MASS SCHEDULE: 2027 DECEMBER 2009
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 19 December
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm MATTHEW BRIEL
by his grandparents, George and Louise

Sunday, 20 December
Fourth Sunday of Advent
11:30 am Gods Blessings on JAMES J. GONTIS
by Jim and Eva

Monday, 21 December
St. Peter Canisius, priest, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am DECEASED: LOUIS TROILO FAMILY
by Melissa Rutecky Rozetar

Wednesday, 23 December
St. John of Kanty, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am ROSEANN NEISS DEVINE (1st months mind)
by her family

Thursday, 24 December
Vigil of Christmas
05:30 pm STEPHEN DYSZEL Jr.
by his mother, his wife and his family

Friday, 25 December
Christmas: Nativity of the Lord
12:00 midnight FRANCIS and PAULINE CONNOLLY
by their son, Edward
11:30 am GLORIA TINARI CHIARETTI
by Gene and Julia Krick

Saturday, 26 December
St. Stephen, protomartyr (Fst)
08:00 am CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla
Vigil of Holy Family Sunday
05:30 pm ANTHONY CATIZONE
by his wife, Jeanne, and his children

Sunday, 27 December
Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph
11:30 am RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
by his brothers and sisters

 MASS SCHEDULE: 2027 DECEMBER 2009
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 19 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm PATRICK YACKERA
by Nana

Sunday, 20 December
Fourth Sunday of Advent
08:30 am DECEASED: CONNELL and KARVOIS FAMILIES
by the Connell family

Tuesday, 22 December
Late Advent Weekday
08:00 am JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Thursday, 24 December
Vigil of Christmas
04:00 pm EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Samantha
09:00 pm DECEASED: CONNELL, KARVOIS, FISHER and MARTIN FAMILIES
by the Connell family

Friday, 25 December
Christmas: Nativity of the Lord
08:30 am Rev. HENRY E. STRASSNER
by EBC

Saturday, 26 December
Vigil of Holy Family Sunday
04:00 pm GLORIA TINARI CHIARETTI
by the Connell family

Sunday, 27 December
Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph
08:30 am MARY BARTASAVAGE GRIFFITHS
by Betty Ryan

stjos/stvdp: 12.20.2009 - 01


 

COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
12 / 13 DECEMBER
(including Holyday: 07 / 08 Dec)


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,178.75 from the Sunday envelopes; $89.00 from the second collection (plate); $297.00 from the Dues envelopes; $98.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $85.00 from the loose. Total: $1,747.75
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,747.75) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($290.08), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($444.49), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,092.74, one sees that $655.01 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $872.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $55.00 from the second collection (plate); $42.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $463.00 from the Immaculate Conception envelopes; $19.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $59.00 from the loose. Total: $1,510.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $127.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,510.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($183.92), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($267.81), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $702.71, one sees that $807.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Monday, 21 December
04:00 to 06:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Tuesday, 22 December
12:00 to 02:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Wednesday, 23 December
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 24 December
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
 

Keep in mind that the pastor is always (almost always) willing to accommodate anyone who wishes to go to Confession at a time of his or her choosing. If the scheduled times are not convenient for you, just let him know and we can arrange a time for you to go to Confession.

stjos/stvdp: 12.20.2009 - 02


 CHRISTMAS
The
Birth of the Lord
is, of course, a Holyday of Obligation.
All Catholics are bound to attend Mass on Christmas Day or on the Vigil.

CHRIST M A S S S C H E D U L E
Thursday, 24 December
04:00 pm St. Vincent dePaul Church
05:30 pm St. Joseph Church
09:00 pm St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 25 December
12:00 am St. Joseph Church
08:30 am St. Vincent dePaul Church
11:30 am St Joseph Church
Adeste, fideles!

stjos/stvdp: 12.20.2009- 03


 

EXPOSITION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 23 December
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Rosary at about 3:40 pm)


Friday, 25 December *
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 7:45 pm)

* It has become our custom to expose the Blessed Sacrament in St. Joseph Chapel on Fridays between 6:00 and 8:00 pm. The thought certainly occurred to me that we might in good conscience take a pass on Exposition for Friday this week, because this Friday happens to be Christmas Day. Then I thought to myself: Well, to tell you the truth, I think Id like to spend some quality time with the Lord on His birthday. It has sometimes happened to me that, by the time Christmas Day is over, I find that I havent really focused in on what is really important. Or should I say, On Who is really important?
I would like it to be different this Christmas.
So, we will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Christmas evening at the usual time. Maybe well sing some Christmas carols to entertain the Lord and His Mother and St. Joseph, plus any shepherds who are still hanging around. If you are not otherwise occupied, you are welcome to join me. You could spend Christmas evening in worse company. If you come, youll probably be able to find a seat.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF SAINT JOSEPH PARISH AND SAINT VINCENT dePAUL PARISH AND TO ALL THE PEOPLE OF GIRARDVILLE!
I am happy and privileged to be a resident of Girardville and to be the pastor of these two parishes!
May God bless us &.. every one!

Fr. Edward B. Connolly

stjos/stvdp: 12.20.2009 - 04


 

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown needs families to foster medically fragile children, siblings, and teen mothers with infants. An Information Meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, 13 January, at Catholic Charities, 13 Westwood Road, Pottsville. Please register by 11 January with Barbara Ivaska at 570-628-0466, ext. 306 or Patricia Reusch at 1-800-330-8001 or e-mail preusch@allentowndiocese.org

COHABITATION BEFORE MARRIAGE INCREASES THE CHANCE OF DIVORCE BY 50% because of its wrong understanding of love. It also increases the tendency to adultery after marriage. Marriage is a social fact, and not a private matter. As it affects all of society, its misuse is unjust to everyone by distorting what God made marriage to be. It is unjust to the couple, because it deprives them of grace. Those desiring to walk in the ways of justice should not receive the Eucharist without a firm purpose of returning to God through Confession. As God is a just judge, He requires the best of those He loves. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for God will judge the immoral and adulterous. (Hebrews 13:4) With thanks for so good a judge, we await the coming of Christ with holy awe instead of the servile fear, which is the neurosis of people who underestimate their own potential for holiness.

Fr. George W. Rutler

SIX AMERICAN BISHOPS WHO DESERVE A BADGE OF COURAGE
There were six bishops in the United States who issued an order that the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) NOT be taken up in their dioceses this year.
They made this decision because it had been reported that funds from this collection had been distributed to some agencies that used them for purposes that are (to say the least) inconsistent with Catholic moral and ethical teachings.
Would you like to know who these six bishops are and the names of their dioceses?
We are happy to list them. See if you recognize at least one of the names.
Well make it easy for you by bolding one of the names!

Bishop Robert Baker of the Diocese of Birmingham (AL)
Bishop John Barres of the Diocese of Allentown (PA)
Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of the Diocese of Liincoln (NB)
Bishop Victor Galeone of the Diocese of St. Augustine (FL)
Bishop Robert Morlino of the Diocese of Madison (WI)
Bishop Edward Slattery of the Diocese of Tulsa (OK)

I wish to thank Bishop Barres for doing the right thing and for daring to be in the minority!
Local note: Envelopes for the CCHD were already in the St. Joseph Parish boxes of envelopes. I took the liberty of diverting the money received in these envelopes to our Fuel Fund. I hope this is okay with everyone.

stjos/stvdp: 12.20.2009 - 05


WE SHARE THE MAIL
The following is an email I received recently from a young man I know who is a senior in college, followed by my reply to same. I am omitting the young mans name. Otherwise, everything is verbatim. I am re-printing it here because I think it is relevant to more than one young couple and because the principles I enunciate have a broad application.

Hi Father Connolly,

I hope everything is well. I have been in a relationship with a young lady for a little over two months now. Everything seems perfect and as it should be. We know everything about each other and are truly in love. I like to think that we are both mature adults, share the same values and have the same goals for our future together. Occasionally, we discuss the eventuality of marriage, and both of us do not find it awkward or unnatural. It seems as though it is the right thing to do, but we often consider the brief amount of time we have been together and the timeliness of the decision (since we will both be graduating from college this Spring). More so, we wonder about the opinions of others and the possible financial ramifications.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Would you be concerned about us rushing into things? Would it be more practical to not think about such things this early on in our relationship, even though everything seems perfect?
God Bless,
XXXXXX


Dear XXXXXX:
Nice to hear from you.
It is no surprise whatsoever for me to hear that a young man your age (21, I presume) is interested enough in a young woman that he would be thinking of marriage.
This is entirely within the realm of what is natural and ordinary and anticipated!
I say (without intending to be humorous, although it might sound humorous): Thank God that XXXXXX is attracted to a woman! This just proves that he is a healthy, normal male human being! Beyond that, thank God that XXXXXX is thinking of marriage! Marriage is a noble and God-ordained relationship! Im all in favor of it!
I am a believer in young love (although not ridiculously young). Unlike some other persons who set themselves up as counselors of the young I do NOT discourage people your age from getting married. Like most general statements, this statement needs to be qualified. Let me make some qualifications:
Qualification #1: The man and the woman are psychologically stable and neither one has any history of drug or alcohol abuse.
Qualification #2: They have been going together for at least one year, during which they have been with one another in a variety of situations: (a) alone; (b) in the company of his family; (c) in the company of her family; (d) in the company of his friends; b in the company of her friends.
Qualification #3: Neither one is on the rebound, i.e. trying to get over a break-up from a serious previous relationship.
Qualification #4: Both are striving for chastity. This is, obviously, the most delicate area for a third party like me to discuss in an email. It is better discussed face-to-face and one-on-one. For now, Ill summarize it this way: Sexual (genital) interchange between a man and a woman who are not married to one another does immense psychological damage to the relationship and it impedes ones freedom of choice. (Needless to say, it is also sinful.)
Qualification #5: Both parties are firmly committed to the thesis that marriage is: (a) indissoluble, i.e. permanent; (b) faithful; (c) meant to culminate in children (barring unforeseen circumstances).
Qualification #6: The two parties share a common set of ideals and values. It is highly desirable that the two parties share the same religious beliefs. (Is your friend a Catholic or, if not, is she open to the possibility of becoming a Catholic?)
Qualification #7: The parents of the two parties have no reasonable objection to the marriage. (This is said on the presumption that no one knows a person better than his or her parents and also on the presumption that the parents are persons who have a track record of common sense.)
Qualification #8: The young man has gainful employment and is able, at the beginning of the marriage, to provide for himself and his wife the necessities of life: food, shelter, transportation, insurance, etc. This does not mean that he is able to provide for her the same high standard of living the two of them were accustomed to during their growing-up years. Getting into debt in order to provide for a high standard of living at the beginning of a marriage is a sure-fire way to disaster.
So, bottom line: I would say that I am in favor of XXXXXX and his friend entering into serious discussion about the possibility of marriage but with the qualifications cited!
Keep in touch.
By the way, whats the ladys name?
With kindest regards
Fr. Edward B. Connolly

 stjos/stvdp: 12.20.2009 - 06


 

OH, SHENANDOAH!

The news that has been coming from our eastern flank east of Girardville, I mean has been anything but good lately.
Just as we thought that things might be calming down a bit we read the news about the arrest of the four policemen.
This is a devastating blow to the morale of dear old Shenandoah.
The folks there are still licking their wounds from the violent death of Mr. Ramirez and the ensuing accusations about widespread racism.
Then, of course, there is the ongoing controversy / sadness about the fate of the venerable St. George Church. Even those who are convinced that there is no viable alternative except to demolish the structure cannot deny the sadness of it all.
Now come the accusations about corruption in the police force.
Add all of the above to the unemployment engendered by the recession and the citizens of Shenandoah might find themselves wondering if there is any light at the end of the tunnel.
The following poem has been in my head since college days. I like to call it to mind in those moments when I think all is lost.
I recommend it to my friends in Shenandoah and to anyone who is tempted to despair.

GODS GRANDEUR

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears mans smudge and shares mans smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things.
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs
Because the Holy Ghost oer the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

May God bless all Shenandoans. May He touch the hearts of those residents who are on the wrong path, so that they might be converted back to Him.
May He touch the hearts of those residents who try consistently to walk the right path, so that they may not give in to despair.
May God bless and heal all those who have been victims of wrongdoing.
May He bless and bring to repentance all those who have been guilty of wrongdoing.
May justice be done, but let it be a justice tempered with mercy.
May God comfort all those who are made sad at the demise of their beloved parish church.
May He keep them from unjust anger against their Bishop and against the Catholic Church.
May God bless all the people of Shenandoah, regardless of ethnicity or language.
May the Holy Ghost with warm breast and bright wings brood oer the dear bent village of Shenandoah.

stjos/stvdp: 12.20.2009 - 07


THE FOLLOWING APPEARED IN THE SATURDAY, 19 DECEMBER, edition of The Pottsville Republican:
DEAR ABBY: With the holidays here, songs about Santa and his reindeer are filling the air. I'm writing to talk about reindeer antlers. Reindeer are unique because they are the only members of the deer family in which both genders have antlers, which are made of bone and grown annually.
In the summer and fall, you cannot identify a reindeer as a "he" or a "she" without further investigation. In late December, however, only the females still have their antlers.
During the summer months, the males use their antlers to attract females and defend their harem (anywhere from five to 15 females) from other males. When they are no longer "looking for love," the males lose their antlers. The females, on the other hand, keep theirs through the winter and into the spring, and use them to compete for food and to protect their young.
The only reindeer with antlers at Christmastime are the GIRLS, Abby. So Rudolph would have been appropriately named "Rudolphia," and the other reindeer would have been laughing and calling HER names until the glow from HER nose guided Santa's sleigh that foggy Christmas eve.
JOYCE CAMPBELL, PH.D.

DEAR DR. CAMPBELL:
Fascinating. This clearly explains why Santa doesn't get lost at Christmas. Females are never reluctant to ask for directions ... ho, ho, ho.
ABBY

MY COMMENT ON THE ABOVE: IN DEFENSE OF THE VIRILITY OF RUDOLPH!
Having done some intensive research on the subject (about ten minutes worth), I have picked up the following facts:
(a) Yes, it is true that both male and female reindeer have antlers.
(b) Yes, it is true that both male and female reindeer shed their antlers and re-grow them each year.
(c) Yes, it is true that the old male reindeer (called bulls) tend to lose their antlers prior to Christmas, whereas female reindeer (called cows) dont lose their antlers until spring. (The bulls lose them because they are butting heads over the cows.)
(d) However (and this is a crucial however) YOUNG male reindeer do NOT lose their antlers prior to Christmas. They retain them until the spring and then shed them at about the same time the females shed theirs.
(e) So, it is reasonable that Santas reindeer are a mix of females and young males.
(f) As for the traditional eight reindeer, I think it is reasonable to assume that some of them are female and some of them are male. I offer it as my opinion (just an opinion) that, based on their names, the following is the gender division of the other eight reindeer: Dasher
(M); Dancer (F); Vixen (F); Prancer (F); Comet (M); Cupid (M); Donner (M); Blitzen (F). Four males and four females! Thats fair, isnt it?
(g) But, let us assert as infallible doctrine that Rudolph is a boy reindeer. So, put that in your pipe and smoke it, dear Dr. Chapman and dear Abby! Ho, ho, ho!

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