MASS SCHEDULE: 1219 DECEMBER 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 11 December
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

Monday, 13 December
St. Lucy, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — ERNEST J. MALAFARINA
by Ed and Judy Haluska

Tuesday, 14 December
St. John of the Cross, priest, doctor (OblMem)
07:00 pm — ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO
by Marylynn and Jean Squitieri

Wednesday, 15 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — EARL G. RICHARDS
by Ed and Judy Haluska

Thursday, 16 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — PAUL and CAMILLE TEGANO
by Joe and Shirley Foti

Friday, 17 December
Late Advent Weekday
08:00 am — PASQUAL F. CHILLEMI
by Phyllis C. Kevy and Roni J. Kevy (+)

Saturday, 18 December
Late Advent Weekday
08:00 am — NED H. LANG
by Barbara Sciarrone Kasper and family
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARGUERITE CROAKE
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Sunday, 19 December
Fourth Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
by his mother, Ida Mae Canavan

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1219 DECEMBER 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 11 December
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

Monday, 13 December
St. Lucy, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
07:00 pm — BASTINA FOLINO NICASTRO
by John and Mary Barney

Tuesday, 14 December
St. John of the Cross, priest, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on RAFAEL RUIZ MD
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 15 December
Advent Weekday
NO MASS AT ST. VINCENT dePAUL TODAY

Thursday, 16 December
Advent Weekday
07:00 pm — RAYMOND N. CARAVAN (60th anniversary of wedding)
by his wife, Jean

Friday, 17 December
Late Advent Weekday
05:00 pm — MARGARET KONAS CHASE
by George Scrobol

Saturday, 18 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ANDREW, FLORENCE and THOMAS FEELEY
by Patti Feeley Garland

Sunday, 19 December
Fourth Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — PATRICK YACKERA
by Joey and Shayla

stjos/stvdp: 12.12.2010 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
04 / 05 DECEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: Receipts for parish purposes: $1,339.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $62.00 from the second collection (plate); $356.00 from the Dues envelopes; $40.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $30.00 from the Fuel envelopes;$132.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $35.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,994.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,994.00) 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 $842.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: Receipts for parish purposes: $849.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $49.00 from the second collection (plate); $225.00 from the Dues envelopes;$10.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $41.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,174.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,174.00) 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 $411.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 14 December
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 16 December
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 17 December
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

 EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 14 December
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

Friday, 17 December
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

(Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm)

MARANAQA MARANATHA MARANAQA

stjos/stvdp: 12.12.2010 - 02


TRINITY ACADEMY CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

The Public is cordially invited to join the Trinity Academy School Community for its annual Christmas Program, which this year is titled "The True Meaning of Christmas." The entertaining, uplifting performances of our children from Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade will take place at the Cardinal Brennan Fieldhouse on Tuesday, 21 December, at 6:30 pm.
Please note that the Father Walter Ciszek CYO organization will have the CB Concession Stand open at 05:30 pm, so that families and visitors can purchase food and refreshments prior to the performance. There is No Admission Charge for the program, but Good Will Donations will be accepted at the door.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLS
Eighth grade parishioners attending Catholic, public or private elementary or middle school are invited to apply for a one-year $1,000 scholarship to attend one of the Catholic high schools of the Diocese of Allentown. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement; involvement in extra¬curricular activities; service to school, parish and community; pastor and principal recommendations; and leadership roles. Application forms are available at the parish office, school office or through the parish religious education program. Completed applications must be submitted to the student’s school by 05 January 2011. The Bishop’s Annual Appeal provides funding for the scholarship program. Thanks to the generosity of diocesan parishioners to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal sixteen additional scholarships will be awarded for a total of 114.
PLEASE NOTE THAT there will not be the usual 07:00 pm Mass in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Wednesday, 15 December. Inquiring minds want to know why! Here is why: All of the priests of Schuylkill County are expected to join Bishop Barres in Pottsville for a Holy Hour and some priestly fraternity on 15 Dec. So, Fathers Brennan and Connolly will be absent for a few hours that evening.
THE GIVING TREE
In the back of the church (both StJos and StVdP) there are trees that are meant to serve as reminders for people to bring gifts for babies. If you have not already done so, please bring a gift (something new or, at least, unused) and place it in proximity to the tree. These gifts will be gathered together and given to a Catholic agency that helps “mothers in distress” and their newborns
QUESTION: Do rich people have an obligation to share their wealth with poor people?
ANSWER: Yes, they have a moral obligation to do so.
QUESTION: Then you agree, do you not, that the government should take the excess wealth of rich people and redistribute it to the poor people?
ANSWER: No, I didn’t say that. What I said was that rich people have a moral obligation to use their wealth to help poor people. That’s not the same as saying that the government has a right to compel rich people to do so.
QUESTION: Well, don’t you realize that, if the government doesn’t compel them, they won’t do it?
ANSWER: Some will. Some won’t. It is the duty of the Church to persuade rich people to share their wealth with poor people. God is the ultimate arbiter of justice. We make a huge mistake when we make the government do the work of God. Besides all this, it is immensely practical for rich people to share their excess wealth with poor people. They will be able to live more tranquil and secure lives if they do so. Poor people who are made to wallow in their poverty eventually become mobs able to be roused by demagogues and then it’s “off to the guillotine” with the rich. Kindness to the poor is an eminently practical virtue for this life, in addition to which it serves one well to prepare for the next life.

stjos/stvdp: 12.12.2010 - 03


SOME BULLET POINTS ABOUT THE MASS

• At the hour of death the Holy Masses you have heard devoutly will be your greatest consolation.
• Every Mass will go with you to Judgment and will plead for pardon for you.
• By every Mass you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins, more or less, according to your         fervor.
• By devoutly assisting at Holy Mass you render the greatest homage possible to the Sacred Humanity of Our         Lord.
• Through the Holy Sacrifice, Our Lord Jesus Christ supplies for many of your negligences and omissions.
• He forgives you all the venial sins which you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all your unknown sins         which you never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.
• By piously hearing Holy Mass you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief.
• Through Holy Mass you are preserved from many dangers and misfortunes which would otherwise have          befallen you. You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass.
• Through the Holy Mass you are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.
• When you hear Holy Mass devoutly, offering it to Almighty God in honor of any particular Saint or Angel,         thanking God for the favors bestowed on him, etc., you afford that Saint or Angel a new degree of honor, joy         and happiness, and draw his special love and protection on yourself.
• Every time you assist at Holy Mass, besides other intentions, you should offer it in honor of the Saint of the         day.
• The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer! (Pope Paul VI)
• For each Mass we hear with devotion, Our Lord sends a saint to comfort us at death. (St. Gertrude the Great)
• Once, St. Teresa was overwhelmed with God's goodness and asked Our Lord "How can I thank you?" Our         Lord replied, "Attend one Mass."
• The Blessed Virgin Mary once told her faithful servant Alain: "My Son so loves those who assist at the Holy         Sacrifice of the Mass that, if it were necessary He would die for them as many times as they've heard         Masses."
• "The Holy Mass would be of greater profit if people had it offered in their lifetime, rather than having it         celebrated for the relief of their souls after death." (Pope Benedict XV)
• A great doctor of the Church, St. Anselm, declares that a single Mass offered for oneself during life may be         worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death. St. Leonard of Port Maurice         supports this statement by saying that one Mass before death may be more profitable than many after it.
• When we receive Holy Communion, we experience something extraordinary - a joy, a fragrance, a well being          that thrills the whole body and causes it to exalt. (Saint John Vianney)
• The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
• If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy." (St. John Vianney)
• There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have given it to us."        (St. John Vianney)
• It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass. (St. Pio of         Pietrelcina)
• When we have been to Holy Communion, the balm of love envelops the soul as the flower envelops the bee.         (St. John Vianney)
• The heavens open and multitudes of angels come to assist in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. (St. Gregory)
• The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass. (St. Augustine)
• When Mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the Divine Victim         immolated on the altar. (St. John Chrysostom)
• The salvation of Girardville lies in attendance at Holy Mass. (EBC)

stjos/stvdp: 12.12.2010 - 04 / 05


PASTORAL REFLECTION ON DEATH BY SUICIDE:
HOW TO BE KIND WITHOUT SELLING OUT THE STORE
AND
HOW
TO BE TRUTHFUL WITHOUT BEING UNKIND

Background: The following happened on 29 November in Marinette High School, Marinette, Wisconsin. A 15-year-old boy named Sam Hengel held 26 of his classmates, plus a teacher, hostage for six hours. Sam had been excused to go to the bathroom. When he returned to the classroom, he had two semi-automatic pistols, a backpack jammed with more than 200 rounds of ammunition and a pair of knives. He fired three shots into the wall and tore up a projector. When a SWAT team arrived at about 08:00 pm, Sam shot himself and died the next morning.
In his homily at the boy’s funeral, the Lutheran pastor, the Reverend Nicholas Johannes, made the following remarks:

• Sam was a good boy and God will not judge him on the basis of one act.
• People’s lives revolve around work so much they don’t listen or help each other      anymore.
• This is not about Sam's sin. This is about the world's sin. Something has gone terribly wrong. We need to say “I love you” and mean the words.

With all due respect to Pastor Johannes (who had a difficult pastoral task to perform) I would like to offer the following thoughts:
It is a challenge when a person is called upon to “say a few words” on the occasion of the death of a person by suicide; even more so when, as in the case of Sam Hengel, the suicide was preceded by a terrible act of violence against others.
It is a challenge whether one is the clergyman who homilizes at the funeral or simply a friend offering support to the family.
Needless to say, the best thing to say is often non-verbal.
But “non-verbal” doesn’t apply to homilies. Homilies have to be verbal.
So, what do we say?
Eventually (not immediately), we have to deal with this question: “How might the deceased stand in relationship to God?”
What are the possibilities?
Is he in Heaven or is he in Hell?
If we say or imply that the deceased is surely in Heaven, we are being presumptuous.
On the other hand, if we say or imply that the deceased is surely in Hell, we are likewise being presumptuous and, in addition, arrogant and mean.
Here is the dilemma for Protestant Christians: They have only two alternatives when it comes to the post-mortem fate of any human being.
They have to assert one of either two possibilities: (a) immediate entrance into Heaven; (b) immediate entrance into Hell.
Because (b) is so horrible, all (I think) Protestant clergy will opt for (a).
Then they have to justify “immediate entrance into Heaven by saying such things as “God will not judge him on the basis of one act” and / or some variety of “It’s the fault of other people” or “It’s the world’s fault”.
Catholic preachers, on the other hand, have a wonderful alternative to the two mentioned above, viz. PURGATORY.
What is Purgatory? Purgatory is “delayed entrance into Heaven”. It is definitely entrance into Heaven, but it is an entrance that is postponed until certain remedies are applied. We could (with some attempt at humor) make the analogy that Purgatory is “summer school as a condition for graduation”.
Contrary to what many Protestants would have us believe, the existence of Purgatory is based on the Bible!! It is not a doctrine that some Pope made up on a rainy Tuesday afternoon when he had nothing better to do!
Not only is it based on the Bible, it is echoed by common sense.
We all know that nothing impure or unclean can enter into Heaven. We also know that, by the mercy of God, mediated to us by the self-sacrificing death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is possible for persons who die in sin to see God face to face and to be happy with Him forever.
The ideal (for which we should all strive and pray) is to exit this life in perfect charity. If we do, we shall go immediately to Heaven.
A person who dies without charity goes immediately to Hell.
But there are a lot of persons (so it certainly seems to me) who die in a state that is somewhat less than “perfect charity”.
What happens to them? They go to Purgatory in order to “work it out”, so that they may go to Heaven. This “working it out” is more correctly a “letting it be worked out in them”. It is allowing the mercy and wisdom of God to operate within them, to bring them to perfect truth and charity.
How likely is it that Sam Hengel died in “perfect charity”? I think it is highly unlikely. Therefore I think it is highly unlikely that Sam “went right to Heaven”. At the same time, I would like to entertain the presumption that the boy was not operating on all cylinders when he did his dastardly deed, viz. holding his classmates hostage and taking his own life.
If he was operating on all cylinders when he did these things, I can only presume that he went to Hell. But the point is I don’t know that he was fully mentally competent when he did what he did in the last hours of his life and I kind of suspect he was not, so I don’t know that he went to Hell. Therefore, I would homilize my hope that he did not exit this life in a state of mortal sin, and that he has now gone to “God’s Summer School” for some extended rehab before entering Heaven.
Another thing about Pastor Johannes’s homily: I would caution him against saying that God does not judge a person based on one act. This is an attractive error, but an error nonetheless. It is the error that Pope John Paul II wrote about so eloquently, the error of separating actions from intentions. We manifest our intentions by our actions. We call this theological error “the error of the fundamental option”. It is somewhat akin to the error a man commits when he assures himself that he loves his wife all the time he is committing adultery on her.
And the other error in the pastor’s homily is his emphasis on “the world’s sin”. The world doesn’t commit sins. People do!

stjos/stvdp: 12.12.2010 - 06 / 07


WE SHARE THE MAIL
(I received the following via email from a woman (a StVdP parishioner) on Friday, 10 December. She signed her name, which is to her credit, but I shall withhold her name. There was no salutation.)
I've been told by a very reliable and reputable source that St. Vincent's has $8,000 in the fuel fund. Why then was the heat not turned on in the church Tues or Wed? Why have parishioners attending mass for the Immaculate Conception been forced to sit in the freezing cold and risk getting sick? What logical explanation could you possibly give?
If there is a problem with the furnace itself why has it not been brought to the parishioners' attention so that it can be fixed immediately? Our parish has never let things like this go. We have always taken care of our parish and any problems that arose were dealt with promptly! Just ask Fr. Liebner. If there isn't a problem with the furnace and money is obviously not an issue, then what possibly sane reason could you have for refusing to turn on the heat?

Dear Mrs. XXXXX:
It is true that there was no heat in the church on Wednesday, 08 December. It is not true that there was no heat in the church on Tuesday, 07 December. I would have noticed if there were not.
I first noticed the problem when I went over to church for Exposition / Adoration between 02:00 and 04:00 pm on Wednesday, 08 December. I was concerned lest there be no heat for the 07:00 pm Mass. I checked the thermostat and the furnace. For some reason, the heat would click on, would start to come up, but then clicked off. I called the gentleman who services our furnace and got his answering machine. Prior to the 07:00 pm Mass on Wednesday, I took to the pulpit in order to apologize to the people for the fact that there was no heat and told them that we were “working on it”.
The gentleman who services our furnace came on Thursday, 09 December, and fixed the problem. I think it had something to do with a blocked filter, but I wouldn’t swear to it.
The problem had nothing to do with insufficient money to purchase heating oil, nor did it have anything to do with insufficient oil in the tank and — you may be certain beyond the slightest shadow of a doubt — it had nothing to do with me refusing “to turn on the heat”. Good grief! Why would you presume that I refused to turn on the heat? Am I a sadist? I certainly did not feel good about the fact that my parishioners were temporarily numbered among God’s Frozen People.
Fr. Edward B. Connolly

 Quamdiu, Domine?
Quamdiu?
MARANATHA!

 

tjos/stvdp: 12.12.2010 - 08


 

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