FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, last weekend we had our PARISH BAZAAR. I cannot tell you how happy I was to see so many people enjoying this parish event. When I walked down and stayed the whole day, I heard the children’s laughter, saw friendships renewed, heard many good comments about the parish and school, watched people sit at the tables and eat the delicious food prepared by so many parishioners. It truly was a wonderful parish activity that brought so many people together. And that is a main point of my ministry – making OLV a parish family, not just a cold church where people come to pray and leave for another week. In order to have a successful bazaar as we did, it took the work of many people. I want first to thank our chairperson Chris Kirkpatrick for the time spent in working so hard for the church. Thanks are extended to the rectory staff for the “behind the scenes” work accomplished. To all the chairs of the various booths I give a heartfelt thank you. To the clean-up crew, I am truly appreciative for the work to get the hall back in order for the Sunday CCD classes. To all who came and “spent their treasure” to make the bazaar financially successful, I am grateful. To all parishioners who took their chance books, even though they did not win, I am thankful. And if I have forgotten anyone, please know I am truly pleased with all the hard work accomplished for the church. I know there were a lot of tired hands and feet, aching legs, and heads that were spinning at times. Please know you have a grateful pastor who appreciates all you have done for the parish. You make my pastorate a little easier knowing that such events can be held and enjoyed by parishioners and friends. God bless everyone.
BELL RINGERS ARE NEEDED ONCE AGAIN – In preparation for Christmas, OLV is once again taking part in INTERFAITH HUMAN SERVICES’ Bell Ringing program to help raise money for those who are in need this holiday season. As you know from past years, we are part of 35 churches that make up Interfaith Human Services in State College. Each year parishioners from the church ring bells, like the Salvation Army, to solicit funds to help people from all areas around State College meet their heating bills, have food for the holidays, and possibly help meet their rent payments (just to name a few services). Our representative to Interfaith Human Services will be in the Gathering Space asking parishioners to sign up for an hour or two to help ring bells at the Corner Room on Saturday, 12/5 and at Meyers Dairy on Sunday, December 12/6 and Wednesday, 12/16.
Last year we had so many volunteers that we were able to ring on other days than those assigned and I am looking forward to another successful year. Please stop at the table in the Gathering Space and help us make this holiday season a little brighter for others.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS – DECEMBER 19TH will be OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY once again at the Ramada Inn on Atherton Street. The party will once again be my gift to the parish for being a wonderful parish family. Cash bar begins at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner at 6:30 PM. Seating will be limited so please call the rectory for your reservation now. I know that it is a month away; but we need to start planning now.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The escalating sales of turkey legs inspired a poultry farmer to research and breed a turkey with more legs and thus, reap more profits for him. It was only after many years that he finally succeeded in breeding one with six legs! The news of his success reached the media and reporters questioned him about the taste of the turkey he had bred. The intellectual whispered with a grave face, "What I wouldn't give to catch it!"