MASS SCHEDULE: 14 MARCH21 MARCH 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 13 March
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

Monday, 15 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on ROSEMARY ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Tuesday, 16 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — HAROLD BURNS
by M/M Vincent Gormas

Thursday, 18 March
St. Cyril of Jeruslaem, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — JONAS and JOHANNA (Smith) REARDON
by Maryann Smith

Friday, 19 March
St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on Bishop KEVIN C. RHOADES
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Saturday, 20 March
Lenten Weekday
10:00 am — DECEASED: ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS
by the AOH
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARY BOXER MALL (23rd anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Sunday, 21 March
5th Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — MICHAEL DRELLING
by Bernadine Chupasko

 MASS SCHEDULE: 14 MARCH21 MARCH 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

 
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

Monday, 15 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — JOSEPH KLEEMAN III
by Michael and Peggy Yesalavage

Tuesday, 16 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — ERIC HULSEBERG
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 17 March
St. Patrick, bishop (OptMem)
07:00 pm — STEPHEN and ANNIE KERRIGAN
by Jonas Smith

Thursday, 18 March
St. Cyril of Jeruslaem, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
07:00 pm — ELEANOR M. MARCONI
by Keith and Dawn Northey

Friday, 19 March
St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
05:00 pm — ELEANOR DOUGHERTY
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

Saturday, 20 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM J. PUCETAS
by his wife and his son

Sunday, 21 March
5th Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — DECEASED: FISHER FAMILY
by Jim and Georgann Connell

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
06 / 07 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,362.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $71.00 from the second collection (plate); $323.00 from the Dues envelopes; $247.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $35.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $40.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $73.00 from the loose. Total: $2,151.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $282.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($2,151.00) 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 $1,058.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,132.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $135.00 from the second collection (plate); $321.00 from the Dues envelopes; $448.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $20.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $66.00 from the loose. Total: $2,122.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $191.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($2,122.00) 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 $1,414.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Sunday, 14 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

Thursday, 18 March
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 19 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

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

Thursday, 18 March
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 3:40 pm)

DON’T JUST DO SOMETHING! SIT THERE!

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL NOT BE THE USUAL 8:00 am MASS in St. Joseph Chapel on Wednesday, 17 March. Reason: All of the priests of the Diocese are required to go to DeSales University (Center Valley) that day for a spiritual convocation, which runs from 10:00 am to 03:00 pm. Both Fathers Connolly and Brennan will be attending. However, there will be a 07:00 pm Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church on 17 March.
PLEASE NOTE ALSO THAT THERE WILL NOT BE THE USUAL 8:00 am MASS in St. Joseph Chapel on Saturday, 20 March. INSTEAD, THERE WILL BE A MASS AT 10:00 am IN ST. JOSEPH CHURCH. Reason: Such is our custom on the day of the St. Patrick Day Parade.
PARADE DAY BREAKFAST sponsored by St. Joseph Church will be held in the Parish Hall on Saturday, 20 March, from 07:00 to 11:00 am. Anyone willing to help or any student who needs service hours and wants to help, please sign up in the vestibule of the Church after Mass or call 570-874-3820 or 570-276-1607.
Any type of help is greatly appreciated. There will also be setup and cleanup during the week. Any questions call the numbers listed.
CHURCH CLEANERS WANTED! If you would be willing to donate some time and energy to the project of cleaning St. Joseph Church before Easter, please contact Wade O. Richards. Once Wade hears from a few volunteers, he can choose a date and a time for the cleaning.
WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE a donation to St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish from Tanya Truong in memory of Phyllis Coyle Cox.
PLEASE SAY A PRAYER for a gentleman who died on Friday, 12 March. Francis J. King is the father of Ellen T. King. Miss King is one of our CCD teachers
Eternal rest grant unto Francis, 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
.
BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH!
Just a reminder that tomorrow (15 March) is “the Ides of March”.
The ancient Romans had a peculiar way (peculiar to us, anyway!) of designating dates. They designated the 1st day of the month “the Kalends”, the 7th or 9th day of the month “the Nones” and the 13th or 15th day of the month “the Ides”.
In the year 44 BC, Julius Caesar was warned by the blind soothsayer that he should beware the 15th day of March. This warning was reinforced by his wife, who begged him to stay home that day. But he didn’t heed the soothsayer nor did he heed his wife. He went from his home to the Capitol on the Ides of March, got stabbed on the floor of the Senate by the conspirators, said, “Et tu, Brute?”, fell down on the floor and died. Morals of the story: #1 — Pay attention to soothsayers! #2 — If you have a wife, do what she tells you. There is something to be said for women’s intuition. #3 — Keep your friends close and your enemies closer and try to figure out which is which.

stjos/stvdp: 03.14.2010- 03


ANOTHER PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCT is on the market, brought to us from those bright young folks who work in Research and Development in The Laboratories of the Infernal Regions. It is marketed under the name NuvaRing. You have probably seen one of the commercials. The commercial I have seen features three very attractive, au courant young women, ages about 25 to 30, sitting in a living room in front of a TV set which just happens to be running a NuvaRing commercial. (How deucedly clever! A commercial within a commercial.)
One of the women is white, one is black and one appears to be Hispanic. (How endearingly multicultural!) They are obviously good friends and quite at ease with one another. One of them (the white lady) is already a user of NuvaRing. She blithely instructs the others on the advantages of using the product. All you have to do is insert it in the appropriate orifice and let it do its thing for three weeks, after which you remove it and insert another. No muss, no fuss, no bother, no babies!
NuvaRing is a chemical, not a barrier, contraceptive. If I understand it correctly, which I think I do, it works the same as “the pill”, by altering the normal hormonal patterns in the woman’s body, so as to prevent ovulation. Just in case ovulation has already occurred and conception has already taken place in the fallopian tube, NuvaRing releases a chemical that prompts an early-stage abortion.
Allow me to use the advent of this new method of artificial contraception to remind everyone that it is mortally sinful to use this product or any product like it for the purpose of preventing conception.
Artificial contraception is grievously immoral, whether it be by condom or diaphragm or pill or vaginal insert. It is not grievously immoral because the Catholic Church says that it is. The Catholic Church says that it is grievously immoral because it is! It’s a matter of Natural Law, which is God’s primary way of teaching us. The Church simply re-inforces the Natural Law teaching.
Q — But what if a person does not believe that it is morally wrong?
A — If a person does not believe that artificial contraception is morally wrong, that non-belief does not exempt him or her from guilt!
Q — Why doesn’t non-belief exempt a person from guilt? It seems to me that it should!
A — Because believing and not believing are CHOICES! We have to make a distinction between what we KNOW and what we CHOOSE. We are not always responsible for what we know. It is possible for a person to be ignorant (by which we mean “unaware”) of important facts. If this unawareness is “simple ignorance”, the person does not incur guilt. But non-belief is not the same as simple ignorance. Simple ignorance is not the result of a choice. Belief and non-belief are always choices and we are always responsible for our choices. Salvation takes place in the arena of the Will, which is the faculty whereby a person makes choices. Once a person KNOWS by the light of natural reason that artificial contraception is contrary to God’s Will or else at least KNOWS that the Catholic Church teaches that it is contrary to God’s Will, then it would be quite a stretch for a person to plead “ignorance of God’s Will”. It seems reasonable to infer that the vast majority of persons who practice artificial contraception are morally responsible for their choice.

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Q — Is the teaching of the Catholic Church in such matters binding on non-Catholics?
A — Yes, because it is a Natural Law teaching.
Q — Does that mean that non-Catholics (as well as Catholics) who use artificial contraception are disobeying the law of God?
A — Yes! How could it be otherwise?
Q — But what if a person is religious? What if a person goes to church and reads the Bible and volunteers to work in a soup kitchen and practices artificial contraception? Is such a person still committing grievous sin?
A — Yes! We can’t do trade-offs with God. We cannot say to God, “Listen up, God, I’ll promise to go to church every Sunday and read from the Bible twice a week and work in the soup kitchen once a week if You will be so kind as not to give me any grief when I practice artificial contraception.” What if we were to promise God all the things referred to above and ask Him to give us a pass on adultery or fornication or sodomy? Do you think He would make such a deal?
Q — But everybody I know (or almost everybody I know) is practicing artificial contraception! How could they possibly all be wrong? How could they possibly all be committing serious sin? The implications for their eternal salvation are frightening, if what you say is true!
A — “Enter through the narrow gate. The gate that leads to damnation is wide, the road is clear, and many choose to travel it. But how narrow is the gate that leads to life, how rough the road, and how few there are who find it.” — We need to draw the appropriate conclusions.
We need to pray for our friends and relatives who are practicing artificial contraception. We must intensely desire their salvation and must look for opportunities to let them know the good news, viz. that Christ’s yoke is easy and His burden light. If they are Catholics, we must encourage them to go to Confession and to make a firm purpose of amendment. If they are not Catholics, we must encourage them to become Catholics. Once we have surrendered our egos to Jesus Christ, the very thought of using artificial contraception becomes abhorrent.
Note: If you have ever practiced artificial contraception but no longer do so, please go to Confession and humbly confess it, even though you no longer practice artificial contraception. Note: Sins committed in the past must be confessed, even if these sins are no longer part of our present way of living. Sins from the past are not forgiven merely because we no longer commit them. (This is especially relevant to persons who are no longer of childbearing age but who, in their childbearing years, did practice artificial contraception.)
Note: If you are currently practicing artificial contraception, please go to Confession and humbly confess it and then, of course, throw away all contraceptive materials in your possession.
Note: I personally guarantee a respectful, non-judgmental and entirely courteous reception to anyone who tells me in Confession that he or she is or was guilty of practicing artificial contraception.

stjos/stvdp: 03.14.2010 - 05


VINCENT RAYMOND BERNOTAS,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Wednesday, 10 March.
Born on 27 June 1930, he was 79 years old.
Vincent is one of the twelve children of the late John and Anna (Subach) Bernotas.
He was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church on 03 August 1930 by Fr. Valanciunas.
His deceased brothers and sisters are: John Bernotas; Jerome Bernotas; Helen Bernotas Sauer; Veronica Bernotas Mindgok; Mary Bernotas Dittus; Jean Bernotas Borzok.
His surviving brothers and sisters are: Thomas Bernotas; Ralph Bernotas; Margaret Bernotas Borzok; Barbara Bernotas Ressler; Dorothy Bernotas Staudenmeier.
Vincent married Theresa Hiczan on 18 July 1953 at St. Casimir Church, Shenandoah, in the presence of Fr. Jaworowski.
Theresa died on 20 May 2000.
Seven children were born to Vincent and Theresa: Vincent P. Bernotas; Linda A. Bernotas Dundore; Donna M. Bernotas; Paul J. Bernotas; Mary P. Bernotas Ayello; Jean A. Bernotas Burns; Theresa Bernotas (deceased).
There are thirteen grandchildren: Janel Bernotas; Michael Whitaker (deceased); Christopher Whitaker; Tanya Sturm Harvey; Vincent E. Bernotas; Rachael Bernotas; Luke Whitaker; Kenneth Sturm Jr.; Nicole Bernotas; Paul John Bernotas; Aaron Bernotas; Michael D. Ayello; Lindsey A. Kerstetter.
There are three great-grandchildren: David Kufro; Taniesha Harvey; Braydon Harvey.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Vincent will be celebrated at St. Vincent dePaul Church on Monday, 15 March, at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing in the church for about one hour prior to the Mass.
The interment will take place in St. Casimir Cemetery, Shenandoah.

Eternal rest grant unto Vincent, 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.

REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE IN OUR AREA who would be grateful for food assistance. We encourage you to bring donations of food and other common household items to St. Vincent dePaul Rectory, so that we might have something to share with them. Persons who need food assistance are welcome to inquire.

 stjos/stvdp: 03.14.2010 - 06


We regret to announce that
THE PILLSBURY DOUGHBOY
died yesterday as a result of trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.
Although not a registered member of either of our parishes, he was well known in Girardville and the surrounding area.
Mr. Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours.
Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy. She described Mr. Doughboy as a man who, although immensely popular, never knew how much he was kneaded.
Mr. Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was widely known to be a smart cookie, although he wasted much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite his image of being a bit flaky, his many friends knew that he was a crusty old man and was considered by millions to be a positive roll model.
Mr. Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough, and by their four children: John Dough, Jane Dough, Mairzie Dough and Dozey Dough. In addition to these three, there is one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart.
The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes. May he rest in yeast.

 REPORT ON LAST SUNDAY’S CHINESE AUCTION
The total profit from the Auction came to $8,131.00!
The winners of the major prizes were the following:
50 / 50: Emily Chiplonia
Train: Bill Faust
TV: Mary Ellen Long

Congratulations to the women of the Holy Rosary Society for this superb fundraising event!
The energy, intelligence, efficiency and strategic planning that go into producing this annual event is roughly equivalent to the energy, intelligence, efficiency and strategic planning that went into the Normandy invasion.
God bless everyone who contributed in any way to the success of the day!

 HEALTH-CARE REFORM BILL LIKELY TO COME TO A VOTE THIS COMING WEEK!

From what we read and hear, it seems likely that the House of Representatives will vote on the Senate version of the Health Care Reform Bill this week: 18, 19 or 20 March.
The talking heads on TV tell us that it will be a very close vote. There are currently 430 seated members of the House. (Five seats are vacant.) So, the decisive margin of victory is 216. We pray that the bill will go down to a glorious defeat. We make no bones about it. Independently of all merely financial considerations, it would be a disaster if the bill were to pass, because this would mean the release of an enormous amount of money to pay for abortion.
Through the intercession of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary and Protector of the Infant Jesus, we ask God to move the hearts of our representatives so as to defeat this bill.

stjos/stvdp: 03.14.2010 - 07


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

Sunday, 14 March
07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
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Friday, 19 March
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church
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Sunday, 21 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.



This bulletin needs an Irish joke for St. Patrick’s Day. So, here goes one: An old man lived alone. His only son had been arrested by the British for suspected IRA activity and was languishing in Long Kesh Prison. Spring had come and the old man wanted to plant potatoes but was too old and feeble to dig the ground. He wrote to his son complaining that he had no one to help him dig. The son wrote him back and said, “Dear Dad, for God’s sake, don’t dig the garden this year! That’s where I hid the guns!” No sooner had the man received the letter than a group of British soldiers visited him and dug up the ground looking for the guns, but didn’t find any. The next day the old man received a follow-up letter from his son: “Dear Dad, now you can plant your potatoes.”

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