MASS SCHEDULE: 27 DECEMBER 2009 03 JANUARY 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 26 December
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

Monday, 28 December
The Holy Innocents (Fst)
08:00 am — RUSSELL PROCUDA
by Tom and Mary Yesalavage

Wednesday, 30 December
6th Day in the Octave of Christmas
08:00 am — SPECIAL INTENTION
by Catherine Dyszel

Thursday, 31 December
Vigil of Mary the Mother of God
05:30 pm — ALICE BUZAS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle and family

Friday, 01 January
Mary the Mother of God
11:30 am — Rev. HENRY E. STRASSNER
by EBC

Saturday, 02 January
St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen, bishops, doctors (OblMem)
08:00 am — MEMBERS: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord
05:30 pm — ISABEL KARAVAGE KRICK (13th anniversary)
by John Karavage and family

Sunday, 03 January
Epiphany of the Lord
11:30 am — JOAN O’CONNOR
by Jack and Rose McCarthy

 MASS SCHEDULE: 27 DECEMBER 2009 03 JANUARY 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
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

Tuesday, 29 December
St. Thomas Becket, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — FRANCIS X. BOYLAN
by Eugene Zdiera and James Zdiera

Thursday, 31 December
Vigil of Mary the Mother of God
04:00 pm — TED YACKERA
by Bernice Yackera
Friday, 01 January
Mary the Mother of God
08:30 am — MARY PELOSKY ROWLAND
(17th anniversary)
by Eileen Rowland

Saturday, 02 January
Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by the Dade family

Sunday, 03 January
Epiphany of the Lord
08:30 am — God’s Blessings on SONNY and CHARLOTTE VOCINOVICH
by David and Susan Thye

stjos/stvdp: 12.20.2009 - 01


 

COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
19 / 20 DECEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,369.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $67.00 from the second collection (plate); $65.00 from the Dues envelopes; $125.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $86.00 from the loose. Total: $1,712.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,712.00) 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 $619.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $704.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $76.00 from the second collection (plate); $16.00 from the Immaculate Conception envelopes; $29.00 from the loose. Total: $825.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $5.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($825.00) 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 $122.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 29 December
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 31 December
03:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 01 January
10:30 to 11:30 am
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 29 December
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

Friday, 01 January
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is an excellent way to start the New Year.
Because 01 January is the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, we will pray the Akathist to the Holy Mother. If you don’t know what the Akathist is, come and find out.

stjos/stvdp: 12.27.2009 - 02


SOLEMNITY OF MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD
Friday
, 01 January
HOLYDAY
OF OBLIGATION

MASS SCHEDULE

Thursday, 31 December
04:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
05:30 pm — St. Joseph Church

Friday, 01 January
08:30 am — St. Vincent dePaul Church
11:30 am — St. Joseph Church

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE OBLIGATION TO ATTEND MASS ON ANY HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION IS THE SAME AS THE OBLIGATION TO ATTEND MASS ON SUNDAY.
PLEASE DO NOT NEGLECT TO FULFILL YOUR DUTY TO THE LORD.
THAT WOULD NOT BE A GOOD WAY TO START OFF THE NEW YEAR.

stjos/stvdp: 12.27.2009- 03


 

TWO TRUE STORIES
which I trust you will find amusing and maybe even mildly insightful

TRUE STORY #1
Last Sunday (20 Dec), as I was standing in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church after Mass, a little boy (about seven or eight years old) came up to me and, after we had greeted one another, asked me a question. Here, approximately, is how our brief conversation went:
Boy: Father Connolly, you have two churches, don’t you?
EBC: Yes. St. Vincent’s and St. Joseph’s.
Boy: Which one do you like best?
(The thought occurred to me: I wonder if this sweet-faced little kid is a plant. I wonder if he works for the CIA. Maybe there is a miniature recording device in his pocket with a wire running up his coat sleeve. Hey, I’m just saying!)
EBC: Well, uh, that’s a good question! To tell you the truth, I like both of them the same. St. Joseph’s is very big and beautiful and has lots of room. St. Vincent’s is very beautiful too and has wonderful stained glass windows! And the people in both churches are very nice people.
Boy: Yeah, I guess they’re both nice.
EBC: Yeah, I think so.
Moral of the story: Just because I’m paranoid, that doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me!

TRUE STORY #2
I shall call these two ladies “Mrs. Smith” and “Mrs. Jones”. These are not their actual names. Both of them were members of my former parish in Pottsville. Mrs. Smith is middle-aged and Mrs. Jones is quite elderly. Mrs. Smith was visiting Mrs. Jones. Here, approximately, is a piece of their conversation as related to me by Mrs. Smith:
Mrs. Jones: I hear that Father Connolly has a dog.
Mrs. Smith: No, he doesn’t have a dog. He has a cat.
Mrs. Jones: Oh, I know he has a cat. He’s had a cat for a long time, but I hear that he has a dog too.
Mrs. Smith: No, I don’t think so. In fact, I’m sure he doesn’t have a dog.
Mrs. Jones: Well, I heard from some people in his new place that he has a dog and that he takes the dog out for a walk every day and the dog does his business on the pavement and the people are mad at him because he doesn’t clean up after his dog.
Mrs. Smith: Oh, I don’t think so. I see him once in a while and I never saw him with a dog.
Mrs. Jones: Well, that’s what I heard.
Here are the facts about me and that doggone incontinent dog: I have never in my entire life owned a dog nor had custody of a dog nor lived in the same house with a dog nor have I ever in my entire life (as far as I can recall) taken a dog for a walk. So, go figure! ---- Not that I have anything against dogs, mind you!

Moral of the story: Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see, especially when what you hear is about a priest (unless, of course, you hear something good!).

stjos/stvdp: 12.27.2009 - 04


 

WE SHARE THE MAIL
Background: Joseph A. Mikos is a young man whom I came to know when he was about 11 or 12 years old. He asked me to baptize him. So, I went through some one-on-one instructions with him. When he was ready, I baptized and confirmed him and gave him his first Holy Communion. We maintained contact with one another until he was about 17. Then I lost track of him. Just recently I found out that he is in Iraq. I emailed him and he replied within days. The boy has become a man and is now a soldier — evidently a good man and a good soldier. For this we give thanks to God. May God protect him and all of his fellow soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dear Joey:
I got an email from Mrs. Thye the other day. You remember her, don’t you? She said that she ran into your Mom and that your Mom told her that you are in Iraq.
Wow! I didn’t know that! The last conversation I remember having with you was when you were a senior in high school.
You told me that you had joined the Army Reserves. You asked me a question about whether it would be a sin for a soldier if he had to kill an enemy combatant. I remember thinking that you had a beautiful, sensitive conscience. I also remember that, at the time, you had a part-time job at Burger King in Cressona. I’m trying to think how long ago it was that I had that conversation with you. Probably about four years ago. That means you must be about 21 years old now — maybe 22?
Your Mom told Mrs. Thye that you are due to come home in the latter part of January. I’d be happy to see you again and get re-acquainted. I’m proud to know that you are serving with honor in the US military. Thank you for putting yourself on the line for your country.
Stay close to God. I’ll mention your name to Him, that He will keep you safe and healthy.
I send you my love and all good wishes.
Father Edward B. Connolly
PS — I left Pottsville in July of 2008. I had been there for 22 years. Now I am in Girardville, which is a small town between Ashland and Shenandoah. I have two churches here.

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Father Connolly,
Of course I remember Mrs. Thye. I could never forget her. She has been a significant influence in my life since I met her. Same as you Father.
Yes, I arrived in Iraq in the end of August. I was nervous and scared. It was an unknown experience to me. But I was confident and motivated at the same time. So far, events here have been calm and easy. There isn’t much for soldiers in my career field to do anymore. The career field that I am in is called Explosive Ordnance Disposal, or EOD as we call it. To simplify that, EOD is the Army's Bomb Squad. Anything that has been designed or created to go "BOOM", I am trained to disarm it and make it incapable of going "BOOM". I’ve trained on bombs, rockets, hand grenades, nuclear weapons and Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs. Like I said, anything that is designed to explode, I make them not explode.
I as well remember that conversation with you about killing an enemy. I remember many of our conversations. They have been a guideline that I have used in my life many times. I have great respect and admiration for you. You have taught me many things that are both wise and useful.
As for me, yes, I will be 21 this coming January. Also, as my mother said, I am scheduled to come home in the latter part of January. I was told by my mother that St. Joseph's had closed some months ago. I was very upset when I heard that news. I enjoyed being there. Sometimes, when I was in Pottsville for martial arts lessons, I would skip the lesson to come to the church and pray. It was a solemn and peaceful place that I could go to, to think about things and clear my conscience. I will miss St. Joseph's just as much as you likely do. When I am home, I will be absolutely sure to come and see you. It has been too long since we have talked.
I remember a conversation we had on the way to the Pro-Life Rally one year. We hadn’t talked since we left Dunkin Donuts. You turned to me and asked if something was wrong. I said no, that I didn’t really have anything to talk about. You told me that a good way to start a conversation when you have nothing to talk about is to talk about one’s day so far. You began asking me what I did after I woke up that morning. How I put my shoes on, what I had eaten for breakfast, how i got dressed, and so on. After those first few questions, we talked for the rest of the trip about whatever popped into our minds.
I miss those trips and regret not being able to go to them. But I have a duty to my country to fulfill, and I will fulfill it. The military is my "calling". I believe I was meant to be in the service. I love what I do, just as you do.
Father, it was very exciting to hear from you. I honestly thought I never would again. But I have been proved wrong, and I’m glad I have. I hope to hear from you again Father. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. You are in mine as well.
JOEY

stjos/stvdp: 12.27.2009 - 05


 PLEASE PICK UP YOUR 2010 ENVELOPES

The St. Joseph Parish envelopes are in the Sheridan Room.
The St. Vincent dePaul Parish envelopes are in the back of the church.
Please pick them up (or ask someone to do so for you).
If you see any mistake on the label of the box, please let Ginny know.
If you SHOULD be receiving envelopes and don’t see a box with your name on it, please let Ginny know.
All adult parishioners should have their own envelopes.
In making up our envelope labels, we presume that husbands and wives want one set of envelopes between them. However, some prefer separate sets. If you and your spouse want separate sets (and we don’t already know that), please let Ginny know.

PLEASE PICK UP YOUR 2010 PARISH CALENDARS

They can be found in the back of the church and / or in the Sheridan Room. Feel free to take an extra one for a friend or neighbor, preferably someone in Girardville or the area — most preferably someone who is Catholic but isn’t sure where to locate a Catholic church in Girardville.

 stjos/stvdp: 12.27.2009 - 06


POPE BENEDICT FALLS FOR A WOMAN!
“Thou art Peter and upon this rock i will build My Church” and neither the gates of hell nor poor demented women who jump over barriers and knock poor old Peter down while he is walking up the aisle to celebrate the Christmas Midnight Mass shall prevail against it.
We are grateful to God that our dear Holy Father Benedict did not incur any injuries from the bizarre event on Christmas Eve. You might want to take a look at the amateur video on youtube that documents this episode:
http://mashable.com/2009/12/24/pope-knocked-down-youtube-video/
My favorite part of the video comes after the unpleasant encounter with the woman. Benedict just resumes his walk up the aisle, as if nothing had happened. His face is placid and beautiful. Benedict is one very cool Bavarian! God bless him! Long live the Pope!
All good wishes to Roger Cardinal Etchegaray, the 87-year-old prelate who was standing behind the Pope when the woman jumped the barrier. He suffered a fractured femur. The Pope told him he could take the rest of the year off with pay.
CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS (plural)
The lead editorial in the 25 Dec edition of the Pottsville Republican was entitled “Forget being PC on holiday”. It was a good-hearted and well-meaning editorial. I commend the writer for the substance of the editorial, which was that we Christians should not be intimidated by those who try to secularize this great and holy day.
However, there is a sentence in the editorial that needs correction (or, at least, amplification). It bordered on heresy.
This is the sentence: “Christians believe Christ, the son of God, was crucified to atone for original sin and rose after three days under his own power.”
What is wrong (at least misleading) about this sentence?
It is this: Jesus Christ did not atone ONLY for original sin. By His self-sacrificing death on the cross, Jesus atoned NOT ONLY for original sin BUT ALSO for all the personal sins of every member of the human race.
This is defined doctrine and firmly rooted in the Bible. Two passages that come to mind (but there are others) are the following:
“My little ones, I am writing this to keep you from sin. But if anyone should sin, we have, in the presence of the Father, Jesus Christ, an intercessor who is just. He is an offering for our sins, and not for our sins only, but for those of the whole world.” (1 John 2,1-2)
“I handed on to you first of all what I myself received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15,3)
AT ONE OF THE CHRISTMAS VIGIL MASSES, as I was distributing Holy Communion, a young woman (I do not know her name) opened her mouth and extended her tongue to receive the Lord’s Body and Blood. To my horror, I saw that she had a piece of metal piercing her tongue. A wave of nausea swept over me. It grossed me out. Because I was startled and unable to process the moment properly and because I was unwilling to “create a scene”, I simply took the course of least resistance and gave her Holy Communion. But I would like her to know that she did wrong, that it is sinful to have one’s tongue pierced and, consequently, gravely inappropriate to receive Holy Communion on a pierced tongue. I ask her, respectfully and kindly, to have the damn thing taken out. A pierced tongue is a flagrantly sexual display. If you didn’t know this before, now you do! And don’t anybody write me any letters telling me that I’m being judgmental. Making moral judgments is part of my job description as pastor and father. If I don’t make them, who, pray tell, will?

stjos/stvdp: 12.27.2009 - 07


To: All My Progressive Friends
From: EBC
Re: seasonal greetings

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the Winter Solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with all due respect for the religious / secular persuasion and / or traditions of others, or with due respect to their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2010 of the Common Era, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great, which is not meant to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor that it is the only “America” in the Western Hemisphere.
Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, gender or sexual preference of the recipients of these wishes.

To: All My Traditional Friends
From: EBC
Re: seasonal greetings

Merry Christmas
Happy New Year!

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