Getting Involved in OLV
As baptized Catholics, we each share in a responsibility to assist in our Parish. Please find below the ministries and organizations that are available for your support at OLV. Please contact the Parish Office at (814) 237-7832 or at email@example.com for more information or to join us.
From OLV Pastor:
Below is Our Lady of Victory Directory of Ministries. This directory was inspired by our Holy Father Pope Francis. In his Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel” Pope Francis writes, “The Church which ‘goes forth’ is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice. An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first (cf. 1 Jn 4:19), and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the cross-roads and welcome the outcast. Such a community has an endless desire to show mercy, the fruit of its own experience of the power of the Father’s infinite mercy. Let us try a little harder to take the first step and to become involved.” #24
At Our Lady of Victory, we take seriously the words of Pope Francis – to become involved. Please look over the various ministries we offer and see if you can become involved in spreading the joy of the Gospel. A little time on your part can possibly make a huge difference in the life of our parish. Will you join us in being an evangelizing parish.
Liturgical Ministries click arrow to expand
For more information or to join, please contact the OLV Parish Office at 814-237-7832
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are lay members of Our Lady of Victory Parish who are fully initiated Catholics. These men and women regularly receive the Sacraments of the Church and possess a deep love for the Eucharist. They help with distribution of Holy Communion at Masses when needed, take Holy Communion to Catholics who are patients at Mt. Nittany Medical Center, to several Nursing Facilities, and to OLV parishioners who are shut-ins. These Ministers are prepared by the Pastor.
Lectors proclaim the Scriptures during the celebration of the Mass. They must be Catholics who have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist and regularly receive the Sacraments. Lectors prepare the readings with prayerful reflection and are skilled in speaking clearly and confidently. Lectors are prepared for this ministry by a parishioner appointed by the Pastor.
Commentators read the General Intercessions in the absence of a deacon. They may also make announcements before Mass or following the Prayer after Communion. Commentators are trained with the Lectors.
Altar Servers may be Catholic boys or girls (3rd grade and up) who assist the priest (and deacon) at appropriate parts throughout the Liturgy. They are appropriately trained to be aware of the various parts of the Mass and to participate in the prayers and music at worship.
Greeters welcome worshippers to the Sunday Masses and are prepared to help visitors with information about our parish. Greeters also serve at funeral Masses to make visitors feel welcome. Please contact the Head of Greeter Ministry, Kathleen Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and any interest.
Sacristans are men and women who assist in preparing the vessels for Mass and help with other preparations necessary to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy. Please contact the parish office for more information and any interest.
Ushers for Sunday Masses and other liturgies are organized by Kerry Schwindenhammer at 814-574-9149 to assist with seating and collection of the offering. Ushers also provide information to visitors and help the physically challenged with any needs.
Floral Committee for the Church is responsible ordering, arranging, and maintaining flowers and/or similar decorations for the liturgical seasons as well as for special liturgical celebrations, such as, Easter, Christmas, First Communion, Confirmation and other liturgical events. The Committee also creates new and refreshes old arrangements as needed. Please contact Ann Rigo for more information about helping this committee at 814-238-8998.
Liturgical Arts Committee for the Church designs and makes banners and altar furnishings including linens. Members care for the vestments and sew Baptismal garments or other liturgical articles as needed. Some members serve by laundering the altar linens and are instructed in the proper procedure to do this. Contact the Church office for more information: 814-237-7832.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word volunteers serve at the 9:30 Sunday Mass by meeting with children 4 years old through 1st grade. Before the Scripture Readings and Homily, the priest blesses the children and sends them forth with their leaders. They are taught the lessons of the readings in terms they will understand and then return to join their families after the General Intercessions. Volunteers to help in this program are always welcome. THIS MINISTRY IS INACTIVE FOR NOW.
Martha’s Helpers is a committee of volunteers who help maintain the cleanliness of the interior of the Church. Both men and women are welcome to join this ministry. Please contact the Parish office at 814-237-7832 if interested.
Hospital, Nursing Home and Homebound Ministriesclick arrow to expand
Hospital & Assisted Living Visitation
An Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist visits the Catholic patients at Mount Nittany Medical Center daily and brings Communion to those who desire to receive it. Each priest visits the hospital once a week to comfort and anoint the Catholic patients. In order to schedule these visits for yourself or a loved one, please call the Church Office at (814-237-7832) or email email@example.com.
An Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist visits Fairways and Brookline at Juniper Village every Thursday. Mass is celebrated at the Inn the third Thursday of the month. Weekly visits are also made to Elmcroft, Greenhills Village, Hearthside. Mass is celebrated once a month at Hearthside, and the Terrace. Communion is brought to many home-bound parishioners. If you are interested in serving in any of these ministries, please contact Betty Gummo at the church office or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Knights of Columbus
Brendan Bagley | Grand Knight | Email: email@example.com
Bob Hershey | KC Club President | Email:
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, family, fraternal and service organization. The key elements of our Service Program are Church, community, council, family, pro-life, and youth activities. The State College Knights of Columbus council has donated over $250,000 and over 20,000 volunteer hours to various charities in the last five years. The major fund raising activities are breakfasts/dinners served at the OLV Activities Center, and manning two concession stands at Penn State football games.
Equally important, these activities provide opportunities for fellowship and social interactions among the State College Knights of Columbus and their families. A complete list of our donations and activities would be difficult to enumerate, but a description of our major and recurring activities can be found on our website. Please join us in keeping these activities going and help us do more for our Church and community find us at: https://www.kc4678.com
Catholic Daughters of the Americas – Court Blessed Madonna
Contact: Regent (elected leader) Mary Hershey| Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. They donate to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive “to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness.” The CDA motto is “Unity and Charity.” Catholic Daughter women enjoy each other’s company at meetings and work hard for their parishes and communities. The program includes concerns of today’s church and society as well as issues that affect the well-being of women and children. Membership is open to any woman over 18 who is a practicing Catholic. Local Court Blessed Madonna has fundraisers including bake sales, yard sales & craft sales and selling Weis & Giant gift cards. The Court supports the Gabriel Project, Voice of Divine Mercy radio, OLV, St. Vincent de Paul, needy families in the OLV school, the Giving Tree, and CDA National Projects. They gather at the first Saturday Mass to celebrate it together. Meetings: Third Wednesday of the month (except July & December) at 7 p.m. in OLV Activities Center. Social at 6:30 p.m. for members & guests.
Citizens Concerned for Human Life
Contact: Sue Rogacs | Email: prolifecentrecounty.org | Phone: 814-238-9590.
Centre County Citizens Concerned for Human Life is a local pro-life organization, an affiliate of the statewide PA Pro-Life Federation. Our mission is to promote the respect for and protection of human life from conception to natural death through the use of peaceful and legal means. We present the truth about abortion, euthanasia and infanticide. We are available to speak to groups, churches, etc. on these topics and can provide a wide range of educational materials, information packets and booklets. We sponsor the Mothers Day ad published in the Centre Daily Times every May, the local Life Chain held on Respect Life Sunday (the first Sunday in October, a pro-life auction in February and supports attendance at the March for Life on January 22. CCCCHL holds local quarterly meetings, and those interested may attend these meetings. Please contact us for more information on upcoming meetings. We also welcome new members.
St. Vincent de Paul
Contact: Bill Haner | Email: email@example.com | Phone: 814- 360-6571 (Cell) or 814-867-3131 (Thrift Store Office)
In the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. Locally, SVdP operates a thrift store at 1300 Benner Pike to raise funds to help the poor and needy in our region. The Thrift Store is 100% volunteer run. Volunteer clothing sorters and cashiers are particularly needed in the store. Store hours are temporarily limited due to the virus pandemic: Mon-Sat from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please stop by the Thrift Store and speak to a day manager to get more details and to sign up. Those who want to get involved in helping the less fortunate by becoming a member of SVdP Society will go through a training period and eventually be commissioned as a Vincentian. We have a general membership meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 1:30 pm in the Thrift Store. We also meet weekly to consider client cases for assistance. Please see our web site at https://www.stvincentstatecollege.org/ and find us on Facebook.
Louis Jordain | Phone: 814-238-7920
Karen Bord | Phone: 814-238-6231
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St. Paul’s Men’s Group
Coordinator: Pat Beckerle | Email: BeckerleVA@msn.com
The Saint Paul’s Men’s Group is an informal assembly of 15-20 men that get together at least twice a month early on Saturday morning (7:30am – 9:00am). The group discussions are based on the Catechism and the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. The topics discussed range from social issues to current events to various religious matters.
Coordinator: Mary Ann Weakland | Phone: 814-237-7168
Parishioners offer comfort, support, and fellowship to grieving families by providing a luncheon for those attending a funeral. Food, provided by the parish and by volunteer cooks, is served for family and friends in the social hall. Volunteers are needed on a rotating basis to provide salads, casseroles, and desserts. Several volunteers are also needed for set-up, serving, and cleanup. To volunteer or for further information contact Mary Ann Weakland.
The Gabriel Project
Contact: Arlene | Phone: 814-867-5511
The Gabriel Project is a Pro-Life ministry, offering parish-based pastoral care to women in a crisis pregnancy. We offer them friendship and support, and prayer throughout their pregnancy as well as helping with all their practical needs to prepare for the birth of their baby. The GP offers hope, help and support to women in crisis pregnancy situations. GP provides a crib, complete layette, diapers, car seat and other items for the newborn. Diapers continue to be provided for 6 months after the baby is born. The Gabriel Project does not hold fundraisers, but relies on donations from individuals and other parish ministries. There is also a donation bin in the back of the church for the following items: diapers, sizes newborn - size 4, baby clothing (onesies, sleepers, hats, socks) sizes up to 1 year, receiving blankets, swaddlers, baby hygiene products, draft detergent, heavier blankets, pack and play sheets. Volunteers: Volunteers are welcome to help at the church on the days when mothers come to pick up diapers and other provisions.
Contact: Mary Spak Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We serve donuts after the Sunday 9:30am mass in the Activities Center, Gardener Social Hall, to encourage community in our parish. Volunteers are always needed to help serve welcome!
Marian Gift Shop
Contact: Lesa Yeager | Email: email@example.com | Phone: 814-278-5288
The Marian Gift Shop sells religious items on Sundays from 9 to Noon. The Gift Shop is a resource for Rosaries, Crucifixes, Catholic Books/Bibles, Baptism items, Cards, Medals, and other religious items parishioners are looking for.We are always looking for new volunteers especially people who would be willing to learn the computer! We would love to be open during the week, we need volunteers that can do it then.
Interfaith Human Services
Interfaith Human Services, Inc. (IHS), a registered non-profit organization in Centre County, is a long-standing collaborative effort of numerous local faith communities whose purpose is to address many unmet social and economic needs for low-income residents. Our Lady of Victory participates in this effort. Volunteers are needed in the IHS office, with furniture pick-ups, teaching energy conservation classes, or other special projects. The office is located at 251 Easterly Parkway Suite 200 and is open M-F 9:00 – 4:00. Bell-ringers are needed for the Wishing Well fund raising campaign to greet passersby at Meyer Dairy and The Corner Room. Meetings: All are welcome at IHS Board meetings on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
Contact: Suzanne Hahn | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org>
We meet in the Library of the Our Lady of Victory Activities Center to pray, encourage and support one another with issues related to, infertility, miscarriage, adoption, pregnancy and raising children. The common interests of current members include new/ young moms, infertility, miscarriage, adoption, single parenting, and the every-day joys and struggles of raising children. We are hoping to expand membership and welcome members with varying interests. Women volunteer to become Elizabeth Ministers or prayer partners in the areas they have experienced. For example, a woman who is raising young children may offer support to a mom who is new to our community. This support comes in the form of phone calls, cards, messages, visits, prayer, resources or other assistance. We also offer informational presentations on relevant topics. In celebration of life, we write baptism cards to the families of our parish who recently baptized their child. If you would like to receive prayers or support or if you have experienced any of this issues and could offer support to another woman, please join us!
Contact: Cindy Kolarik | Phone: 814-353-9343 | Email: email@example.com
The Jared Box project was started in 2001 by the children at Our Lady of Victory School in State College, PA to honor their classmate and friend, Jared. He was a brave little boy who battled cancer with courage and faith that continues to inspire us all. A Jared Box is a shoebox size plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, cards, and games. Boxes are given to chronically ill children. Our goal is to lift the spirits of children in the hospital. Since the project was started, over 200,000 Jared Boxes have been made in 47 states across the country. If you are interested in making Jared Boxes, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more www.thejaredbox.com. Locally, Mount Nittany Medical center loves getting Jared Boxes. They give boxes to children in the ER, outpatient surgery, patient floors, and at the Cancer Center.
Contact: Mary Ann Weakland | Phone: 814-237-7168 | Email: email@example.com
We are privileged to have the Prison Ministry at both Rockview and Banner Prisons. The Rockview Ministry is usually on the second Sunday of the month, at which time we attend Mass and can speak with the men. On special occasions such as their Mission Week, which usually occurs in October, the Bishop comes and the culmination of the week is celebrated on a Sunday, which is called Dismas Sunday. Also, one may teach at the Bible studies on Saturday mornings and on Tuesday evenings there is Centering Prayer. Benner Prison Ministry is the fourth Sunday of the month at the Mass in the evening. There is also opportunity to teach and pray with the men at Benner. In order to be admitted to the prison, you must fill in a "Clearance Sheet" and return it to the prison. They will notify you if you have been "cleared". This procedure must be updated yearly.
The Bazaar Committee
Chair: Chris Kirkpatrick, Director of Development | Emai: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 814-237-7832 ext 204.
The Annual Bazaar started as a social and fund-raising ministry to provide fun, good food, and great Holiday crafts. In 1963 the Bazaar helped kick off the fund-raising initiative for the Million Dollar Building Campaign to build the new School and Church complex on Westerly Parkway. For years it was called the Election Day Bazaar since it was held on Election Day. Over the years the funds raised have gone to special projects for the Parish, School and Preschool. Currently The Bazaar Committee is made up the following sub committees: Kitchen and Food Preparation; Money Raffle, Craft makers and sellers; Theme Basket Raffle: Home Baked Goods; Silent Auction; Children Games; Pull Tab game of chance; PSU Tail Gate and sale of slightly used Toys, Games and puzzles. ALL Parishioners are invited to join and help organize the activities of the Bazaar and All are encouraged to invite their friends to come with them and take part in all the fun and activities.
Laura Schneider | Email: email@example.com | Phone: 814-238-8782.
Rosary Makers make rosaries for the missions and for special gifts. We also repair rosaries. The meetings are the second Tuesday of the month after the 9:00 a.m. Mass, in the library of the Activities Center (except no meetings are held in July and August). Anyone may join—members are needed!
Coordinator: Janine Surovec Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 814-571-7195
All are welcome and encouraged to some spend time with Our Lord each Thursday. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration following the 7:00 a.m. Mass up until 11:00 p.m. (with a break for the 9 a.m. Mass). Two people must be present at all times to ensure the safety of the Blessed Sacrament. Volunteers are needed to serve either as committed adorers or as substitutes. Contact Kay Tittmann to volunteer.
All are welcome to participate in a group recitation of the Rosary daily from Monday through Saturday before the 9:00 a.m. Mass. The Rosary begins at 8:35 a.m. daily except for Thursdays which begin at 8:30 am.
Organists: OLV currently has five regular organists that play at each of the five regular Sunday Masses. They also may play for weddings and funerals, as requested. Anyone who has some experience at playing organ should contact Music Director Joe Malafarina (237-7832 Ext. 423) to see if they can fit into the OLV organist program.
Cantors: There are more than 20 regular cantors who serve the OLV parish by singing and leading the congregation through the monthly Mass schedule. Singers are always welcome to see if they are called to serve as a cantor at mass. Coaching and guidance are provided by the Music Director and assisted by other cantors.
Sanctuary Choir: The regular adult choir for OLV sings at three Masses during a typical month during the choir season, which runs from September through the end of May. The choir, led by the Music Director, rehearses each Thursday evening from 7 to 8:30PM in the Music Suite of the Activities Center. Anyone with a desire to sing can show up at rehearsal and offer their voices to the choir.
Instrumentalists/Musicians: In the course of the year there are several occasions where instrumentalists are needed to augment celebrations of the Mass. Usually musical arrangements indicate the instruments needed for that particular piece of music and accompaniment arrangements are provided. The Music Director is anxious to compile an up-to-date list of available musicians to fill future needs. If you would like to be placed on that “call list”, please call Joe at: 237-7832 (ext. 223) or 571-3088 and leave a message.
Contemporary Ensemble: The CE is a small, folk-oriented ensemble, led by Mary Weidenhof. The group sings three Sundays a month and rehearses the hour before Mass. They sing at either 9:30 Mass or Noon Mass, depending on the schedule. The group includes singers, piano, guitars and flute with occasional percussion instruments. This is a great entry level ensemble that offers a low stress and fun experience. Call Mary at: 814-571-2552 if you have any questions or to discuss your participation.
Resurrection Choir: The group of mostly retired seniors sings at funerals throughout the year. This is a low pressure group that enjoys supporting families as they go through a most difficult time in their lives. The group rehearses monthly to prepare for any changes or special requests for upcoming funerals.
Spirits of Fire: A youth-based group also includes adults with the “spirit of fire” and performs at 5 PM Mass on one Sunday of the month. SOF rehearses at 7 PM in the Activities Center Music Suites on the Wednesday before they play. This group includes piano, guitars, drums, instrumentalists and singers. The group is especially suited for parishioners who have varied schedules. Walk-ins are encouraged. Show up before Mass and join in!
Handbell Choir - Please contact Music Director Joe Malafarina (237-7832 Ext. 423)if you are interested in playing or learning to play handbells.
OLV Boy Scouts (Troop 83)
Brian Shunk, Scoutmaster | Email: email@example.com
Joe Strigle, Committee Chairman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Troop 83 is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The Troop is comprised of approximately 25 boys and it has been in existence for over 60 years. Troop 83 prides itself in its commitment to youth leadership and its active outdoor and high adventure program. With more than 130 Merit Badges—from Archery and Art to Welding and Wilderness Survival—Scouting is the ultimate form of learning by doing. Boy Scouts explore their interests and improve their skills while working toward Scouting’s highest rank: Eagle. By first imagining, planning, then doing their own service projects, Boy Scouts learn the value of hard work, and experience the thrill of seeing it pay off. Add in outdoor adventures, hiking and camping, and Scouting gives boys all the experience they need to become men. The Troop meets on Wednesday nights at 7PM at the Knight's Hall on Stratford Drive, drop by for a visit.
OLV Cub Scouts (Pack 383)
Contact: Brent Laskowski | Email: email@example.com | Phone: (814) 441-3699
Our Lady of Victory has been the charter sponsor of Cub Scout Pack 383 for over 28 years. The Cub Scout program is meant to provide families with boys in 1st through 5th grade with opportunities to spend time teaching their sons new skills and reinforcing values while having fun. After all when you’re a kid, fun comes first. With a program expertly tailored to match each age in a young boy’s life, Cub Scouts learn that even when fun isn’t easy, it’s always an ADVENTURE. In Scouting, everything has a purpose. And it shows kids that doing their best is the most fun of all. Scouting helps build children’s character, fitness, citizenship, and faith with a strong focus on the outdoors. In OLV Pack 383 many boys pursue scouting religious emblems as another way to continue their faith development. If you would like to learn more about the scouting program for your family or how you can get involved as a volunteer please contact Brent Laskowski.
High School and Middle School Youth Groups