MASS SCHEDULE: 14 FEBRUARY21 FEBRUARY 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 13 February
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

Monday, 15 February
Weekday
08:00 am — JAMES M. KENNEDY
by Charles Barry

Wednesday, 17 February
Ash Wednesday
08:00 am — MICHAEL J. CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Friday, 19 February
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on MARIA T. GONTIS
by her parents

Saturday, 20 February
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on JIM ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JAMES and GENEVIEVE FARRELL
by their family

Sunday, 21 February
1st Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — JAMES M. KENNEDY
by Raymond and Logan Wayne

 MASS SCHEDULE: 14 FEBRUARY21 FEBRUARY 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

 
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

Tuesday, 16 February
Weekday
08:00 am — ZDENEK ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva

Wednesday, 17 February
Ash Wednesday
07:00 pm — IN THANKSGIVING for successful surgery
by Jean

Thursday, 18 February
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — ANNA KUPCHINSKY KLEPCHICK
by her niece, Barbara

Saturday, 20 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Uncle Kelly, Aunt Sharon and cousins Kelly, Mitchell and Tara

Sunday, 21 February
1st Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — WILLIAM CANAVAN
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
06 / 07 FEBRUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,689.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $182.00 from the second collection (plate); $466.00 from the Dues envelopes; $50.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $682.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $91.00 from the loose. Total: $3,160.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $15.00 for Catholic Relief Services
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($3,160.00) 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 $2,067.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $836.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $40.00 from the second collection (plate); $290.00 from the Dues envelopes; $35.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $444.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $68.00 from the loose. Total: $1,713.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $9.00 for Catholic Relief Services
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,713.00) 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 $1,110.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 16 February
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Wednesday, 17 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 18 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 19 February
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 16 February
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

Friday, 19 February
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 3:40 pm)

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 STATIONS
OF
THE
CROSS

in the Ville of Girard
during the Season of Lent
with Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
07:00 pm
Friday, 19 February: St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 21 February: St. Vincent dePaul Church
Friday, 26 February: St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 28 February: St. Vincent dePaul Church
Friday, 05 March: St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 07 March: St. Vincent dePaul Church
Friday, 12 March: St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 14 March: St. Vincent dePaul Church
Friday, 19 March: St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 21 March: St. Vincent dePaul Church
Friday, 26 March: St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 28 March: St. Vincent dePaul Church

Stations of the Cross schedule for
the
Holy Name Society of Schuylkill County

07:00 pm
Sunday, 21 February: St. Joseph Church, Frackville
Sunday, 28 February: St. Richard Church, Barnesville
Sunday, 07 March: St. Casimir Church, Shenandoah
Sunday, 14 March: St Patrick Church, Pottsville
Sunday, 21 March: Holy Cross Church, New Philadelphia
Sunday, 28 March: St. Vincent dePaul Church, Girardville

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 IMPOSITION OF BLESSED ASHES
“Remember, man, that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return!”
ASH WEDNESDAY
17
February
Four
opportunities for receiving ashes

During the 08:00 am Mass at St. Joseph Chapel ?
10:00 am at St. Vincent dePaul Church (no Mass) ?
12:00 noon at St. Joseph Chapel (no Mass) ?
During the 07:00 pm Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church ?

The ideal context within which to receive the blessed ashes is the celebration of Mass but, recognizing that not everyone might be able to attend Mass on Ash Wednesday, we have scheduled two opportunities outside of Mass.

 GIRARDVILLE CRIME WATCH
Monthly meeting: Wednesday, 17 February, at 07:00 pm in the Borough Hall.
New members welcome.


The weed of crime bears bitter fruit!
The Shadow knows!
And so does Kateri!

Kateri endorses the Girardville Crime Watch!
LENTEN FOOD SALES: Every Friday during Lent (except Good Friday) at St. Matthew the Evangelist Parish Center, 120 Oak Street, Minersville. Eat in or take out between 12:00 noon and 04:00 pm. Menu includes bleenies, pierogi, haluskie, meatless soups and homemade desserts. To place large orders, call 544-5485 between 09:00 and 11:00 am Fridays only.

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JOSEPH ANTHONY CRESS Sr.
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Monday, 08 February.
Born on 26 June 1932, he was 77 years old.
He is one of the six children of the late Peter and Marie (Winters) Cress.
He was baptized the same day he was born, viz. 26 June 1932, by the attending physician, Dr. Buckley (no first name given). Apparently, little Joseph was in periculo mortis when he was born. Thanks be to God, he survived! On 10 July 1932, Fr. William A. Irwin “supplied the ceremonies” in St. Joseph Church.
Joseph has two brothers and three sisters: James Cress (deceased); Elizabeth Cress (deceased); Charles Cress; Marie Cress McCabe; Roseann Cress Wayne.
On 19 June 1954, he married Elizabeth C. Banning in St. Joseph Church, in the presence of Fr. Joseph F. Lanshe.
Joseph and Elizabeth are the parents of twelve children: James J. Cress (deceased); Elizabeth A. Cress Johnston; David A. Cress; Leo C. Cress; John P. Cress (deceased); Daniel J. Cress; Joseph A. Cress Jr.; Kathleen M. Cress Toth; Thomas E. Cress; Brian J. Cress; Robert J. Cress; Ann R. Cress Soucheck.
They have twenty-five grandchildren: Ann S. Johnston Gross; Michael Maurer; Brendan T. Johnston; Bobby Jo Cress Shutt; Catherine C. Cress; James Cress; Daniel J. Cress; David Cress; Samantha Cress; Zachary D. Cress; Christopher Weikel; Theresa Cress; Dalton Cress; Jared M. Cress; Shawn Cress; Ashley M. Cress; Michele Cress; Anthony J. Cress; Amanda L. Crouse; Michael P. Soucheck; Joseph Crouse; Matthew J. Soucheck; Tara A. Cress; Caleb J. Cress; Charles L. Cress.
They have eight great-grandchildren: Robert H. Gross; Heather Maurer; Michela Maurer; Matthew J. Cress; Dana E. Cress; Cadence Shutt; Konstance Shutt; Cameron Cress.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Monday, 15 February, at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing on Sunday from 06:00 to 09:00 pm at the McDonald Funeral Home.
The interment will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery, Fountain Springs.

Eternal rest grant unto Joseph, 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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I see the Walk for Life on the Catholic religious channel. They’re down in Washington protesting and all this crazy stuff. One priest is saying about political ideas for 2010 how they should campaign. I thought church and politics should be separate. If Catholics want to be in politics, why don’t they elect the Pope? They should have to vote for one. They should keep their mouths shut and pray to God that people will make the right decision. They’re making themselves look like fools.

Pottsville

THIS NUGGET OF UNWISDOM appeared in the 08 February THUNDER / ENLIGHTNING feature of the Pottsville Republican.
(What would we do and where would we be without T / E? Life would be so dull!)
What can we say in reply?
Here is “Pottsville’s” main point: He thinks that “church and politics should be separate”.
It is amazing how often we hear people say those words (or words quite similar). It is a cliché that has embedded itself in the brains of a great many persons. I want to refute that heresy and say, flat out and to the point: THE CATHOLIC CHURCH CANNOT, SHOULD NOT, MUST NOT AND WILL NOT SEPARATE HERSELF FROM POLITICS. SHE NEVER HAS, DOES NOT NOW AND NEVER WILL.
If anyone wants a religion that separates itself from politics, I suggest that he or she join the Amish branch of the Mennonite community or else the Seventh Day Adventists or the Branch Davidians or, better yet, the Jehovah’s Witnesses. All of these heretical communities see Christianity as a refuge from the wicked world. They view “the world” as an entity handed over to Satan and ultimately irrelevant to “the community of the saved” also known as “the elect” or “the saints”.
We Catholics see the world as the battleground between God and Satan. We Catholics want to join Jesus in the great task of winning the world back from Satan in order to restore it to God the Father. We Catholics see ourselves as the leaven that is kneaded into the loaf, as the salt that is meant to savor the earth, as the lamp that is to be placed on the lamp stand, not hidden under the bushel basket.
We Catholics do indeed endorse the principle of “separation of Church and State”. By doing so, we are supporting the principle that the State must not try to suppress nor control the Church. At the same time, we support the principle that the Church must not subvert the lawful authority of the State.
But the Church has every right to work within lawful parameters in order to influence the State to respect the dignity of human life, to enact and enforce just laws and to repeal unjust laws.
What does “Pottsville” think about the Abolitionist movement of the 19th century, which was, by and large, a movement of devout Protestants? Does “Pottsville” think that the Church should have shut its mouth about the enslavement of our African-American brothers and sisters? Does “Pottsville” think that Bishop von Galen and Cardinal Faulhaber should have shut their mouths when the German government was pushing Jews into boxcars in order to take them to the gas chambers?
Why did yours truly and about 300,000 other persons go to Washington DC on 22 January 2010? We did so in order to lobby for the sovereignty of God and for the lives of unborn children.
We do NOT intend, despite the suggestion given by “Pottsville”, to keep our mouths shut.
We will shut our mouths only when: (a) we are dead or (b) when abortion is no longer legal in the United States of America — whichever comes first. If “Pottsville” thinks we are making ourselves look like fools, so be it. Come to think of it, “fools” is precisely what we are, fools for Christ.

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JAMES PATRICK BRENNAN,
a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Mechanicsburg PA, and a former member of Holy Rosary Parish, Mahanoy Plane, died on Wednesday, 03 February.
Born on 21 February 1940, he was 69 years old.
James is the son of the late Patrick and Mary O. (Barry) Brennan.
He has a sister: Ellen Brennan Budraitis.
He was baptized in Holy Rosary Church, Mahanoy Plane, on 10 March 1940 by Fr. John Dunion.
On 07 July 1967, he married Mary Anne Sobocinski in Holy Spirit Church, New Castle, Delaware, in the presence of Fr. C. P. Lemon.
The Mass of Christian Burial for James was celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Saturday, 13 February, preceded by a viewing at the McDonald Funeral Home.
The interment took place in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Englewood (Frackville).

Eternal rest grant unto James, 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.

MICHAEL ULCESKI, a Sophomore Criminal Justice major at Penn State University, Schuylkill campus, has been named to the Dean’s list for the Fall semester. He is the son of Kathy Ulceski and Mike Kandratavich. Michael is a member of St. Joseph Parish. He attended Immaculate Heart Elementary School and Cardinal Brennan High School.
WE BECOME WHAT WE LAUGH AT!
Many years ago, when I was a seminarian, I was told a story (true story) about an elderly priest who forgot to remove his biretta when he went out into the sanctuary to say Mass. He kept it on for the entire Mass, apparently oblivious to the fact that it was on his head! The seminarian who told me the story said that he was sitting in the pew at the time and was wondering if the biretta would fall off when the priest bent over to consecrate the bread and wine. But it didn’t! I remember laughing out loud at the thought of the old priest saying the entire Mass with a biretta on his head. A spectacle to behold!
This past Sunday (07 Feb), yours truly walked up the aisle with my biretta on my head. When I got to the point of genuflecting before walking up the steps, it occurred to me to remove my biretta but it seemed to me that I had forgotten to put it on. So (obviously) I did not remove it. I got to the altar, reverenced it and, while continuing to sing the entrance hymn, leaned over to Nicholas, the altar boy on my left, and said to him: “Nick, I forgot my biretta. Go into the sacristy and get it for me.” Nick looked mildly confused. Then he said to me, “Father, it’s on your head!” And do you know what? It was! That was kind of humiliating. It was then that I realized that “the mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine”. God was getting even with me for having laughed at an old priest when I was a callow youth. Moral of the story: He who laughs at old people when he is young will himself get old and will provide young people with opportunities to laugh at him!
MANY THANKS TO THE PERSONS who cleared the snow from the parish properties. You can be certain that we are most grateful to you! May God reward you for your kindness!

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OUR LENTEN OBLIGATION

Church law considers every Friday and the season of Lent as penitential days and times. The practice of penance is a part of our faith and Christian life. When we do penance, we imitate Jesus, who Himself recommended it as necessary to His followers, and gave them the example of His prayer and fasting.
The Lenten obligation, as determined for Catholics in the United States by our bishops, requires that fasting be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The law of abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.

Who must fast?
All Catholics who are between the ages of 18 and 59. The obligation ceases when one begins his/her 60th year — i.e. on his / her 59th birthday.

Who must abstain?
All Catholics who are 14 years and older.

What does fasting mean?
The observance of fasting means that those obliged may take only one full meal on the day of fast. Two lighter meals (not equal to another full meal) may be taken to maintain strength according to one’s needs.

What does abstinence mean?
The law of abstinence forbids the eating of meat, including poultry. Voluntary abstinence refers to refraining from lawful pleasures in a spirit of penance.

Can anyone be dispensed or excused from fast and/or abstinence?
Individuals for a just cause may be dispensed by their pastor or by a priest with the faculty to do so. In our Diocese all priests may dispense individuals who are committed to their pastoral care. Those who are ill or have a similar serious reason are excused from the observance of fast and abstinence. Catholics are reminded that they should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation.

Are there other obligations which we should fulfill?
Catholics are obliged to fulfill what has been called their “Easter Duty.” They are required to receive Holy Communion during the Easter time. In the United States this obligation can be fulfilled from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (February 21 until May 30, 2010). Those conscious of serious sin are reminded of the obligation to confess their sins at least once a year during this time.
Catholics also are encouraged to make Lent a time of more intense prayer and to practice almsgiving and other works of charity. Parishes are encouraged to continue participation in Operation Rice Bowl.

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