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.
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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
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,
FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as you know from earlier articles written by me through this page, we are slowly moving forward in the REOPENING OF PARISHES throughout the diocese. We are following all the guidelines from the Diocese as well as from the governor and the CDC. I feel we comply with all those in authority. However, the plans we are following are not "set in stone." If we are anything, we are flexible and adjustments are being made at every level. But please remember, we are in unchartered territory. Someone might not be happy with what we have decided to do or someone might think we have to do it their way. We are doing our best in trying to make everyone here as safe as possible. We have a wonderful committee that meets regularly for issues involving the school, which includes teachers, doctors as well as some parents. We listen to input and then come up with guidelines for the school. We have a smaller committee consisting of Terry Stec, Fr. Jonathan, and myself that deals with church matters and everything liturgical. I just want everyone to know we are doing our best. Everyone probably had to make adjustments in their lives since March and so do we in the school and church. I thank you and ask for your continued support as we journey through this time in our history.
I also want to THANK all parishioners for their continued generosity to our regular collections as well as to our various organizations and causes. Believe it or not, parishioners have donated $319,609.00 during the fiscal year ending June 30. For example, these monies went to St. Vincent DePaul, The Gabriel Project, Fr. Ralph’s School, various natural disasters collection, Catholic Ministries Drive, etc. I am very proud of our parish and the generosity shown by our members and guests. Even though we are in difficult times, your generosity is a shining example of what a parish can do, even in dire times. Thank you and God bless you for your example of charitable giving.
A little note from Fr. Ralph - GREETINGS FROM GHANA - Thanks so much for your kindness, thoughtfulness, and love. I am faring well and everything here is under control. The pandemic continues to be scary, and the government has eased some of the restrictions, but it is not helping, because the number keeps soaring. Thank God it has not hit Beyin. There is no recorded case here. I can't believe that it is already summer and I am still in Ghana. This is the first time ever, for 20 years. I am spending more time with my mom in the village. All schools have reopened for the final year students to prepare and write their exams. The rest will continue in September. Everybody is now expected to wear a nose mask. I do appreciate your love and kindness. Thanks for everything. May God bless and protect you always. Shalom!
Sometime in August for September, we will be taking up a second collection for our school, Holy Name of Mary. But I just wanted to let you know how our good friend is doing in Ghana.
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.