Saturday, 16 January
Vigil of Sunday
by his wife, Jeanne, and family

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

Monday, 18 January
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on NEMIA ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva

Wednesday, 20 January
St. Fabian, pope, martyr;
St. Sebastian, martyr (OptMems)
by Dr. and Mrs. Roy Green

Friday, 22 January
St. Vincent, deacon, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — HAROLD BURNS
by Nicole, Roy, Rachel and Jake

Saturday, 23 January
08:00 am — JAMES M. KENNEDY
by Ray and Roseanne Wayne
Vigil of Sunday
by Edward and Judy Haluska

Sunday, 24 January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Mickey Catizone


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.

Tuesday, 19 January
by her sister, Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Thursday, 21 January
St. Agnes, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
(103rd anniversary of birth)
by her children

Saturday, 23 January
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOHN LIPSHUTZ and son, JOHN
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 24 January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOHN and CATHERINE (Poprawa) WHYTENA
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 01.17.2010 - 01


09 / 10 JANUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,564.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $242.00 from the second collection (plate); $170.00 from the Dues envelopes; $60.00 from the Initial envelopes; $409.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $70.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $20.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $98.00 from the loose. Total: $2,633.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($2,633.00) 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 $1,540.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $877.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $292.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $55.00 from the Dues envelopes; $40.00 from the Initial envelopes; $40.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $5.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $64.00 from the loose. Total: $1,373.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,373.00) 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 $670.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 20 January
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Wednesday, 20 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 21 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church


Wednesday, 20 January
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

Wednesday, 20 January
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 7:40 pm)

stjos/stvdp: 01.17.2010 - 02

and I hate the killing of the innocent child,
murder by the mother herself.
And if we accept that the mother can kill even her own child,
how can we tell other people not to kill one another?
How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion?
As always, we must persuade her with love...
The father of that child, however,
must also give until it hurts.
By abortion, the mother does not learn to live,
but kills even her own child to solve her problem.
And, by abortion, the father is taught
that he does not have to take any responsibility at all
for the child he has brought into that world.
So that father is likely to put other women into the same trouble.
So, abortion just leads to more abortion.
Any country that accepts abortion
is not teaching its people to love one another,
but to use any violence to get what they want.
This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.
I know that couples have to plan their family,
and for that there is natural family planning.
The way to plan the family is natural family planning, not contraception.
In destroying the power of giving life or loving through contraception,
a husband or wife is doing something to self.
This turns the attention to self,
and so it destroys the gift of love in him and her.
In loving, the husband and wife turn the attention to each other,
as happens in natural family planning,
and not to self, as happens in contraception.
Once that loving is destroyed by contraception,
abortion follows very easily.
That’s why I never give a child to a family that has used contraception,
because if the mother has destroyed the power of loving,
how will she love my child?

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
National Prayer Breakfast
Washington DC
03 February 1994

Note: We have 55 persons signed up for our bus to the National March for Life in DC on 22 January. Blessed Teresa, pray for us!

stjos/stvdp: 01.17.2010- 03

Perhaps you already read this article. It was in the 10 Jan edition of the Pottsville Republican. I thought it was outstanding. Rather than presume that you have already read it, I am re-printing it in our bulletin. I offer a mild caution: Ann Coulter is a Protestant. Like most Protestants, she tends to simplify things a bit too much from the point of view of someone like me who is sensitive to nuances. However, in this I won’t fault her. Her basic premise is right on target. Thank you, Miss Coulter!


by Ann Coulter

Someone mentioned Christianity on television recently and liberals reacted with their usual howls of rage and blinking incomprehension.
On a Fox News panel discussing Tiger Woods, Brit Hume said, perfectly accurately:
"The extent to which he can recover, it seems to me, depends on his faith. He is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So, my message to Tiger would be, 'Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world."
Hume's words, being 100 percent factually correct, sent liberals into a tizzy of sputtering rage, once again illustrating liberals' copious ignorance of Christianity. (Also illustrating the words of the Bible: "How is it you do not understand me when I speak? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my words." John 8:43.)
In The Washington Post, Tom Shales demanded that Hume apologize, saying he had "dissed about half a billion Buddhists on the planet."
Is Buddhism about forgiveness? Because, if so, Buddhists had better start demanding corrections from every book, magazine article and blog posting ever written on the subject, which claims Buddhists don't believe in God, but try to become their own gods.
I can't imagine that anyone thinks Tiger's problem was that he didn't sufficiently think of himself as a god, especially after that final putt in the Arnold Palmer Invitational last year.
In light of Shales' warning Hume about "what people are saying" about him, I hope Hume's a Christian, but that's not apparent from his inarguable description of Christianity. Of course, given the reaction to his remarks, apparently one has to be a regular New Testament scholar to have so much as a passing familiarity with the basic concept of Christianity.
On MSNBC, David Shuster invoked the "separation of church and television" (a phrase that also doesn't appear in the Constitution), bitterly complaining that Hume had brought up Christianity "out-of-the-blue" on "a political talk show."
Why on earth would Hume mention religion while discussing a public figure who had fallen from grace and was in need of redemption and forgiveness? Boy, talk about coming out of left field!
What religion -- what topic -- induces this sort of babbling idiocy? (If liberals really want to keep people from hearing about God, they should give Him his own show on MSNBC.)
Most perplexing was columnist Dan Savage's indignant accusation that Hume was claiming that Christianity "offers the best deal -- it gives you the get-out-of-adultery-free card that other religions just can't."

stjos/stvdp: 01.17.2010 - 04

In fact, that's exactly what Christianity does. It's the best deal in the universe. (I know it seems strange that a self-described atheist and "radical sex advice columnist faggot" like Savage would miss the central point of Christianity, but there it is.)
God sent his only Son to get the crap beaten out of him, die for our sins and rise from the dead. If you believe that, you're in. Your sins are washed away from you -- sins even worse than adultery! -- because of the cross.
"He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross." Colossians 2:14.
Surely you remember the cross, liberals -- the symbol banned by ACLU lawsuits from public property throughout the land?
Christianity is simultaneously the easiest religion in the world and the hardest religion in the world.
In the no-frills, economy-class version, you don't need a church, a teacher, candles, incense, special food or clothing; you don't need to pass a test or prove yourself in any way. All you'll need is a Bible (in order to grasp the amazing deal you're getting) and probably a water baptism, though even that's disputed.
You can be washing the dishes or walking your dog or just sitting there minding your business hating Susan Sarandon and accept that God sent his only Son to die for your sins and rise from the dead ... and you're in!
"Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9.
If you do that, every rotten, sinful thing you've ever done is gone from you. You're every bit as much a Christian as the Pope or Billy Graham.
No fine print, no "your mileage may vary," no blackout dates. God ought to do a TV spot: "I'm God Almighty, and if you can find a better deal than the one I'm offering, take it."
The Gospel makes this point approximately 1,000 times. Here are a few examples at random:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God." Ephesians 2:8.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23.
In a boiling rage, liberals constantly accuse Christians of being "judgmental." No, we're relieved.
Christianity is also the hardest religion in the world because, if you believe Christ died for your sins and rose from the dead, you have no choice but to give your life entirely over to Him. No more sexual promiscuity, no lying, no cheating, no stealing, no killing inconvenient old people or unborn babies -- no doing what all the other kids do.
And no more caring what the world thinks of you -- because, as Jesus warned in a prophecy constantly fulfilled by liberals: The world will hate you.
With Christianity, your sins are forgiven, the slate is wiped clean and your eternal life is guaranteed through nothing you did yourself, even though you don't deserve it. It's the best deal in the universe.


Comment on the above: You may say what you will about Ann Coulter. You may say that she is too opinionated or too abrasive or too whatever. (It is certainly not her style to take prisoners). Personally, I find her refreshingly courageous and delightfully unambiguous. You always know where she stands! And, putting aside considerations of personality and style, I find that she usually stands for the objective truth.

stjos/stvdp: 01.17.2010 - 05

Fr. Connolly:

You will recall that I emailed you on November 23 regarding a pledge to St. Joseph's.
I am happy to say that I just mailed a check to you in the amount of $1,000.00. I regret that the check was not for $1,500.00 as I had hoped it would be.
This donation is for St. Joseph of Girardville in memory of former parishioner, my mother-in-law, the late Alice Selgrade of Girardville, PA.
Praise be to St. Joseph and our Almighty God!
Joe Haardt
McLean, VA

Dear Mr. Haardt:
I acknowledge with gratitude the receipt of your check for one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) in honor of your late mother-in-law.
Be certain that it is much needed and much appreciated.
Your generosity is noted “in high places”.
All of us here at St. Joseph’s send you our cordial good wishes.
In Christ Jesus –
Fr. Edward B. Connolly

PLEASE CHECK THE NUMBERS ON YOUR ENVELOPES! This applies, as far as we can tell only to the St. Joseph Parish envelopes. We have noticed that one or more of the boxes of envelopes had envelopes with different numbers. This could present a problem when it comes to crediting parishioners accurately. So, to simplify things, let’s put it this way. Please take a look at the envelopes in your box. All of the envelopes should have the same number. If you notice that there is any discrepancy, please write your name on the “odd” envelope, so as to assure that your donation is credited to you. Some parishioners are in the habit of writing their names on all of the envelopes, regardless. Although it is not strictly necessary to do so, it is helpful for sake of accurate recording on our part!
PLEASE NOTE (on page 2) that the Confessions and Exposition usually scheduled for St. Joseph Chapel on Friday evening are scheduled this week on Wednesday evening. Reason: The pastor will be in Washington DC on 22 Jan for the annual March for Life.
ninth child (sixth son) of Albert J. and Annetta (Mercuri) Yackenchick, will receive the Sacrament of Baptism today (Sunday) during the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church.
[Note: Exercising what is known as “pastoral judgment”, I dispensed Albert and Annetta (but not the godparents) from attending the usual pre-baptism instructions. What can I tell them that they don’t already know? We shall extend the same sweetheart deal to all couples on the occasions of the baptisms of child #9].
Ryan David was born on an auspicious day: 08 December 2009, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This reminds us that Baptism, in addition to conferring the gift of justification, together with the initial installment of sanctification, together with incorporation into Christ Jesus and membership in the Catholic Church, also causes the newly baptized to become a son (or daughter) of the Blessed Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Having already emerged from the womb of Mother Annetta, Ryan will now emerge from the font of Baptism, which font is the mystical womb of Mary.
The Yackenchick family is absolutely faithful to Sunday Mass. What a beautiful example they provide to us all! Ryan David has already been to Mass several times! In fact, he was a stand-in for the Baby Jesus at one of the Masses on Christmas Day.
God bless this beautiful little boy and may God continue to bless his dear parents and siblings!

 stjos/stvdp: 01.17.2010 - 06

The following letter appeared in the Shamokin News-Item on 02 January 2010. It deserves a re-run in our bulletin. The writer, Father Kerwacki, is the pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Mt. Carmel PA. I thank Father for his initiative and I thank the kind person who brought this letter to my attention.
To the Editor:
In "Sound-Off" recently, a person stated they were leaving the Catholic Church if Pope Pius XII is canonized a saint.
I can only suspect that they have been misinformed about how Pope Pius XII dealt with the Nazi persecution of the Jews. This misinformation all comes from a 1963 fictional play "The Deputy," by Rolf Hochhuth. The play is riddled with outlandish distortions. The play portrays the Pope as cold-hearted to the plight of the Jews during World War II.
The New York Post on Dec. 28 had a wonderful clarification regarding this smear campaign against Pope Pius XII, written by a Jew named Gary L. Krupp, who is president of the "Pave the Way Foundation”, a research foundation. He states that, after years of research using documentary and eyewitness evidence, he came to the conclusion that he must speak in favor of the Pope. His research shows that the Pope is responsible for saving about 860,000 Jews.
Another one speaking and writing in favor of the pope is Rabbi David Dalin of New York City, who stated on Aug.28, 2001, at a conference in Rimini, Italy: "The Jewish people had no greater friend in the 20th Century."
Pope Pius XII ordered that all monasteries and convents give refuge to the Jews. They often dressed in the garb of a nun, priest or monk. The Pope himself hid thousands of Jews in his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, as well as in the Vatican.
The record shows that Pope Pius XII spoke out against the Nazi atrocities while others remained silent. One just needs to look up a copy of the New York Times from Dec. 25, 1941, where an editorial stated: "The voice of Pius XII is a lonely voice in the silence and darkness enveloping Europe." In his first encyclical (letter to the churches and the world) as Pope, Pius XII rejected Nazism and spoke up for the equality of the Jews.
Finally, shouldn't we give great credence and respect to the Pope's contemporaries and take to heart what they thought about him? When Pius XII died, Israel's Foreign Minister stated: "When fearful martyrdom came to our people in the decade of Nazi terror, the voice of the Pope was raised for the victims." The Pope had befriended the Chief Rabbi of Rome, who so appreciated what the Pope had done that he became Catholic.
Albert Einstein said: "Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign to suppress the truth."
The Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem , Rabbi Herzog stated: "The people of Israel will never forget what His Holiness is doing for our unfortunate brothers and sisters in this most tragic hour of our history."
The Pope did not have an army to fight the Nazi regime, just a few Swiss guards; but, he spoke and acted with courage! There are so many other testimonies of the times.
So, I say to the person who called into Sound-Off, you should be grateful and proud as a Catholic to see Pope Pius XII canonized a saint!
The Very Rev. Francis J. Karwacki

My comment: I loved Pius XII. He was Pope from 1939 to 1958. His portrait hung in our family home. I was 20 years old when he died. I think of him as the ideal of a Pope. He exuded majesty, nobility and courage. Pius made us all feel enormously proud to be Catholics. I will rejoice when he is canonized. God grant that it will be soon! It will be an act of courage for Benedict when he signs the canonization decree. Like Pius, Benedict is not lacking in courage. What a tremendous gift the Lord has given us by establishing the Petrine office! The gates of Hell will not prevail!

stjos/stvdp: 01.17.2010 - 07



I guess you’ve decided to read it despite my warning.
Okay, but don’t blame me if you get sick.
This is your last chance!
Sure you don’t want to change your mind?
Here it goes:
I visited the CCD classes this past Sunday — something I do fairly often, just to show my face and, if it seems appropriate, make some observations, answer a question or two and then exit, so that the teachers can get on with their lessons.
I stopped in at one of the classes where the teacher had just completed a lesson on John the Baptist and the Baptism of Jesus. Very appropriate lesson for last Sunday, come to think of it, which was The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
The teacher was asking the children some questions to see how much they remembered from the lesson.
The teacher asked, “What kind of food did John the Baptist eat?”
(The answer, in case you’re drawing a blank, is “locusts and wild honey”.)
A boy raised his hand.
The teacher acknowledged him.
Here is the answer the boy gave: “Roaches and wild honey!”
My gag reflex kicked in. I felt mildly ill, and hastened to dismiss the image from my imagination.
To my surprise, the teacher did not fall off her chair. Very calmly, she pointed out that the second item on the Precursor’s menu was correct but not the first.
You need a lot of stamina and self-control to be a CCD teacher!
When I got back to the Rectory, I had a cup of tea (with some wild honey) to calm my innards. I took a pass on the locusts.

What’s a “genuphobe”?
What’s a “genuflector”?
In Latin, the word “genu” means “knee”.
In Greek, the word “phobos” means “fear”.
In Latin, the word “flectare” means “to bend”.
So, putting it all together:
A GENUPHOBE is a person who is afraid to go down on his knees.
A GENUFLECTOR is a person who bends his knees.
If God has given you knees that bend, please make sure that you bend at least one of them (preferably the right one) to the Lord Jesus, present in the tabernacle, when you enter the church, prior to entering the pew.
If your knees no longer bend, then make a bow (preferably from the waist).
And remind your kids to do the same.

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