FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Monday our country celebrates MEMORIAL DAY. It is a time when our country stops for a while, taking the time to say “thanks” to those who have served in the Armed Forces, protecting and keeping us safe. Merlin German was a young, handsome 18-year-old in the prime of his life when he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2003. He soon gained a reputation as an outstanding leader, and became a Sergeant the following year. In Iraq, he and his fellow officers were entrusted with transporting cargo and prisoners, and were responsible for spotting improvised explosive devices (IED) on the dangerous roads they traveled. During his first six months of active duty, Sgt. German helped discover 8 IEDs without incident - but on February 21, 2005, disaster struck: an IED went off near their Hummer, and Sgt. German was covered in flames. Sgt. German wasn’t expected to survive the incident, but, with help from his fellow Marines, he was rushed to a hospital for emergency treatment. Over the next three years, the injured Marine bravely withstood more than 100 surgeries, and always had a smile or joke to share with his many visitors. He became known as “the Miracle Man.” “I can’t remember a time where he said, ‘I can’t do it. I’m not going to try,’” Sgt. Shane Elder, a rehabilitation therapy assistant, told The Associated Press. After months of agonizing therapy, he learned to walk again, defying everyone’s expectations. Sadly, Sgt. German passed away in 2008, after a skin-reconstruction operation took too high a toll on his fragile body. But before his death, he established a foundation called Merlin’s Miracles, a nonprofit that provides grants to the families of children who are burn victims, to assist them with taking vacations and doing other things they enjoyed. Thanks to his strength and generosity, many children will finally have a second chance at a normal life - a miracle, indeed. If anyone does in fact know a veteran, please offer your gratitude for the sacrifices made. And if you know of veterans who have died, please say a prayer for them asking God to bless them and grant them an eternity of peace and love in His Kingdom.
Because of Memorial Day, the RECTORY OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED throughout the weekend. We will reopen on Tuesday at the normal time. Also there will be ONE MASS celebrated at 9:00 AM on Monday. These changes will allow rectory staff and priests to enjoy the day with family and friends.
I want take the time to THANK all those who participated in the Victory 5K run/walk held last Saturday morning. There were over 150 participants who ran/walked for the school athletic programs. A special thanks goes to Todd and Julie Hershbine who worked many hours in support of our school for this event. Thanks to the sponsors who participated financially. Thanks to all those who “work behind the scenes” to make this event a success. Thanks to State College Borough and the Police Dept. who cooperated greatly with our use of the streets. Finally, if I forgot anyone, I want to thank you who helped in this event to make it a very special experience for all involved. May God bless you. The race netted almost $16,000.00 for school athletics.
This Friday evening our school will celebrated a MASS OF BLESSING for our 8th grade class at 7:00 PM. At this time, we pray that God will bless our students as they continue their studies at the various High Schools. As they leave our school and continue their studies, let us all pray that God will go with them and that they will continue to live the Gospel’s message of love and compassion taught at OLV throughout the years. God bless and congratulations!
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – “Do you believe in life after death?" the boss asked one of his employees. "Yes, Sir." the new recruit replied. "Oh, well that's okay then!" said the boss. "Because after you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother's funeral, she stopped in to see you!"