MASS SCHEDULE: 0310 JANUARY 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 02 January
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

Monday, 04 December
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Wednesday, 06 December
Bd. Andre Bessette (OptMem)
08:00 am — JAMES MICHAEL KENNEDY
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Friday, 08 January
Christmas Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her family

Saturday, 09 January
Christmas Weekday
08:00 am — HANNAH McLOUGHLIN
by Maurice McDonald
Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord
05:30 pm — DOMINICK GRASSO (20th anniversary)
by Rose and family

Sunday, 10 January
Baptism of the Lord
11:30 am — FRANCIS X. BOYLAN
by Patricia Kowalick

 MASS SCHEDULE: 0310 JANUARY 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

 
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

Tuesday, 05 January
St. John Neumann, bishop (OblMem)
08:00 am — WILLIAM KARPYN
by Dorothy Karpyn and family and Shafnitsky family

Thursday, 07 January
St. Raymond of Penyafort, priest (OptMem)
06:30 pm — DECEASED: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 09 January
Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord
04:00 pm — JOSEPHINE ROVINSKIE
by Al and Josette Machese

Sunday, 10 January
Baptism of the Lord
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 01.03.2010 - 01


 

COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
26 / 27 DECEMBER
including the 24 / 25 December collections


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,276.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $90.00 from the second collection (plate); $252.00 from the Dues envelopes; $46.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $4,582.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $101.00 from the loose. Total: $6,347.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($6,347.00) 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 $5,254.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,154.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $117.00 from the second collection (plate); $8.00 from the Immaculate Conception envelopes; $3,166.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $102.00 from the loose.
Total: $4,547.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($4,547.00) 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 $3,844.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 06 January
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 07 January
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 08 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 06 January
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

Friday, 08 January
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 7:40 pm)

We give the Lord our time; He gives us His eternity.

stjos/stvdp: 01.03.2010 - 02


stjos/stvdp: 01.03.2010- 03


 

THOMAS NORMAN FLANNERY Sr.,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died today (Saturday, 02 January).
(Note: Mr. Flannery was known to one and all as “Norman”, although that is actually his middle name. Apparently his mother preferred “Norman” to “Thomas”. So, that’s the way it is!)
Born on 22 September 1928, he was 81 years old.
Norman had one brother. This brother died as a young child — may he rest in peace. His name is not available to us as of the time we type this bulletin.
Norman was baptized at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Lost Creek.
He married Veronica T. Garber in St. Casimir Church, Shenandoah, on 1 July 1950. The two had been married more than 59 years!
Norman and Veronica have two sons and three grandsons.
The sons are Thomas N. Flannery Jr. and Raymond F. Flannery.
The grandsons are: Raymond F. Flannery Jr.; Ryan T. Flannery; Robert S. Flannery.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph Chapel on Wednesday, 06 January, at 11:00 am.
The viewing will be held on Tuesday, 05 January, between 06:00 and 09:00 pm — also in St. Joseph Chapel.
The McDonald Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The interment will take place in the Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven PA.
I have come to learn in recent times that Mr. Flannery is the gentleman who made the ambry (container for the holy oils) in St. Joseph Church. He also made the pedestal on which stands the statue of Our Lady of Fatima (outside the chapel). He was one of those who helped to make the St. Joseph Chapel a reality. We are grateful to the Lord, Who gave him the skill to work with wood (especially with oak, which was his favorite wood) and we are grateful to Mr. Flannery for using his talents for the glory of God and for the use of the parishioners for years to come.

Eternal rest grant unto Norman, 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.


CCD
resumes this weekend!
The children will gather at 6:00 pm (as usual)
in the Sheridan Room on Sunday, 03 January.

stjos/stvdp: 01.03.2010 - 04


 

SOME RECENT STATISTICS ON BAPTISM

 Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
      YEAR                     BAPTISMS
2000                           03
2001                           01
2002                           01
2003                           01
2004                           03
2005                           06
2006                           07
2007                           01
2008                           00
2009                           02

Total:                          25

 Saint Joseph Parish
       YEAR                           BAPTISMS
2000                         15
2001                         18
2002                         13
2003                         14
2004                         18
2005                         14
2006                         13
2007                         15
2008                         12
2009                         12
Total:                      144

COMMENTARY ON THE ABOVE

One hundred and sixty-nine (169) baptisms over the course of ten years is not exactly something to write home about!
(Although we DO thank God for those 169! May all of them live long and happy lives and, in due time, may they all go to Heaven!)
But back to WHY so FEW baptisms!
Let us start with a few positive observations:
#1 — Thank God we have baptism fonts at both churches in Girardville: fine, substantial baptism fonts. Therefore, we cannot attribute the small number of baptisms to any lack of fonts.
#2 — Thank God we are not deprived of water here in Girardville. We have an abundance of good clean water and of modern plumbing, both in St. Vincent dePaul Church and in St. Joseph Church. Therefore, the paucity of baptisms cannot be blamed on any scarcity of H20.
#3 — Thank God we have (and have had) priests in Girardville who are competent to administer the Sacrament of Baptism and are (and have been) ready and willing to do so. So, we cannot attribute the fewness of baptisms to any lack of priests or incompetence thereof.
#4 — Thank God we have a great many beautiful — and, if I may be so bold as to say so, presumably fertile — married women here in Girardville. So, no problem in that department!
#5 — Thank God we have a good many handsome — and, so it seems to me, virile — married men here in Girardville. So, no problem in that department either!
#6 — Could the problem possibly be (I tremble to suggest this) some deficiency of faith in God among some of our married parishioners? Could the problem possibly have any relation to the pagan practice of artificial contraception? God forbid that this would be the reason!


LET ALL MARRIED COUPLES INCREASE AND MULTIPLY! LET THEM FILL SCHUYLKILL COUNTY AND THE EARTH (AND OUR TWO PARISHES) WITH MANY NEW CITIZENS FOR HEAVEN!

stjos/stvdp: 01.03.2010 - 05


A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION!
Make 2010 the year you keep the promise to grow closer in your marriage. A MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER will help you keep this resolution. Register now for your Valentine’s Day weekend: 12 to 14 February in Bethlehem. Call 1-800-787-7679 or go online at www. wwme-nepa.org for information.
THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
will hold its monthly meeting this coming Thursday (07 Jan) in the StVdP Parish Hall after the 6:30 pm Mass.
THE HOLY NAME SOCIETY
will hold its monthly meeting this coming Sunday (10 Jan) in the StVdP Parish Hall after the 8:30 am Mass.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES, Diocese of Allentown, Immigration Program assists with legalization of status, family reunification, and citizenship. Please call for service in English or Spanish, 610-435-1541 in Allentown or 610-376-7144 in Reading.
TEE SHIRT OF THE WEEK
I was in a Pizza Hut in Harrisburg this past week. I saw a boy sitting in a booth across from me. He was a well-pierced and tattooed lad of about 18 or 19 years. His tee shirt read as follows: SELF-MUTILATING DEATH.
Poor lost boy! I said a Memorare for him. May God help him and may the Holy Mother pray for him.
http://www.catholicscomehome.org/former-catholic.php
If you are a non-practicing Catholic or if you have a friend or relative who is a non-practicing Catholic, you might want to tap into the website listed above.
We here at StJosPar and StVdPPar welcome all non-practicing Catholics to come back home. If you would like to discuss some “issues” with Fr. Connolly, just give him a call. Make an appointment to talk about whatever you want to talk about. He guarantees you a respectful and courteous visit, plus free coffee (or tea or soda) and, as long as the Christmas cookies last, maybe even a free cookie.

 stjos/stvdp: 01.03.2010 - 06


 EIGHT REASONS WHY I DO NOT TAKE A BATH

1.) When I was a child, my parents made me take baths. I made up my mind that, once I was grown up, I wouldn’t take any more baths.

2.) People who take baths are a bunch of hypocrites. They think they’re cleaner than everybody else! I don’t want to be like one of them.

3.) Some people say baths are best. Some people say showers are best. Plus, there are so many different brands of soap. It’s too confusing for me. So, I just don’t bother.

4.) I used to take baths but it was so boring: the same thing, one bath after another. So, I just stopped taking them.

5.) It’s not like I’m totally against taking baths. I still take a bath for Christmas and for Easter.

6.) I have a lot of friends who never take any baths.

7.) I’m still young. Maybe, when I get older and dirtier and think I really need it, I might take a bath.

8.) “Taking a bath” is a lot of propaganda. It’s a racket. The water company and the soap companies are just after your money. That’s why I don’t take any baths.

 

 EIGHT REASONS WHYI DO NOT GO TO MASS

1.) When I was a child, my parents made me go to Mass. I made up my mind that, once I was grown up, I wouldn’t go to Mass any more.

2.) People who go to Mass are a bunch of hypocrites. They think they’re better than everybody else! I don’t want to be like one of them.

3.) Some Catholics like organ music. Some Catholics like guitar music. Plus, there are so many different brands of religion. It’s too confusing for me. So, I just don’t bother.

4.) I used to go to Mass, but it was so boring: the same thing one Sunday after another. So, I just stopped going.


5.) It’s not like I’m totally against going to Mass. I still go to Mass on Christmas and Easter.

6.) I have a lot of friends who never go to Mass.

7.) I’m still young. Maybe, when I get older and commit more sins and think I really need it, I might go to Mass.

8.) “Go to Mass every Sunday” is a lot of propaganda. Religion is a racket. The Catholic Church is just after your money. That’s why I don’t go to Mass.

 

stjos/stvdp: 01.03.2010 - 07


A SAGE OBSERVATION!
In last weekend’s bulletin, after typing the Mass schedule for the Holy Day (Solemnity of Mary, 01 Jan), I added a few words of exhortation about the importance of going to Mass on a Holy Day. I wrote the following: “Please note that the obligation to attend Mass on any Holyday of Obligation is the same as the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday”.
Ian (the Saturday Office Boy) made this observation: “Father, you should have typed, ‘Please note that the obligation to attend Mass on any Holyday of Obligation is the same as the obligation to attend Mass on Christmas’.”
If you think about it, that’s very insightful. Smart kid! Wiser than his years!
I SET MY DVR to record the Pope’s Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God. I watched it late at night on New Year’s Day. I noticed that the Pope had arranged for a kneeling bench to be placed in the center. Each person who came up to the Pope to receive Holy Communion knelt down and received on the tongue.
Viva il Papa!
May he live a thousand years!
Well, maybe not a thousand, but at least long enough to undo some of the harm that has accrued to the Church over the past forty (give or take) years.
WHILE ON THE SUBJECT OF THE POPE, you might have noticed that His Holiness recently issued a document (known as a motu proprio) the title of which is OMNIUM IN MENTE. He has exercised his supreme authority to make two adjustments to Canon Law. Here is a brief (very brief) explanation of the two changes:
#1 — The current Code of Canon Law implies (incorrectly) that deacons share in the governance of the Church, along with bishops and priests. Pope Benedict has made the clarification that only bishops and priests share in the governance of the Church, whereas the ministry of deacons is one of service in Word and in charity.
#2 — The current Code exempts persons who have “formally” left the Catholic Church from the obligation to observe canonical form in marriage (i.e. the obligation to be married by “a duly authorized priest and two witnesses”) and also from the obligation to obtain a dispensation from disparity of cult in order to enter a valid marriage with a non-baptized person. Benedict has brought the law back to what it was prior to 1983. Basically the Pope is saying this: There is no such thing as “an ex-Catholic” when it comes to the laws governing marriage. Once a Catholic, always a Catholic — at least as far as Church marriage law is concerned. My way of putting it is this: You can leave the Church if you’re dumb enough to do so, but the Church isn’t about to leave you!
PS – Both of these changes are going to rattle the cages of the malcontents! That’s good!

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