MASS SCHEDULE: 21 MARCH28 MARCH 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 20 March
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

Monday, 22 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on DEAN GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Tuesday, 23 March
St. Toribio of Mogrovejo, bishop (OptMem)
07:00 pm — PAUL and CAMILLE TEGANO
by the family

Wednesday, 24 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — RUSSELL WEIST
by Jean Birster Weist

Thursday, 25 March
The Annunciation of the Lord (Sol)
08:00 am — ANTHONY VALENT III
by Joseph T. Cescon (+) and family

Friday, 26 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — NOAH GABRIEL GONTIS (infant)
by his parents, Jim and Eva

Saturday, 27 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — JEAN CONNORS JOYCE
by the Joyce family
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

 MASS SCHEDULE: 21 MARCH28 MARCH 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

 
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

Monday, 22 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Tuesday, 23 March
St. Toribio of Mogrovejo, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — PETER PAUL TERESAVAGE Jr.
by Ernie and Helen Mazeika

Wednesday, 24 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — THERESA KOVALUSKI AYELLO
by Joseph T. Cescon (+) and family

Thursday, 25 March
The Annunciation of the Lord (Sol)
07:00 pm — ESTELLE WEINER PURCELL
by her sons: Francis, Jimmy and Brian

Friday, 26 March
Lenten Weekday
05:00 pm — FOR THE SALVATION OF SOULS
by Jerome and Marie Gilmartin

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

stjos/stvdp: 03.21.2010 - 01


 

COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
13 / 14 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $960.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $59.00 from the second collection (plate); $80.00 from the Dues envelopes; $175.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $215.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $87.00 from the loose. Total: $1,576.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $182.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,576.00) 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 $483.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $758.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $32.00 from the second collection (plate); $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $23.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $213.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $31.00 from the loose. Total: $1,067.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $124.00 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, 21 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Tuesday, 23 March
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 25 March
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

EXPOSITION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 23 March
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

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

I don’t know about you, but I need (and shall need) all the mercy I can possibly get. A good way to get it is to give it.
Another good way to get it is to spend time with the Source of All Mercy. Come to Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament!

stjos/stvdp: 03.21.2010 - 02


 LETTER FROM CARDINAL RATZINGER (NOW POPE BENEDICT XVI) TO AMERICAN BISHOPS ON THE SUBJECT OF GIVING HOLY COMMUNION TO CATHOLIC POLITICIANS WHO ARE PRO-CHOICE / PRO-ABORTION

“Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion. While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia.?

“Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person’s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.? When "these precautionary measures have not had their effect or in which they were not possible," and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, "the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it" (cf. Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts Declaration "Holy Communion and Divorced, Civilly Remarried Catholics" [2002], nos. 3-4). This decision, properly speaking, is not a sanction or a penalty. Nor is the minister of Holy Communion passing judgment on the person’s subjective guilt, but rather is reacting to the person’s public unworthiness to receive Holy Communion due to an objective situation of sin."

We would all do well to acquaint (re-acquaint) ourselves with this statement by our Holy Father. Even though it was made by him prior to his election to the Chair of Peter, it is clear that this statement is normative.
After reading this statement, ask yourself: Is Speaker Pelosi eligible to receive Holy Communion? What about Vice-President Biden? What about Senator Bob Casey? What about Senator Tom Harkin? What about Senator Barbara Mikulski?
Let us pray for courageous Bishops who will enforce this teaching in the United States.
This is, perhaps, the greatest need in the Catholic Church today: courageous bishops (and priests).
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stjos/stvdp: 03.21.2010- 03


A MILESTONE IN THE LIFE OF ONE OF OUR YOUNG PARISHIONERS!
There is a delightful little boy who is a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish. He is a very good Catholic and is a regular at the 04:00 pm Saturday vigil Mass. He even shows up once in a while at a weekday Mass. He is of tender age — about 33 months if I calculate correctly. I saw him in church this past Monday evening. He greeted me enthusiastically as is his custom. He held out the top of his right hand to me in order that I could see a red ink mark that someone had stamped on his hand. I wasn’t sure what the stamp signified. He was proud and happy to explain it to me. He told me that he was — I need to word this as discreetly as possible, lest I give offense — now officially capable of taking care of his personal needs and was now what is commonly known as “a big boy”. I commended him on this notable achievement and milestone. I discreetly inquired as to whether this newly acquired mastery was for both one and two (or, perhaps, just for one). I was assured that it signified mastery of both.
For this we say: Thanks be to God and may God bless the child!
I’m sure his mother is grateful!
IT SEEMS AS THOUGH the Health Care Reform Bill favored by President Obama is going to be approved by the House of Representatives. From there, if I understand correctly, it has to go to the Senate and then back to the House.
It’s hard to say for sure but, reading between the lines, it seems as though it will clear the hurdles and go to the President for his signature.
We refrain, as a matter of principle, from making commentary on matters that are purely political and philosophical and that have no immediate bearing on moral matters.
However, it is my duty to say this: If (as is almost certain) the final version of this bill opens up the floodgates to taxpayer-funded abortion, it will be a dark day for the United States of America.
Let us batten down the hatches, dear brothers and sisters!
There is a persecution coming for all who believe in God and in Natural Law.
Things are not good.
It is time to circle the wagons.
MENE, MENE, TEKEL PHARES!
Let us pray for a miracle. Let us pray that, somehow or other, this bill will be defeated.
Additional note: There is a schism in the Church in the United States. It has been brewing for a long time. It is coming to a head. The feminist nuns and the Catholic Hospital Association are opposing the Bishops. My Uncle Eddie (Edward M. Keating) used to tell me: “Edward, watch out for the traitors inside the Church. They are far more dangerous than our enemies outside the Church.” Uncle Eddie was a prophet!

stjos/stvdp: 03.21.2010 - 04


ISABELLE PILCONIS KREVINAS,
a former member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Wednesday, 17 March.
Born on 28 January 1913, she was 97 years old.
She is one of the six children of the late Peter and Eva (Grabowsky) Pilconis.
All five of her brothers and sisters are deceased: William Pilconis, Albert Pilconis, John Pilconis, Joseph Pilconis and Helen Pilconis Stasienko.
Isabelle was baptized in St. George Church, Shenandoah, on 13 February 1913 by Fr. Joseph Neverauskas.
She was married to Vincent Krevinas on 05 July 1942 in Annunciation BVM Church, Frackville.
Vincent died on 27 September 1997.
Isabelle and Vincent have three children: Joseph J. Krevinas; Vincent P. Krevinas; Jean Krevinas.
They have two grandchildren: Joseph Krevinas and Michael Krevinas.
They have one great-grandson: Connor Michael Krevinas.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Isabelle will be celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Tuesday, 23 March, at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing in the church for one hour prior to the Mass.
The interment will take place at All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg.

Eternal rest grant unto Isabelle, 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.

SAINT JOSEPH PARISH, ASHLAND a small, but pleasant town located to the west of Girardville, is selling home-made Easter eggs. We recommend them highly!! They come in your choice of Peanut Butter, Coconut, Butter Cream and Cherry. You can purchase them for a mere $.75 for one or $4.50 for six or $9.00 for a dozen. Here are the numbers to call to place your order: 875-1521; 875-2289; 875-0122.
Full disclosure: Lest someone spill the beans on me and my reputation for integrity be ruined, I need to acknowledge that I have received a gift of some samples of the aforementioned product, together with the request that I advertise same in bulletin. It is manifestly untrue that I am the kind of priest who can be cajoled or corrupted by the gift of candy. On the other hand, a few samples of the product you want me to advertise doesn’t hurt. It kind of sweetens the deal. However, my Ashland Easter Eggs are still in the refrigerator. I can’t eat them during Lent, lest I imperil my salvation. I’m waiting for Easter. Ask me then and I’ll tell you from experience just how delicious they are! I have sniffed them and I must say they seem delightful.

stjos/stvdp: 03.21.2010 - 05


NATALIE KRICK PECHANSKI,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Friday, 12 March.
Born on 12 January 1923, she was 87 years old.
She is a daughter of the late Adam and Eva (Grublick) Krick.
Natalie was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church on 28 January 1923 by Fr. Valanciunas.
(Note for genealogical purposes: Natalie’s maiden name [Krick], as it appears in the Baptism register, is “Krokinkiute”. Her mother’s maiden name [Grublick], as it appears in the register, is “Greblikiute”.)
On 28 November 1948, Natalie was married to John Pechanski at St. Rita Church, Brooklyn (NY) in the presence of Fr. Bersleny.
John died in 2004.
Natalie and John have three daughters: Natalie Pechanski Everest; Ester Pechanski Furlong; Regina Pechanksi Delorge.
They have four grandchildren: Mandy Delorge Moyer; Kris Delorge; Ryan McCroy; Emily Furlong Liwang.
They have three great-grandchildren: Azaria Moyer; Sebastian Delorge; Caleb Liwang.
The funeral services were private.
The interment took place on Thursday, 18 March, at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

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.

A GENTLEMAN whom I do not know greeted me after the 10:00 am Mass on Saturday (the AOH Mass). He told me that he goes around to various churches and rates homilies. He told me that he could not follow my homily at that Mass and that he didn’t grasp whatever point I was trying to make. He said that he rates homilies as follows: A – B – C –D and F. I asked him if I got an F. He said that he would not be that unkind, but would grant me a D. I thanked him for not flunking me outright. God is good. He sends peculiar messengers to me from time to time in order to rain on my parade lest I get too puffed up!

 stjos/stvdp: 03.21.2010 - 06


ROSE MARY FESCO GRASSO,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Sunday, 14 March.
Born on 18 February 1920, she was 90 years old.
Rose is one of the seven children of the late Dominic and Mary (Ciccarillo) Fesco.
She was baptized on 27 June 1920 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Shenandoah, by Fr. Thomas Antenni.
All six of Rose’s brothers and sisters are deceased: Rachael Fesco Voccola; Margaret Fesco Guida; Sandy Fesco Maloney; Millie Fesco Avolio; Daniel Fesco; Dominick Fesco.
Rose was married to Dominick J. Grasso on 29 October 1949 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the presence of Fr. Michael Romagno.
Dominick died on 11 January 1990.
Rose and Dominick have three children: Michael N. Grasso; Mary R. Grasso Burns; Dominick J. Grasso.
They have twelve grandchildren: Michele Burns Scavuzzo; Michael Burns (deceased); Diane Burns Whalen; Nicole Burns Green; Maria Grasso; Bobby Burns; Michael J. Grasso; Katie Grasso; Teresa Grasso; Danielle Grasso; Darci Grasso; Dominique Grasso.
They have ten great-grandchildren: Tyler Burns; Rachael Green; Jake Green; Aaron Scavuzzo; Gavin Whalen; Emily Scavuzzo; Colin Whalen; Jayden Grasso; Brady Burns; Olivia Wolf.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Friday, 19 March, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph Husband of Mary. There was a viewing on Thursday evening.
Clergy participating in the Mass were the following: Msgr. Thomas J. Baddick; Fr. Edmund J. Brennan; Fr. Edward B. Connolly; Msgr. Edward J. Coyle; Fr. Bernard J. Ezaki; Fr. Robert T. Finlan; Deacon George C. Kelly Jr.
The interment took place in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.

Eternal rest grant unto Rose, 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.

stjos/stvdp: 03.21.2010 - 07


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

Sunday, 21 March
07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
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Friday, 26 March
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church
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Sunday, 28 March
07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church



ON SUNDAY, 28 MARCH, ST. VINCENT dePAUL PARISH will be the host parish for the Schuylkill County Holy Name Society’s weekly Stations of the Cross. We anticipate a good number of visitors to our church. Also, we are asking our CCD children to come to Stations on 28 March.
Afterwards, there will be refreshments in the parish hall. Everyone is invited to stop over for some snacks and socializing.

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