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November 25, 2018

posted Nov 21, 2018, 8:00 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, please mark your calendars and be with us for our ANNUAL 18 AND OVER PARISH CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE STATE COLLEGE  RAMADA INN. The evening will begin at 5:15 and end around 8:30.  This evening is my way of saying “THANKS” for being such a wonderful parish family, supportive in every way.  There is no charge for this gathering and all I want are parishioners to come, relax and have a wonderful time as a family.  Please mark your calendars and be with us for this enjoyable evening.  Please call the rectory for your   reservation now. 

 I am working on the ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES for the Northern Deanery.  We are still finalizing everything and I will let you know when the schedule is finished.  But for your information, our Penance service will be Sunday afternoon December 16th at 2:00 PM.  Please mark your calendar for this   wonderful celebration of God’s loving forgiveness.

Once again for those who might not have heard, as you all have seen and experienced, the weather has taken a turn for the worse. Winter seems to be with us and it probably will be with us for a little while.  Because the weather can be so unpredictable from day to day, I have approached the Liturgy Committee with a suggestion that was agreed upon without exception.  Why am I saying this?  After looking at the attendance for our ALL DAY ADORATION ON WEDNESDAYS, it was agreed upon that beginning December 5th we will be ending the day at 7:00 PM. This shorter time is taking into  account the darkness that is upon us earlier; the danger of driving on ice, snow, etc. during the hours of the evening; parishioners coming to church falling on the ice, and so forth.  This earlier closing will be in effect until after Easter, at a date that I will inform you of in a later bulletin.  Please understand, I as  pastor, need to be aware of the health and safety of all parishioners who do come for adoration.  And as we enter the winter season, there will be days on which we will cancel All Day Adoration due to the weather or the anticipation of bad weather.  I will try to get the word out to you through email.  If there is any question of whether we are having the day or not, please check your email or call the rectory.  Again, thanks for your understanding in this matter.  I am sure the Lord does not want anyone hurt coming to adore Him in the Eucharist.

And speaking of WINTER WEATHER, I want to remind parishioners once again that it is not a sin to miss Mass if the weather is too bad outside.  The weather can be so unpredictable that driving can become hazardous.  Black ice, freezing rain, snow can contribute to some unpleasant times.  I am sure the Lord would not want you out on the road that might cause accidents or injury.  So please, use  common sense.  Some might feel that it is heroic to come in all sort of weather conditions.  I am not so sure it is.

Since I had to work on 2 bulletins this past week due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday, I cannot comment on the BAZAAR at this time.  I will wait until next weekend to make a few observations.  However, I am anticipating a successful event and am grateful to all who worked so far to make it a fruitful experience for our parish.

This weekend we have our GIVING TREE once again in the baptismal area.  As usual, this event is an OLV Parish Outreach to the less fortunate in our area.  From residents in nursing homes to families, to those who might be hurting this holiday season, we reach out to make their days a little brighter.  We need volunteers in the Church at 2:00pm to help decorate the tree with the gift ornaments. Next weekend, we will ask you to take an ornament home with you off of the tree, purchase the gift and return it to be distributed.  We have always been successful in this ministry and I am sure we also will be this year.  Thanks in advance for your participation.

HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A mother was away all weekend at a business conference. During a break, she decided to call home collect. Her six-year-old son picked up the phone and heard a stranger’s voice say, “We have a Marcia on the line. Will you accept the charges?” Frantic, he dropped the receiver and came charging outside screaming, “Dad! They’ve got Mom! And they want money!”