MASS SCHEDULE: 28 NOVEMBER05 DECEMBER 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 27 November
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
by his brothers and sisters

Sunday, 28 November
First Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — ARTHUR CROAKE
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Monday, 29 November
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — DECEASED: SCULLY and LANDERS FAMILIES
by the families

Tuesday, 30 November
St. Andrew, apostle (Fst)
NO MASS AT ST. JOSEPH’S TODAY

Wednesday, 01 December
Advent Weekday
NO MASS AT ST. JOSEPH’S TODAY

Thursday, 02 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO
by Mary Lynn and Jean Squitieri

Friday, 03 December
St. Francis Xavier, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — NORA MALEY BYRNE
by Catholic Daughters of America, Court St. Cecilia #1529

Saturday, 04 December
Weekday
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — NED H. LANG
by the Lang and the Getzey families

Sunday, 05 December
First Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — ROSE FESCO GRASSO
by Patricia Kowalick

 MASS SCHEDULE:28 NOVEMBER05 DECEMBER 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 27 November
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. KRICK
by his wife, Carole

Sunday, 28 November
First Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — ALBERTA COONEY
by Elizabeth Ryan

Monday, 29 November
Advent Weekday
07:00 pm — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Tuesday, 30 November
St. Andrew, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — MARGARET KONAS CHASE
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

Wednesday, 01 December
Advent Weekday
07:00 pm — JAMES ROSENBERGER
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 02 December
Advent Weekday
06:00 pm — HELEN J. WINKLER
by the Holy Rosary Society

Friday, 03 December
St. Francis Xavier, priest (OblMem)
05:00 pm — DECEASED: FOTI FAMILY
by Joe and Shirley Foti

Saturday, 04 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — TONY MAJIKAS
by his family

Sunday, 05 December
First Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — DECEASED: CHIKOTAS FAMILY
by Anna Chikotas

stjos/stvdp: 11.28.2010 - 01

COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
20 / 21 NOVEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,150.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $88.00 from the second collection (plate); $30.00 from the Dues envelopes; $92.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $262.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $74.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,696.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,696.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($329.54), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($464.00), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,151.17, one sees that $544.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes:

Receipts for parish purposes: $807.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $45.00 from the second collection (plate); $7.00 from the Dues envelopes; $398.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $60.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $10.00 from the All Souls Day envelopes; $59.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,386.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,386.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($229.38), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($282.46), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $762.82, one sees that $623.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

Thursday, 02 December
05:00 to 06:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 03 December
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

 EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

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


Friday, 03 December
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm)

MARANA THA!

stjos/stvdp: 11.28.2010 - 02


K of C FUNDRAISER RECENT WINNERS

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Mike Honus
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13 Nov — #055
Daniel
John Haluska

PLEASE NOTE!
There are a few changes in the normal weekday Mass schedule this week.
There will not be a Mass at 07:00 pm in St. Joseph Chapel on Tuesday, 30 November.
Reason: Fr. Connolly has to go out of town that day for reasons explained below. *

There will not be a Mass at 08:00 am in St. Joseph Chapel on Wednesday, 01 December.
Reason: Both Fr. Brennan and Fr. Connolly are required to attend a Priests Convocation in Kutztown that day.

The Mass that would normally be scheduled for 06:30 pm at St. Vincent dePaul on Thursday, 02 December, has been moved up to 06:00 pm.
Reason: The Holy Rosary Society pre-Christmas party is scheduled for 07:00 pm.

* NOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW THE REASON I HAVE TO GO OUT OF TOWN ON TUESDAY? I’ll be happy to tell you. It is a very happy reason. I am going to Little Meadows (PA) in order to participate in a Mass during which a friend of mine will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church. The Reverend Harry Keppley, a retired pastor of the United Church of Christ, has been taking instruction in order to become a Catholic. He has invited me to be his sponsor (godfather). During the Mass, the Reverend Keppley will make his profession of faith and will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Like a great many Protestant ministers over the past few years, Pastor Keppley has been drawn by the Holy Spirit to make “the journey home” to the Catholic Church. We welcome him with joy, and with gratitude to God for his goodness.
REMINDER: The 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church today (Sunday) will be celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form (“Tridentine Mass”)
WADE O. RICHARDS would like to thank all those persons who extended their respects and sympathy to him and his family on the death of his brother, Earl. He is grateful for the Mass cards and memorial donations.
THE CANDLES in front of the Sacred Heart statue and the statue of the Blessed Mother (at St. Joseph Church) have been lit in memory of Raymond D. Reinoehl, at the request of his mother, Ida Mae Canavan.

stjos/stvdp: 11.28.2010 - 03


WE SHARE THE MAIL
Background: I printed three mails in last weekend’s bulletin. They were between a Lutheran gentleman and me, in regard to his question about whether or not his salvation would be “in jeopardy” if he remained a Lutheran as opposed to becoming a Catholic. This is a follow-up email I received from him a few days ago.

Dear Father Connolly,
Thank you for your thoughtful and honest response – I respect this approach as the world often times wants to hear want it wants to hear and not the Truth as the Truth is Jesus Christ. I will need some time to reflect and prayerfully meditate on your response and how it affects me personally and my family. Again thank you for taking the time to address my question and have a most blessed Thanksgiving. I will be in touch shortly with any further questions or clarifications I may have.
God bless you,
XXXX

GIVING TREES
As is the custom (an admirable custom!) at both parishes, “giving trees” have been placed in the backs of the churches for the Advent season.
We encourage everyone to bring a gift for a baby and place it under the tree. At the end of the season, these gifts are donated to a Pro-Life group that provides shelter and services for pregnant women in difficult circumstances and to their babies once they are born.
Think of this as if it were a Baby Shower we are sponsoring for the Holy Mother Mary and her Divine Child.
Whatever we do for the least we do for Him.
MISSALS FOR 2011 will be on sale this weekend in the backs of the churches for those who would like to own their own copies. The price is three dollars ($3.00).
We are, of course, putting missals in the pews for “general use” but these missals must not be removed from the churches.

THE REJECTION OF ABORTION has been a basic element of Catholic identity since the church’s earliest days. The Didache, a manual of church morals written even earlier than the later writings of the New Testament, condemns abortion as infanticide. Athenagoras, a catechist, wrote to the Roman emperor in 177 A.D. that the church considers abortion “murder” because “the fetus in the womb is a created being and therefore an object of God’s care.” This tells us that opposition to the abomination of abortion is more than a partisan political position. For the Catholic, this belief goes to the heart of the mystery that Christ came into this world to reveal to us. This mystery is reflected in our country’s founding document, which speaks of our being endowed by our Creator with rights that no one can take away from us or pretend that we don’t have — the first of these being the right to life.”

Most Rev. José H. Gomez, Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles

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WE SHARE THE MAIL

Dear Father,
I'm sure you are getting bombarded with people asking you your thoughts on the Pope comments. I have to address this with my constituency. So please give me your bullet points on what was said and how this applies to the faithful, particularly dealing with single people who want to be married and married people. Also, I do have in our questionnaire that artificial contraception is never permitted under any circumstance except medicinally (referring to the pill as a prescription). People will probably start calling me out on this. Anything you can share will be helpful.
Thank you.
XXXX

Dear XXXX:
I’ll put it in “bullet points” as you request:
• Once again the secular press gets it wrong! I don’t even give the secular press the benefit of the doubt anymore when it comes to reporting on matters of Church doctrine, especially when it comes to Church teaching on sexual matters. I don’t think the secular press is confused. I think they are devious.
The Pope has absolutely not given approval to the use of condoms.
There has been absolutely no change in Church teaching on the subject of artificial contraception or on the use of condoms.
• It is IMPOSSIBLE for the Pope to change Church teaching on these subjects. The Pope is not God. The Pope could no more approve of artificial contraception than he could approve of adultery. These are matters of Natural Law. They are immutable. They are fixed.
• When it comes to the fundamental matters of sexual morality, we must not think that a certain principle is true BECAUSE a Pope teaches it. It is true WHETHER OR NOT a Pope teaches it. The Pope teaches it BECAUSE it is true.
• If I were to fault Pope Benedict in any respect, I would fault him only for this: He is so bright and so academic that (it seems) he doesn’t always reflect on the fact that 90% of the people who will hear him or read what he has to say are not nearly as bright as he is. This is the danger of having a Pope who is a genius. (And I truly think that Benedict is a genius.) Pope Benedict is tuned in to subtleties and distinctions. The average person is not.
• For the sake of humor (but, at the same time, trying to make a serious point), let me give the following as an example of a legitimate use of condoms: Let’s say I need to pick up some hardened pieces of cat feces from the floor and I can’t locate my rubber gloves and I have some condoms at hand (astronomically unlikely!), I might decide to put some condoms on my fingers and thumb in order to protect them from direct contact with the unpleasant material. Or, a more realistic example: If I cut my finger and I don’t have any band aids and I need to staunch the bleeding until I get to the ER, I might slip a condom over my finger as a temporary measure. Someone might say that these examples are ridiculous, but they’re really not. They are “legitimate uses of condoms”. I might also want to engage in some harmless horseplay with my friend, in which case he and I might decide to fill a bunch of condoms with water and throw “water balloons” at one another. Point to be made: The use of condoms is not absolutely illegitimate, but their legitimate uses are few and far between!

Point to be made: The Church does not teach that the possession of tubes made out of latex is immoral. Nor does the Church teach that all uses of tubes made out of latex are immoral. The Church does teach that it is immoral to enclose one’s membrum virile in a latex tube prior to or during an act of normal (by which I mean vaginal) intercourse.
• Further example: Solitary masturbation is immoral. If one were to use a condom during solitary masturbation, would this make the act any more moral or immoral? I can’t imagine that it would. The use of a condom in such a pathetic situation would be morally irrelevant.
• The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2370) cites Humanae Vitae: “every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible is intrinsically evil.” Notice the reference to “conjugal act”. That is the key phrase. “Conjugal” means “conjoining”. It implies marriage or, at the very least, the possibility of marriage. Neither an act of homosexual sodomy nor even an act of heterosexual sodomy is ever “conjugal”. So, if Benedict comes across as “tolerant” of the use of a condom in an act of sodomy, he is not contradicting the infallible teaching of the Church. A condom used in sodomy does not “render conception impossible”. Sodomy, by definition, is always an infertile act. The use of a condom in an act of sodomy (whether homo or hetero) has no more moral consequence than does the use of a condom in an act of solitary masturbation.
• Notice also that Benedict does not condone “male prostitution” (by which he means male-on male prostitution.) He simply acknowledges the sad fact that it exists. He also acknowledges that some male prostitutes might use (or insist that their clients use) condoms. Benedict, being extremely kind and pastoral, says that the use of a condom in such circumstances might indicate that the poor pathetic guy who is selling his body might have some teensy bit of kindness in his heart, inasmuch as he doesn’t want to spread HIV / AIDS and that this teensy bit of kindness provides a least some glimmer of hope that the guy is still maintaining some contact with God and is not a totally hopeless case!
• Here is an analogy that might help: Suppose a guy had a gun (a real gun with bullets!) and decided to rob a convenience store. As he is leaving his house on his way to the store, he thinks to himself that it might be better all around if he were to leave his real gun at home and take a toy gun. His reason? Because he is afraid that he might accidentally kill someone and he really doesn’t want to kill anyone; he just wants the contents of the cash register. So, he takes the toy gun instead of the real one and proceeds to hold up the store.
Now,what would Pope Benedict say about this? I am POSITIVE that he would not say that it is morally permitted to hold up convenience stores! I am likewise positive that he would not say that it is morally permitted to hold up convenience stores on the condition that one use a toy gun as opposed to a real one! He would PRESUME that we know that it is morally wrong to hold up convenience stores, whether with real guns or toy guns.
But what Benedict might say (and, by analogy, did say) is this: Let’s give the thief credit for having sufficient respect for human life not to want to kill anyone while engaged in his nefarious deed and let’s give him credit for having sufficient prudence to decide on a toy gun rather than a real one. This compassion and prudence give us some small reason to hope that the thief might not be totally beyond the pale of salvation!
EBC

stjos/stvdp: 11.28.2010 - 05


Pope Benedict: Homosexuality Incompatible With Priesthood
VATICAN CITY (CNS)
— In his new book, Pope Benedict XVI strongly reaffirmed Church teaching that homosexual acts are “disordered” and said homosexuality itself is “incompatible” with the priesthood.
The Pope’s comments came in his new book-interview,Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times, which was published Nov. 23.
The interviewer, German journalist Peter Seewald, asked the Pope whether the Church’s teaching that homosexuals deserve respect isn’t contradicted by its position that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.”
The Pope answered: “No. It is one thing to say that they are human beings with their problems and their joys, that as human beings they deserve respect, even though they have this inclination, and must not be discriminated against because of it.”
“At the same time, though, sexuality has an intrinsic meaning and direction, which is not homosexual,” he said. “The meaning and direction of sexuality is to bring about the union of man and woman and, in this way, to give humanity posterity, children, a future.”
The Pope said the Church needs to hold firm on this point, “even if it is not pleasing to our age.”
He said it was still an open question whether homosexual inclinations are innate or arise early in life. In any case, he said, if these are strong inclinations, it represents “a great trial” for the homosexual.
“But this does not mean that homosexuality thereby becomes morally right. Rather, it remains contrary to the essence of what God originally willed,” he said.
When Seewald said that homosexuality exists in monasteries and among the clergy, even if not acted out, the Pope responded: “Well, that is just one of the miseries of the Church. And the persons who are affected must at least try not to express this inclination actively.”
“Homosexuality is incompatible with the priestly vocation. Otherwise, celibacy itself would lose its meaning as a renunciation. It would be extremely dangerous if celibacy became a sort of pretext for bringing people into the priesthood who don’t want to get married anyway,” the Pope said.
The Pope cited a 2005 Vatican document that drew a sharp line against priestly ordination of homosexuals. He said the document emphasized that homosexual candidates cannot become priests because their sexual orientation interferes with “the proper sense of paternity” that belongs to the priesthood.
The Pope said it was important to select priestly candidates very carefully, “to head off a situation where the celibacy of priests would practically end up being identified with the tendency to homosexuality.”

stjos/stvdp: 11.28.2010 - 06


DONORS TO THE 2010 BISHOPS ANNUAL APPEAL

SAINT JOSEPH PARISH

01. BANN, Charles
02. BARBER, Marie A.
03. BURNS, John
04. BYRNE, William and Nora
05. CHAPMAN, Christopher J.
06. CHUPASKO, Bernadine Ranieri
07. CLARKE, Thomas
08. CONNOLLY, Edward B.
09. DeLUCA, Celeste
10. DEVANEY, Lorraine Cuff
11. DEVINE, Dennis
12. DOUGHERTY, Margaret
13. FATULA, Irene
14. FISHER, Evelyn
15. FRIGONE, Rita
16. GILLIS, John M. and Mary Theresa
17. GOWER, Thomas and Jean
18. HOUSER, Catherine Kennedy
19. ANONYMOUS
20. KELLY, Arthur J.
21. KOWALICK, Patricia Reiley
22. KULL, Barbara Rehnert
23. LEINENBACH, Robert and Donna
24. McCARTHY, Philip D.
25. McCARTHY, Stephen
26. MILLER, Beverly Ann
27. MOHAN, Francis P. MD and Stella
28. MORAN, Elizabeth
29. MURRAY, Mary E.
30. NEARY, James and Teresa
31. O’DONNELL, Margaret Lenahan
32. PIKITUS, John and Helen
33. PRYCE, Agnes E.
34. ROWLAND, Eileen
35. SMALLWOOD, Rose Marie Brennan
36. SMITH, Frank and Phyllis
37. SMITH, Robert and Anna
38. TARONE, Joseph Tarone
39. WAYNE, Henry and Eileen
40. WAYNE, Kenneth and Anna Mae
41. WAYNE, Raymond and Rose Ann
42. WEIKEL, Joanne Gallen
43. WEIST, Jean Birster
44. YACKENCHICK, Albert J. Sr. and Annetta
45. YURENKA, Argia A.

 ST. VINCENT dePAUL PARISH

01. BOZYLINSKI, Robert
02. BREHM, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick
03. CHALINSKY, Stephen and Lisa
04. CHIKOTAS, Anna Ginaitis
05. CHIPLONIA, Mary Nicastro
06. CHIPLONIA, Ralph and Debra
07. CIKANOVICH, Peter
08. CONNELL, James Jr. and Georgann
09. CONNELL, Marilyn
10. FAUST, William E.
11. FOGEL, George and Sandra
12. GETZEY, Robert and Denise
13. GREGIS, John
14. GUDONIS, Joseph and Theresa
15. HALUSKA, John and Gloria
16. HOLY NAME SOCIETY
17. HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
18. IVES, Karen Paulosky
19. KARAVAGE, John and Lisa
20. KENNEDY, James and Nancy
21. KRICK, Carole Anne Doraski
22. KUDRICK, Catherine
23. LABIE, Edna Fetterolf
24. LANG, Jean Albo
25. McANDREW, Ann
26. MEDLINSKY, Elizabeth
27. PAULOSKY, Diana
28. PAULUKONIS, Eugene and Janet
29. PETROUSKY, John and Barbara
30. POPECK, Frank and Rose
31. POWLICK, Adele
32. SCROBOL, George
33. SELGRADE, Robert and Ellen
34. SHERMAN, Charles and Kathy
35. SMOLOCK, John and Joan
36. SMOLOCK, Peter and Violet
37. STRONY, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen
38. THYE, David and Susan
39. THYE, James A.
40. VABOLIS, John and Ann
41. VITALE, Marie Jeanette Winkler
42. WASCAVAGE, Edward and Barbara
43. WINKLER, Helen J. (+)

 

IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE 2010 BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL. YOU MAY SEND IT DIRECTLY TO THE BAA OFFICE OR VIA THE PARISH!

BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL: PROGRESS REPORT
ST. JOSEPH PARISH, GIRARDVILLE ST. VINCENT DE PAUL PARISH, GIRARDVILLE

stjos/stvdp: 11.28.2010 - 07


Prayer of Preparation for Christmas

HAIL AND BLESSED be
the hour and moment
in which the SON OF GOD
was born of the
MOST PURE VIRGIN MARY
at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold!
In that hour
vouchsafe, O MY GOD,
to hear my prayers
and grant my desires,
through the merits of
OUR SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST,
and HIS BLESSED MOTHER.
Amen.

It is a pious tradition to say this prayer every day, beginning on 30 November and continuing until Christmas Day. I recommend that everyone in our two parishes practice this tradition and say this prayer every day until Christmas. Pray for your heart’s desire. Let your heart’s desire be something deep and pleasing to God.

tjos/stvdp: 11.28.2010 - 08


 

 

 

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