MASS SCHEDULE: 21 FEBRUARY28 FEBRUARY 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 20 February
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

Monday, 22 February
The Chair of St. Peter, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — KATHERINE OLER PICCIONI
by Robert and Karen Dallago

Tuesday, 23 February
St. Polycarp, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
07:00 pm — HAROLD BURNS
by Donald and Courtney Wolfe

Wednesday, 24 February
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — ROBERT and ANNA SCULLY
by the family

Thursday, 25 February
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — MARIE COYLE
by Kay Ellen Kupchinsky

Friday, 26 February
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on EBC
by Jim and Eva and family

Saturday, 27 February
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — SAM and PAULINE BLANCO
by the Malafarina and Blanco families

Sunday, 28 February
2nd Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — WALTER BRENNAN
by his daughter, Joan Brennan McCarthy

 MASS SCHEDULE: 21 FEBRUARY28 FEBRUARY 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

 
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

Monday, 22 February
The Chair of St. Peter, apostle (Fst)
07:00 pm — MARY R. KERRIGAN
by Gerald and Alice Smith

Tuesday, 23 February
St. Polycarp, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — DECEASED: SMOLOCK and GUGGIE FAMILIES
by Peter and Violet Smolock

Wednesday, 24 February
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — ELEANOR M. MARCONI
by Ron and Mary Luscavage

Thursday, 25 February
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — MARY KUPCHINSKY SMALANSKY
by James and Virginia Doran

Friday, 26 February
Lenten Weekday
05:00 pm — ELEANOR DOUGHERTY
by Michael and Margaret Yesalavage and family

Saturday, 27 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Uncle Brian, Aunt Karen, Brittany and Brianna

Sunday, 28 February
2nd Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — GLORIA TINARI CHIARETTI
by Mike and Theresa

stjos/stvdp: 02.21.2010 - 01


 

COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
13 / 14 FEBRUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $839.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $61.00 from the second collection (plate); $67.00 from the Dues envelopes; $277.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $76.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $113.00 from the loose. Total: $1,433.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes:
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,433.00) 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 $340.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $887.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $35.00 from the Dues envelopes; $287.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $70.00 from the loose. Total: $1,304.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes:
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,304.00) 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 $601.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Sunday, 21 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Wednesday, 24 February
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 25 February
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Friday, 26 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 24 February
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

Thursday, 25 February
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 3:40 pm)

Come when you can and leave when you must.

stjos/stvdp: 02.21.2010 - 02


SPECIAL ADDED OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU
TO
PARTICIPATE IN WEEKDAY MASS DURING LENT

Due to the kindness of Father Brennan, we are able to offer five additional opportunities for weekday Mass during this Lenten season.
We are maintaining the regular schedule of weekday Masses and are adding five more. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the following will be the schedule of weekday Masses from 22 February to 31 March.
The Mass times noted in BOLD PRINT are the additions to the schedule and will usually (perhaps not always) be offered by Fr. Brennan.

Monday
08:00 am at St. Joseph Chapel
07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Tuesday

08:00 am at St. Vincent dePaul Church
07:00 pm at St. Joseph Chapel
Wednesday

08:00 am at St. Joseph Chapel
07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Thursday
08:00 am at St. Joseph Chapel

07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
(06:30 pm on the first Thursday of the month)
Friday
08:00 am at St. Joseph Chapel
05:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Saturday

08:00 am at St. Joseph Chapel

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Including Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
07:00 pm
Sunday, 21 February, at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Friday, 26 February, at St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 28 February, at St. Vincent dePaul Church

stjos/stvdp: 02.21.2010- 03


ABORTION DEBATE
In the 07 Feb bulletin, there was an item mentioning that I would be participating in a debate that would be televised live on Berks Community Television (BCTV) on 09 February.
My distinguished opponent in this debate (not a debate in the formal sense, actually more of a discussion) was the Reverend Manfred Bahmann, pastor of St. Joseph Lutheran (ELCA) Church in Allentown.
The BCTV signal does not go much beyond Berks County, as far as I know. So, I doubt that any of my friends in Schuylkill County were able to tune into it.
However, if you would like to see the debate in its entirety (28 minutes and 45 seconds), you can go to the following link and watch it.
By the way, yours truly was identified as being the pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville. No mention was made of St. Vincent dePaul Parish. This was not my doing. It was an oversight on the part of the moderator.
http://bctv.org/special_reports/community/vmix_a014f536-17f4-11df-9c7e-001cc4c002e0.html
If you are not a computer person but would like to see the debate, let me know and I will lend you a DVD (once I get around to burning one).

EAT, DRINK AND BE MURDERED!
An Irish Murder-Mystery Dinner Theatre

Date:        06 March 2010
Time:       Doors open at 06:15 pm
               Dinner at 07:00 pm
               Show at 07:30 pm
Place:      Groody’s Catering hall, 350 E. Centre Street, Ashland
Price:       $20.00 per person. Includes the show plus the roast beef
                dinner, dessert and beverage
Sponsor:   Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Girardville
Tickets:    Call (570) 590-0914 or (570) 590-1366

The faint of heart may be re-assured that no one will actually be murdered during this event, for which we say, “Thanks be to God!”

stjos/stvdp: 02.21.2010 - 04


IF YOU HAVE A COPY OF THE POTTSVILLE REPUBLICAN for Saturday, 20 February, you might have noticed the weekly magazine supplement inserted into the Saturday paper. It is called American Profile. On the cover of the magazine, you see a woman whose name is MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN. The feature article in the supplement is entitled A VOICE FOR CHILDREN. Underneath the name of the article are these words: Marian Wright Edelman has devoted her life to crusading for disadvantaged kids.
Please be aware of the fact that Marian Wright Edelman is the foundress of the Children’s Defense Fund — a subversive organization if ever there was one.
Please be aware of the fact that, for many years, Marian Wright Edelman has been a strong and vigorous advocate for abortion.
She is a close friend and mentor of Hilary Rodham Clinton. During the Clinton years in the White House, Edelman came to wield considerable influence on Clinton policy in regard to child and family issues.
The following statement by Randy Engel of the U.S. Coalition for Life sums up the moral character of the work of Marian Wright Edelman:

We believe that both Marian Wright Edelman and the Children's Defense Fund stand in direct contradiction to everything the Catholic Church holds and teaches on major family life issues including fornication, contraception, abortion, and family life policies.


One of the things of which we must be aware is this: Evil comes to us most often in the guise of that which is attractive and charming. It is hard to look at a photograph of a smiling 70-year-old woman who is the foundress of an organization with the benign name “Children’s Defense Fund”, and to believe that she is an agent of evil. But so it is.
For the sake of the timid, please note that I did not say that Marian Wright Edelman is evil or even subjectively guilty. We leave judgment of consciences to God. But we do speak and write clearly about what is objectively good and objectively evil.

PEOPLE ASK ME FROM TIME TO TIME: “So, what’s happening with the parishes?” By this they mean, “Do you know anything about whether St. Joseph Parish and / or St. Vincent dePaul Parish is / are going to be closed or consolidated or merged or whatever?”
I give more or less the same answer: “I haven’t heard anything. I’m waiting to hear and, you can be absolutely certain, if I learn anything, I’ll let you know. Just like you, I live from day to day!”
All I know now is this: Bishop Barres is preparing to make a decision. When he will make a decision, I do not know. I suspect that it will be sometime this year (but that’s only a suspicion, not a fact). When that decision will be put into effect, I have no idea!
Will both of our parishes remain open? In my heart, I hope so. In my head, based on recent historical precedent, it seems unlikely. If Pottsville is obliged to make do with two parishes (instead of four) and if St. Clair is obliged to make do with one parish (instead of five), I ask myself how likely it is that Girardville will be able to retain two parishes, that Ashland will be able to retain two parishes (three, when you count Gordon) and that Frackville will be able to retain three parishes? It seems likely that something will have to give. Let us hope for the best, but prepare ourselves for some pain.

stjos/stvdp: 02.21.2010 - 05


CHANGE IN CCD SCHEDULE DURING LENT
Between 21 Feb and 28 March, CCD will begin at 05:30 pm (instead of 06:00 pm) and will end at 06:45 pm (instead of 07:00 pm).
This will enable those who wish to do so to attend Stations of the Cross.
TRIDENTINE MASS NEXT SUNDAY
Just a reminder that the 11:30 am Mass next Sunday (28 Feb) will be celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form. Such is our custom on the last Sunday of each month.
RESIDENTS OF GIRARDVILLE WHO ARE IN NEED OF FOOD should make their need known (in confidence, of course) to Father Connolly. We receive, from time to time, donations of canned goods and other non-perishable items and we are happy to make these available to persons in need.
FOLLOWING UP ON THE ABOVE ITEM, we invite all of our parishioners to make donations of canned goods and other non-perishable food items to the parishes. In addition to food, other practical items are bathroom tissue and diapers. You can drop off your donations at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory or else leave them in the back of St. Joseph Church or St. Vincent dePaul Church. You may be certain that whatever you donate will be given to persons in need.
A MEMBER OF SAINT JOSEPH PARISH has offered to bake cookies and bread in order to sell. The proceeds from these sales will go towards the purchase of food for persons in need. Lisa Weidner is an experienced baker of breads and cookies. If anyone would like to order any cookies or bread from Mrs. Weidner, you may call her at (610) 562-9224.
I HAD BEEN THINKING OF TAKING UP ROLLER SKATING as an exercise. Once I felt confident, I was going to take my skates, sling them over my shoulder and walk down 2nd Street to the Pyramid at 2nd and Main. I thought I might ask Mr. Bilsky to teach me some of the fine points of roller skating. I have been told that Nathan was quite an impressive skater in his prime! Well, I guess I’ll have to put my roller-skating plans on hold!
By the way, did you know that, when St. Vincent dePaul Parish was just getting off the ground and didn’t yet have a proper church building, Mass was celebrated in that very building? The Pyramid was a theatre before it was a skating rink. Well, nothing in this life is permanent. I guess it was time for the Pyramid to come down. We commend the Borough Council for their plans to use the site for the construction of new housing.

 stjos/stvdp: 02.21.2010 - 06


DIARY OF AN UNBORN CHILD

19 September
Today my life began. My parents do not know it yet, but it is I already. And I am a girl! I shall have blond hair and blue eyes. Just about everything is settled though, even the fact that I shall love flowers.

03 October
Some say that I am not a real person yet, that only my mother exists. But I am a real person, just as a small crumb of bread is yet truly bread. My mother is. And I am.

07 October
My mouth is just beginning to open now. Just think, in a year or so I shall be laughing and later talking. I know what my first word will be: MAMA.

09 October
My heart began to beat today all by itself. From now on it shall gently beat for the rest of my life without ever stopping to rest! And after many years it will tire. It will stop, and then I shall die.

17 October
I am growing a bit every day. My arms and legs are beginning to take shape. But I have to wait a long time yet before those little legs will raise me to my mother's arms, before those little arms will be able to gather flowers and embrace my father.

27 October
Tiny fingers are beginning to form on my hands. Funny how small they are! I'll be able to stroke my mother's hair with them.

04 November
It wasn't until today that the doctor told Mom that I am living here under her heart. Oh, how happy she must be! Are you happy, Mom?

09 November
My Mom and Dad are probably thinking about a name for me. But they don't even know that I am a little girl. I want to be called Kathy. I am getting so big already.

24 November
My hair is growing. It is smooth and bright and shiny. I wonder what kind of hair Mom has?

27 November
I am just about able to see. It is dark around me. When mom brings me into the World it will be full of sunshine and flowers. But what I want more than anything is to see my mom. What do you look like, Mom?

08 December
I wonder if mom hears the whispering of my heart? Some children come into the World a little sick. But my heart is strong and healthy. It beats so evenly: tup-tup, tup-tup. You'll have a healthy little daughter, Mom!

12 December
Today my mother killed me.

stjos/stvdp: 02.21.2010 - 07


CHINESE AUCTION
Next Sunday!
28 February 2010
St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall
Doors open at 12:00 noon
Auction begins at 02:00 pm
Sponsored by the Holy Rosary Society of St. Vincent dePaul Parish
This is one event you will not want to miss!
It comes but once a year!
PRIZES OF ALL SORTS!
All of them are useful!
Some of them are stupendous!
Raffles!
Delicious food and drink!
A good time will be had by all!
Bring your grandmother! Bring your brother-in-law!
Bring your kids! Bring your neighbors! Bring yourself!

Everyone is invited and urged to show up today (21 Feb)
at 01:00 pm in order to set up.
Please make ticket returns and prize donations at this time!

                        stjos/stvdp: 02.21.2010 - 08                            


 

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