OUR LADY OF VICTORY CATHOLIC CHURCH
State College, PA
Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church
We are located in State College, Pennsylvania
WHO WE ARE:
Our Lady of Victory is a Catholic Church in State College founded in 1917 with a current membership of over 2000 families. Compelled by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we continue to serve State College and surrounding areas. In addition to our solid membership base, we recognize that State College is a highly visited area in Centre County and so we welcome all who are visiting the area. Please, come and worship with us!
Our mission is to welcome all people both churched and unchurched into the Body of Christ where through word, Sacrament, and community they can explore a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and as a result honor the great commandment of Jesus to love God and neighbor.
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE CHURCH
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
OLV COVID-19 News - Please Read!
Dear OLV Parishioners,
As you saw in the last email that we sent via Flocknote, we were attempting to put into place a new phase for parish re-opening which would mean the use of every pew, and while not stated in the email the return of congregational singing. Due to the concern of many parishioners we have decided to continue to leave every other pew open and forego congregational singing. And while the gymnasium is no longer an option, we do not foresee an issue. For three full weekends now, we have been able to comfortably sit everyone in the Church while using every other pew and maintaining social distancing. Thank God we have a big church! Please note, however, that we will continue to monitor attendance and if the need arises for more seating, we reserve the right to open up more pews while creating a plan that still allows for social distancing.
Also, after hearing from several healthcare professionals in our parish community we have decide to forego congregational signing for the time being. We understand that this is an important part of the Mass for many people, but, for everyone’s safety and peace of mind we feel that instrumental music (only) is a better fit at this time. Please understand that we are doing everything we can to accommodate everyone who wants to come to Mass while also offering a safe environment.
Please note that attendance at Mass is still left to your own discretion, as the bishop continues to suspend the Sunday obligation. Everyone has a right to determine what is best for them and their loved ones, and we respect your decision. We will continue to offer Mass on YouTube as usual. In addition to Mass online you may consider attending one of our weekday Masses which have a much lower attendance.
God bless and be safe!
Fathers Dadey and Jonathan
OLV Virtual Parish Family Giving Tree
Many Centre County residents have been impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This Christmas season, we will continue to help individuals and families in our community through our Parish Giving Tree. Out of concern for your well-being, this year we ask that you do not go into any stores to make purchases in an attempt to help. Instead of selecting actual ornaments from a tree, we are asking OLV parishioners to make a monetary donation which will be used to provide gifts in a form that will be most appropriate for the recipients. We are working with the agencies to make those decisions.
Donations can be made in a variety of ways. Checks (made out to “OLV” with “Parish Giving Tree” on the memo line) or cash can be placed in envelopes found near church entrances with “Parish Giving Tree” on the front, throughout the month of November. You can also put the donation in your regular Sunday envelope (check designation described above) or with a note if it is a cash donation. As we have been doing with church envelopes, you can leave your donations in the collection baskets at the church entrances, drop them through the slot at the church office, or mail them to the church office (820 Westerly Parkway, State College PA 16801).
We are beginning this project a bit early this year in order to complete the donation drive for the Parish Giving Tree by November 30. As in the past, we will be supporting Catholic Charities, Strawberry Fields, and Housing Transitions, and The Arc of Centre Country while adding Out of the Cold Homeless Shelter and Centre County COVID-19 Community Response (4CR). You have always been kind and generous in your support of less fortunate members of our community. Please consider continuing that tradition again this year, just in a different way for now. Questions about this program can be directed to Mary Hershey (814) 441-2511.
Announcing Our New Parish Communication System
It is important during these times that we have a way to quickly and effectively communicate with our parishioners. Please sign up for updates from Our Lady of Victory. This is a new system so please sign up even if you think you are in our old system. This will also allow us to update our records. You can sign up by clicking on the button on the right or using the following link: https://ourladyofvictory10.flocknote.com/OLVParishioner
(Please note that we will use text messaging only when necessary).
Dear OLV Parishioner,
UPDATE FROM BISHOP MARK:
Bishop Mark has instructed clergy in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to not make any changes following the latest restrictions announced today (July 15) by Governor Tom Wolf.
Among the governor’s orders, indoor gatherings are now limited to just 25 people.
“Please be advised that this does not apply to churches,” Bishop Mark informed priests and deacons. “Continue to follow current diocesan guidelines with regard to wearing a mask and distancing in churches that we have been following. Do not make any changes.”
The Bishop thanked the clergy for their continued support. Despite the challenges of masks and social distancing at Mass, the current directives are important for the health and safety of everyone, he reminded.
Bishop Mark is also grateful to parishioners for all they are doing to comply with the directives.
He invites the clergy and faithful to join with him in praying for all those who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Operations and Mass Updates
This Saturday, May 23rd we will be offering Confessions again. For the time being Confessions will be available on Saturdays @ 9:30 and Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm.
Church hours will be from 6:00am - 7:00pm.
Please note that there is a maximum number of 250 people allowed in the church at any given time.
The Church Office is open, but please try to correspond using email or phone calls.
Weekly confession: Saturday at 9:30am and Wedneday at 6:00pm.
Weekday Masses are at regularly scheduled time.
Sunday Masses are at regularly scheduled time.
CCD and YOUTH MINISTRY:
For First Communion, contact Jim Hoy.
All Youth Ministry activities are cancelled.
HELP SUPPORT AND GIVE TO OLV
TO OUR OLV PARISH FAMILY, please consider making contributions in support of our Church especially during this difficult time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The church relies on Sunday collections to pay all bills, including teachers' salaries at school. Now that all masses have been cancelled until further notice, the Church is struggling to meet these financial obligations and need your help. If possible, please send in your contributions. No amount is considered too small. Any size gift is valued!
We are pleased to announce that our Masses will be broadcasted live over Radio Station AM 1450 and FM 103.7 at 9:30am.
OLV Mass will be posted on OLV's Youtube channel by 7:30AM every Sunday and will be available for you and your family to watch at your convenience.
Please navigate to the OLV YouTube section of the website or visit OLV's YouTube channel directly to view video reflections. Please check back regularly for new videos posted. We invite you and your family to watch them at your convenience.