MASS SCHEDULE: 28 MARCH - 04 APRIL 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 27 March
Vigil of Palm Sunday
05:30 pm - EDWARD and KATHRYN CUFF
by Kay Ellen Kuchinsky

Sunday, 28 March
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
11:30 am - RAYMOND D. REINOEHL (anniversary of birth)
by his nieces and nephews

Monday, 29 March
Monday of Holy Week
08:00 am - God's Blessings on LYNN SVONAVEC
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Tuesday, 30 March
Tuesday of Holy Week
07:00 pm - ROSE ELAINE STANZIOLA JAMBETER
by the Richards family

Wednesday, 31 March
Wednesday of Holy Week
08:00 am - No Mass scheduled today at StJos

Thursday, 01 April
Holy Thursday
05:00 pm - Msgr. JOHN A. AUCHTER
by EBC

Friday, 02 April
Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
Celebration of Mass is prohibited on Good Friday

Saturday, 03 April
Holy Saturday / Vigil of Easter
08:00 pm - THOMAS GOWER Sr.
by his family

Sunday, 04 April
Easter Sunday: Resurrection of the Lord
11:30 am - STEPHEN DYSZEL Jr.
by his mother, his wife and his family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 28 MARCH - 04 APRIL 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 27 March
Vigil of Palm Sunday
04:00 pm - HARRY LUSCAVAGE
by John and Barbara Petrousky and family

Sunday, 28 March
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
08:30 am - ANTHONY Sr., ANTHONY Jr., ALBERT and GEORGE WALACONIS
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Monday, 29 March
Monday of Holy Week
07:00 pm - MARY BARTASAVAGE GRIFFITHS
by Michael Boycheck

Tuesday, 30 March
Tuesday of Holy Week
08:00 am - God's Blessings on JUDITH GONTIS.
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Wednesday, 31 March
Wednesday of Holy Week
07:00 pm - DECEASED MEMBERS: GRASSO and FESCO FAMILIES
by Bob and Mary Burns and family

Thursday, 01 April
Holy Thursday
07:30 pm - DECEASED: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 02 April
Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
Celebration of Mass is prohibited on Good Friday

Saturday, 03 April
Holy Saturday / Vigil of Easter
10:30 pm - DECEASED: STANCAVAGE and YENKALIS FAMILIES
by Peter and Violet Smolock

Sunday, 04 April
Easter Sunday: Resurrection of the Lord
08:30 am - BERNARD McANDREW and KAREN McANDREW WEYMAN
by Ann McAndrew and family

stjos/stvdp: 03.27.2010 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
27 / 28 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,350.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $52.00 from the second collection (plate); $35.00 from the Dues envelopes; $35.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $63.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $264.00 from the loose. Total: $1,799.00
Included in these totals is the money from the collection taken up at the 10:00 am AOH Mass on Saturday morning.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $198.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,799.00) 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 $706.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $786.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $68.00 from the second collection (plate); $40.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $57.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $116.00 from the loose. Total: $1,067.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $156.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,067.00) 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 $364.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Sunday, 28 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Tuesday, 30 March
03:30 to 04:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Wednesday, 31 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 01 April
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
St. Joseph Chapel

Friday, 02 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Saturday, 03 April
11:00 am to 12:00 noon
St. Vincent dePaul Church

If you are without sin and have no need to go to Confession, you might want to consider an alternate activity, viz. standing outside the church in order to throw stones at the sinners who do go to Confession. This sounds like fun. However, before you do this, we suggest that you check with the local police department as to whether or not throwing stones at sinners is legally permissible in Girardville.
We assume no legal liability just in case you run afoul of the law.

 EXPOSITION / ADORATION
OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Not scheduled this week.

stjos/stvdp: 03.27.2010 - 02


SACRED TRIDUUM: SCHEDULE
Note: "Triduum" means "three days". "Sacred Triduum" refers to Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday

HOLY THURSDAY, 01 APRIL

Church law does not permit the celebration of Mass on the morning of Holy Thursday, except for the Chrism Mass in the Cathedral. However, in the Diocese of Allentown this year, the Chrism Mass has been transferred to Wednesday.
There will be two Masses in Girardville on Holy Thursday.
05:00 pm - St. Joseph Church
07:30 pm - St. Vincent dePaul Church

GOOD FRIDAY, 02 APRIL

Church law does not permit the celebration of Mass at all on Good Friday. Instead, there is the Liturgy of the Passion and Death of the Lord. This liturgy will be celebrated twice in Girardville on Good Friday.
02:00 pm - St. Joseph Church
07:00 pm - St. Vincent dePaul Church

HOLY SATURDAY, 03 APRIL

Church law does not permit the celebration of Mass during the day on Holy Saturday. The earliest that Mass may be celebrated is 08:00 pm. This is the Easter Vigil Mass. The Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated twice in Girardville.
08:00 pm - St. Joseph Church
10:30 pm - St. Vincent dePaul Church
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The Masses on EASTER SUNDAY, 04 APRIL, will follow the usual Sunday schedule:
08:30 am - St. Vincent dePaul Church
11:30 am - St. Joseph Church.

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ADDITIONAL NOTES
IN
REGARD TO THE HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, 31 MARCH

There will not be the usual 08:00 am Mass in St. Joseph Chapel.
Reason: Frs. Brennan and Connolly need to go to the Cathedral for the Chrism Mass. However, there will be a Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church at 07:00 pm on Wednesday, as is our Lenten custom.

SATURDAY, 03 APRIL

We shall be available to bless your baskets of Easter food at St. Vincent dePaul Church at 10:30 am.
Cautionary note: Watch out for Kateri when you bring the food to church. She considers any food brought onto the premises to be her property and will eat it, whether blessed or unblessed - in addition to which, she is very sneaky.

stjos/stvdp: 03.27.2010- 03


THE WISDOM OF THE LANGUAGE
The word BAD is one of the most basic and fundamental words in the English language. If we grew up in an English-speaking household, we probably learned to say good and bad shortly after we learned to say Mommy, Daddy, and water.
Me be good boy or Me no be bad boy were probably two of the first sentences we were able to string together. When we were sitting in our high chairs, throwing our nursing bottles on the floor to see if we could hit the cat, our mothers admonished us, saying, No! That's bad! Don't throw your bottle at the cat! Don't be a bad boy! Be a good boy!
Eventually, if not immediately, we got the point! At least, most of us did! Good to be good boy! Not good to be bad boy! (On the other hand, to be perfectly honest about it, sometimes more fun to be bad boy!)
Now, let's get intellectual for a minute! Have you ever wondered where the word BAD comes from?
If not, don't worry about it! Apparently, you have never been bitten by the etymology bug. ("Etymology" is the study of the origin of words.) However, if you find word origins even mildly fascinating, you might be interested in the origin of the word BAD.
It comes from the Middle English word BADDE (pronounced bad-duh). BADDE comes from the Old English word BAEDDEL (pronounced bad-dul). The interesting thing is that BAEDDEL did not mean what we mean when we say BAD. Do you know what it means?
Here is the definition of BAEDDEL: a person of both genders, a hermaphrodite.
There is a spin-off word from BAEDDEL. That word is BAEDLING. The Oxford English Dictionary defines BAEDLING as effeminate fellow, womanish man. It started as a simple descriptive term and evolved into a general, multi-purpose term denoting anything that was not good, anything disordered or unsatisfactory or contrary to the way things should be.
And now we have the word GAY. If you are a kid in public school these days and you want to say that something is unsatisfactory or not good or doesn't make the grade or doesn't meet the standard, you might be tempted to say, Oh, that is so gay! However, if the Language Polizei hear you say this, they are likely to send you to the Principal to get your knuckles rapped or to the School Counselor to get your head shrunk or to the FBI to get your fingers inked. You might be charged with "hate speech" because, by using "gay" to mean "not good", you insulted our homosexual brethren and implied that homosexuality is "not good" in comparison to heterosexuality.
The truth, of course, is that homosexuality is an intrinsically disordered condition. Who says so? The Catholic Church says so! That's who says so! There are a few other righteous dudes who say so too! The Catholic Church is not totally alone in this, although sometimes it seems that way.
So, dear friend, if it ever happens to you that you are heard using the word "gay" to mean "not good" and if you are penalized for it, be of good cheer! You were simply following the example of your English-speaking ancestors. You are an heir to the Wisdom of the English Language, into which has been incorporated a goodly portion of the Wisdom of the Ancients.
And do you know what? The Language Polizei will never succeed in their quest to convince people that homosexuality is equal to heterosexuality. They will huff and they will puff and they will try to blow our house down, but they won't succeed. People are just not that stupid. (Well, to tell you the truth, there are a few people who are that stupid, but most people are not!) We can be chided and scolded, hassled and marginalized, water-boarded and toe-tickled, fined and imprisoned. We can be told that we had better wake up and smell the coffee and accept homosexuality into the mainstream of society. We can be told that we had better shape up, or else we'll be shipped out, etc., etc., etc.. But it won't work, because - deep, deep down - we all know better. What do we know? We know that homosexuality is an intrinsically disordered condition.
We wish no harm on any homosexuals. We do no harm to any homosexuals. At the same time, we resist all efforts to convince us that homosexuality is an acceptable life style. We pray for all who are afflicted with homosexuality.
Spread the news, dear brothers and sisters: Homosexuality is so gay!
In addition to which, homosexuality is badde!
P.S. - Did you know that this bulletin article could land the pastor in jail if he were living in Canada?
The way things are going, it is possible that, without ever leaving Pennsylvania, we might all be living in Canada pretty soon.

stjos/stvdp: 03.27.2010 - 04


WE SHARE THE MAIL
The following is an email exchange between a friend of mine and me. I think it is relevant to the general interest.

Dear Father,
What do you think is driving this resurgence in media interest in priest pederasty?
It almost looks like someone or (something?) is gunning for The Holy Father. This all seemed to come out of nowhere.
Meanwhile, the sexual abuse of school children by teachers is given little attention.
I have been having what we usually would call a "creepy feeling" lately that The Holy Father is in danger.
XXXX

Dear XXXX:
My gut response as to who (or what) it is that is driving the media to move against Benedict is simply to meditate on the following:
Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is my associate, says the Lord of hosts. Strike the shepherd that the sheep may be dispersed, and I will turn my hand against the little ones. (Zechariah 13, 7)
Jesus then said to them, "Tonight your faith in me will be shaken, for Scripture has it: 'I will strike the shepherd and the sheep of the flock will be dispersed.'" (Matthew 26, 31)
Yes, I hear the whisperings of many: "Terror on every side! Denounce! Let us denounce him!" All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine. "Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail, and take our vengeance on him." But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph. In their failure they will be put to utter shame, to lasting, unforgettable confusion. (Jeremiah 20, 10-11)
I am grateful for the honor of belonging to a community that is the object of the hatred of the media. I am proud to identify myself with our Holy Father Benedict, just as I was proud to identify myself with all of the other Popes of my lifetime: Pius XI, Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II - all of whom were signs of contradiction to the world. We remember what the world did to the first Pope - crucified him upside down. The New York Times (et al) would love to do the same to Benedict. Who knows? Maybe it will! But, eventually, the New York Times (et al) will be put to utter shame, to lasting, unforgettable confusion.
Long live the Pope!

EBC

stjos/stvdp: 03.27.2010 - 05


WE EXTEND TO THE PARENTS, DAUGHTERS, SISTERS, GRANDPARENTS AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS of the late Michael and Robin (Prentice) Miller our heartfelt compassion on the unbearable tragedy that has come into their lives. We share their grief and pain. May our compassionate Lord and Savior Jesus Christ grant mercy and salvation to Michael and to Robin. May the members of their families not lose faith in God, nor surrender to despair. We have prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceased and for the strength of their families.
Michael's body was interred today (Saturday) in our parish cemetery (St. Joseph's) in Fountain Springs.
Robin's body was interred yesterday (Friday) in Pomfret Manor Cemetery, Sunbury.

Eternal rest grant unto Michael and Robin, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

PRESIDENT OBAMA ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER that restricts the use of federal funds for abortion under Senate Bill #3590, which was passed (219 to 212) last Sunday (21 March) by the House of Representatives. He did so reluctantly and only because he needed to make a compromise with Bart Stupak in order to swing the vote his way. (I wish Mr. Stupak had held fast! I don't know why he did not.) I was interested in reading the text of the executive order. I found it on line and read it. I think I understand it, but I suspect there are some subtleties that escape me.
If you want to check it out, you can find it at:
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2010/03/full-text-of-president-obamas-executive-order-on-abortion/1
All things considered and trying to put on a happy face and to find something for which to be grateful, I guess I can say that the pro-life guys were able to salvage at least something good from the passage of this extremely troublesome piece of legislation.
The problem with an executive order (as opposed to a piece of legislation) is that it can be revoked and / or modified unilaterally by the current president or by his successors and, of course, the "rape, incest and life of the mother" exceptions provide an opening for "abortion on demand" paid for by the public. It all depends on how broadly these exceptions are applied by the various courts.
This bill makes life in the womb even more perilous than it currently is.
FOOTNOTE: At the Holy Thursday Masses, we need twelve men (at each Mass) who will be willing to come forward to have their feet washed.
Please don't be bashful. If you are a man and if you have feet, you are eligible. So, when Fr. Connolly puts out the call for men to come forward, please do so.
In the words of Winston Churchill: England expects every man to do his duty!

 stjos/stvdp: 03.27.2010 - 06


 DIVINE MERCY
NOVENA
and FEASTDAY
2010 Schedule
St
. Vincent dePaul Church

GOOD FRIDAY, 02 APRIL: Day One of Novena
12:00 noon - Chaplet and Prayers
HOLY SATURDAY, 03 APRIL: Day Two of Novena
12:00 noon - Chaplet and Prayers
EASTER SUNDAY, 04 APRIL: Day Three of Novena
07:00 pm - Exposition, Chaplet, Prayers, Benediction
EASTER MONDAY, 05 APRIL: Day Four of Novena
03:00 pm - Exposition, Chaplet, Prayers, Benediction
EASTER TUESDAY, 06 APRIL: Day Five of Novena
03:00 pm - Exposition, Chaplet, Prayers, Benediction
EASTER WEDNESDAY, 07 APRIL: Day Six of Novena
03:00 pm - Exposition, Chaplet, Prayers, Benediction
EASTER THURSDAY, 08 APRIL: Day Seven of Novena
03:00 pm - Exposition, Chaplet, Prayers, Benediction
EASTER FRIDAY, 09 APRIL: Day Eight of Novena
03:00 pm - Exposition, Chaplet, Prayers, Benediction
EASTER SATURDAY, 10 APRIL: Day Nine of Novena
07:00 pm - Exposition, Chaplet, Prayers, Benediction

2nd SUNDAY of EASTER, 11 APRIL:
Feast of the Divine Mercy
03:00 pm - Exposition, Chaplet, Prayers
Exposition continues with opportunity for individual prayer
07:00 pm - Chaplet, Procession, Benediction

Note: Last year, we held these devotions in St. Joseph Church
This year, we will hold them in St. Vincent dePaul Church.

stjos/stvdp: 03.27.2010 - 07


 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
with
Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
Sunday, 28 March
07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

This is our final Stations of the Cross for the year. We will be hosting the Schuylkill County Holy Name Society. We encourage everyone in the parishes to attend this exquisite devotion. We invite everyone to go to the parish hall afterwards in order to partake of some refreshments.
We are grateful to the Holy Rosary Society for providing them!

THERE ARE SOME CATHOLICS WHO SHOW UP FOR MASS ON EASTER SUNDAY and, although we are happy to see them, we wonder where they were on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. It seems to me (although the comparison leaves something to be desired) that they are like the people who don't care for funeral parlors, churches or cemeteries, but do enjoy lunch. So, when a friend or relative dies, they skip the viewing, the Mass and the interment and head directly for the restaurant or catering hall for the lunch.
Well, I guess we should be happy they came to the lunch. There is a lot to be said for lunch. But I kind of think that we "pay" for our post-funeral lunches by showing up for at least one (preferably all) of the gatherings that precede lunch, viz. the viewing, the Mass and the interment.
So, do you see what I'm getting at?
I think every Catholic should go to Mass on Holy Thursday and I think every Catholic should attend the Divine Liturgy on Good Friday, in addition, of course, to attending Mass on Easter Sunday or the Vigil.
Let us shed a tear or two for the Lord crucified before we sing "Alleluia" for the Lord risen.

                      stjos/stvdp: 03.27.2010 - 08                      

        

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