Saturday, 09 January
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

Monday, 11 December
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on JOHN PAUL GONTIS
by his parents

Wednesday, 13 December
St. Hilary, bishop and doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — ROSALIE BARRY
by Catherine Dyszel

Friday, 15 January
08:00 am — T. NORMAN FLANNERY Sr.
by the Richards and the Smith families

Saturday, 16 January
08:00 am — MARY ANN BURNS
by Diane P. O’Connor and family
Vigil of Sunday
by his wife, Jeanne, and family

Sunday, 17 January
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
(2nd anniversary)
by Mom


Saturday, 09 January
Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord
by Al and Josette Machese

Sunday, 10 January
Baptism of the Lord
by the HNS

Tuesday, 12 January
by Dorothy Karpyn and family
and Shafnitsky family

Thursday, 14 January
07:00 pm — SUSAN M. ROMANOT
by Edward and Barbara Wascavage and Samantha

Saturday, 16 January
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH A. BRENNAN
by Michael and Mary Ann Long

Sunday, 17 January
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — HAROLD BURNS
by M/ M Joseph Kleeman Sr.

stjos/stvdp: 01.10.2010 - 01


02 / 03 JANUARY
including the 31 December / 01 January holyday collections

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,034.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $83.00 from the second collection (plate); $239.00 from the Dues envelopes; $147.00 from the Initial envelopes; $417.00 from the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God envelopes; $576.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $75.00 from the loose. Total: $2,571.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($2,571.00) 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 $1,478.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $930.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $44.00 from the second collection (plate); $358.00 from the Dues envelopes; $245.00 from the Initial envelopes; $576.00 from the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God envelopes; $55.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $141.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,349.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($2,349.00) 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 $1,646.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 13 January
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 14 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 15 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 13 January
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

Friday, 15 January
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 7:40 pm)

stjos/stvdp: 01.10.2010 - 02

The Catholic Church DOES teach predestination, you know.
This is not something we often hear preached about, at least not in my experience.
But it is true that God predestines certain persons to go to Heaven and others to go to Hell.
This seems confusing at first because we hold to certain fundamental first principles:
: Well, if these things are true (and they most definitely are!), then how can we speak about some persons being predestined to Heaven and some persons being predestined to Hell?
Answer: Because God’s predestination of all human beings to heaven is contingent (dependent) on human cooperation.
The fact is that some persons will cooperate with God’s saving plan in their regard and some persons will not.
The former will go to Heaven and the latter will go to Hell.
Are there any signs that a person is on his / her way to Heaven?
Are there any signs whereby a person can know — with moral certitude — that he or she is on the way to Heaven?
The Fathers of the Church, basing their teaching on the Holy Scriptures, enumerate “eight signs of predestination to eternal life”. We would do well to familiarize ourselves with them and to examine ourselves on them. I can’t think of anything more important than to do this.

01. LIVING A MORALLY GOOD LIFE (obeying the moral law as it comes to us through the Natural Law, the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount and the precepts of the Church);
02. THE TESTIMONY OF A GOOD CONSCIENCE (one of the advantages of utilizing the Sacrament of Penance);
03. PATIENCE IN ADVERSITIES FOR THE LOVE OF GOD (offering up to God, in union with the crucified Lord Jesus, the trials and tribulations of life);
04. RELISH FOR THE LIGHT AND THE WORD OF GOD (loving to read or to listen to the Bible and good Christian spiritual writings);
06. LOVE FOR ONE’S ENEMIES (which means not looking to get revenge on them but, rather, praying for them);
07. HUMILITY (the fundamental, irreplaceable virtue);
08. SPECIAL DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (inseparable from devotion to the Church of Jesus Christ).

We must remember a basic Catholic principle, especially in this age that has been corrupted by Protestant and Liberal Catholic preaching to the contrary; viz. that the God Who created us without our cooperation will not save us without our cooperation.

Contrary to the claims of ten thousand Protestant preachers (and, lamentably, in this age of widespread apostasy, quite a few Liberal Catholic priests) we must remember this: Works are indispensable to salvation.

Salvation comes by Grace which works through Faith, which shows itself in Works. There is no salvation without Works — by which we mean the Works that God does in and through us.

stjos/stvdp: 01.10.2010- 03


A Summary
Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family.
We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are (1) the sanctity of human life, (2) the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife, and (3) the rights of conscience and religious liberty. Inasmuch as these truths are foundational to human dignity and the well-being of society, they are inviolable and non-negotiable. Because they are increasingly under assault from powerful forces in our culture, we are compelled today to speak out forcefully in their defense, and to commit ourselves to honoring them fully no matter what pressures are brought upon us and our institutions to abandon or compromise them. We make this commitment not as partisans of any political group but as followers of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Human Life
The lives of the unborn, the disabled, and the elderly are ever more threatened. While public opinion has moved in a pro-life direction, powerful and determined forces are working to expand abortion, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide, and euthanasia. Although the protection of the weak and vulnerable is the first obligation of government, the power of government is today often enlisted in the cause of promoting what Pope John Paul II called “the culture of death.” We pledge to work unceasingly for the equal protection of every innocent human being at every stage of development and in every condition. We will refuse to permit ourselves or our institutions to be implicated in the taking of human life and we will support in every possible way those who, in conscience, take the same stand.

The institution of marriage, already wounded by promiscuity, infidelity and divorce, is at risk of being redefined and thus subverted. Marriage is the original and most important institution for sustaining the health, education, and welfare of all. Where marriage erodes, social pathologies rise. The impulse to redefine marriage is a symptom, rather than the cause, of the erosion of the marriage culture. It reflects a loss of understanding of the meaning of marriage as embodied in our civil law as well as our religious traditions. Yet it is critical that the impulse be resisted, for yielding to it would mean abandoning the possibility of restoring a sound understanding of marriage and, with it, the hope of rebuilding a healthy marriage culture. It would lock into place the false and destructive belief that marriage is all about romance and other adult satisfactions, and not, in any intrinsic way, about the unique character and value of acts and relationships whose meaning is shaped by their aptness for the generation, promotion and protection of life.
Marriage is not a “social construction,” but is rather an objective reality—the covenantal union of husband and wife—that it is the duty of the law to recognize, honor, and protect.

stjos/stvdp: 01.10.2010 - 04

Religious Liberty
Freedom of religion and the rights of conscience are gravely jeopardized. The threat to these fundamental principles of justice is evident in efforts to weaken or eliminate conscience protections for healthcare institutions and professionals, and in antidiscrimination statutes that are used as weapons to force religious institutions, charities, businesses, and service providers either to accept (and even facilitate) activities and relationships they judge to be immoral, or go out of business. Attacks on religious liberty are dire threats not only to individuals, but also to the institutions of civil society including families, charities, and religious communities. The health and well-being of such institutions provide an indispensable buffer against the overweening power of government and is essential to the flourishing of every other institution—including government itself—on which society depends.

Unjust Laws
As Christians, we believe in law and we respect the authority of earthly rulers. We count it as a special privilege to live in a democratic society where the moral claims of the law on us are even stronger in virtue of the rights of all citizens to participate in the political process. Yet even in a democratic regime, laws can be unjust. And from the beginning, our faith has taught that civil disobedience is required in the face of gravely unjust laws or laws that purport to require us to do what is unjust or otherwise immoral. Such laws lack the power to bind in conscience because they can claim no authority beyond that of sheer human will.
Therefore, let it be known that we will not comply with any edict that compels us or the institutions we lead to participate in or facilitate abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide, euthanasia, or any other act that violates the principle of the profound, inherent, and equal dignity of every member of the human family.
Further, let it be known that we will not bend to any rule forcing us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality, marriage, and the family.
Further, let it be known that we will not be intimidated into silence or acquiescence or the violation of our consciences by any power on earth, be it cultural or political, regardless of the consequences to ourselves.
We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God’s.

Rev. Edward B. Connolly
St. Joseph Parish, Girardville
St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville

I encourage every adult (and teenage) member of our two parishes to add his or her own signature to this DECLARATION. You can do so by going on line to
You will be in good company if you do so. At last count, well more than 300,000 persons have signed it, including our own Metropolitan Archbishop, His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali.

stjos/stvdp: 01.10.2010 - 05

SAINT JOSEPH PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL will meet on Wednesday, 13 January, at 7:00 pm, in St. Joseph Rectory.
SAINT VINCENT dePAUL PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL will meet on Monday, 18 January, at 7:00 pm, in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.
NOTE ON THE ABOVE: Neither of our parish finance councils has met recently. The blame for this falls squarely on the pastor. There has been no “hidden reason” whatsoever as to why we have not met. When in doubt as to whom to blame, I blame Acedia.
But, seriously, I have found myself somewhat impeded from meeting by virtue of the fact that we have had a change of accountants. This past July, the accounting firm with whom we had a contract went out of business due to lack of clients brought on, I presume by the poor economy. We contracted with another accountant and it takes a while for things to start to click
THE CHRISTMAS SEASON is officially over as of today (10 Jan), which is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. So, until next year, we bid a fond farewell to the crèches and to all of the Christmas decorations in our two churches. They were and are beautiful. We are grateful to the good people who decorated our churches (and the chapel) and who will now do the undecorating.
ARE YOU WORN OUT FROM THE HOLIDAYS? Why not give yourselves a GET-AWAY WEEKEND? Meals prepared! Time away from it all! A chance to talk to and listen to that special someone who loves you! Try a MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER. Register now for your Valentine’s Day weekend, 12 to 14 February in Bethlehem. Call 1-800-787-7679 or go online at www. for information.
BY THE WAY, would you like to have a poinsettia or two? Feel free to take what you want. We are referring, of course, only to the live poinsettias, not the artificial ones. This offer becomes effective today (Sunday) AFTER the 8:30 am Mass at St. Vincent’s and AFTER the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph’s.
TWO GRANDMOM STORIES (told to me by real live local grandmoms):
LUKE (who lives in New Jersey) was getting ready for his first Confession. He decided to tell his grandmother what sins he was planning to confess. One of the sins he was planning to tell the priest was this: I danced on the kitchen table while nobody was looking.
I wonder what an appropriate penance might be for that particular “sin”!
JOHN made a Christmas visit to a nursing home along with his kindergarten classmates in order to entertain the residents with some appropriate Christmas carols. John was intrigued when he arrived, because he had never seen so many grandmoms and grandpops all together in one place. The lady in charge asked the children what song they wanted to sing. John suggested that they could sing “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”.
When he arrived home to tell his Mom and Dad about how it went, he said that the lady said that the song he wanted to sing “would not be appropriate”.
In retrospect, maybe John should have offered to sing “Grandpa Got Run Over By A Beer Truck”, which is the sequel.
Whatever happened to “O Come, All Ye Faithful”?

 stjos/stvdp: 01.10.2010 - 06


You would do well to be aware of Project Rachel.
This is a Catholic ministry to women who have had abortions.
It is a ministry of compassion and forgiveness.
Do you seek healing from a past abortion experience either recent or many years ago?
Call 1-866-3 Rachel, the confidential Project Rachel Hotline.
You do not need to identify yourself.
Among other things, you will learn about the availability of compassionate post-abortion counseling and reconciliation and also about opportunities for going on a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat.
You might also want to go online and check out this website:


Once again, our two parishes are sponsoring a bus. It is filling up fast! If you would like to go to the March, please call Susan at 570-385-5924. She will answer all your questions. If, by any chance, you don’t get Susan on the phone (unlikely), you can call the Rectory.


stjos/stvdp: 01.10.2010 - 07


I had a meeting in Shenandoah on Friday, 08 Jan. Afterwards, I was driving back to Girardville on Route 54 and — lucky me! — found myself directly behind a school bus that was delivering its precious cargo back home to Mom and Dad. As a group of children de-boarded in the village of William Penn, my attention was drawn to the message on the front of the shirt of a teenage girl. The message was this: MY BOYFRIEND IS A VAMPIRE.
Your boyfriend is a WHAT? Your boyfriend is a VAMPIRE? Good grief!
Well, I think I know what movies this girl has been seeing and / or what novels she has been reading!
Like many teenage girls, she is probably in love with Edward.
Edward’s last name — believe it or not — is Cullen!
No! It’s not that Edward Cullen! Saints preserve us and God forgive us!
For the uninitiated, the Edward Cullen who is the object of this girl’s affections is a teenage vampire who happens to be about 107 years old. Apparently, vampires take their time growing up.
Edward is the epitome of cool: sullen, withdrawn, aloof, mysterious — the whole nine yards.
He belongs to a family of vampires who — give credit where credit is due — have foresworn the drinking of human blood in favor of animal blood.
Because of this truly commendable decision to make a change in their beverage of choice, they have engendered the hatred of other vampires and are being threatened by them.
But enough of this nonsense!
If you really want to know more, you can go rent the DVD.
But first, let me get to my point.
My point is this: If I were the father of this teenage girl, I would not allow her out of the house with that particular shirt. In fact, I would not even allow her in the house with that particular shirt.
Why not? Because of the implications!
Now, please know that teenage girls are not especially attuned to implications. That’s why God gave them fathers. Fathers are supposed to be attuned to implications and are supposed to use their superior wisdom in order to protect their teenage daughters and to govern their behavior.
What are some of the implications of a teenage girl proclaiming “My boyfriend is a vampire” on the front of her shirt? Here are a few that occur to me:
Without realizing it, she is conveying to the entire unstable and wifty teenage male population of the Shenandoah School District the following message:
a. I want you all to know that I am a dumb, although not unattractive, female.
b. I want you all to know that I am powerless.
c. I want you all to know that, in addition to being powerless, I am bored out of my gourd.
d. I want you all to know that I would like to be overpowered.
e. I want you all to know that I am looking for someone who will overpower me
f. In addition to which, I am looking for someone who is exotic and dangerous — someone who will relieve me         of my boredom.
g. I am interested in being thrilled and am not unduly concerned about what might happen to me once the thrill is         gone.
This is not the kind of message I would want my teenage daughter to proclaim to the world.
Of course, come to think of it, I don’t have any teenage daughters.
But maybe you do. And, if you do, you should teach them how to be both beautiful and powerful.
Tell your daughters that they are beautiful and powerful only when they are virtuous and demure.

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