MASS SCHEDULE: 07 FEBRUARY14 FEBRUARY 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 06 February
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — HAROLD BURNS
by Bob and Mary Burns and family

Sunday, 07 February
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JUNE ANN ROWLAND PELLEGRINO
(2nd anniversary)
by Eileen Rowland

Monday, 08 February
St. Jerome Emiliani, priest;
St. Josephine Bakhita, virgin (OptMems)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on DAMIEN ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva

Wednesday, 10 February
St. Scholastica, virgin (OblMem)
08:00 am — HELEN SMALANSKY MADENFORT
by George, Barbara, Ann, Eleanor and Marcy

Friday, 12 February
Weekday
08:00 am — ELEANOR M. MARCONI
by Dominick Amato

Saturday, 13 February
Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on EMILY ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — HELEN SWEENEY CANAVAN
by George, Bob and Ida Mae Canavan

Sunday, 14 February
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOAN GOWNLEY O’CONNOR
by Jonas Smith and Maryann Smith

 MASS SCHEDULE: 07 FEBRUARY14 FEBRUARY 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

 
Saturday, 06 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — RICHARD M. PETUSKY
by Michael Gary Yesalavage

Sunday, 07 February
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: WHYTENA FAMILY
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Tuesday, 09 February
Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her parents

Thursday, 11 February
Our Lady of Lourdes (OptMem)
07:00 pm — LIVING and DECEASED: JIMMY R. STEPHEN FAMILY
by Brian Michael Purcell

Saturday, 13 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — CHARLES KETUSKY
by the James Connell family

Sunday, 14 February
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
30 / 31 JANUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,030.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $51.00 from the second collection (plate); $98.00 from the Dues envelopes; $67.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $49.00 from the loose. Total: $1,295.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $222.00 for Catholic Relief Services; $100.00 for Haitian Earthquake Relief
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,295.00) 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 $202.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $910.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $55.00 from the Dues envelopes; $40.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $58.00 from the loose. Total: $1,063.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $273.00 for Catholic Relief Services; $25.00 for Haitian Earthquake Relief
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,063.00) 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 $360.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 10 February
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 11 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 12 February
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 10 February
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

Friday, 12 February
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 7:40 pm)

99% of the secret to success in life is: JUST SHOWING UP! Don’t worry about what you will say or do once you show up. Just show up! The Lord will take it from there. He knows how to put His clients at ease once they show up. But they have to show up!! Do you catch my drift? Am I making any sense here? So, why not just show up at Exposition? Come when you can and leave when you must!

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DEBATE ON ABORTION
There will be a debate next week on the topic of abortion. It will be carried (live) at 08:30 pm on Tuesday, 09 February, on BCTV (Berks County TV), whose studios are located in Reading. The two participants will be the Reverend Manfred Bahmann, pastor of St. Joseph Lutheran Church, Allentown and the Reverend Edward B. Connolly. Pastor Bahmann will defend the PRO-CHOICE side and Father Connolly, the PRO-LIFE side.
More information is available from the website: www.bctv.org
If I am not mistaken, one can access the program via the website if the station is not available via one’s local cable provider.
Note: I do not anticipate that this will be a debate in the formal sense. It is my understanding that it will be more of a Q & A session, with a moderator to keep time.
THANK YOU TO THE PEOPLE WHO CAME AROUND ON SATURDAY (06 FEB) in order to shovel the wet, white stuff from the sidewalks and plow the lot.
I won’t mention your names, but you know who you are and so do I and, most important, so does God!

PLEASE DO NOT RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION IF YOU MISSED MASS ON A SUNDAY OR A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION AND IT WAS YOUR OWN FAULT UNLESS YOU GO TO CONFESSION FIRST!

When would it NOT be “your own fault”.
There are various and sundry possibilities.
Here are a few:
You were sick.
The weather made it just plain impossible (or dangerous) for you to venture out of the house.
You had to take care of a sick person or an elderly person and could not risk leaving him or her alone.
You just plain forgot that it was Sunday (or a Holyday).
You are an astronaut and found yourself orbiting one of the moons of Neptune and you are quite certain there is no Catholic church on that particular moon (or on any nearby celestial body).
You were doing time in a prison that does not offer you the opportunity for going to Mass and the Warden was unsympathetic to your request to be let out in order to go to Mass at the local parish.
You work undercover for the CIA and are assigned to Tora Bora to look for Osama Bin Laden and you are afraid that if you ask some stranger to direct you to the nearest Catholic church, that stranger just might be looking for an opportunity to chop off the head of an infidel.

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Hey, Orwigsburg, Obama does not support abortion. He supports a woman’s right to choose, which is a part of God’s free will given to all. You are not thinking like a Christian. You are thinking like a Republican.

Hegins

I believe the Catholic Church is more interested in your wallet than in your soul. I was a Catholic for 50 years and finally realized this.

Pottsville

 THESE TWO NUGGETS OF WISDOM appeared in the Thunder / Enlightning column of the 01 February edition of the Pottsville Republican. So, let’s process them!
In reply to the caller from Hegins
Jesus, the Son of God, did not come down from Heaven and die upon the Cross in order to give us free will. We received our faculty of free will when God created us. Free will is a given. It has been part of human nature since Adam and Eve.
Let me tell you WHY Jesus came down from Heaven and died upon the Cross: He did so in order to save us from the misuse of our free will.
Whenever we sin, we misuse our free will. Abortion is a misuse of one’s free will.
Sin is using our free will in order to choose something that is against God’s Will.
That is why we keep saying — over and over and over again: Choice (free will) is not the issue! Abortion is the issue!
Why is that so hard to understand?
When a person tells me that he is “pro-choice”, that doesn’t tell me anything that is not already obvious.
Of course you’re pro-choice! So am I pro-choice! “Pro-choice” means (or should mean) nothing more than that you’re in favor of the fact that you have a free will. So am I in favor of the fact that I have a free will! So is everybody I know! Long live free will! Long live choice!
What we’re not in favor of is exercising that free will in order to choose to kill another human being!!
Obama
DOES support abortion. This is a fact, not an opinion.

In reply to the caller from Pottsville
I have been a Catholic for 72 years and I do not believe that the Catholic Church is more interested in my wallet than in my soul.
What evidence can you present to justify your contention?
No one is charged any admission price in order to attend Mass or any other Church service.
No one is charged any money as a condition for receiving Baptism or Holy Communion or Confirmation or Penance or Matrimony or Holy Orders or Anointing of the Sick.
No one is charged any money as a condition in order to receive palm on Palm Sunday or ashes on Ash Wednesday or the blessing of the throat on St. Blaise Day.
No one is charged any money as a condition for the priest going to the funeral parlor to pray for a deceased parishioner or as a condition for the priest celebrating a funeral Mass for him.
No one is charged any money as a condition in order to receive counseling from the parish priest.
No one is dismissed from membership in the parish because he doesn’t contribute any money in the collection basket or to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
What are you talking about?

stjos/stvdp: 02.06.2010 - 04


WE SHARE THE MAIL
Fr. Connolly:
Just wondering: Can a Catholic cheer for the Colts to win over the Saints in Sunday’s Super Bowl? Or should we cheer for the Saints when they come marching in on Sunday evening?

Anonymous

Dear Anonymous:
I have always been suspicious of people who call themselves “Saints”. That seems just a tad presumptuous to me. It makes me think of the Pharisee who went up to the Temple to pray. So, with that in mind, I think I’m on safe theological ground when I say that I don’t think a Catholic has any obligation to cheer for the New Orleans Saints when they come marching in on Sunday evening. As for me, I’ll be rooting for the Colts. You are, of course, free to do as you wish in this regard. However, if you choose to root for the Saints, prepare to be disappointed!

EBC

Dear Father:
I know you are familiar with the Mother Theresa quote, because I saw it first in your bulletin. Perhaps you’re also familiar with the quote from Pope John Paul II that appears lower in this e-mail.
I got it off of the Catholic Answers website,
www.catholic.com.

Jim

When Mother Teresa of Calcutta was asked by Fr. Rutler, "What do you think is the worst problem in the world today?" without pausing a second she gave the reply: "Wherever I go in the whole world, the thing that makes me the saddest is watching people receive Communion in the hand." She stated that to her knowledge, all of her Sisters receive Communion only on the tongue.
During his visit to Fulda (Germany) in November 1980, His Holiness Pope John Paul II, responding to a reporter from Stimme des Glaubens magazine, said the following: "There is an Apostolic Letter on the existence of a special valid permission for this [Communion in the hand]. But I tell you that I am not in favor of this practice, nor do I recommend it."
I thought I would share these quotes with you, inasmuch as I have shared them with my family. I myself believe this manner of receiving the Eucharist shows the reverence of the faithful.

Dear Jim:
Many thanks for sending me this.
I do remember reading what Pope John Paul II said about “Communion in the hand”. As I recall, I included that quote in a bulletin many years ago, when I was in Pottsville. I’m glad you reminded me of it, so that I can include it in this bulletin.
Just this past Friday (05 February), I celebrated Mass for the Trinity Academy children (and a few adults) at Annunciation BVM Church, Shenandoah. I asked the children (and adults) to allow me to give them Holy Communion on the tongue instead of on the hand. All of them cooperated admirably.
A few of the children were familiar with this manner of receiving Communion. I’m sure some were not.
A number of years ago, whenever I celebrated Mass for the children of All Saints School, I did the same. Later on, two little boys (about 9 or 10) asked me, “Father Connolly, how come you give us Communion on the tongue instead of the hand?” I said, “Because I think that’s a better way to do it.” One of the boys, entirely unprompted by me, said, “You know something, Father? When you do that, it makes it seem holier!” I thought to myself: Out of the mouths of babes!
The defense rests!

EBC

stjos/stvdp: 02.06.2010 - 05


ME AND BUNCO
I had heard the word “Bunco” before but, if you had asked me what “Bunco” is, I would have drawn a blank. Now, I know. I have been Bunco-ized — courtesy of the women of the Holy Rosary Society. I went to the HRS meeting after the 07:00 pm Mass. After the closing prayer, the women invited me to hang around for Bunco. I agreed to do so and now I know what Bunco is. You get a partner (my partner was Nancy Kennedy) and you compete against two others by rolling dice. Not just two dice, but three dice. It was fun. Nancy and I won and, so, we got to choose our prizes from a prize table. I looked over the prizes and selected a bathroom deodorizer. In addition, I got a bag of Hershey miniatures. I went back to the Rectory, set up the deodorizer in the first-floor bathroom, took my bag of Hershey miniatures upstairs and proceeded to eat half a bag before my guardian angel said to me, “Edward, don’t you have any shame? It’s bad enough that you were rolling dice and now you’re eating chocolate like there’s no tomorrow! Close that bag and save some for later!” So, I did! Ah, yes! Guilty pleasures! Rolling dice and scarfing chocolate! Where will it all end?

WHILE ON THE SUBJECT OF CHOCOLATE
I must say that it’s been a particularly good week! In addition to the Hershey miniatures mentioned above, I also received a Hershey bar from the children of Trinity Academy. This happened this past Tuesday when Bishop Barres visited Trinity. The local priests were present to greet him and to participate with him in a prayer service. The Bishop was given various and sundry tokens of appreciation by the children. Each of the priests was given a stole (very nice!) handmade by Sister Theresa Duffy, plus a large Hershey bar. I took the stole and put it with my vestments in the sacristy and I took the Hershey bar and ate it. It was delicious! I’m really glad to be a priest. Not much money, but lots of candy. What a sweetheart deal! I’m well aware that Lent is just around the corner (17 Feb). While the bridegroom is still with us, we eat chocolate. The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away. Then we shall eat celery!

VOCATION CRISIS OVER!
Bishop Barres visited all the classrooms at Trinity Academy on Tuesday, 02 February. On Wednesday, 03 February, I went to Trinity in order to bless the throats of the 3rd and 4th graders. Other priests took care of the other grades. After completing this task, I asked Sister Mary Ann if I might see Mrs. O’Connor, the 2nd grade teacher, for just a minute. Sister took me to her classroom. After our brief conversation, Mrs. O’Connor invited me to say a few words to the children. So, I did. They were doing a math lesson at the time. Mrs. O’Connor told me that the Bishop had spoken to the children about vocations to the priesthood and religious life. So I asked the boys in the classroom if any of them were going to be Priests. I tell you no lie when I tell you that ALL TEN OF THE BOYS IN THE 2nd GRADE STOOD UP AND SAID THAT THEY WANT TO BE PRIESTS! So, I asked the girls if any of them would like to be Nuns. SEVEN OF THE NINE GIRLS PRESENT STOOD UP AND SAID THEY WANT TO BE NUNS! One girl then told me that there is another girl in 2nd grade who wants to be a Nun, but she wasn’t in school today because she was sick. So, we can add her to the total. Another girl (the one who stayed seated) raised her hand to tell me that she doesn’t want to be a Nun. Instead, she wants to be a Sister. Okay!
So, we shall see how this all turns out.
It’s probably too soon but I’m starting to worry that, twenty years from now, we won’t have any couples to marry or babies to baptize. We’ll have plenty of priests to do the weddings and to baptize the babies and plenty of Sisters to staff the schools and to do all the other things that Sisters do, but no customers! Of course we could always dedicate our efforts towards converting the heathen! I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. God will show us what to do with our surplus priests and nuns.

 stjos/stvdp: 02.06.2010 - 06


CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
KIDS B-I-N-G-O

When: Friday, 12 February
Doors Open at 5:00 PM
First Game begins at 6:00 PM
Where: Trinity Academy
233 W. Cherry St
Shenandoah, PA
Price: One packet $3.00
Two packets $5.00
* Ten Bingo Games with Cash Prizes
* Raffle Prizes between Games
* Food available

Please Note
All kids up to Grade 3 must be accompanied by an adult.
The public is invited to visit our school and join us for a fun event!

 THE ANNUAL ST. VINCENT dePAUL PARISH
CHINESE AUCTION

REMEMBER THE DATE!
SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARY
ST. VINCENT dePAUL PARISH HALL
DOORS OPEN AT 12:00 NOON
AUCTION BEGINS AT 02:00 PM
SPONSORED BY THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
EVERYBODY’S WHO ANYBODY WILL BE THERE!
ALL SORTS OF PRIZES, BIG AND SMALL!
DELICIOUS FOOD AND DRINK!
ALL PARISHIONERS ARE ASKED TO PURCHASE
A $15.00 PACKAGE, WHICH INCLUDES ADMISSION AND CHANCES AND OTHER SUCH THINGS!
CALL THE RECTORY IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION!

JOHN R. (“Tooter”) MARTZ is the gentleman who died on Monday, 01 February, as the result of a fall while working on the demolition of the former St. George Church in Shenandoah. Bishop Barres announced this sad event to the people assembled in the Cardinal Brennan Field House this past Monday afternoon. He then led us in prayer for the soul of Mr. Martz. We join in extending to the family of Mr. Martz our profound sorrow for their loss and our assurance of prayers.

Eternal rest grant unto John, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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BASKETS WITH THE BISHOP
Cardinal Brennan Field House
Monday, 01 February 2010
Rear: Bishop Barres and Father Connolly
Front: Carly Gregas, Maura McDonald, Leanna Gregas,
Dana Gregas, Darin Gregas, Alexa Murray

A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!

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