Saturday, 30 January
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JULIA CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Sunday, 31 January
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the LAOH

Monday, 01 February
08:00 am — STEPHEN and ANNIE (Kerrigan) SMITH
by Jonas Smith

Wednesday, 03 February
St. Blaise, bishop, martyr;
St. Ansgar, bishop (OptMems)
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Friday, 05 February
St. Agatha, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
by Jean Birster Weist

Saturday, 06 February
St. Paul Miki and his companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — HAROLD BURNS
by Bob and Mary Burns and family

Sunday, 07 February
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(2nd anniversary)
by Eileen Rowland


Vigil of Sunday
by their family

Sunday, 31 January
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by her cousin, Rose D’Alfonso Popeck, and husband, Frank

Tuesday, 02 February
The Presentation of the Lord (Fst)
by his wife, Alice

Thursday, 04 February
by the HRS

Saturday, 06 February
Vigil of Sunday
by Michael Gary Yesalavage

Sunday, 07 February
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 01.31.2010 - 01


23 / 24 JANUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,448.62 from the Sunday envelopes; $99.00 from the second collection (plate); $47.00 from the Dues envelopes; $60.00 from the loose. Total: $1,654.62
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $225.00 for Haitian Earthquake Relief
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,654.62) 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 $561.88 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,116.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $113.00 from the second collection (plate); $2.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $10.00 from the Initial envelopes; $86.00 from the loose. Total: $1,327.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $222.00 for Haitian Earthquake Relief
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,327.00) 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 $624.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 03 February
03:30 to 04:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 04 February
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 05 February
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 03 February
03:00 to 05:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 4:40 pm)

Friday, 05 February
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 7:40 pm)

(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 7:40 pm)
If you think that you don’t need to ask the Lord for mercy for yourself or for your family members,
perhaps you would be so kind as to ask Him for mercy for your parish priest
and for other wretched sinners like him who,
as surely as God made little green apples,
are in need of mercy.

stjos/stvdp: 01.31.2010 - 02


St. Joseph Parish
Cash, plus checks made out to parish to be sent to CRS: $ 656.50
Checks made out directly to CRS:                                 $ 400.00
TOTAL:                                                                   $1,056.50
St. Vincent dePaul Parish

Cash, plus checks made out to parish to be sent to CRS: $ 874.00
Checks made out directly to CRS:                                 $ 325.00
TOTAL:                                                                   $1,199.00
TOTAL:                                                                                    $2,255.50

It has occurred to me that the long-suffering people of Haiti might have better luck if they were to change the name of their country from Haiti to Lovey. It’s just a thought.

in honor of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr
There will be four opportunities for blessing of throats:
Wednesday, 03 February
After the 8:00 am Mass in St. Joseph Chapel?
11:30 am in St. Vincent dePaul Church?
5:15 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Church?
7:00 pm in St. Joseph Chapel?

If none of these times is convenient for you, you can always call the Rectory and ask the priest to give you a time when you can stop by for the Rectory for the blessing. We will try our best to accommodate you.


Keep in mind that the 11:30 am Mass on the last Sunday of each month at St. Joseph Church is celebrated according to “the extraordinary form”. The liturgical calendar that governs the Tridentine Mass differs from the calendar that governs the Novus Ordo Mass (“ordinary form”). Today (31 Jan 2010) on the Tridentine calendar is SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY. It begins our preparation for Lent. Violet (purple) vestments are called for, together with the omission of the Gloria and the Alleluia.

THE MASS INTENTION for the 11:30 am Mass today (31 Jan) is IN HONOR OF SAINT BRIGID, at the request of the LAOH. Normally, the members of the LAOH would make it a special point to attend this Mass and to have special hymns sung during it. Because this custom would be better carried out within the context of a Mass celebrated according to the ordinary form, the members of the LAOH will postpone their special observance until next Sunday (07 Feb) at the 11:30 am Mass.

stjos/stvdp: 01.31.2010- 03


Grant Desme, a 23-year-old minor league outfielder in Oakland's system, is retiring from baseball in order to enter the seminary, with the hope of eventually being ordained to the priesthood.
Desme was ranked the A's eighth-best prospect by Baseball America after hitting .288 with 31 home runs and 89 RBIs in A ball in 2009 and he was just named MVP of the Arizona Fall League.
Here is what Desme said in an interview
"I'm doing well in baseball. But I had to get down to the bottom of things, to what was good in my life, what I wanted to do with my life. Baseball is a good thing, but that felt selfish of me when I felt that God was calling me more. It took a while to trust that and open up to it and aim full steam toward Him. I love the game, but I'm going to aspire to higher things."
My comment: I wish Grant well. May God protect and guide him. If he becomes a priest, may he be a good one. I remember that, when I entered the seminary, I gave up a position as a fourth-string tiddly on my neighborhood tiddly-winks team. At the time I had the distinct prospect of moving up to third string. At least that’s what the sportswriters said.

Tim is the first-string quarterback for the University of Florida and a Heisman Trophy winner. He will give public thanks on TV (07 Feb) for the fact that his mother did not abort him. Some radical feminists are upset about this.
My comment: I share Tim’s gratitude that his mother did not abort him. I am grateful to my own mother that she did not abort me. I am grateful to all mothers everywhere that they did not abort their children. A woman who has an abortion is not a non-mother. A woman who has an abortion is the mother of a dead baby.

As part of the observance of Catholic Schools Week, Bishop John O. Barres will be shooting some baskets at the Cardinal Brennan Field House on Monday, 01 February, at 04:00 pm or thereabout. The Bishop will be visiting with some of our area CYO children and coaches.
My comment: I know that, in the course of Church History, some bishops have been shot. I even remember seeing Bishop Schott. But I never remember seeing a basketball being by a bishop. Thjis event will be something out of the Ordinary.

CLARIFICATION ON THE PHOTO IN LAST WEEKEND’S BULLETIN and on the article that accompanied it: A gentleman called me to tell me that it was clear that President Obama was only kidding me when he said that he did not know what abortion actually was. I explained to the caller that the photo was a simulation and that the article that accompanied it was meant to be taken as satire (or irony). So, for the record: I did not actually meet President Obama nor did I have a conversation with him about abortion or anything else. I regret that anyone thought that I intended this to be taken seriously. In this age of technology, there are many tricks that can be done with cameras and computers!

stjos/stvdp: 01.31.2010 - 04


by Danny Dutton, age 8, of Chula Vista CA

One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way He doesn't have to take up His valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.
God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because He hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in His ears, unless He has thought of a way to turn it off.
God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere, which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going over your Mom’s and Dad's heads asking for something they said you couldn't have.
Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I don't think there are any in Chula Vista. At least there aren't any who come to our church.
Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of Him preaching to them and they crucified Him. But He was good and kind, like His Father, and He told His Father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K.
His Dad (God) appreciated everything that He had done and all His hard work on earth so He told Him He didn't have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So He did. And now He helps His Dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones He can take care of Himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important.
You can pray anytime you want and They are sure to help you because They got it worked out so One of Them is on duty all the time.
You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God!
Don't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn't come out at the beach until noon anyway.
If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He's around you when you're scared, in the dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.
But you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and He can take me back anytime He pleases.
And that's why I believe in God.

stjos/stvdp: 01.31.2010 - 05


The Holy Rosary Society of St. Vincent dePaul Parish will hold its annual Chinese Auction on Sunday, 28 February, in the parish hall.
This is an important event and a major fundraiser.
We are hoping for the participation of all of our parishioners.
Each parishioner is asked to purchase a PACKAGE that costs $15.00.
This package includes the following:

One admission ticket:             $2.00
Three 50 / 50 chances:            $3.00
Two train chances:                 $2.00
Three TV chances:                 $5.00
Cash donation towards
purchase of large prizes:         $3.00

In addition, we ask that every parishioner donate three small prizes, baked goods or something for the craft table.

THANK YOU TO THE ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS for their generosity. They donated five hundred dollars ($500.00) to St. Joseph Parish for the maintenance and upkeep of our buildings. This entirely unanticipated gift is most gratefully received.
It had been my practice during the twenty-two years that I was a pastor in Pottsville and Mount Carbon that, when there would be a funeral, I would ask the parish secretary to contact an organist and a singer. It was not the custom for the parish choir to provide music for funerals. Coming to Girardville, I continued that practice. I have come to understand lately that the members of our (combined) parish choir would like to provide the singing for funerals (along with one of the parish organists).
This is fine with me.
So, I have instituted the following practice: When I am making arrangements for a funeral Mass, I shall notify Mary Kay Squires, our senior parish organist. I shall also meet with the family of the deceased and shall tell them that we will provide an organist. (The organist in almost all cases will be either Mrs. Squires or Mr. Feeney). I shall also tell them that the parish choir is available to sing. I shall tell them that they have the option of having a soloist in addition to the parish choir but that this would entail an extra charge. Whatever the family prefers in regard to a soloist will be what we will do in this matter.
This is what I have actually done for the last two funerals in our parishes.
I hope that this policy is seen as fair and equitable.

 stjos/stvdp: 01.31.2010 - 06

“This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are.”

President Obama
State of the Union address
27 January 2010

The President misleads us by what he says.
The misleading phrase is “because of who they are”.
He seems to be saying that there is a law that bars homosexuals from serving in the military.
But there is no law that prevents homosexuals from serving in the military.
However, there is a law that prevents gays from serving in the military. It’s called “don’t ask, don’t tell”.
We have to unwrap some language here.
Let me make an attempt to unwrap it.
The basic problem is the confusion between the word “HOMOSEXUAL” and the word “GAY”.
The latter is an old word, with a well-established meaning.
The latter is a relatively new word (or new application of an old word). Its meaning is less well-established.
As I understand it, the word “homosexual” refers to a person who has a deep-seated and persistent psychological pre-disposition towards being erotically attracted to persons of the same gender.
It is often referred to as Same Sex Attraction (SSA).
Homosexuality is a condition.
It is not an action.
Persons who have this condition need to be on guard when they find themselves in the presence of persons for whom they experience erotic attraction.
What is the difference between “homosexual” and “gay”?
The difference is that, while “homosexual” refers to a person who has a disordered condition, “gay” refers to a person who not only has the disordered condition but acts it out.
By “acts it out”, we mean either that he actually engages in sodomy or that he wishes it to be know that he is willing to do so, perhaps even to the point of solicitation, which can be either direct or subtle.
Are there any homosexuals serving in the US Military at the present time?
If there are, I don’t know who they are, but I would be willing to bet that there are!
Do I have any objection to
homosexuals serving in the US military?
Here is my guarded answer to my own question: If a person has the concupiscence of homosexuality, I think he would be well advised not to put himself into temptation by volunteering to serve in the military but, if he does volunteer, I hope he has self-discipline and prays for the grace of chastity and practices custody of the eyes.
Do I have any objection to
gays serving in the US military?
Yes, I object strenuously!
I think it is a totally bad idea to allow someone to advertise himself sexually to his fellow soldiers (or sailors or marines).
My reasons for thinking that this is a totally bad idea are not exclusively reasons in the moral domain.
They also have to do with esprit de corps!
When one is dealing with men of active military age (roughly 18 to 35), one is dealing with persons who are extraordinarily sensitive to issues of sexuality: their own sexuality and the sexuality of those with whom they live and work. It is important to me that the men who are involved in defending the nation have a strong esprit de corps. It is important to me that they not be involved in sexual flirtations and jealousies while on duty. It is important to me that they keep their minds focused on the job they are doing and not be making goo-goo eyes at one another or planning trysts after reveille. Such activities do not lend themselves to their being vigilant to the doing of their duty, which is to protect our nation from our enemies.
Back to the President’s misleading statement in his State of the Union Address.
He implies that the current law unfairly restricts
HOMOSEXUALS from serving in the military because of “WHO THEY ARE”.
He is mistaken.
The current law fairly and reasonably restricts
GAYS from serving in the military, because of “WHAT THEY DO”.

stjos/stvdp: 01.31.2010 - 07



Sunday, 31 January: - “Breakfast at Trinityfrom 8:00 AM to 12 Noon. All visitors are welcome to purchase a delicious all-you-care-to-eat breakfast. Breakfast will be prepared by Trinity Academy parents and friends and served by Trinity Academy students.

Monday, 01 February: - “Bring a Buddy to Breakfastfrom 07:15 to 08:15 am.
Parents, grandparents and family are invited to join the children for Continental Breakfast compliments of the Home and School Association.

09:00 am - Opening Prayer Service at Annunciation Church, Shenandoah—All are welcome to join the student body in appreciation of our Catholic School education.

04:00 pm at Cardinal Brennan Field House - “Baskets With the Bishop” - Bishop John Barres will share some of his basketball skill with all of our area CYO basketball students.

Tuesday, 02 February: - Bishop John Barres visits our school. The Bishop will be arriving at approximately 01:30 pm to visit the children and staff of Trinity Academy. A Prayer Service is planned as part of the school’s welcome of our honored guest.

Wednesday, 03 February: - “Open Housefrom 09:00 to 11:00 am and 01:00 to 02:00 pm.
Guests are welcome to visit classrooms and to see our Trinity teachers and students in action.

Thursday, 04 February: - Educational Fun Assembly with Magician and Motivational Speaker, Cris Johnson. 10:00 am Assembly for Grades K to 4 & 01:00 pm Assembly for Grades 5 to 8.

Friday, 05 February: Catholic Schools Week Mass at 09:30 am. The public is invited to celebrate our special liturgy with us at Annunciation BVM Church, Shenandoah.

12:00 noon Dismissal, with a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon and Faculty Meeting to follow.

06:00 pm – “Children’s Bingo” in the Trinity Academy School Cafeteria. All are welcome!

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