FROM THE PASTOR….MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this week there will be some changes to the regular Mass and office schedules.
- First of all, this Monday, our nation celebrates MEMORIAL DAY. It is the time when we stop and remember all those who have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy each and every day. So often, the freedoms we have are taken for granted and we tend to forget the price that was paid for them. This Monday, possibly we can stop and pray for those who have given their lives for the sake of their country and possibly thank a veteran for their years of service. Because of the national holiday, the rectory office will be closed over the weekend, including Monday. There will be ONLY ONE MASS that day and that being celebrated at 9:00 AM. This will allow parish staff and priest to enjoy the day as well. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday at 9:00 AM.
- Secondly, this Thursday is ASCENSION THURSDAY, a holy day of obligation. Masses will be celebrated on Wednesday evening at 6:00, Thursday at 7:00AM, 9:00 AM, 12:05PM and 6:00PM. Please note that the school children’s Mass will be celebrated on Thursday and not Wednesday. Since we have so many Masses celebrated on Thursday, THERE WILL BE NO ALL DAY OR EVENING ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. The Blessed Lord is not to be taken in and out of the tabernacle all day long. We will resume normal adoration times next week.
THE RECTORY OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON ASCENSION THURSDAY.
This Wednesday evening at 7:00, I will have a general meeting for those parents whose children attend or will attend OUR LADY OF VICTORY SCHOOL for the coming new school year 2014-15. Parents should have already received an invitation through e-mail from the school office. At this meeting I hope to discuss with you my vision for the school, tuition increases and answer any questions that parents might have. I hope all parents will try to attend this important meeting.
This Sunday at 2:00 PM, ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC ACADEMY will graduate its first class of seniors at the State Theatre in downtown State College. Bishop Mark will preside at the graduation. This is a very important milestone in our Catholic school history in the diocese. From the dreams of a few people many years ago, to the actual realization of the existence of a Catholic High School in State College, to its first graduating class – what an amazing accomplishment. I am grateful to all those who made this dream come true and to the parents who sacrificed so much for their children to attend St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy. May God bless our seniors as they leave St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy and embark on a new path in their life.
This week I want to THANK ALL OUR EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS who so faithfully take the Eucharist to our homebound parishioners. I do appreciate your dedication in assuring that our parishioners who cannot attend Mass still can receive our Blessed Lord, providing them with strength, nourishment and comfort as they continue their spiritual walk.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - It’s Time to go to School
One early morning, a lady went in to wake up her son. "Wake up, son. It's time to go to school!"
Son: "But why Mom? I don't want to go."
Mom: "Give me two reasons why you don't want to go."
Son: "Well, the kids hate me for one, and the teachers hate me, too!"
Mom: "Oh, that's no reason to not to go to school. Come on now and get ready."
Son: "Give me two reasons why I should go to school."
Mom: "Well, for one, you're 52 years old. And for another, you're the Principal!"