Saturday, 28 February
Vigil of Sunday
by his grandparents, Joe and Mary Kleeman

Sunday, 01 March
1st Sunday of Lent
by Eileen Rowland

Monday, 02 March
Lenten Weekday
by Mom and Dad

Wednesday, 04 March
St. Casimir (OptMem)
08:00 am — MATTHEW BRIEL
by the Briel and the Canavan families

Friday, 06 March
Lenten Weekday
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

Saturday, 07 March
SS. Perpetua and Felicity, martyrs (OptMem)
08:00 am — Members: StJosPar MEMORIAL SOCIETY
by St. Joseph Parish
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — PATSY HARRIS
by Jeanne

Sunday, 08 March
2nd Sunday of Lent
by the Rizzardi family


Saturday, 28 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. KRICK
by Carole Krick

Sunday, 01 March
1st Sunday of Lent
by Vince and Elaine Bobbin

Tuesday, 03 March
St. Katharine Drexel, virgin (OptMem)
08:00 am — RYAN A. WALTERS and
DAVID A. PEIFFER (2nd anniversary)
by Tom, Maggie and Angela

Thursday, 05 March
Lenten Weekday
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by Robert and Anna Smith

Saturday, 07 March
Vigil of Sunday
by Mary Burns

Sunday, 08 March
2nd Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 03.01.2009 - 01

21 / 22 FEBRUARY
Saint Joseph Parish:

Saint Joseph Parish:
$1,316.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $102.30 from the second collection (plate); $63.00 from the Dues envelopes; $110.75 from the loose. Thank you.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $1,253.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $102.00 from the second collection (plate); $11.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $43.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes; $349.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $113.00 from the loose. Thank you.


Tuesday, 03 March

12:30 to 01:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 05 March
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 05 March
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church


Tuesday, 03 March
12:00 noon to 02:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 05 March
12:00 noon to 02:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Seek the Lord while He may be found!

Q — What do you call it when someone dies and comes back as a hillbilly?
A — Reintarnation.
Q — If the person who coughs is a cougher, what do you call the person the cougher coughs on?
A — A coffee.

stjos/stvdp: 03.01.2009 - 02

A BRIEF WRAP-UP ON THE 22nd ANNUAL CHINESE AUCTION held this past Sunday (22 Feb) in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall and organized by the women of the Holy Rosary Society, with the assistance of the gentlemen of the Holy Name Society:

The net profit came to $8,780.00.
Rachel Shoup won the 50 / 50 drawing. She took home $460.00.
Charles Sherman won the train.
Jean Paulukonis won the television.
Eileen Colihan won the basket of electronic gizmos.
EBC won three fly swatters, two boxes of Christmas ornaments and some dishtowels.
(Hey! I’m not complaining! Maybe I can pick up a few extra dollars this spring and summer swatting flies. Let me know if you need my services. No house calls. You have to bring the flies to me!)

I would like to express and I hereby do express my gratitude and admiration to all those who worked so hard to put the auction together and make it happen. I was amazed at what I saw. The efficiency of it all! Beautiful to behold! Thank you! God reward you! Thanks most of all to the customers! God willing, I’m looking forward to the 23rd annual Chinese auction!

PLEASE PRAY FOR a gentleman who died on Wednesday, 18 February. Julian J. Chiplonia is the father of St. Vincent dePaul parishioner Ralph D. Chiplonia.

Eternal rest grant unto Julian, 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.

NOTE TO ALL PARISHIONERS: It had been customary in my previous parishes to note in the bulletin the death of a member of the immediate family of a parishioner, even though the deceased was not a member of either of the parishes. We want to do the same here in Girardville. We define “immediate family” as parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, spouse, sibling, child, grandchild, great-grandchild. But please remember that we probably do not know about the death unless you tell us. So, please make it a point to tell us.
REMINDER: “Our Town, Your Home, One Heritage”, an original musical, will be presented in St. Joseph Parish Hall in dinner-theatre style on Saturday, 7 March. Doors open at 6:15 pm. A roast beef dinner will be served. Tickets are $20.00. For information or to purchase a ticket, call 276-1366 or 590-1366 or 580-0914.

stjos/stvdp: 03.01.2009 - 03


Via email: 23 Feb 2009
Dear Father Connolly,
I have an issue / question that has me bothered me for quite a while. I would like your input.
I am a divorced practicing Catholic. I entered a second marriage eleven years ago in a civil ceremony. My spouse and I were both previously married in the Church. My spouse is of the Protestant faith, but our children were baptized Catholic and practice the Catholic faith.
I have not received the Holy Eucharist since remarrying because of the Church law that says I can’t, because a marriage outside the Church is not recognized and therefore I can’t receive the sacrament.
My question to you is this: Am I right not to receive Holy Communion or should I have been receiving the Holy Sacrament all these years?
I ask this question because, over the years, I have seen various persons / couples receiving Holy Communion who either live together without being married or who are in my particular situation.
Father I am not judging anyone but I am confused and at times angry that I obey the Church law and others don’t. I would like to know if I am on the right page of the Church’s teaching regarding this subject. Father, I would appreciate it if you could address this issue in one of your weekly bulletins and clear up any confusion there may be.
I am aware of annulments but I can’t afford one annulment, let alone two at this time but I hope someday soon I can receive the Holy Eucharist with my children.
I would like to remain anonymous if you choose to print this in the weekly bulletin, but I thank you for your input on this subject.
Inquiring Catholic

Dear Inquring Catholic:
Your questions are as follows: Am I right not to receive Holy Communion or should I have been receiving the Holy Sacrament all these years?
My answers are as follows: Yes, you are right not to receive Holy Communion. No, you would not have been doing right if you had been receiving the Holy Sacrament all these years. You would have been doing wrong. Yes, you are “on the right page”. These are my short-and-to-the-point answers. Now let me back up and give some extended commentary, all of it related to your letter.
#1 — I am grateful for your letter. You have provided me with an excuse and an opportunity to deal with an important subject in the parish bulletin.

#2 — I extend to you my admiration and gratitude for two things: (a) that you have not walked away from the practice of the Catholic faith, despite the fact that you have had your license lifted, i.e. your license to receive the sacraments; (b) that you obey Holy Mother Church by refraining from the reception of the Holy Eucharist. Believe me when I say that your faithfulness and humble obedience towards the Church will be rewarded by God.

#3 — You mention that, over the years, you have seen persons receive Holy Communion who are either: (a) in the same situation as you or (b) in a cohabitation situation, i.e. not married even civilly. You say that this makes you either confused or angry. Let me do what I can to eliminate the confusion and to defuse the anger.

In regard to the confusion, please make note of the following: No one who is a party to an ongoing sexual relationship outside of a valid marriage is permitted to receive Holy Communion.

stjos/stvdp: 03.01.2009 - 04

This is an absolute statement. You can take it to the bank. If you accept this statement (and I think you should for the simple reason that it is true), you should no longer be confused.

In regard to the anger, please ask yourself whether you are angry at the priests for giving these persons Communion or at the persons themselves for coming up for Communion.

If you feel angry at the priests, is it because you think the priests know the laws of the Church in regard to eligibility for Holy Communion but blatantly ignore them? If this is the case, then your anger is justified. Let your just anger lead you to appropriate action. But don’t presume that any priest “blatantly ignores them”. With great courtesy and respect, approach the priest and tell him what you feel and what you think. He may have some good reason for doing what he is doing. Knowing the law is a science; applying the law is an art. Listen to what he has to say to you in reply. If you come away from the conversation still convinced that the priest is blatantly ignoring the law, then bring the matter up to some other priests for their advice and / or intervention and, perhaps, ultimately to the Bishop.

But, if you don’t get any satisfaction in this life, you may take some consolation from these words spoken by St. John Chrysostom: The road to hell is paved with the bones of priests and lined with the skulls of bishops. ( John Chrysostom is not the patron saint of the Sunshine and Roses Club.)
If, on the other hand, you feel angry at the persons who, although ineligible, come forward to receive Communion, keep in mind that these persons are either unaware of the laws of the Church or else, being aware, blatantly ignore them.

If they are unaware, then you should go to your parish priest and humbly beseech him to put something into the bulletin about the laws that govern eligibility for receiving Holy Communion or else say something about it from the pulpit — or both. You might also want to consider speaking directly and politely and intelligently to the persons themselves — but only if you can do so without fisticuffs and without violating the basic norms of charity!

If these persons are aware of the laws of the Church but choose to ignore them, is the priest obliged to refuse them Holy Communion? The answer is this: If there is public scandal, then the priest is obliged to refuse. If there is not public scandal, then the priest may — with fear and trembling — give the ineligible persons Holy Communion. Why? Because God has apparently turned these persons over to the wickedness of their own conceits and is allowing them to pile up the evidence that will condemn them. Strangely enough, God does deal in such a way with those who sin against the Holy Ghost. The fainthearted might think otherwise, but the truth is that “our God is a consuming fire”. Notice we are not talking here about how God deals with “simple sinners”, i.e. persons who are weak or dumb or a sandwich short of a picnic. We are talking here about persons who, with all cylinders firing, consciously and deliberately defy the Church of God and use the reception of Holy Communion as a means whereby they can profane the Body and Blood of the Lord. So, if you think about it, what is the point in being angry with people like that? Your anger is nothing in comparison to what they will ultimately have to face.
If, after reading this, you are still confused and / or angry, please let me know.
In Christ Jesus –

P.S. Please, please, please (with whipped cream and sugar on it) get in touch with your parish priest (or some priest or deacon) about the annulments. There is no such thing as “can’t afford” in regard to annulments. The truth is that you can’t afford not to pursue the annulments. Trust me! Get in touch with your parish priest. Do it now. I really mean it. Like really mean it!

stjos/stvdp: 03.01.2009 - 05


You’re nut?
Well, you should! And I’m nut kidding!
But look no further than Trinity Academy. They are working with Rosa’s Distributing in Hazleton to offer 16 ounce nut rolls for $8.00.
You get one full pound of nut roll whenever you order the 16-ounce size!
The flavors are: nut; poppy seed; prune; apricot; cheese.
Rosa sent samples to school. They were delicious!
To order, contact any Trinity student, or call the school office at 462-3927 and ask for Mrs. Cray. Orders are due by Wednesday, 18 March.
The nut rolls will be delivered to Trinity in early April. Thank you!

DO YOU KNOW which 5th and 6th grade Girls’ Basketball Team won the CYO DISTRICT FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP?
You don’t?
Would you like to know?
Well, we’d like to tell you!
And do you know that two of our parish girls play on that team?
You don’t?
Well, they do!
Would you like to know their names?
You would?
Good, because we’d like to tell you!
They are:
Both are in 6th grade at Trinity Academy.
Way to go, ladies!

There is going to be a Saint Patrick Day Parade in Girardville (PA)
on Saturday, 21 March.
It will be sponsored by The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Jack Kehoe Division #1.
It will start at 12:00 noon and it will be held rain or shine!
The Grand Marshals this year will be:
Jack Travis, Edward Burns and Paul Kowalick Jr.
The Parade Registration Area will be located in
the Girard Hose Company, 120 East Main Street, Girardville PA.
Questions about the parade can be directed to John P. McNelis at 773-6218.

stjos/stvdp: 03.01.2009 - 06


Vatican Liturgical Official Makes New Plea for "Reform of the Reform"
Feb. 23, 2009 ( - A key Vatican official has called for "bold and courageous" decisions to address liturgical abuses that have arisen since the reforms of Vatican II.
Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, cites a flawed understanding of Vatican II teachings and the influence of secular ideologies are reasons to conclude that-- as then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said in 1985-- "the true time of Vatican II has not yet come." Particularly in the realm of the liturgy, Archbishop Ranjith says, "The reform has to go on."
Archbishop Ranjith, who was called to the Vatican personally by Pope Benedict to serve as a papal ally in the quest to restore a sense of reverence in the liturgy, makes his comments in the Foreword to a new book based on the diaries and notes of Cardinal Fernando Antonelli, who was a key figure in the liturgical-reform movement both before and after Vatican II.
The writings of Cardinal Antonelli, Archbishop Ranjith says, help the reader "to understand the complex inner workings of the liturgical reform prior to an immediately following the Council." The Vatican official concludes that implementation of the Council's suggested reforms often veered away from the actual intent of the Council fathers. As a result, Archbishop Ranjith concludes, the liturgy today is not a true realization of the vision put forward in the key liturgical document of Vatican II, Sacrosanctum Concilium (doc).
Specifically, Archbishop Ranjith writes: Some practices which Sacrosanctum Concilium had never even contemplated were allowed into the Liturgy, like Mass versus populum, Holy Communion in the hand, altogether giving up on the Latin and Gregorian Chant in favor of the vernacular and songs and hymns without much space for God, and extension beyond any reasonable limits of the faculty to concelebrate at Holy Mass. There was also the gross misinterpretation of the principle of "active participation."

Please note that

Rome is clearly marking out a position against the liturgical abuses that have flooded the Church since the Second Vatican Council.
If you have ever heard anyone (priest or layperson) say that
COMMUNION IN THE HAND is something that the SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL wanted and that COMMUNION ON THE TONGUE is, somehow or other, a kind of disobedience and is a throwback to a time referred to with some contempt as “THE PRE-VATICAN TWO ERA”, please be aware that this is not true. COMMUNION ON THE TONGUE IS PROFOUNDLY OBEDIENT. The practice of giving COMMUNION IN THE HAND, although indisputably legal, is NOT something ordered by the Second Vatican Council. It is a LEGALIZED LITURGICAL ABUSE, justified by persons who, in many cases, have never read the documents of Vatican Two, but don’t let that hold them back from pontificating about them.
Don’t be afraid, little flock! It has pleased the Father to give you the kingdom.
Truth is NEVER arrived at by taking a poll, nor by citing what is done by the majority.

stjos/stvdp: 03.01.2009 - 07


 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

7:00 pm

Friday, 27 February:         St.Vincent dePaul Church Sunday, 01 March:
St. Joseph Church
A STRANGE SIGHT HAVE I SEEN IN THE VILLE OF GIRARD: I was driving down that dear little Borough’s main street, the name of which is Main Street, on a bitter cold day in February, not long ago, making my way from Vincent to Joseph or vice versa, I forget which, and, saints preserve me, I saw a poorly clad (hardly clad at all) lady pirate standing on the sidewalk looking ever so forlorn and forsaken and I wondered as to how she came so far inland, inasmuch as pirates are wont to ply their nefarious trade on the high seas and I wondered most of all what could have happened to her clothes, the poor thing, she must be freezing, I thought, and she could, albeit unwittingly, be an instrument of spiritual danger to some young buckaroo who is chock full of the concupiscence he inherited from Father Adam and is on his way to school or to work and needs more temptation like he needs a hole in the head because a quite sufficient quantity comes uninvited to him already in the course of a normal day and I thought of St. Martin of Tours who saw a naked beggar in the midst of winter and took his sword and sliced his cape in order to cover the poor man’s shivering shame and, by golly, I thought of doing something roughly the same for the lady pirate with my cassock but I wasn’t carrying my sword with me at the time and the fabric was too tough to tear with my arthritic hands and I thought further to myself that I would like to speak with that most unsatisfactory person, whoever he might be, who was responsible for putting that lady out on the sidewalk in the midst of winter exposed to the elements and I thought I’d like to give him a piece of my mind and, if I see that ill-clad lady pirate out on the pavement again, I just might initiate a bit of conversation with the aforementioned unsatisfactory person and ask him if he has no shame and what has happened to the sense he was born with and what would his mother say if she knew and God is not pleased nor is He even the least bit amused.

Homemade Pierogie Sale
Where? Annunciation Rectory, 218 W. Cherry Street, Shenandoah, PA 17976
When? Friday, 13 March
What time? 11:00 am to sell out
How much? $5.00 per dozen
Take out only
Cooked or Frozen
Please bring your own containers.

“I never met a man I didn’t like.” (Will Rogers)
I’ve met a few men I didn’t like all that much but I’ve never met a pierogie I didn’t like.” (EBC)

stjos/stvdp: 03.01.2009 - 08


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