will be placed against our school security/improvements campaign. The figure of $170,262.00 will be increased when the diocese informs us of how much money was pledged and sent to them directly. I want to thank all those who contributed to help the 14 ministries the diocese supports. Now all monies pledged to the diocesan drive will be returned in full to OLV for our appeal. There is still time to donate.

2. Our SCHOOL SECURITY AND IMPROVEMENTS CAMPAIGN – to date, the amount pledged and promised is $1,538,645.01 on 504 pledges. We are so very close to having the finances (if all pledges are fulfilled) to   getting the school classrooms air-conditioned. We are still a little short on getting the gym air conditioned, but I still have high hopes. It is my dream to have the total amount pledged by the end of May. I want to take this time to thank all the support I have received from parishioners when I made the second appeal after all          Masses a few weeks ago. 99.9 % of parishioners are very understanding. I have heard people say to me, “We understand the rising of costs.” “We know that when working with contractors, prices can go up depending on what they found while working.” “Anyone who has had work done in and around their house knows what can happen when the final product is determined.” I am grateful to all of you for your understanding and support as we enter the home stretch with our campaign. Thanks to those who upped their pledge and those who made a first-time pledge. May God bless all of you for your prayers, words of encouragement and support during this time.


And overall, I want to THANK ALL PARISHIONERS for being very supportive over the years I have been here with you.  We have done so much for the parish and I am very grateful for your support and constant                  encouragement.  I am so very proud of all of you and please know that none of this could have been done           without your backing.  God bless.



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