Retirement Reception: A reception will be held on Sunday, Oct. 28 for our retiring secretary, Joyce Hughey, who has served our parish for over 16 years. The reception will be held in the Activities Center Gardiner Social Hall from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Please come out and thank her for her many years of service to Our Lady of Victory parish.
Extraordinary Minsters of Holy Communion: I am going to gather a new class of “EMHC’s” to serve here at OLV. They will be trained to distribute Holy Communion at parish Masses and/or to the homebound. If you are at least sixteen years of age, confirmed and able to receive Holy Communion, you are eligible. If you feel God is calling you to this ministry, please notify me by calling the parish office or by emailing me through the parish email address.
Emergency Coverage: On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 22-24, 2012, the priests of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese will gather with the diocesan bishop, Mark Bartchak, J.C.D., for their Pastoral Conference at Seven Springs in Champion, Pennsylvania. In order to make it possible for all active priests to attend this important meeting, there will be emergency coverage and assistance provided to our county by Fr. Matthew Laffey, O.S.B. and Fr. David Griffin, O.S.B. To reach them, call 814-865-4281 or 814-238-5357 (residence).
Year of Faith: Pope Benedict XVI has declared a Year of Faith in the Catholic Church from October 11, 2012 through November 24, 2013. The opening date was chosen to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, October 11, 1962. I hope you have noticed and have been reading the “Year of Faith” articles that appear each week in our parish bulletin. They came to us from our Bishop’s office and will provide food for thought. Why a Year of Faith? To quote the Holy Father: “It will be a moment of grace and commitment to a more complete conversion to God, to strengthen our faith in Him and proclaim Him with joy to the people of our time.” (emphasis added) In this way, the Year of Faith connects to the “New Evangelization” of traditionally Christian countries (like the U.S.A.) which are more and more secular, less and less religious.
Clergy Conference: Please keep the priests and bishop of our diocese in your prayers this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday as we meet to discuss some serious issues which effect us all.