MASS SCHEDULE: 28 DECEMBER 2008 04 JANUARY 2009
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 27 December
Vigil of Holy Family
05:30 pm — EDWARD and KATHRYN (Cuff) KUCHINSKY
by their family

Sunday, 28 December
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
11:30 am — EDWARD L. GALLAGHER
by Kay Ellen Kuchinsky

Monday, 29 December
St. Thomas Becket, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — EDWARD W. KULL
by his wife, Barbara, and family

Wednesday, 31 December
St. Sylvester, pope (OptMem)
08:00 am — ROBERT McKEON
by Joe Matulaitis
Vigil: Mary Mother of God
05:30 pm — MARY HALEY
by Neil and Carol Houtz

Thursday, 01 January
Mary Mother of God (Sol)
11:30 am — REGINA GOWNLEY
by John and Mary Becker

Friday, 02 January
SS. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, bishops, doctors (OblMem)
08:00 am — ELEANOR MARCONI
by Anna Marie Vivacqua

Saturday, 03 January
Holy Name of Jesus (Fst)
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar MEMORIAL SOCIETY
by St. Joseph Parish
Vigil of Epiphany
05:30 pm — EDWARD and KATHRYN (Cuff) KUCHINSKY
by their family

Sunday, 04 January
The Epiphany of the Lord
11:30 am — CHARLES A. RINALDO Sr.
by Albert and Annetta Yackenchick and family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 28 DECEMBER 2008 04 JANUARY 2009
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 27 December
Vigil of Holy Family
04:00 pm — JOSEPH DOMBROWSKI
by his family

Sunday, 28 December
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
08:30 am — KAREN WEYMAN
by M/M Harold Doyle

Tuesday, 30 December
6th Day in the Octave of Christmas
08:00 am — JOHN J. D’ALFONSO Sr.(38th anniversary)
by his family

Wednesday, 31 December
Vigil: Mary Mother of God
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by his sister, Samantha

Thursday, 01 January
Mary Mother of God (Sol)
08:30 am — Deceased: POPECK FAMILY
by Frank and Rose

Saturday, 03 January
Vigil of Epiphany
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by David, Mary Lou and Eddie Bickowski

Sunday, 04 January
The Epiphany of the Lord
08:30 am — CHARLES S. DAVIES and
CHARLES H. DAVIES
by their family

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 COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND: 20 / 21 DECEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish:
$1,520.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $66.00 from the second collection (plate); $62.00 from the Dues envelopes; $56.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $84.00 from the loose. Thank you.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $743.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $111.00 from the second collection (plate); $68.00 from the loose. Thank you.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK


Tuesday, 30 December
03:00 to 04:00 pm
in St. Joseph Chapel

Wednesday, 31 December
10:30 to 11:30 pm
in St. Joseph Chapel

Friday, 02 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
in St. Vincent dePaul Church

EXPOSITION OF BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 31 December
10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight
St. Joseph Chapel
Friday, 02 January
5:00 to 8:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Seek the Lord while He may be found!

stjos/stvds: 12.28.2008 - 02



THIS IS A TRUE STORY. MAKE OF IT WHAT YOU WILL.
This story involves a “true confessions” on my part. I am not proud of the “true confessions” part. However, I have promised to do better in the future.
You see, it’s like this. I am accustomed to parking my car in the garage on Preston Street (behind St. Joseph Rectory) whenever I drive over to St. Joseph Church, although not when I go to St. Joseph Chapel. One Sunday afternoon, very recently, after having finished the 11:30 am Mass and after having lingered a while in order to do a few things around the church, I went to the garage to get in my car. Here comes the “true confessions” part: Over the past few months, I had developed the bad habit of exiting the garage rather quickly, without being cautious to check as to whether any vehicle should happen to be coming along Preston Street. I think I got careless about this because, quite frankly, I never saw any traffic on Preston Street. So, giving in to the false assumption that “nothing is coming along now because nothing has ever come along before”, I turned the key in the ignition, put the gearshift in reverse, lightly touched the accelerator and prepared to back out. To my surprise, the car stalled! Now, I would like to point out that my car never stalled before. I was surprised that it stalled now! So, I repeated the process: turned the key in the ignition, went into reverse, touched the accelerator and --- lo and behold --- just as I did this, I looked in the rear view mirror and saw a car go by. I’m sure this was the first time since I’ve been in Girardville that I ever saw a car go by on Preston Street. I know this much: As surely as God makes little green apples, my car and that car would have rammed into one another, IF my car had not stalled out. I had, at that moment, something akin to a religious experience. I had a profound sense of gratitude that, once again, my Father had treated me better than I deserved! Someone might say (as “someone” is always prone to saying) that the whole thing was a coincidence — a fortunate coincidence, but a coincidence nonetheless. I believe otherwise. I truly believe that my guardian angel did me a favor. Why did he do me a favor? I guess because he loves me and because he wanted to humble me and make me aware of his presence and, maybe, because he knows that there is not a day of my life when I do not, in some way, acknowledge the existence and ministry of angels. I acknowledged my debt to him by saying (at least ten times in a row) the ANGEL GUARDIAN PRAYER.
I encourage you to say this prayer and to teach it to your children:

ANGEL OF GOD,
MY GUARDIAN DEAR,
TO WHOM GOD’S LOVE
ENTRUSTS ME HERE,
EVER THIS DAY
BE AT MY SIDE,
TO LIGHT AND GUARD,
TO RULE AND GUIDE.
AMEN.

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16 Dec 08
DEAR ABBY:

I have been dating "Felix" for six years. He moved in with me a year ago. We decided to do it because it made sense economically, and also to find out if our lifestyles meshed. We now know that we are compatible, and I feel that I am living with the man I would like to marry soon.
My problem is although I have a stable, high-paying job and am ready for marriage and children, Felix is not. He has given me the distinct impression that he has no plans to marry me for at least two years -- until he finds a higher-paying job and can support himself instead of depending on me.
I feel awkward not knowing when -- or if -- Felix will propose. I now realize that I acted too soon in encouraging us to live together. I don't know if I should just accept our living situation or ask him to move out until he's ready for marriage. How should I approach this without making him think I no longer love him?
TOO QUICK IN SAN JOSE

DEAR TOO QUICK:
You and Felix need to have a loving -- but frank -- conversation. I respect the fact that he doesn't want to be married until he is in a stronger financial position. And I also respect the fact that you don't want to just live together indefinitely.
A lot can happen in two years. People's goals can change, they can meet others and their careers can separate them. It appears that you and Felix may suffer from a case of bad timing. It is important that both of you be free to grow in your own ways.
While this might seem sad, it does not mean that you do not care for each other, or that you won't wind up together. But for now, some separation would be the healthiest thing for both of you. If your relationship is meant to be, his moving out won't kill it.
ABBY

DEAR TOO QUICK:
I hope I am not being too quick here. However, I am quite certain that Felix is having sex with a woman to whom he is not married. Did you know that? Felix is a fornicator! And an unrepentant one at that! And you are thinking about marrying an unrepentant fornicator? Not only is he a fornicator, but he is mooching off the gal as well, letting her pay the rent and the groceries and the insurance and God knows what else!
Do you really want to marry a mooching fornicator?
For crying out loud, dear lady, where are the brains you were born with?
Don’t you realize that Felix is not only a moocher and a fornicator, but he is also a liar? He is lying to this pathetic girl when he says that he plans to marry her after a couple of years when he gets a good job. He is playing that girl for a fool!
Do you really want to marry a lying, mooching fornicator? Didn’t your Daddy or somebody ever warn you about the man who boasted to his buddies that he didn’t have to buy a cow because he got free milk morning, noon and night?

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Throw Felix out into the exterior darkness, where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth. And be quick about it! You can do better than Felix!
But if, by any chance, you can’t do better than Felix, then better no man at all than such a poor excuse for a man as Felix!
Let me explain something to you that is extremely basic but seems not to be known nearly as well as it should by young women. It is this: There are two kinds of girls who have sex before they get married —
dumb girls and bad girls.
“Bad girls”
who have sex before marriage are those who are promiscuous, who have managed to make a complete disassociation between copulation and commitment, between copulation and conception. These are the girls who, for all practical purposes, have simply prostituted themselves. Believe me, they are very hard to deal with. May God have pity on them!
“Dumb girls” who have sex before marriage are girls like you who, although they are not married as a matter of actual fact, nonetheless are psychologically married to the young man with whom they are engaging in sexual activity. Every time such girls engage in sexual relations with their partners, they are doing so in expectation of marriage or, I might say, under the illusion of marriage. They are saying to themselves, “Well, even though he and I are not technically married, we are married for all practical purposes. It’s just a matter of time before we actually walk up the aisle and make it official. So, this man with whom I am performing this act is really my husband, because I’m not the kind of girl who would have sex with a guy who is not my husband!”
HOWEVER, let me clue you: The guy (in your case, Felix) with whom the “dumb girl” is having sex is having no such thoughts. He does NOT think of you as his wife. He thinks of you as “a nice girl to whom I certainly give a lot of credit for making it so convenient for me to have sex almost anytime I want it”. You may be certain that, if you cut him off for any considerable period of time, he will have a contingency plan, perhaps already does. Then he will make jokes about you to his buddies, because you will have hurt his male pride. The “dumb girl” realizes then that the erstwhile boyfriend never really cared about her at all because he was all wrapped up in himself. The sex was all about him. Remember: He is a liar. That’s how he makes his way in life. Lying is what he does.
May I make a suggestion? Once you get rid of Felix, you will have more time on your hands for worthwhile pursuits. I suggest that you visit your local Catholic parish and make inquiries about becoming a Catholic. If, by any chance, you are already a Catholic, then go visit your local Catholic parish and make inquiries about their schedule of Confessions and, of course, their Mass schedule. Turn over a new leaf and go to Confession.
Just because Felix seems content to go to Hell, there is no reason for you to go there too.
EBC

stjos/stvds: 12.28.2008 - 05


 

DOROTHY A. (BECK) CATIZONE,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Wednesday, 24 December.
Born on 22 June 1932, she was 76 years old.
She is a daughter of the late Charles and Florence (Schuyler) Beck.
She is a sister of Helen Beck Rice (deceased); Joseph Beck; Eileen Beck Reichwein; Charles Beck; John Beck.
She is the wife of Vincent P. Catizone.
Dorothy is the mother of six: Dorothy A. Catizone Smith; Vincent P. Catizone Jr.; Ellen M. Catizone Portz; Joseph J. Catizone; Helen J. Catizone; Marianne N. Catizone - Coulson.
She is a grandmother to sixteen: Patrick Smith; Geoffrey Smith; Eric Smith; Alex Smith; Toni Catizone; Zachary Catizone; Zhenya Catizone; Marina Catizone; Felicia Catizone; Michelle Portz; Kristan Portz; Charles Portz; Joseph Catizone; Heather Catizone; Ethan Coulson; Mia Coulson.
She is a great-grandmother to seven: Kaylee Smith; Mason Smith; Ivy Catizone; Janessa Bruno; Rosean Bruno; Xavier Bruno; Mya Bruno.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph Church on Monday, 29 December, at 11:00 am. There will be a visitation in the church for about two hours prior to the Mass. The interment of cremains will take place in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Eternal rest grant unto Dorothy, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

PERSONS WHO READ THE BULLETIN CLOSELY might notice that the funeral Masses for Mrs. Catizone and for Mr. Wilkinson are both scheduled for 11:00 am on 29 December. A reasonable person might wonder how Fr. Connolly is going to manage being at both churches simultaneously. Has he been given the gift of bi-location? The answer is “No, he has not”. Fr. Connolly will celebrate the Mass for Mr. Wilkinson. Fr. Brennan will celebrate the Mass for Mrs. Catizone. I am grateful to Fr. Brennan for being available
A CANDLE IN HONOR OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE was lit at St. Vincent dePaul Church in memory of the deceased members of the Karvois and Connell families, at the request of the Connell family.
THE SANCTUARY CANDLE at St. Vincent dePaul Church was lit in memory of Edward M. Wascavage, at the request of his parents, sister and grandparents.

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RAYMOND GEORGE WILKINSON,
a former member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Sunday, 21 December.
Born on 22 November 1944, he was 64 years old.
He had been baptized at St. Vincent dePaul Church on 9 December 1944 by Fr. Michael Daumantas.
He is the son of the late John W. and Margaret (Jacobs) Wilkinson.
He is survived by his sister, Jacqueline Wilkinson Reigel.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Monday, 29 December, at 11:00 am. The interment of cremains will take place in the parish cemetery.

Eternal rest grant unto Raymond, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

THE GIVING TREES at our two churches will remain “up” until next Sunday (4 Jan). Thank you to those who have brought gifts for babies. If you have not yet brought such a gift, please do so by next Sunday at the latest
ONE WAY OF SPENDING NEW YEAR’S EVE is to open a bottle or two or three or four of some alcoholic beverage and proceed to get bombed out of one’s mind.
I respectfully suggest that this is not a good idea.
Let me tell you how I plan to spend New Year’s Eve.
I plan to go over to St. Joseph Chapel a little before ten of the clock post meridian and there expose the Blessed Sacrament. Then I think I’ll pray a little. I’ll pray for myself (always a good idea) that I don’t wind up going to hell. I figure it’s not too likely that I will go to hell, but I don’t want to be presumptuous, so a prayer along those lines is always a good idea. Then I’ll pray for my family, that none of them will go to hell. I doubt that any of them will but, again, a little humility in that regard is praiseworthy. Then I’ll pray for all the members of St. Vincent dePaul Parish and St. Joseph Parish, that none of them will go to hell. That is my duty as pastor. Besides, there are a few members I’m kind of worried about.
What I would like is that a few (maybe even more than a few) persons would join me for those last two hours of 2008.
How about it? Of course someone might call you a religious fanatic if you spend the last two hours of the year in prayer before the Lord, but you could be called worse.

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THE SOLEMNITY
of
MARY
THE MOTHER OF GOD

Please note that this coming Thursday
— the first of January —
is a HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION!
ALL CATHOLICS, SEVEN YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER, UNLESS IMPEDED BY CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THEIR CONTROL, ARE OBLIGED TO ATTEND MASS EITHER ON THE HOLYDAY ITSELF OR ON THE VIGIL.
The Mass schedule is identical to the Sunday Mass schedule:

Wednesday, 31 December
4:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
5:30 pm at St. Joseph Church

Thursday, 01 January
8:30 am at St. Vincent dePaul Church
11:30 am at St. Joseph Church
****************************************
MARIA
THEOTOKOS!

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