FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, each Advent and Lenten Season, the priests of the Northern Deanery gather together to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation in the churches of the Deanery. As I said to you last weekend, I was finalizing the schedule and below you will find the times and places where the sacrament will be celebrated:
- Monday, December 1 at 7:00 PM at St. John’s in Bellefonte
- Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 PM at Holy Spirit, Lock Haven
- Tuesday, December 9 at 7:00 PM at Good Shepherd, State College
- Wednesday, December 10 at 7:00 PM at Penn State University
- Monday, December 15 at 7:00 PM at St. Matthew’s, Tyrone
- Wednesday, December 17 at 7:00 PM at Queen of Archangels in Clarence
- Thursday, December 18 at 7:00 PM at St. Joseph’s in Renovo
- Sunday, December 21 at 2:00 PM at OLV. The Penance Service here concludes the scheduled times that confessions will be heard in anticipation of the celebration of Christmas.
With the above scheduled times and with our own regularly scheduled times, no one should miss the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament before the Christmas season. And as always, your priests will be assisting at all the services scheduled, thereby limiting our times that we will be present at the rectory. Please be understanding of the time constraints that this busy season brings to your priests. I will repeat the time and places as we journey throughout the season.
As you have noticed, we have a NEW ADVENT WREATH this year. I had a new one made so that we can keep the flame of “Advent Waiting” throughout the week when people come in for private prayer. Instead of lighting it and putting it out for each celebration, it will peacefully burn, reminding us of our preparation for the coming season of Christmas.
The bus for our NEW YORK CITY TRIP will leave our parking lot this Wednesday at 5:30am. Please be on time for boarding at 5:15am. We will be having a rest stop along the way, but this will not involve a breakfast stop. Donuts will be provided for the morning; bring your coffee with you.
A LITTLE LOOK AHEAD - On the 20th of December, I will host our ADULT CHRISTMAS PARTY, 21 and older at the Ramada Inn on Atherton Street. We will be doing the party a little different this year. If you remember last year, we had to cancel because of the weather. Well, this year, since the party will be held at the Ramada it will go on, weather situations or not. We will have a light fare, followed by music and dancing. Again, this party will be hosted by me as a way of my saying THANKS FOR BEING SUCH A GREAT PARISH. No one has to prepare anything or set anything up or pay. Just come and enjoy being a parish family, celebrating this great season of Christmas. The party will be from 6:00 PM till 10:00 PM or thereabouts. Please call the rectory and reserve your place.
On Monday, December 8, the church CELEBRATES THE SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. Even though this solemnity falls on a Monday, the Bishops have still promulgated that this day is a HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. Pastors are asked to remind their parishioners that they are obligated to attend 2 Masses over those days – one for Sunday and one on the holy day. Masses for the holy day will be celebrated on Monday at 7:00 and 9:00 AM (School Mass), 12:05 and 6:00 PM. There will be no Sunday evening vigil Mass for the Immaculate Conception. Again, parishioners must attend a Mass for Sunday and a Mass on the Holy Day. One Mass for both does not satisfy the obligation, e.g. the Sunday evening Mass.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Grandma and Grandpa were sitting in their porch rockers watching the beautiful sunset and reminiscing about "the good old days". Grandma turned to Grandpa and said, "Honey, do you remember when we first started dating and you used to just casually reach over and take my hand?" Grandpa looked over at her, smiled and obligingly took her aged hand in his. With a wry little smile, Grandma pressed a little farther, "Honey, do you remember how after we were engaged, you'd sometimes lean over and suddenly kiss me on the cheek?" Grandpa leaned slowly toward Grandma and gave her a lingering kiss on her wrinkled cheek. Growing bolder still, Grandma said, "Honey, do you remember how, after we were first married, you'd kind of nibble on my ear?" Grandpa slowly got up from his rocker and headed into the house. Alarmed, Grandma said, "Honey, where are you going?" Grandpa replied, "To get my teeth!"