FROM THE PASTOR…MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as part of the State College Ecumenical Group, OLV will host Fr. William Meninger this evening, Sunday, Sept. 14, for a talk on JULIAN OF NORWICH, A MYSTIC FOR TODAY. Father Meninger is a Trappist Monk and in cooperation with Fr. Thomas Keating and Fr. Basil Pennington has written extensively on the spiritual life, especially the contemplative life. Fr. Meninger will be speaking throughout the week on Contemplative Prayer, The Process of Forgiveness and the Cloud of Unknowing. Please see the complete schedule on the sheets of paper on the missalette racks. The talk will begin at 7:00 PM and parishioners are invited.
AS you have noticed last week, the WEDNESDAY EVENING MASS WAS MOVED FROM WEDNESDAY TO TUESDAY AT 6:00 PM. Due to the health of your priests, the number of Masses that are being said elsewhere, and availability of your priests, I would ask all parishioners to bear with us during this move. Please note that confessions will still be heard on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM and the time change on the evening Mass will be from 7:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This will allow me to also schedule meetings on Tuesdays after the Mass, if I am the celebrant. Again, adjustments needed to be made and I hope everyone will understand until further notice. Thank you!
Some good news for our parish – while filling out the statistics report that the diocese requires of us each year, Diane told me that we have had over 60 NEW REGISTRATIONS FOR THE PARISH. That means that 60 new families joined our parish, wanting to be part of our parish family. I think that speaks highly of our parish – the warm feeling one gets while attending the liturgies, the welcome given by other parishioners, the upbeat liturgies celebrated, the willingness to serve on committees, the wonderful school we have and the overall feeling that God truly is present with our parish community. That warms my heart as a pastor and it is a testimony to all of you who work so hard to make OLV truly a wonderful place to pray and play. Thanks and God bless.
Notices to parishioners for OUR PARISH PICTORIAL DIRECTORY will be or have gone out already. I do ask all parishioners to please try to participate. The pictorial is very helpful for your priests to place names with faces. An automated message by me will be sent as a reminder to sign up and for you and your family to schedule a time for your picture. I appreciate your cooperation with this project. For any answers to question you might have, please call Chris at the rectory.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Since we are in the football season, I found these interesting definitions to help us during the next few months:
BLOCKING: Talking endlessly to the priest at the church door and keeping everyone else from exiting.
DRAFT CHOICE: The decision to sit close to an air conditioning vent.
END ZONE: The last row of pews.
EXTRA POINT : What you receive when you tell the priest his sermon was too short.
ILLEGAL MOTION: Leaving right after communion.
INTERFERENCE: Talking during the organ prelude.
TWO-MINUTE WARNING: The ushers looking at their watch in full view of the pastor.