MASS SCHEDULE: 16 - 23 JANUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 15 January
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — STEPHEN DYSZEL Jr.
by his mother (+), wife and family

Sunday, 16 January
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL (3rd anniversary)
by his mother, Ida Mae Canavan

Monday, 17 January
St. Anthony, abbot (OblMem)
08:00 am — DOLORES WHITE MACK
by Jean Bierster Wiest

Tuesday, 18 January
Weekday
07:00 pm — ARTHUR E. LAUDEMAN
by OPM

Wednesday, 19 January
Weekday
08:00 am — FRANK and BEATRICE RACKAUSKAS
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Thursday, 20 January
St. Fabian, pope, martyr; St. Sebastian, martyr (OptMems)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on the WEIDNER FAMILY
by Marilyn Stefanski

Friday, 21 January
St. Agnes, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — AGNES NEIS
by the Walsh Trust

Saturday, 22 January
St. Vincent, deacon, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — UNBORN CHILDREN
by Jerome Gilmartin
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROBERT and AGATHA SCULLY
by their children

Sunday, 23 January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — DECEASED: MARIAN and PANTELEONE FULGINITI FAMILY
by Mickey Catizone

 MASS SCHEDULE: 16 - 23 JANUARY
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 15 January
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — BERNARD and MILDRED GUDONIS
by Joseph and Theresa

Sunday, 16 January
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JAMES L. KENNEDY
by the Flannery family

Monday, 17 January
St. Anthony, abbot (OblMem)
07:00 pm — THERESA HIGGINS
by OPM

Tuesday, 18 January
Weekday
08:00 am — JAMES L. KENNEDY
by Joseph and Theresa Gudonis

Wednesday, 19 January
Weekday
07:00 pm — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Thursday, 20 January
St. Fabian, pope, martyr; St. Sebastian, martyr (OptMems)
07:00 pm — ELEANOR M. MARCONI
by M/M Paul Kowalonek

Friday, 21 January
St. Agnes, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
05:00 pm — ELIZABETH EICHENBERG
by OPM

Saturday, 22 January
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ALBERT MISUNAS Sr. and ALBERT MISUNAS Jr.
by their family

Sunday, 23 January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: WHYTENA FAMILY
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 01.16.2011 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
08 / 09 JANUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $771.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $52.00 from the second collection (plate); $110.00 from the Dues envelopes; $129.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $155.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $62.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,279.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,279.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($329.54), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($464.00), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,151.17, one sees that $127.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $739.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $49.00 from the second collection (plate); $39.00 from the Dues envelopes; $190.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $50.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,067.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
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 ($229.38), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($282.46), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $762.82, one sees that $304.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 19 January
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 20 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 21 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm

 EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 19 January
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

Friday, 21 January
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm)

 

It is possible that some readers of the bulletin misunderstand the weekly notice about Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Perhaps they think that, if they come, they need to commit themselves to spending two hours in the church or chapel. This is not the case. We do not conduct a “service” as such during those two hours. The idea is to “come when you can and leave when you must”. Even if you just pop in for two minutes, that would be good. I recommend that you do so.

stjos/stvdp: 01.16.2011 - 02


CORRECT FIGURES FOR LAST WEEKEND’S BULLETIN
I regret that I got all gemisht last weekend and put some incorrect information into the bulletin of 08 / 09 January. The following is the correct information about the StVdP collection of 01 / 02 January. I apologize for the confusion.
Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,043.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $63.00 from the second collection (plate); $392.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $80.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $293.00 from the Solemnity of Mary envelopes; $160.00 from the Initial Offering envelopes; $62.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,113.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,113.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($229.38), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($282.46), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $762.82, one sees that $1,350.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 DATE FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Please note that we have set the date for First Holy Communion.
It will be held on Sunday, 22 May 2011.
Children who are currently in 2nd grade will be considered for reception of First Holy Communion.
Reception of FHC presupposes that the child is enrolled either in Catholic school or in CCD (and is faithful in attendance at CCD) and goes to Mass every Sunday.
Parents, please note: We take nothing for granted. Just because your child is in 2nd grade and is attending Catholic school or CCD, we don’t really know that you want him or her to receive FHC unless you tell us.
So, please call the Rectory and tell the pastor or the secretary that you would like your child to receive his or her First Holy Communion this year.
Any child in a grade higher than 2nd grade who has not yet received FHC is, of course, invited to receive, on condition that he or she is receiving appropriate religious instruction and attends Mass faithfully.

THE CANDLE in front of the Infant of Prague statue burns this week for a special intention, at the request of Mary Barrett Shadow.
BEQUEST RECEIVED
A couple of months ago, we received a notice from an attorney that the late John L. Minnich, a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, had included the parish in his will.
After having completed the requisite paperwork and sending it in, I am happy to announce that we received in the mail today (Saturday) a check for ten thousand dollars ($10,000) made out, of course, to St. Vincent dePaul Parish. This is a gift without conditions of any sort.
On behalf of the parish, I wish to thank the late Mr. Minnich for his kindness and his family and attorney for faithfully fulfilling his wishes.
We are grateful, to say the least!
Mr. Minnich died on 28 August 2010. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at StVdP Church and the interment was in StVdP Cemetery.
REMINDER: If you have not yet picked up your 2011 envelopes, they are in the Sheridan Room (StJosPar) or in the back of the church (StVdPPar). Don’t forget to pick up your 2011 parish calendar, if you have not already done so.
LEFT OVER CHRISTMAS FLOWERS: Any Christmas poinsettias you see in the Sheridan Room or in the back of StVdP Church belong to you. All you have to do is pick them up, take them home and give them a little love, plus a little (not too much) water.

stjos/stvdp: 01.16.2011 - 03


WE SHARE THE MAIL
Background: I received the following email on 03 January. The gentleman who sent me the email was courteous enough to include his name. I give him credit for not sending an anonymous message. I am printing the email exactly as received without editing of any sort. However, I am not including the name of the writer.

Father,
Ive been following the same religion for quite some time now, and nobody once has ever mentioned anything about how the fact that I'm gay is wrong, or how its wrong that I'm absolutely PRO ABORTION, that is, until you came along. Can you please tell me why on earth you feel like everything I do is wrong? Because its not.
I thought about picking myself up and going to church regularly, but that was right before you came around. I do not feel like walking into a place where I'm unwelcome.
XXX

Dear Friend:
I am truly sorry that you feel unwelcome. I know it is easy for me to say that, but I do want you to know that you truly are welcome here. Everyone is welcome to come to St. Vincent dePaul Church and / or to St. Joseph Church . You are welcome regardless of race, age, gender or ethnic origin. What about religious affiliation? Are people welcome here regardless of their religious affiliation? Certainly, they are! You don’t have to be Catholic to be welcome here. You don’t even have to believe in God, to be welcome here! What about the category that has come to be known as “gender orientation”? Are people welcome here regardless of “gender orientation”? Yep! That too!
Is anyone unwelcome here? The only persons who are unwelcome here, as far as I am concerned, are persons who might come into the church in order to steal the collection, vandalize the property or assassinate the pastor! Is anyone else unwelcome? Well, let me think. Oh yes, I guess I should include people who are drunk and disorderly. I think I could tolerate a “drunk” as long as he’s a quiet drunk, but “drunk and disorderly” would be a bridge too far.
I need to add another category here. In order to be welcome, a person should be modestly dressed, i.e. not show too much skin. You know what I mean. That’s sort of a common sense thing.
You say that you are “gay” and you say that you are “PRO ABORTION”. [You must be really serious about being pro-abortion, because you put it in caps!]
Are “gay people” welcome here? Yes!
Are “pro-abortion people” welcome here? Yes! With or without caps.
Am I making the point?
All human beings are welcome here as long as they observe the basic norms of civilized behavior while they are here and don’t do anything to disrupt the Mass.
Now, let me see if I understand you when you say that you are “gay”. Let me see if my understanding of “gay” is the same as your understanding.
As we all know, there are persons who experience Same Sex Attraction (SSA). They feel sexually attracted to at least some persons with whom they share the same gender and they don’t feel particularly attracted to any persons of the opposite gender.
Now, some persons who experience SSA do their best not to act on this attraction. They recognize it as something they need to suppress. Some persons with SSA are downright admirable and even heroically virtuous in their struggle against the concupiscence of SSA. We have reason to admire such persons immensely.
Other persons who experience SSA make some effort to curb their desires but, from time to time, fall into sin. But they repent and confess, and I say, “God bless them! May God give them the victory in their struggle!”
Neither of these categories of persons with SSA are “gay” in my understanding of the term.
What is a “gay person” as I understand the term?
A gay person is someone who not only experiences SSA, but who also thinks that it is morally acceptable for him (or her) to act on this attraction. He or she engages in same-sex relationships and does so without any moral qualms. Many gay persons almost make it their “vocation” to proclaim not only that they have SSA but that they act on it. They seem to want everyone and his grandmother to know about it and to assure them that they accept it and sanction it.
Here is where a gay person will surely encounter a challenge within the Catholic Church. Every Catholic parish is bound to teach the truth about God’s moral law, and the simple truth is this: Sexual relations between two persons of the same gender are just flat out, non-negotiably unacceptable. I could give you verse after verse from Scripture and from Church documents in order to back this up. Let me give you just two:

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18,22)

“At the present time there are those who, basing themselves on observations in the psychological order, have begun to judge indulgently, and even to excuse completely, homosexual relations between certain people. This they do in opposition to the constant teaching of the Magisterium and to the moral sense of the Christian people.” (Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics, section VIII)


If a Catholic parish were to teach that homosexual relationships are morally acceptable, it would forfeit its right to be considered a Catholic parish.
If you experience SSA, I respectfully suggest that you not blame the parish priest for teaching the doctrine of the Church. I respectfully and urgently suggest that you change your mind. It is your decision to be “gay”. It might not be your decision to experience SSA, but it is your decision to be “gay”. Please don’t be “gay”. Your salvation is at stake. What kind of a Catholic parish would St. Joseph or St. Vincent dePaul be if we left people in the dark about matters that pertain to their salvation?
When it comes to being “PRO-ABORTION”, please allow me to ask you to change your mind on that as well. If you say that you are “pro-abortion”, then you are saying that your good mother had the moral right to bump you off when you were inside her. If she had the moral right to bump you off when you were inside her, then she has the moral right to bump you off now that you are outside her! Inside! Outside! What’s the difference? A person is a person is a person is a person is a person! Like every human being, you became a person (the only person you are or ever will be) at the moment your dear mother conceived you.

“Life must be safeguarded with extreme care from conception; abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes." [2nd Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes, paragraph 51]


You must understand, dear friend, that the Truth will set you free. You must also understand that the Catholic Church — and, by extension, any Catholic parish —is a place where the Truth is taught, whether popular or unpopular.
Please change your mind about being “gay” and being “pro-abortion”. And please go to Mass and experience the peace and enlightenment that come from Jesus Christ.
You are welcome here! Give me a call, if you like. I’ll be happy to sit down with you over a cup of coffee (or other beverage of your choice) for some honest and respectful conversation.
By the way, you said that I think that everything you do is wrong! Now, please be sensible. I don’t even know you. I don’t know what you do! How could I possibly think that everything you do is wrong? I’m sure you do something right!
Fr. Edward B. Connolly

stjos/stvdp: 01.16.2011 - 04 /05


MONDAY, 24 JANUARY 2011
This is the date of the annual MARCH FOR LIFE in Washington DC.
As of now, we have 40 persons signed up for the bus we are running from Girardville (with stops in Frackville, St. Clair, Pottsville and Pine Grove).
We have 15 seats not yet signed up for.
We would like to have a full bus.
We guarantee you a memorable experience, especially if this will be your first time attending the MARCH.
We promise to take good care of you. You won’t get lost and you will experience the vitality of the PRO-LIFE movement in the USA.
We promise to see to it that you get something to eat and “comfort facilities” on the way.
Call Susan Thye (570-385-5924) to sign up. The price is $50.00 for an adult and $15.00 for a child. This price is negotiable if you let us know that your financial circumstances are such that you could really use a discount (or even a freebie).

SUNDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 2011

This is the date for
THE GREAT ST. VINCENT dePAUL PARISH’s

Great chinese AUCTION,

SPONSORED AND ORGANIZED BY
THE GREAT st. Vincent depaul parish’s
Great ALTAR AND ROSARY SOCIETY!
It will be held in our great parish hall
and you really don’t want to miss it.
There will be some great treasures auctioned off and there will be great excitement and fun,
Plus some great food and drink
and lots of great people
with whom to share it all.
So, mark your great calendar
and notify your great friends and neighbors!

stjos/stvdp: 01.16.2011 - 06


IF YOU WATCHED THE MEMORIAL SERVICE held in Tucson AZ this past Wednesday, you saw and heard the “blessing” that was given by a certain Dr. Carlos Gonzalez, who identified himself as being of Mexican and Yaqui heritage. I have no doubt that Dr. Gonzalez is a fine man. I have no comment to make about him, but I do have an observation to make about his theology. He invoked “Father Sky” and “Mother Earth” and he invoked the four directions of the compass (N – E – W - S) and he referred to all of the beasts of the earth and the birds of the sky and the fish in the sea as our brothers and sisters.
Well, this is all very picturesque and, no doubt, tickles the ears of some but, quite frankly, leaves me cold.
Why? Because it is The Old Paganism revived. The Old Paganism has never died. It just gets dressed up and trotted out from time to time. People call it “New Age”. It’s really decrepit “Old Age”.
The deities (Father Sky and Mother Earth) invoked by Dr. Gonzalez are nothing more nor less than the mythological beings known to the ancient Greeks as Ouranos and Gaia.
Would you like to know a little about Father Sky (Ouranos) and Mother Earth (Gaia)?
Here is a brief summary of what we might call “The Adventures of Ouranos and Gaia and their Kids”:

Ouranos (Father Sky) and Gaia (Mother Earth) had twelve sons and six daughters. Three of the sons were Cyclops (giants, each with one eye in the center of the forehead); three of them were Hekatonkheires (hundred-handed gods); six of them were Titans. Ouranos locked his Cyclop sons and his Hundred-handed sons inside the belly of Gaia. Gaia suffered immense pain and persuaded her six Titan sons to rebel against Ouranos. Four of these Titans were set as sentinels at the four corners of the world, ready to grasp their father as he descended to lie upon the Earth. The fifth took his place in the center, and armed with a sickle, castrated his father while his brothers held him firm. Father Sky’s blood fell and drenched Mother Earth, producing the Erinyes and the Giants. The Erinyes were goddesses of vengeance. The Romans called them “the Furies”. The Giants were rulers of the Earth until they were vanquished by Zeus and that then brings us to the gods of Olympus. After his downfall, Ouranos prophesied the fall of the Titans and the punishment they would suffer for their crimes — a prophecy which was later fulfilled by Zeus who deposed the brothers and cast them into the pit of Tartarus (Hell).(Hell)

There is more to all of this, but that’s probably enough for now — maybe more than enough!
It is fascinating to realize that our pagan ancestors actually believed all this nonsense — if not precisely this nonsense, then some nonsense very much like it. There were local variations on the story, depending on where you grew up and what tribe you belonged to, but it all came out pretty much the same.
Then along came the Jews! (I always say, “Thank God for the Jews!). It was from the Jews (with some indispensable help from God) that we got the Book of Genesis. Genesis tells us about the One True God Who, without struggle or turmoil of any sort, brought all things into existence by the simple power of His Word and by the irresistible power of His Spirit.

THIS IS THE GOD IN WHOM YOU AND I BELIEVE. HE IS THE ONE GOD, THE ONLY GOD. THERE IS NO OTHER, NOR HAS THERE EVER BEEN ANY OTHER AND, THROUGH ENDLESS AGES OF AGES, THERE SHALL NEVER BE ANY OTHER. HEAR, O ISRAEL, THE LORD IS GOD, THE LORD ALONE!

But it would have been politically incorrect and it would have been considered insensitive if someone had stood up at the podium in the fieldhouse of the University of Arizona in order to invoke a blessing upon the assembled multitude in the Name of the One, True God, let alone in the Name of His Only Begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, even though most of the deceased persons being memorialized were Catholics and the Congresswoman who was almost murdered is Jewish.
So, we reverted to paganism.
We had Dr. Gonzalez stand up there with his feather and invoke Father Sky and Mother Earth and the four directions and the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the fish in the sea and we thought that this was just oh so enlightened and so sophisticated, so non-threatening and so fine and dandy!
I would like to go on record as saying that it was not fine and dandy for me.

stjos/stvdp: 01.16.2011 - 07


WE SHARE THE MAIL
Background: Father John Fields, pastor of two local Byzantine Catholic parishes (St. John the Baptist, Maizeville and St. Michael, Frackville) kindly sent me this email in response to an article in our bulletin about the threefold virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I had not known (but now I’m glad I do) that the three stars often seen on Mary’s veil in icons are symbolic of her virginity before the birth, during the birth and after the birth.
Take note of the three stars on the icon reproduced below, which is entitled Virgin Mary and Christ (Odigitria Gregorousa).
Father Ed,
Enjoyed reading your explanation of the perpetual virginity of Mary. I thought I'd share with you how the before, during and after are depicted in Marian icons. The perpetual virginity is symbolized by the three golden stars, one on the forehead and one on each shoulder of the Virgin Mary.
Have a blessed and healthy New Year.
Father John Fields
"Iconographers of all times tried to show in the image of Theotokos as much beauty, gentleness, dignity and grandeur as they could imagine. They sometimes paint grief, and sometimes sorrowful, but always filled with spiritual strength and wisdom.
The Most Pure Lady is always shown with her head covered with a veil, which drops to her shoulders, according to the tradition of Jewish women of that time. This veil or head covering is usually colored red to show her suffering and her acquired holiness. Under her veil her clothing is blue, symbolizing the humanity of the Theotokos.
There are three golden stars, one on the forehead and one on each shoulder of the Most Holy Theotokos. These stars symbols of her virginity. She was a virgin before, during, and after the Nativity of Christ. The three stars are also a symbol of the Holy Trinity. Sometimes the third star is covered by the figure of the Christ Child the second person of the Holy Trinity."

stjos/stvdp: 01.16.2011 - 08


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