MASS SCHEDULE: 0512 DECEMBER 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 04 December
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — NED H. LANG
by the Lang and the Getzey families

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

Monday, 06 December
St. Nicholas, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — ADAM STANLEY KANIGORSKI
by Marilyn Stefanski

Tuesday, 07 December
Vigil of Immaculate Conception
07:00 pm — ELEANOR M. MARCONI
by Gina Lascavage and Mike Ross

Wednesday, 08 December
Immaculate Conception of the BVM
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on SR. MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James
12:00 noon — KATHRYN SELINSKY LUPPINO
by Barbara Sciarrone Kasper and family

Thursday, 09 December
St. Juan Diego, hermit (OptMem)
08:00 am — ELEANOR M. MARCONI
by Mary Ann, Lori Anne and Mary Jo Link

Friday, 10 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — ANNE MARIE BURKE
by Marilyn Stefanski

Saturday, 11 December
St. Damasus I, pope (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on JIM and EVA GONTIS (wedding anniversary)
by their family
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPH KLEEMAN III (8th anniversary)
by his grandparents, Joe and Marian Kleeman

Sunday, 12 December
Third Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — WILLIAM and MARY CANAVAN
by the Canavan and Gillis families

 MASS SCHEDULE: 0512 DECEMBER 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

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

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

Monday, 06 December
St. Nicholas, bishop (OptMem)
07:00 pm — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Tuesday, 07 December
St. Ambrose, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH PALKO and JOANNE PALKO BACH
by Carmella Evolo Palko
Vigil of Immaculate Conception
04:00 pm — MARY RYAN
by Jim and Cindy Coyle and family

Wednesday, 08 December
Immaculate Conception of the BVM
07:00 pm — NED H. LANG
by Nancy Buchinsky

Thursday, 09 December
St. Juan Diego, hermit (OptMem)
07:00 pm — MARGARET KONAS CHASE
by Josephine Zdiera

Friday, 10 December
Advent Weekday
05:00 pm — PAUL and CAMILLE TEGANO
by their family

Saturday, 11 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ALBERT, ADELE, JEROME and KRISTIN YESALAVAGE
by Michael and Margaret

Sunday, 12 December
Third Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — JAMES L. KENNEDY
by the Holy Name Society

stjos/stvdp: 12.05.2010 - 01

COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
27 / 28 NOVEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $811.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $67.00 from the second collection (plate); $22.00 from the Dues envelopes; $45.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $65.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $93.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,103.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,103.00) 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 ($48.17) is available from this collection for operating the parish. Please note that this is a (DEFICIT).
Some synonyms for DEFICIT are: SHORTFALL, SHORTAGE, ARREARS, DISCREPANCY, DEBIT, SCARCITY, INSUFFICIENCY. An antonym for “deficit” is “surplus”. A surplus is a good outcome, whereas a deficit is not. “Surplus” is not to be confused with “surplice”, which is a vestment worn over a cassock. StJosPar does have some surplices, but does not have any surpluses.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $873.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $119.00 from the second collection (plate); $75.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $5.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $4.00 from the All Souls Day envelopes; $74.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,150.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,150.00) 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 $387.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 08 December
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 09 December
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 10 December
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

 EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 08 December
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

Friday, 10 December
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm)

stjos/stvdp: 12.05.2010 - 02


 THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
OF
THE
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
A
Holyday of Obligation

Mass Schedule
Tuesday, 07 December
04:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul
07:00 pm — St. Joseph Chapel +
Wednesday, 08 December
08:00 am — St. Joseph Chapel +
12:00 noon — St. Joseph Chapel +
07:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul

Every Catholic is obliged to attend Mass on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The obligation is the same as for attendance at Mass on Sunday.
Putting aside all self-centeredness, and honestly distinguishing between what is truly impossible and what is merely inconvenient, let us do our duty with love

+ Please note that I have scheduled the StJosPar Masses for the Chapel rather than the Church. Ideally, I would like to celebrate Holy Day Masses in the Church rather than the Chapel but, practically, for the sake of economizing on heating oil, I thought it would be prudent to have these Masses in the Chapel.
THEOLOGICAL NOTE
Q — What is meant by “the immaculate conception” of the Blessed Virgin Mary?
A — We must distinguish between “the virginal conception” and “the immaculate conception”. These are often confused.
“The virginal conception” refers to the conception of Jesus by Mary. Mary conceived Jesus virginally, by which we mean that she conceived him directly by the operation of the Holy Spirit, without the action of any human father. St. Joseph is not the biological father of Jesus.
“The immaculate conception” refers to the conception of Mary by Anne. Anne conceived Mary “in the ordinary way”, i.e. via marital relations with her husband, Joachim. However, at the very moment of the conception, God intervened in the process, so as to preserve the soul of Mary free from the transmission of the original sin.

stjos/stvdp: 12.05.2010 - 03


DEAR ABBY:
My wife and I have been married 40 years. Five years ago, she told me she didn't want me in our bedroom and that she is "off limits." She said she is not interested in me "that way" anymore.
Other than that, we have a great marriage and we're best friends, but I can't go on like this. I have suggested counseling, but she refuses to go. What do you think I should do?
MISSING THE KISSING

DEAR MISSING:
I think you should talk to a counselor without her. You have some important decisions to make about how you will spend the rest of your life, and it's a shame your wife does not want to be a part of the discussion and, possibly, reach a compromise. But unless both of you are happy being roommates, the current situation is unfair to you.

THIS Q&A APPEARED IN THE FRIDAY, 03 DECEMBER, edition of the widely syndicated Dear Abby column. When I read it, I thought to myself, “Ah, yes! I’ve heard this complaint before!”
I am acquainted — and I suspect that many other priests are acquainted — with more than one husband who, having reached the age of 50 (or 60 or 70), has been exiled from his wife’s bed.
I remember a professor (a priest) in the Seminary that I attended telling us, “Gentlemen, when you become priests, you will find out that there are many men who have become little more than star boarders in their own households”. For some reason, the professor was of the opinion that this was particularly true in Irish-background households. (I suspect that he said this because of the deleterious effects of Jansenism in Irish culture. I doubt that this is as prevalent among the Irish today as it used to be.)
I remember another professor (a layman) telling us, “Gentlemen, just because there is snow on the roof, that doesn’t mean there is no fire in the furnace.”
I remember attending a lecture given by an eminent priest who was the founder of WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER. He was speaking to an auditorium filled with married couples (and a few priests). Speaking to the married persons, he said (in his delightful Irish brogue, which I will not try to reproduce here): “My dear married brothers and sisters, pray to God for the gift of passion! Oh, yes! Pray for the gift of passion for one another!”
I remember thinking that this was one of the most practical — and truly Catholic — pieces of advice I had ever heard!
It is terribly unfair and even sinful for a wife to refuse her husband or, for that matter, for a husband to refuse his wife. I trust it is obvious that I am not referring here to “special circumstances”, e.g. illness or other physical problems; nor am I referring to pathological circumstances, such as infidelity (which includes pornography), abandonment (which includes refusal to support), drunkenness / drug abuse, or physical / mental abuse. In such circumstances, a wife (husband) is entitled to suspend intimacy until the problem is resolved or, at least, is well on its way to being resolved.
A woman who refuses her husband unjustly puts him in danger of sin and, if he does fall into sin, is an accomplice in his sin.
There is, of course, such a thing as voluntary and mutual agreement to refrain from the exercise of the right to marital relations.
St. Paul, writing to the Corinthians, laid down the following rules. These “rules about marriage” have the authority of God’s Holy Spirit behind them:

The husband should fulfill his duty toward his wife, and likewise the wife toward her husband. A wife does not have authority over her own body, but rather her husband, and similarly a husband does not have authority over his own body, but rather his wife. Do not deprive each other, except perhaps by mutual consent for a time, to be free for prayer, but then return to one another, so that Satan may not tempt you through your lack of self-control.

1 Corinthians 7, 3-6


It might not be politically correct to say so, but a lot of things that are not politically correct in this day and age are, nonetheless, true: The fact is that, once a person enters into marriage, he (she) no longer has exclusive authority over his (her) body!

The husband has authority over his wife’s body.
The wife has authority over her husband’s body.

All authority in the Church (i.e. among Christian people) must be exercised with immense charity. The authority that a husband has over his wife’s body and the authority that a wife has over her husband’s body are not the kind of authority that may be legitimately exercised without regard for the other person’s wellbeing and reasonable preferences.
Obviously, this is a two-edged sword! It would be sinful for a husband to place unreasonable “demands for availability” on his wife and it would be sinful for a wife to place unreasonable “demands for non-availability” on her husband.
I suspect that there are many men who were unwise in their courtship days and are now reaping the harvest of their unwisdom. (“Unwise” is the gentle word, “selfish” and “sinful” being the more precise words.)
By “unwise / unwisdom” I refer to the man using the woman (the prospective wife) as an object for the satisfaction of his felt needs. (We call this “fornication”.) Many a girl has given in to her boyfriend even though, by doing so, she is forfeiting her moral principles. She figures that she “has to let him do it” or else she will “die an old maid”! So, she pays the price and lets him exact the price. But, subconsciously, she is already planning her revenge a few years down the line. Once she has him where she wants him (i.e. is married to him) and once she has had babies by him, she throws him to the wolves. He has served his purpose! She is the hapless woman who never experienced love in the context of sexual relationships married to the pathetic man who never knew that sexual relationships had anything to do with love.
Most assuredly, this was not the way God intended it to be!

stjos/stvdp: 12.05.2010 - 04


CHRISTOPHER PAUL DEMBINSKY,
fifth child (first son) of Paul G. and Beverly M. (Hoban) Dembinsky, will receive the Sacrament of Baptism today (Sunday, 05 December) in St. Joseph Church.
The baptism is scheduled for 06:00 pm. We will be inviting some of our CCD children to attend. I expect that they will find it both interesting and edifying to see this child baptized.
This baptism is being done at St. Joseph’s with the permission of Msgr. Edward J. O’Connor, pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Pottsville.
What will happen to Christopher Paul as a result of this baptism?
Several things, principal among which are the following:
• He will be born again.
• He will become a Christian.
• He will become a member of the Catholic Church.
• The original sin will be removed from his soul.
• He will be filled with sanctifying grace, the very life of God within him.
• He will become a son of God the Father, a brother of God the Son, a temple of God the Holy Spirit.
• If he were older, we would say that his personal sins will be forgiven. However, inasmuch as he is only four years old, we can safely presume that he has no personal (“actual”) sins. Nevertheless, he will be “pre-forgiven” whatever personal sins he might commit once he attains the age of responsibility (usually calculated to be age seven) and throughout his life, provided that he is sorry for them and confesses them.
• He will receive the right to go to Heaven, to see God face to face.
We pray that this beautiful child will receive from God the grace of perseverance in the Faith. May God bless him and keep him in his love.
AND THE WINNER IS …..
The winning ticket from the 50/50 drawing at the Altar and Rosary Society’s annual pre-Christmas dinner on Thursday, 02 December, was #0567. The winner was José Vega. The prize was $450.00. Congratulations, Mr. Vega!
THE 50/50 DRAWING for the CDA, Court St. Cecilia #1529, will take place on Saturday, 11 December, after the 05:30 pm Mass.
NIGHT OF HEALING AND FORGIVENESS
Where? St. Joseph Church, Jim Thorpe PA
When?  Tuesday, 14 December
Time?   06:30 pm
What?   Confessions, Exposition and Adoration, Mass, Prayers for Healing
Who?   Jesus, assisted by Fr. Larry Hess

stjos/stvdp: 12.05.2010 - 05


PROFOUNDLY DUMB THINGS
THAT
SOME PEOPLE SAY

01. There is no such thing as absolute truth. What is true for you may not be true for me.
02. Christianity is no better than any other religion. All religions lead to God.
03. The Old and New Testaments contradict one another in numerous places. If an omnipotent God inspired the         Bible, He would never have allowed these errors.
04. I don't need to go to Church. As long as I'm a good person, that's all that really matters.
05. You don't need to confess your sins to a priest. You can go straight to God.
06. If the Church truly followed Jesus, they'd sell their lavish art, property, and architecture, and give the money         to the poor.
07. Dissent is actually a positive thing, since we should all keep our minds open to new ideas.
08. Properly interpreted, the Bible does not condemn homosexuality. Rather, it inveighs against promiscuity --         whether homosexual or heterosexual. Therefore, we have no reason to oppose loving homosexual          relationships.
09. Catholics should follow their consciences in all things — whether it's abortion, birth control, or women's         ordination.
10. Natural Family Planning is just the Catholic version of birth control.
11. Someone can be pro-choice and Catholic at the same time.
12. People's memories of their past lives prove that reincarnation is true — and that the Christian belief in Heaven         and Hell is not.

If it is obvious to you that all of the above statements are false, then may God bless you and keep you as well-informed as you are! If it is not obvious to you that all of these statements are false, then please do whatever you can in order to find out why they are false. Read good Catholic literature and, if you care to do so, call your parish priest for a kitchen-table conversation about any or all of the above. If you call the priest in Girardville, you’ll get free coffee, tea or ginger ale with the conversation.

stjos/stvdp: 12.05.2010 - 06


BILL O’REILLY IS A PINHEAD!
In a recent bulletin, I took Mr. Bill to task for characteristically referring to unborn babies as “potential human life”.
During his program on Thursday, 02 December, I was temporarily elated to hear him refer to unborn babies as “human life”. “Praise the Lord! Another sinner has returned to the fold!” That’s what I thought!
My elation was short-lived however. The gal with whom he was jawboning (Margaret Hoover) corrected him and said that unborn babies are “potential human life”.
O’Reilly, despite his image as “a man’s man”, immediately capitulated and agreed to say “potential human life”. What a girly man!
I said, “O’Reilly, you’re a wimp and a disgrace to the mother who birthed you and to the priest who baptized you!”
The next evening (Friday, 03 December), O’Reilly read an email from someone who took him to task for his capitulation. (May God bless that person!)
This was a chance for the Almighty O’Reilly to show some humility and accept the correction.
But did he?
No, he did not!
Instead, he said (I paraphrase him) that while it is his personal belief that the unborn child is “human life”, he knows that not everyone believes this and, so, in order to maintain dialogue with such persons, he accepts the term “potential human life”.
Welcome to The Factor! The Spin Starts Here!
So, there we are! O’Reilly is just one more of the countless pinheads who abandon truth for popularity. His is not the stuff of which real men are made.

“I think that when statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties, they lead their country by a short route to chaos.”

St. Thomas More


I think that when Catholic TV commentators forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their ratings, they lead their listeners by a short route to chaos.

stjos/stvdp: 12.05.2010 - 07


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

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