MASS SCHEDULE: 07 MARCH14 MARCH 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 06 March
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — PATSY BRENNEN HARRIS
by Jeanne

Sunday, 07 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — CONCETTA BECK CATIZONE
by Mickey Catizone and family

Monday, 08 March
St. John of God, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — MARY A. CLARKE (anniversary of birth)
by Thomas J. Clarke

Tuesday, 09 March
St. Frances of Rome, religious (OptMem)
07:00 pm — BERNADETTE D. GRADY
by Catholic Daughters of America, Court St. Cecilia

Wednesday, 10 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — T. NORMAN FLANNERY
by Anne McLaughlin Jacavage
Thursday, 11 March

Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — ELEANOR M. MARCONI
by Charles Harris

Friday, 12 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on SAMUEL J. GONTIS
by his parents

Saturday, 13 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — MATTHEW J. BRIEL
by his grandparents, George and Louise Canavan
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPH KLEEMAN III (41st anniversary of birth)
by his grandparents, Joe and Marian

Sunday, 14 March
4th Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — ANTHONY ROWLAND (45th anniversary)
by Eileen Rowland

 MASS SCHEDULE: 07 MARCH14 MARCH 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

 
Saturday, 06 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — DECEASED: RYAN and COONEY FAMILIES
by Elizabeth Ryan

Sunday, 07 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — MARY ELLEN KREVINAS
by Bob and Mary Burns and family

Monday, 08 March
St. John of God, religious (OptMem)
07:00 pm — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by George Scrobel

Tuesday, 09 March
St. Frances of Rome, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — DECEASED: CAVANAUGH and LUTE FAMILIES
by Peter and Violet Smolock

Wednesday, 10 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — ELEANOR DOUGHERTY
by John Karavage and Lisa Ann Karavage

Thursday, 11 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — JOSEPH MAX RIZZARDI
by the Rizzardi family

Friday, 12 March
Lenten Weekday
05:00 pm — HAROLD BURNS
by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kleeman Jr.

Saturday, 13 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — VERONICA CHIKOTAS HARFINIST
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 14 March
4th Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 03.07.2010 - 01


 

COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
27 / 28 FEBRUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes:$797.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $77.00 from the second collection (plate); $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $60.00 from the loose. Total: $944.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $212.50 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($944.00) 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 ($148.74) is available from this collection for operating the parish. Please note this is a DEFICIT!


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes:$871.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $50.00 from the second collection (plate); $10.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $55.00 from the loose. Total: $986.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $128.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($986.00) 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 $283.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

Tuesday, 09 March
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 11 March
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 12 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 09 March
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

Thursday, 11 March
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 3:40 pm)

Do you have a sour disposition? What about your husband or your daughter? How are their dispositions?
Kind of sour? Slightly sour? Very sour? Out of sorts? Sort of out of it? Maybe bitter? A tad grumpy? Kind of cranky?
Somewhat crabby? Annoyingly whiny? Unremittingly wretched? Downright mean? Just plain ornery?
Here is a proposition: Take the family to Exposition. Stay until Reposition, if that’s not too much of an imposition.
Exposition and Benediction can be a remedy for all manner of exasperation and malediction.

stjos/stvdp: 03.07.2010 - 02


IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST,
OUR LORD AND SAVIOR,
WHO WILL COME TO BE OUR JUDGE
:
Please let
SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER
SENATOR BOB CASEY

and
CONGRESSMAN TIM HOLDEN
know that we will not tolerate ABORTION FUNDING of any sort, whether direct or indirect, in any HEALTH CARE BILL that comes before them for a vote.
We dare not be quiet!
We dare not be hesitant!
We dare not wobble!

Even if we are not able (at least not yet) to achieve the reversal of Roe v Wade (thereby returning the legality of abortion to the judgments of the individual states), we can, at least, demand that the American taxpayer not be obliged to pay for the killing of unborn children. Only those who are deliberately blind to the facts or who are blindly loyal to the leadership of the Democratic Party (by which we mean, most of all, President Obama, Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi), can possibly deny that we are in the struggle of our lives. IT IS NEVER PERMITTED, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, TO UNDERTAKE THE DIRECT KILLING OF AN INNOCENT HUMAN PERSON. ANYONE WHO CLAIMS THAT THE UNBORN CHILD IS NOT AN INNOCENT HUMAN PERSON, DESERVING OF ALL THE PROTECTION OF THE LAW, IS A LIAR AND A KNAVE OR ELSE PROFOUNDLY STUPID! Please call, or fax or email the three gentlemen mentioned above. Be polite. Be firm. Be to the point. Please note: All three of these gentlemen are Democrats. Senator Specter is clearly pro-abortion. Senator Casey says that he is pro-life (but often needs to be reminded to act accordingly). Congressman Holden says that he is pro-life and (to his credit) usually acts accordingly.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION
Senator
Specter

Wilkes-Barre office phone: (570) 826 6265
or else use email contact form at http://specter.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=contact.contactform

Senator Casey
DC phone number: (202)-224-6324
DC fax number: (202)-228-0604
email contact form: http://casey.senate.gov/contact/

Congressman Holden
Schuylkill County Office phone: (570) 622-4212
Schuylkill County Office fax: (570) 628-2561
email contact form: http://holden.house.gov/contactform_zipcheck.shtml

stjos/stvdp: 03.07.2010- 03


TRINITY ACADEMY
OPEN HOUSE & REGISTRATION
Sunday, 21 March
09:00 am to 01:00 pm

Your Regional Catholic Elementary School features:
* Daily Spiritual Growth
* High Quality Academics
* Low Student to Teacher Ratio
* Variety of Family Fun Activities
* Tuition Aid Opportunities

Our Pre-School through Grade 8 classes proudly serve families in our local communities of Shenandoah, Ringtown, Lost Creek, Girardville, Ashland, Gordon, Frackville and Mahanoy City! Families of newly registered students are requested to present copies of your child’s baptismal certificate, birth certificate, immunization records and Social Security card.

For more information, call (570) 462-3927
or visit our school website at
www.trinitymatters.com
TRINITY ACADEMY: “WHERE FAITH & FAMILY MEET!!!”
VERY RECENTLY, I had a conversation with a young man (about 23 years old) who is moving towards becoming a Catholic. He told me that he had grown up in a non-religious home and that he had never been baptized. Apparently, one of the parents was in favor of having him baptized and the other parent was opposed. The latter “won the argument”!
Because it will be quite a few months (I think) before he is baptized, I suggested to him that he say something like this to God in his private prayer: “Dear God, due to circumstances beyond my control, I was never baptized. However, I do now desire to be baptized. Due to Church procedure, my baptism needs to be deferred until I am considered to be ready. Please know that I believe in You and that I put all my trust in Jesus, Your Son, and I am sorry for all my sins. Until the days come when I can be baptized by water, I ask You to consider me to be ‘baptized by desire’”.
I thought it was important for me to make this suggestion to the young man because (and this is my main point):
THERE IS NO POSSIBILITY OF SALVATION OUTSIDE OF JESUS CHRIST AND, CORRESPONDINGLY, THERE IS NO SALVATION OUTSIDE THE CHURCH.
This firm theological statement must, of course, be understood and interpreted according to the mind of the Catholic Church.

stjos/stvdp: 03.07.2010 - 04


 Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Girardville PA 17935

Rev. Edward B. Connolly, Pastor
Mailing address for both parishes: 260 N. 2nd Street, Girardville PA 17935-1338
Phone: 570.276.6033 / Fax: 570.276.6032 / Cell: 570.617.9107
E-mail: stjospar@verizon.net OR stvdppar@verizon.net
Website: http://www.stjospar.org

14 March 2010
Dear Parents and Guardians of CCD Children,
On Sunday, 28 March, the CCD classes will not gather in the Fr. Sheridan room. Rather, we will meet at St. Vincent dePaul church at 06:45 pm for Stations of the Cross, with Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Parents, grandparents and other family members are invited and encouraged to make this spiritual pilgrimage of prayer and of meditation on Christ's sufferings and death for us.
There will be refreshments afterwards in the St. Vincent church hall.
We are looking forward to seeing you all there for this sacred event.
In addition: Please note that there will be no CCD classes on Easter Sunday, 04 April
Classes will resume on Sunday 11 April, 06:00 to 07:30 pm, with the children meeting, as usual, in the Fr. Sheridan room.
I wish everyone a blessed Easter.

Sincerely,
Edward Wascavage
Edward M. Wascavage
Principal, St. Vincent dePaul Parish and St. Joseph Parish CCD

I HAD AN UNANTICIPATED OPPORTUNITY for conversation this past week with a man (not a priest, not an employee of the Diocese, not even a resident of the Diocese) who has professional expertise in the matter of construction. He told me that he was (and is) intimately acquainted with all of the ins and outs of the decision to demolish St. George Church in Shenandoah. He told me that, regardless of “what some people say”, it was unquestionably necessary that the building be demolished. It was a hazard. He said that it was a well-built church but that, during the past (approximately) fourteen years, the water damage was such that it would have been irresponsible NOT to demolish the building. To repair it would have taken an astronomical amount of money. I asked him why it could not have been “sold for a dollar” to some group that would have been interested in maintaining it. He told me that the Diocese could not risk the liability if there had been some death or injury resulting from the collapse of some part of the building. I said to him, “But would not the hypothetical group that would purchase the building be liable, not the Diocese?” He said (and he knows what he is talking about) that the Diocese, if it had transferred the building could not transfer the CONDITION of the building. (I never knew that!) He said that, if there had been an accident, the Diocese would have been liable even though it no longer owned the building! Principle: “follow the money”.
I was glad for this conversation. It reassured me that the Bishop was wise in ordering the demolition of St. George Church.
As a general principle, I believe in trusting the Bishop. He usually knows a lot more than I do and, even if he does not know a lot more than I do in some particular matter, he does have the grace of office.

stjos/stvdp: 03.07.2010 - 05


IN THE NEVER-ENDING STRUGGLE AGAINST THE LITURGICAL INSANITY that has afflicted the Holy Church since the 1960’s / 1970’s, we beg to acquaint our readers with the following letter that was sent to a certain priest way back in the year 2000. This certain priest had written to Rome to find out whether it was permitted to empty the holy water fonts in the church during the season of Lent and to substitute sand — just plain sand, not even holy sand (if there is any such thing, which I doubt very much.)
This priest who wrote the letter had no intention of putting sand into his own church’s holy water fonts, but he was aware that a neighboring parish church did substitute sand for holy water during Lent and it seemed to him that this was a nutty thing to do.
So, what do you do when you want to know for sure what’s permitted and what’s not permitted in liturgical matters? The answer, of course, is: WRITE TO ROME! That’s what Rome is for! To give authentic answers to urgent questions! To be more specific, one writes to the Congregation for Divine Worship, which is a department (dicastery) in the Vatican chock full of bright young monsignors and learned bishops and headed by a Cardinal who reports directly to the Pope.
What a wonderful thing it is to have a central authority! Jesus sure knew what He was doing when He made Peter the Head of the Church! This gives us Catholics an enormous advantage over those of our fellow Christians who — poor things! — are stuck with diocesan synods or, God help us, with parish liturgical committees. God so loved the world that He did not send a synod, much less a committee.
So, in case you enter some Catholic church during this Lenten season and go to dip your finger into the holy water font and come up with sand instead of water, you might want to nail this letter onto the front door of that church and then run like hell!

Dear Father:
The Congregation for Divine Worship has received your letter sent by fax in which you ask whether it is in accord with liturgical law to remove the Holy Water from the fonts for the duration of the season of Lent.
This Dicastery is able to respond that the removing of Holy Water from the fonts during the season of Lent is not permitted, in particular, for two reasons:
1. The liturgical legislation in force does not foresee this innovation, which in addition to being praeter legem (against the law) is contrary to a balanced understanding of the season of Lent, which though truly being a season of penance, is also a season rich in the symbolism of water and baptism, constantly evoked in liturgical texts.
2. The encouragement of the Church that the faithful avail themselves frequently of the sacraments and sacramentals is to be understood to apply also to the season of Lent. The "fast" and "abstinence" which the faithful embrace in this season does not extend to abstaining from the sacraments or sacramentals of the Church. The practice of the Church has been to empty the Holy Water fonts on the days of the Sacred Triduum in preparation for the blessing of the water at the Easter Vigil, and it corresponds to those days on which the Eucharist is not celebrated (i.e., Good Friday and Holy Saturday).
Hoping that this resolves the question and with every good wish and kind regard, I am,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Mons. Mario Marini
Undersecretary

 stjos/stvdp: 03.07.2010 - 06


ANNA MARIA RACIMAS,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Sunday, 28 February.
Born on 05 July 1918, she was 91 years old.
Anna Maria was baptized on 13 July 1918 at St. Vincent dePaul Church by Fr. Valaitis.
She is one of the four children of the late Joseph and Anna (Balonius) Racimas.
Anna Maria’s sister and her two brothers are deceased: Nellie Racimas; James Racimas; Leo Racimas.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Anna in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Friday, 05 March, at 11:00 am.
There was a viewing in the church for one hour prior to the Mass.
The interment will place in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Cemetery in Englewood (Frackville) on Thursday, 11 March.
Older members of the parish remember Anna as one of those who “worked hard for the church” in years gone by, when she had the health and the stamina to do so.
We give thanks to God for Anna’s long life and for her service to the parish.

Eternal rest grant unto Anna Maria, 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.

WE PRESUME YOU ALREADY KNOW,
BUT JUST IN CASE YOU DON’T:
THE SAINT VINCENT DEPAUL PARISH CHINESE AUCTION
SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARY,
IN THE PARISH HALL,
HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO TODAY:
SUNDAY, 07 MARCH
DOORS OPEN AT 12:00 NOON
AUCTION STARTS AT 02:00 PM
IT’S GOING TO BE ONE WHOPPING SUCCESS

stjos/stvdp: 03.07.2010 - 07


STATIONS OF THE CROSS
with
Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Sunday, 07 March
07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
*************************
Friday, 12 March
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church
*************************

Sunday, 14 March
07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

To those who might misunderstand: Please do not bring your helmets, chest pads and shin pads with you to Stations of the Cross. Perhaps you misunderstood. These are not Stations of Lacrosse. Sorry if you’re disappointed.

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