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September 29, 2019

posted Sep 30, 2019, 10:29 AM by Diane Lapinski   [ updated Sep 30, 2019, 10:30 AM ]

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, with the transfer of Fr. Antony to St. Benedicts in Johnstown, some have come up to me asking how his transfer will affect the normal schedule here at OLV.  Fr. Jonathan and I have been talking about this and in all reality, we do not know how much of the schedule will be affected until we “walk through” each week.  Yes, there will be adjustments made due to       circumstances that will come up at the parish level.  Immediately, I can envision some changes in 2 areas.  First, the MASS SCHEDULE. There will be NO CHANGES in the weekend schedule.  Fr. Jonathan and I will be able to cover all Masses scheduled over our weekends, even when a priest is away.  The daily Mass schedule might be a different story.  We might have to make adjustments when a priest is away or when there are clergy conferences we must attend.  We will try to honor the 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM schedule; however, we might have to cancel a Mass now and then.  And we cannot guarantee exact dates will be honored for requested Masses.  I would hope that parishioners will understand when we have to change a scheduled Mass, even if it was requested months ago.  I am asking all parishioners to please keep a watch in the bulletin for these changes.  Second, the scheduled CONFESSION TIME ON SATURDAYS. It seems that over the years we have had it on Saturday after the 9:00 AM Mass has become a popular time, even for non-parishioners who come from neighboring parishes.  When we had 4 priests hearing, the confessions lasted for 45 minutes.  With 2 priests hearing, it lasts for over 1 hour.  We are NOT CHANGING the time for  confessions.  What we are asking is that parishioners use this time for reconciliation and not a time for an  involved counseling situation.  If time is needed to talk further, please schedule a time to talk to your priests outside of the Saturday confession time.  A long drawn out confession involving a long counseling session is not fair to those waiting in line to celebrate reconciliation.  Bishop Mark stresses the same thing when we have the Diocesan Penance Services, so I am just following his suggestion.  As I said earlier, OLV will probably not have 3 priests here again.  The vocations are just not here yet.  So please understand that when we have to make these and any other changes over the period of time, it is for the good of all, including the health of your priests.  I will keep you all informed if and when other changes might need to be    implemented.  And on a personal note, pray for vocations.


This Sunday after the Masses, parishioners are invited to an OPEN HOUSE down at the school to look at the new kitchen, locker rooms, cafeteria and front entrance that we have been working on all summer.   As of this typing, there are just a few tweaks that have to be done, but we are 98% completed.  Now we have to pay the bills and then we can place this behind us.  I do want to thank all those who contributed to this project for the good of our kids, now and in the future.  For those who have pledged, your payments now will help us pay the contracts off and we can enjoy being out of this debt.  And for those who have not contributed, you still can help us with a contribution.  Overall, I am very pleased with the results and I know you will also be pleased.  God bless you all for your generosity and kindness.


Many parishioners have asked me HOW WAS MY RETREAT IN THE HOLY LAND? To be very honest with you, I am still in the process of thinking through it this week.  So much was seen, experienced, touched and prayed over.  For me, it was an experience of a peaceful encounter with the Lord.  It was not an emotional high; rather a deep experience of the presence of an all-loving Savior.  You will hear more about our trip in my homilies, I am sure.  But until then, I am still "processing" the entire experience.



· The pastor will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, “Break Forth Into Joy”

· Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Nelson’s sermons

· Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person(s) you want to be  remembered.

· The sermon this morning: Jesus Walks on the Water. The sermon tonight: Searching for Jesus.

· During the absence of our pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when  J. F. Stubbs spoke from our pulpit.

· The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.

· Due to the Rector’s illness, Wednesday’s healing services will be discontinued until further notice.

· Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.