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May 6, 2018

posted May 5, 2018, 10:23 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  as you know from your own personal life, many times the good that we do goes unnoticed.  I believe that if we are following the gospel that is the way it should be.  Our good deeds are not done for recognition or honor; but they are done, hopefully and  ultimately for the glory of God and then for the good of one another.  Why do I begin with this?  As you know, over the years Our Lady of Victory contributes to INTERFAITH HUMAN SERVICES. This  organization is comprised of around 33 churches in the State College Area reaching out to those in need.  Msgr. David Lockard began our participation in this organization and we have continued to participate in two of their outreach programs – the Christmas Time Bell Ringing and the Free Furniture Program.  We participate through the contributions given by our parish through envelopes in your packets and through gifts from the Charitable Giving program in our parish.  Our funds are restricted for the Free Furniture program.  We sort of “adopted” this initiative with Interfaith Human Services.  A few weeks ago, we received a letter from the Director.  I would like to share with you the letter she sent:


                “Dear Kathy (Hershbine, our representative to IHS), Thank you so much for continuing to advocate for the Free Furniture and Appliance Recycling Program.  I was delighted to receive a  generous donation from Our Lady of Victory last week.

                Thank you for supporting this valuable program.  I want to share a recent story with you, which I will share in my letter to Father Dadey as well (and she did).

                We worked with a single mother of two children.  She had just left the ‘Women’s Resource Center’ after escaping a violent partner.  She started her life over in an apartment, but the children have to sleep on air mattresses with no furniture.

                Harry (the man who supervises this program) worked with her so she could decide what she needed for her new home.  The apartment is now fully furnished and her children have beds to sleep on.  She was able to save hundreds of dollars on furniture and appliances that she could put toward rebuilding her life.

                Thank you for making these success stories possible, Kathy.  I’m grateful to have your  support.”

Wendy Vinhege (Director)


Over 19 households were helped, 40 people helped and 125 pieces of furniture was distributed for the month of February. I just wanted the parish to know this since our charity so often goes unnoticed.  We do not seek our own interests very often, but every once and a while it is nice to be acknowledged through the above letter.  As your pastor, I am very grateful for your continued generosity as we reach out to help all of God’s children. OLV truly is a light in a sometimes dark world.


And speaking of your generosity, I again want to THANK ALL PARISHIONERS FOR A WONDERFUL EASTER COLLECTION. The Easter collection totaled $50,629.00, a little more than last year.  I am grateful to parishioners for all contributions.  May God bless you!


This Thursday is ASCENSION THURSDAY, A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. Now that the Lord’s work is done on earth, it is time for the disciples to continue spreading the Word through their preaching and through their lives.  Masses will be celebrated on Wednesday at 6:00 PM, Thursday at 7:00AM, 9:00 AM (School Mass) and 12:05 PM.



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