MASS SCHEDULE: 1926 DECEMBER 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 18 December
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

Monday, 20 December
Late Advent Weekday
08:00 am — RUSSELL WEIST
by his wife, Jean

Tuesday, 21 December
St. Peter Canisius, priest, doctor (OptMem)
07:00 pm — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Wednesday, 22 December
Late Advent Weekday
08:00 am — LEO and JANE (Wood) CHIARETTI
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Thursday, 23 December
St. John Kanty, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — MARGARET COYLE
by Jim and Cindy and family

Friday, 24 December
Late Advent Weekday
08:00 am — NED H. LANG
by Frank and Rose Popeck
Vigil of Christmas
05:30 pm — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Saturday, 25 December
Christmas: The Birth of the Lord Jesus
12:00 mid — FRANCIS and PAULINE (Fritz) CONNOLLY
by their son, Edward
11:30 am — KEVIN A. DEMPSEY
by Ray and Rose Ann Wayne

Sunday, 26 December
Holy Family Sunday
11:30 am — ANTHONY, MARY and JUNE ANN ROWLAND
by Eileen Rowland

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1926 DECEMBER 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
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

Monday, 20 December
Late Advent Weekday
07:00 pm — SPECIAL INTENTION
by Anonymous

Tuesday, 21 December
St. Peter Canisius, priest, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH H. McDONALD
by Anne and Eleanor McDonald and Mary Alice Kennedy

Wednesday, 22 December
Late Advent Weekday
07:00 pm — ELEANOR MARCONI
by Eleanor Gursky

Thursday, 23 December
St. John of Kanty, priest (OptMem)
07:00 pm — MARGARET KONAS CHASE
by Peter and Violet Smolock

Friday, 24 December
Vigil of Christmas
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by his sister, Samantha
09:00 pm — DECEASED: CONNELL and KARVOIS FAMILIES
by the Connell family

Saturday, 25 December
Christmas: The Birth of the Lord Jesus
08:30 am — JOSEPH V. KRICK
by his wife, Carole
06:00 pm — JAMES L. KENNEDY
by Mary Catherine Krynak Williams

Sunday, 26 December
Holy Family Sunday
08:30 am — JOSEPH PALKO and JOANNE PALKO BACH
by Patti Feeley Garland

stjos/stvdp: 12.19.2010 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
11 / 12 DECEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,417.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $62.00 from the second collection (plate); $70.00 from the Dues envelopes; $171.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $307.00 from the Immaculate Conception envelopes; $65.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $67.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,159.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $97.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,159.00) 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 $1,087.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $791.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $29.00 from the second collection (plate); $45.00 from the Dues envelopes; $155.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $403.00 from the Immaculate Conception envelopes; $80.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $34.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,537.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $144.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,537.00) 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 $774.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 22 December
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

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Thursday, 23 December
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 24 December
11:00 am to 01:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

 EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 22 December
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

stjos/stvdp: 12.19.2010 - 02


MASS SCHEDULE
CHRISTMAS
and
HOLY FAMILY SUNDAY

Christmas, the Birthday of the Lord, is a HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION. The obligation to attend Christmas Mass (either on Christmas Day or on Christmas Eve) is a serious obligation. It must not be neglected or omitted. It would be a mortal sin deliberately and without grave reason to absent oneself from Christmas Mass.
The fact that Christmas Day falls on a Saturday this year — combined with the fact that Saturday is followed by Sunday (a common enough occurrence in our hemisphere) — makes our lives as Catholics just a tad more demanding than usual. We shall be obliged to go to Mass two days in a row: once for Christmas and once for Sunday!

(Oh pain! Oh anguish! Is there no end to the demands that are put upon me?
Has e’er human flesh suffered as I am called upon to suffer?)

Attending any one of the following six Masses fulfills one’s obligation for Christmas

Friday, 24 December
Vigil of Christmas

• 04:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
• 05:30 pm — St. Joseph Church
• 09:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church

Saturday, 25 December
Christmas Day

• 12:00 midnight — St. Joseph Church
• 08:30 am — St. Vincent dePaul Church
11:30 am — St. Joseph Church

Attending any one of the following three Masses fulfills one’s obligation for Sunday

Saturday, 25 December
• 06:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church

Sunday, 26 December
Holy Family Sunday

• 08:30 am — St. Vincent dePaul Church
• 11:30 am — St. Joseph Church

stjos/stvdp: 12.19.2010 - 03


MARY JEAN BOTELLA,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Tuesday, 14 December.
Born on 15 August 1926, she was 84 years old.
Mary is a daughter of the late James Botella and Christine (Spaniel) Drosey Botella.
(Christine’s first marriage was to Victor Drosey, who died at the age of 34. Her second marriage was to James Botella. She had five children by Mr. Drosey and six children by Mr. Botella.)
Mary was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 24 October 1926 by Fr. Edward H. Allen.
Her ten brothers and sisters are: Salvatore Drosey (deceased); Frances Drosey Marrogelle (deceased); Joseph Drosey (deceased); Victor Drosey (deceased); Louis Drosey; William Botella; Margaret Botella Ennis; Thomas Botella (deceased); James Botella; Thomas Botella.
(Two of Mary’s brothers are named “Thomas Botella”. One died in early childhood. The other is living.)
Mary has a son: Raymond J. Botella.
She has two grandchildren: Shannon R. Botella George and Bryan P. Botella.
She has three great-grandchildren: Aaron George; Micah George; Maura George.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Saturday, 18 December, at 11:00 am. There was a viewing on Friday evening at the McDonald Funeral Home. The interment took place in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Mary had great devotion to the Holy Mother. She was known to pray the Rosary every day and even several times a day. Such tender devotion to the Mother of God is a sign of predestination to glory.
Eternal rest grant unto Mary, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
TRIDENTINE MASS
Just a reminder: The 11:30 am Mass on Sunday, 26 December, at St. Joseph Church will be celebrated “according to the extraordinary form”.
If you have never attended a Tridentine Mass, we suggest that you attend one and see how the Mass was celebrated prior to 1965.
Many Catholics --- including many young Catholics --- say that they prefer the Tridentine form.
It has become our custom, after the Tridentine Mass, to invite people over to St. Joseph Rectory, for some breakfast and socializing.

 MARANATHA

We have printed this word in the bulletin the past few weeks.
Do you know what it means?
It appears in the last chapter of the Book of Revelation.
It means “The Lord is coming” (MARANA THA.). It can also mean “Come, Lord! (MARA NATHA!)
It is an Aramaic word. Aramaic was the common language spoken by Jesus and his contemporaries

stjos/stvdp: 12.19.2010 - 04


WAY TO GO, KATHLEEN!

A 56-year-old woman armed with a crowbar destroyed a controversial art exhibit that showed Jesus Christ engaged in a sex act. “The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals” by Stanford University’s Enrique Chagoya had been the subject of a week’s worth of protests at the Loveland Museum / Gallery near Denver before Kathleen Folden arrived from Montana, wearing a T-shirt bearing the slogan “Tough As Nails”.
Using a crowbar, she broke the plexiglass protecting the image and tore up the blasphemous artwork. Art dealer Mark Michaels told Denver’s 9News that he heard her screaming,
“How can you desecrate my Lord?” as she broke into the case.
“By the time I got there she had reached in and grabbed the print and was ripping it up, so I pulled her away from the print and put her in the corner and then the police came.”
The art museum and Chagoya both deny that his work was obscene or pornographic. Further, they deny charges that the artwork depicted Jesus in a sex act, despite the fact that Christ, dressed as a woman, had a man on him — in a compromising position — with the word “orgasm” written on the wall behind the two.

from the December issue of New Oxford Review

My comment: You have my profound respect and gratitude, dear Kathleen, valiant woman and warrior! Sometimes letter writing and picketing are inadequate to the grievance. You made your point extraordinarily well! You will be considered “extreme” by the effete, but so were two great heroines of the Bible: JUDITH when she cut off the head of Holofernes and JAEL when she drove a tent peg into the head of Sisera. And, come to think of it, is it not the HOLY VIRGIN MARY herself who will crush the head of the Dragon? And did not Jesus say something about the Kingdom of Heaven suffering violence and about the violent bearing it away?
What we need are more valiant women!

 CCD
There will be CCD classes tonight (19 Dec) as usual.
Then there will be a break.
No CCD on 26 December or on 02 January.
CCD resumes on 09 January.
YOUR OPINION, PLEASE!
I am thinking about moving the 05:30 pm Mass (Saturday at St. Joseph’s) from the church to the chapel in order to save on heating oil.
I don’t want to do this unless I run it by the parishioners first, especially those who usually attend that Mass.
So, let’s put it this way: If you are in favor of doing this (or if you have no opinion one way or the other), there is no need to call. If you are not in favor of doing this, please give me a call or, better yet, send me an email.

stjos/stvdp: 12.19.2010 - 05


GABRIEL PAUL GALLAGHER and WILLIAM MICHAEL GALLAGHER,
twin sons (firstborn children) of Drs. Joseph S. and Lisa M. (Whitney) Gallagher, will be baptized today (Sunday, 19 Dec) in St. Joseph Church.
These boys are being baptized here in Girardville with the permission of the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Cincinnati OH.
(Lisa is a Schuylkill County girl and wanted her sons to have the advantage of being baptized with genuine Schuylkill County water.)
We are grateful to God for the gift of these two beautiful boys.
Today, by the power of the Holy Spirit, something wonderful will happen to these two lads.
The original sin will be removed from their souls. They will no longer be in a state of alienation from God --- an alienation brought about by the fall of the first parents and magnified by all the sins of the human race since then.
But, above and beyond that, they will undergo what is known as “an ontological change”.
They will be elevated to the status of SONS OF GOD!
The implications of this status are mind-boggling.
They will be invested in the Holy Trinity. Like the Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, they will be recipients of the Holy Spirit, Who is the Gift of the Father to the Son.
May these little boys be a joy to their parents and grandparents and all the members of the Gallagher and the Whitney families. May they persevere in the Faith and enter one day into the fullness of eternal life.

MARCH FOR LIFE!

The annual March for Life in Washington DC will be held on Monday, 24 January.
As we have done in the past, our parishes will be running a bus from Girardville to Washington.
If you are willing to participate in this March, please call our bus captain, Susan Thye at (570) 385-5924.
Details will be printed in upcoming bulletins.
Please do not let price deter you from signing up.
We will give a break in the price to anyone who cannot afford to go.
Please consider taking part in this greatest of all moral crusades.
There is nothing more important than human life.

tjos/stvdp: 12.19.2010 - 06


TRIVIA YOU ALWAYS WONDERED ABOUT!

“Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
'Lollipop' is the longest word typed with only the right hand.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our noses and ears never stop growing.
The sentence: 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog' uses every letter of the alphabet.
The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
There are only four words in the English language which end in 'dous': tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: 'abstemious' and 'facetious.'
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years.
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
If the population of China walked past you, eight abreast, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
Leonardo DaVinci invented the scissors.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
The cruise liner, QE 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
There are more chickens in the world than there are human beings.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
Women blink nearly twice as often as men.

tjos/stvdp: 12.19.2010 - 07


DO ASK! DO TELL! PLEASE!

The Congress is considering changing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the US Military. The following letter is relevant to that proposal. The writer is the top Catholic spokesman in the US Military.

June 1, 2010
In a response to a request from the Chiefs of Chaplains of the Armed Forces I communicated some considerations and concerns regarding the proposal to change the existing legislation regarding persons with a homosexual orientation in the military. In fulfilling my role as the chief shepherd of Catholics in the United States Armed Forces, I have had the opportunity of visiting many installations in the recent past. A number of chaplains and commanding officers have expressed concerns about the effects of a change. There is a request for guidance.
The teaching of the Catholic Church is clearly expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,140 tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."141 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
Consequently, those with a homosexual orientation can expect respect and treatment worthy of their human dignity. The prohibitions regarding sexual harassment and intimidation refer just as much to homosexuals as to anyone else. However, unions between individuals of the same gender resembling marriage will not be accepted or blessed by Catholic chaplains. Furthermore no restrictions or limitations on the teaching of Catholic morality can be accepted. First Amendment rights regarding the free exercise of religion must be respected.
This means that Catholic chaplains must show compassion for persons with a homosexual orientation, but can never condone—even silently—homosexual behavior. A change might have a negative effect on the role of the chaplain not only in the pulpit, but also in the classroom, in the barracks, and in the office.
A more fundamental question, however, should be raised. What exactly is the meaning of a change? No one can deny that persons with a homosexual orientation are already in the military. Does the proposed change authorize these individuals to engage in activities considered immoral not only by the Catholic Church, but also by many other religious groups? Will there be changes in the living conditions, especially in the AOR?
There is no doubt that morality and the corresponding good moral decisions have an effect on unit cohesion and the overall morale of the troops and effectiveness of the mission. This Archdiocese exists to serve those who serve and it assists them by advocating moral behavior. The military must find ways to promote that behavior and develop strong prohibitions against any immoral activity that would jeopardize morale, good morals, unit cohesion and every other factor that weakens the mission. So also must a firm effort be made to avoid any injustices that may inadvertently develop because individuals or groups are put in living situations that are an affront to good common sense.
I think that those questions require an adequate response. The effect of a repeal of the current legislation has the potential of being enormous and overwhelming. Nothing should be changed until there is certainty that morale will not suffer. Sacrificing the moral beliefs of individuals or their living conditions to respond to merely political considerations is neither just nor prudent especially for the armed forces at a time of war. Catholics believe that nothing will be done if there is a careful and prudent evaluation of the effects of a change.
For years, those struggling with alcoholism have benefitted from Alcoholics Anonymous. Like homosexuality, there is rarely a cure. There is a control through a process, which is guarded by absolute secrecy. It is an equivalent to “Don’t ask don’t tell”. The process has worked well for some time without the charge that it is discriminatory.
The Archdiocese for the Military Services—the only jurisdiction charged with the pastoral care of all Catholics in the military, VA Administration, and at the service of the Federal Government outside of the boundaries of the United States, which is also charged with endorsing Roman Catholic priests urges the Congress not to repeal the current policy for the Armed Forces.

The Most Reverend Timothy Broglio
Archbishop for the Military Services USA
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"In my many years I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress." John Adams

tjos/stvdp: 12.19.2010 - 08


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