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May 21, 2017

posted May 19, 2017, 5:54 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend and next our parish will be blessed with the ORDINATION OF TWO OF HER NATIVE SONS and one WHO WAS WITH US FOR A SUMMER. This past Saturday, Brother Canice McMullen was ordained to the priesthood at St. Vincent’s Monastery in Latrobe and next Saturday Rev. Mr. Peter Crowe and Rev. Mr. Jonathan Dickson will be    ordained at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.  Both Fr. Canice and Rev. Mr. Peter Crowe are native sons of the parish and Rev. Mr. Jonathan Dickson was with us for a summer internship.  Our  Lady of Victory has always been the ground for many vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  We have been blessed by God that many of his young people have heard the call and responded to it.  I am very proud of all three of them.  Peter will be celebrating his Mass at OLV on Saturday, June 3 at 9:00 AM followed by a reception in the Activities Center afterwards.  Parishioners are invited and encouraged to attend.  I also have invited Fr. Canice to celebrate a Mass here at OLV at a time of his choosing.  When that date if finalized, I will inform the parish.  May God bless these men with the grace to be an image of the Good Shepherd, leading His children to the Kingdom.  God bless you Fr. Canice, Rev. Mr. Peter Crowe and Rev. Mr. Jonathan Dickson.


Because of the ordinations taking place in Altoona next Saturday, THE SATURDAY MORNING             CONFESSIONS will be canceled so that your priests can attend the ordinations.


Just a reminder that this Thursday is ASCENSION THURSDAY, a holy day of obligation.  Masses will be celebrated on Wednesday evening at 6:00 PMThursday at 7:00 and 9:00 AM (with the children), and 12:05 PM.  Because of the vigil Mass on Wednesday, adoration will end at 5:00 PM with a simple           reposition.


On Wednesday evening May 31 at 6:00pm, we will celebrate a Mass for the ANOINTING OF THE SICK. As we know the Lord himself showed great concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick and commanded his followers to do likewise.  Since that time, the church has never ceased to celebrate this sacrament for its members by the anointing and prayer of its priests, commending those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that He may raise them up and save them.  Therefore parishioners who are seriously sick, weakened by age and/or suffering from infirmities brought on by the weakened human condition are invited to join us in celebrating this wonderful sacrament on the 31st.


Therefore, ADORATION will end on Wednesday, MAY 31 at 5:00 PM with a simple reposition allowing the priests time to prepare for the sacrament of anointing.


Fr. Ralph, our friend from Ghana sent us some pictures showing us what was accomplished by the             donations from OLV parishioners. I had the pictures mounted on some tri-fold boards and they are in display in the baptistery area.  As you can see, the church was renovated, a generator was purchased and the school made much needed improvements.  I want to thank all parishioners who helped making this  project a success for FR. RALPH and the children of Beyin.  Once again the generosity of OLV parishioners is reaching out to others in a response to God who calls us to “feed the hungry, clothe the naked…”  From a grateful pastor……THANK YOU.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Elevator Rules: There are un-written rules that everyone who rides elevators follow whether they know it or not. It's not something that anyone has placed into effect by law. . . . It's just the way things are. . . .

1. When you are waiting for an elevator and there are two sets, the one that is the greatest distance from you will open first.

2. While you are riding the elevator, it is not permissible to look anyone in the eyes. The proper place to  stare is at the floor or at the numbers.

3. The person at the very back of the elevator will always be the one who needs off first.

4. If you are on the top floor of a 32 story building and needed to go the 1st floor, the elevator will stop 31 times before you reach the ground.

5. If you get off on the wrong floor and realize it the instant your foot hits the ground outside the elevator, it's much too embarrassing to admit you are wrong, so you stay outside the door and act like you know what you're doing then catch the next one and hope all the people you were with have gotten off.