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October 13, 2019

posted Oct 11, 2019, 6:07 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, we are very close to the END OF OUR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT. It has been a long year for us here at OLV.  Campaigning for financial assistance, overseeing the construction itself, praying that the project finish on time and endless meetings made for an interesting year.  But if you look at it, what we did was nothing short of miraculous.  In a little over a year, 1.6 million dollars was raised and pledged; the school locker rooms, kitchen and present seating area were gutted and replaced; the front entrance of the school was completely done over, and air conditioning was installed in all classrooms and gym.  What a feat!  I want to take this time to THANK the following people who were very instrumental in seeing this project through: Andrew Charney, Honorary Chair, Susan and Joseph Rogacs and Matt Lingle, Co-Chairs, Thomas Songer II, Dolores Tariacani, Samatha Weakland, Robert Leahey, Megan and Greg Hayes, Chris Kirkpatrick and Deacon Dave Lapinski.  I am truly grateful for all the work these people did to  ensure that we have the best and safest school possible.  It was a very long process and I am grateful to them for their leadership throughout.  May God bless them for their tireless energy.

And a very special note of THANKS goes to Mark, Ron, David and Patti, our MAINTENANCE  PERSONNEL for the school and parish. Yes, we have had contractors here working all summer and into the fall.  But if it was not for Mark, Ron, and Patti, with help from Dave, we would not be where we are today.  Their tireless hours of work, their willingness to come in and work on weekends and their  availability to take care of the ordinary tasks assigned to them made a major difference in the entire  project.  For example, if you would have seen the gym floor just one week before school started, you would have said, "It is impossible to be ready for the opening of school."  Yet there it was – ready for school due to their hard work.  We owe them a debt of gratitude.  And with Mark and Ron overseeing the day to day workings at the school, I was confident that things would get done the way it was planned.  Thanks, guys for all your hard work.  We are very lucky to have you here working with and for OLV Parish and school.

This past week the school held its ANNUAL WALK-A-THON on the feast day of Our Lady of Victory, Monday, October 7th.  As you know, the Walk-A-Thon is the only fundraiser the school has.  All cash gifts go directly to the school for the various activities concerning the children, e.g. field trips, classroom enhancements, etc.  Not one cent comes back to the parish for school budgetary concerns or to help balance the parish budget.  All the monies stay in the school.  The amount raised this year, AS OF THIS TYPING is an OUTSTANDING $92,440.00!  What an amount. This amount is the highest ever with the highest ever parent/student/family participation of 93%. This total truly speaks highly of the parishioners’ attitude towards our school.  We indeed offer an excellent program, both academically and spiritually; we have excellent administration in Samantha Weakland; we have dedicated and professional teachers; and we have so many parent volunteers, all of which makes us the envy of the Diocese, as shown to us by the Diocesan in-service for all teachers held here at OLV a few weeks ago.  I am very proud of our school and always will be.  What a wonderful gem we have here in State College.  And with attendance up a little this year, I feel the word is getting out.  I want to THANK all those who worked so hard in making this a successful event this year: Kelly Kurpeikis and Heather Lukac for being wonderful chairs of this event and their team -  Samantha Weakland, Ashley Bartley, Kathy Roe, Jackie McNulty, Caitlin Dare, Laura Yartz, Colleen Patrick, Marlena Vendemia, Kristy Urgo, Will Malerich, Kristina Poust, Maria Kim, Melanie Smith, Amy Gravine, Courtney Chambers, Monika Manter, Kathy Peters, Pat Flynn, Kristen Thelen, Katy Stager, Terry Stec, Maria Blesh and Jane Adams. THANKS SO MUCH FOR A GREAT JOB FOR THE SCHOOL.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Little Johnny's kindergarten class was on a field trip to their local police station where they saw pictures, tacked to a bulletin board, of the 10 most wanted criminals. One of the youngsters pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a wanted person. "Yes," said the policeman. "The detectives want very badly to capture him."  Little Johnny asked, "Why didn't you keep him when you took his picture?"