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October 8, 2017

posted Oct 11, 2017, 10:34 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  I received this letter FROM THE                  BISHOP and I want to share it with you since there have been some inquiries concerning a    collection - It was barely a month ago when I asked for assistance for the more than 12 million      people who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf Coast region of our country, from           Corpus Christi, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana. The generous response from the people of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown exceeded expectations. Please tell the people in our parishes that I am most grateful for this important work of mercy. Today I saw in the morning news, a handmade S.O.S. sign in Puerto Rico which read: Necesitamos agua y comida! which means, “We need water and food! Those are essential necessities, and it is estimated that it will take months to restore basic services such as clean water, and electricity. Even telephones are not working.  All of us have also heard of the devastating earthquake in Mexico where the painstaking search of collapsed buildings continues. In addition to the reported loss of human life, so many others are now homeless and in need.  So once again, I am urging all the people of our      Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to pray for those affected by these storms and earthquakes. And I am asking that everyone offer financial support. A SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR DISASTER RELIEF is to be taken up at every parish, church, and chapel in our diocese as soon as  possible.  Pastors and Parochial Administrators may choose to take up this urgent special collection at all Masses on one of the following weekends: September 30-October 1; October 7-8; or October 14-15. Please have the monies from this collection sent to the Chancery Office by October 18.  In the announcement of this special collection in your bulletins and from the pulpit, I ask you to explain that all monies will go to Catholic Charities USA, which is already assisting in the affected areas. All dioceses throughout the country are participating in this  special collection. Please urge your people to be as generous as possible. And please extend my thanks to them for their prayers and financial assistance in this time of need.  Thank you for your response to this timely request, and know that you are in my prayers. OUR SECOND  COLLECTION WILL BE TAKEN ON THE WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 14-15.


And on a personal note, I understand that we have been asked to contribute to many                organizations, causes and appeals in recent months. Sometimes the well does run dry when it comes to finances.  All I can ask of you as a parish is to do what you can, especially with the DISASTER RELIEF APPEAL mentioned above by the Bishop.  As you consider a donation over the next week, always remember that the Lord is not outdone in generosity.  We do receive back 100 fold for what we give.  Thanks and God bless for all the help you will give.


Due to an overwhelming response, our NEW YORK TRIP IN DECEMBER is sold out.  We are      beginning a waiting list; so please call if you are still interested and we will place your name on the list.  I think it is great that we are sold out.  It again shows that we are an active parish, both              spiritually and socially.  


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A doctor, a nurse, and the top executive of an HMO have died and are in line together at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter speaks with them and asks them what good they have done in their lives.   The doctor says, "I have devoted my life to the sick and needy and have had a part in caring for and healing thousands of people." St. Peter replies, "That's great. Go ahead into heaven."  "And what about you?" The nurse states, "I have supported the doctor and his patients my entire life as an adult, have taken time to explain things to patients, and have helped them lead healthy lives."  "Wonderful. Please proceed in with the doctor."  “I was the president of a very large Health Maintenance Organization.  I was responsible for the health care of millions of people all over the country. "St. Peter says, "Oh, I see. Please go on in ... but you can only stay two nights!"