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May 28, 2017

posted May 26, 2017, 6:42 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Monday our country  celebrates MEMORIAL DAY.  Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for                    remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War.  We will have only one Mass that day at 9:00 AM.  The rectory will be closed throughout the weekend, opening again on Tuesday at 9:00 AM.  Let us remember all those who gave their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have in this wonderful country of ours.


This Saturday June 3,  FR. PETER CROWE WILL CELEBRATE A MASS AT OLV at 9:00 AM.  He was ordained on May 27 for our Diocese.  Parishioners are invited to attend this Mass and stay for a small reception in the Activities Center.


Our parish continues the 2017 DIOCESAN MINISTRIES DRIVE. Just so there is no mistake, this Drive is the renamed from THE ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL (FROM PAST YEARS) to the   2017 DIOCESAN MINISTRIES DRIVE to reinforce the fact that all monies given will be used for the Ministries the Diocese supports – e.g. Tribunal services, Campus Ministries, Boy/Girl Scouts, Youth Ministry, Catholic Charities, Priests Ongoing Formation, etc.  We are promised that no money will go for Diocesan Administration offices, salaries, building upkeep, etc.  The money pledged and given will be used to help people throughout the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.  So far OLV is doing very well.  To date we have had 306 pledges amounting to $127,454.00.Our goal is $144,000.00 with all monies over our goal returning to the parish for budgetary purposes.  I am very grateful to all who have donated so far and I am confident that we will meet our goal and surpass as we have done in my years here as your pastor.  If you do not have an envelope there are extra ones in the gathering space on the counters.  Thanks and God bless as we continue to help those who are in need.


This Friday, June 2 we will have our 8TH GRADE GRADUATION MASS at 7:00 PM in the church.  I do congratulate our class and wish them many blessings as they begin a new chapter in their young lives.  I am very proud of them and wish them nothing but the best.  Good luck in the future as you leave our school.  Parishioners are invited to attend this Mass.


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 the 31st at 5:00 PM with a simple reposition         allowing the priests time to prepare for the Sacrament of Anointing.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The 98 year old Mother Superior from Ireland was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her last journey comfortable.  They gave her some warm milk to drink but she refused. Then one of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen. Remembering a bottle of Irish whiskey received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened and poured a  generous amount into the warm milk.  Back at Mother Superior's bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it, she had drunk the whole glass down to the last drop.  "Mother," the nuns asked with earnest, "please give us some wisdom before you die."  She raised herself up in bed and with a pious look on her face said, "Don't sell that cow."