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October 15, 2017

posted Oct 13, 2017, 5:21 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  as I finished the last mile of  OUR LADY OF VICTORY SCHOOL WALKATHON Friday, a week ago, I was anticipating what the final totals would be.  One question came to mind – would we beat last year’s total of a little over $70,000.00?  The anticipation was growing as I crossed the finish line and we all entered the gym.  As the numbers were turned over one by one, the total of $79,804.00 popped up along with a roar from the children that could be heard down to State High.  I want to THANK all those who helped make this Walkathon so successful again this year.  Thank you to our  Co-Chairs Heather Lukac, and Kelly Kurpeikis, and their team of Maria Blesh, Courtney Chambers, Kristen Koshko, Jackie McNulty, Colleen Patrick, Kathy Roe, Kristy Urgo, Marlena Vendemia and Laura Yartz.  I thank all those parents and friends of OLV School who contributed to this fundraiser.  Again, all monies stay right in the school for the benefit of our children.  May God bless all those who worked so hard and selflessly.  The generosity of so many people shines brightly in our community. THANK YOU…THANK YOU…THANK YOU!

Also during OLV Day the pre-school had a DAY OF CARING. Volunteers came in and did some painting in the pre-school, others mulched around the grounds, and others cleaned to make the school sparkle.  Again, I extend my thanks to all those parents and friends of the pre-school who gave of their time and talent to make our pre-school a welcoming and inviting place to be.  May God bless you. 

Just a reminder that at all Masses this weekend, we will take up a SECOND COLLECTION FOR THE  RELIEF EFFORTS FROM HURRICANE MARIA and the EARTHQUAKE IN MEXICO as requested by Bishop Mark.  All money collected will go to Catholic Charities, USA to help in this effort. Make checks payable to Our Lady of Victory.  Please be as generous as your finances will allow.  God bless you in advance for your help

 As we approach the month of November, the church has always used this occasion to bring attention to the  remembrance of OUR FAITHFUL DEPARTED. According to our tradition at OLV, we will have our shrine of our faithful departed erected in the sanctuary with the names of those who have died from our parish this past year.  In your packet of envelopes, you will find an envelope for All Souls Day.  If you would like the names of your loved ones remembered at all Masses during the month of November, please place their names on the envelope and return it to the rectory.  They will be placed at the shrine. If you do not have a packet of envelopes, there are All Souls Day envelopes in and around the church.  Please take one and return it to us.

And speaking of our faithful departed, we will have our ANNUAL MASS OF                                                      REMEMBRANCE on Wednesday, November 15th at 6:00 PM.  At this Mass a candle will be lit by a member of the family or a close personal friend in memory of those who have died from our parish this past year. Parishioners, especially families of those who have died, are warmly invited to attend.  Since this Mass falls on a Wednesday, All Day Adoration will end at 5:00 PM, allowing us to prepare the church for the Mass.  Please mark your calendars and plan to be with us.

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 16-18, the priests and deacons of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese will gather with Bishop Mark for their FALL CLERGY GATHERING.  In order to make it possible for all active priests and deacons to attend this important meeting, please contact Fr. Matthew or Fr. David at PSU Campus for emergency coverage only. Because of the Gathering, there will only be a 9:00 AM Mass on  Tuesday and Wednesday and no all-day adoration on Wednesday.



HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A fellow stopped at a rural gas station and, after filling his tank, he paid the bill and bought a soft drink. He stood by his car to drink his cola and he watched a couple of men working along the roadside. One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move on. The other man came along  behind and filled in the hole. While one was digging a new hole, the other was about 25 feet behind filling in the old. The men worked right past the fellow with the soft drink and went on down the road. "I can't stand this," said the man tossing the can in a trash container and heading down the road toward the men.  "Hold it, hold it," he said to the men. "Can you tell me what's going on here with this digging?"  "Well, we work for the county government,” one of the men said.  "But one of you is digging a hole and the other is filling it up. You're not  accomplishing anything. Aren't you wasting the county's money?"  "You don't understand, mister," one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping his brow. "Normally there's three of us--me, Rodney and Mike. I dig the hole, Rodney sticks in the tree and Mike here puts the dirt back."  "Yea," piped up Mike. "Now just because Rodney's sick, that doesn’t mean we can't work, does it?"