MASS SCHEDULE: 20 - 27 NOVEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 19 November
Vigil of Solemnity of Christ the King
05:30 pm — DECEASED: CDA Court St. Cecilia #1529
by Officers and Members

Sunday, 20 November
Our Lord Jesus Christ the King
11:30 am — Msgr. PAOLO dellaPICCA
by EBC

Monday, 21 November
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OblMem)
08:00 am — MARY FORTE LaSELVA
by Angeline LaPlaca Deramo

Tuesday, 22 November
St. Cecilia, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
07:00 pm — JOHN PASTUCKA
by OPM

Wednesday, 23 November
St. Clement I, pope, martyr; St. Columban, abbot; Bd. Miguel Agustin Pro, priest, martyr (OptMems)
08:00 am — ROSEANN NEISS DEVINE (2nd anniversary)
by her husband, Dennis

Thursday, 24 November
St. Andrew Dung-Lac, priest, martyr, and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — CATHERINE GANNON BURNS
by John Burns

Friday, 25 November
St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — NO MASS SCHEDULED TODAY
at St. Joseph’s

Saturday, 26 November
Weekday
08:00 am — Msgr. FELIX A. LOSITO
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPH CONROY
by Mary Conroy

Sunday, 27 November
First Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — GEORGE BOXER (50th anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

 MASS SCHEDULE: 20 - 27 NOVEMBER
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 19 November
Vigil of Solemnity of Christ the King
04:00 pm — ADOLPH and MARY PETROUSKY
by John and Barbara

Sunday, 20 November
Our Lord Jesus Christ the King
08:30 am — ALBERT, ADELE, JERRY and KRISTIN YESALAVAGE
by Michael and Peggy

Monday, 21 November
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OblMem)
7:00 pm — HELEN WINKLER
by Marlene Birster

Tuesday, 22 November
St. Cecilia, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her sister, Carolyn

Wednesday, 23 November
St. Clement I, pope, martyr; St. Columban, abbot; Bd. Miguel Agustin Pro, priest, martyr (OptMems)
07:00 pm — ANDREW EDWARD PETROUSKY
by Aunt Mary Lushinsky

Thursday, 24 November
St. Andrew Dung-Lac, priest, martyr, and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
10:00 am — STEVE BILANSKY
by OPM

Friday, 25 November
St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin, martyr (OptMem)
05:00 pm — MARY SNINSKY
by OPM

Saturday, 26 November
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — DECEASED: CHIKOTAS FAMILY
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 27 November
First Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — ALBERTA COONEY
by Elizabeth Ryan

stjos/stvdp: 11.20.2011 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
12 / 13 NOVEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,046.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $80.00 from the second collection (plate); $75.00 from the Dues envelopes; $48.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $182.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $228.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $9.00 from the All Saints envelopes; $5.00 from the All Souls envelopes; $110.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,783.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,783.00) 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 $631.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,129.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $43.00 from the second collection (plate); $74.00 from the Dues envelopes; $274.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $20.00 from the All Saints envelopes; $25.00 from the All Souls envelopes; $32.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,597.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,597.00) 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 $834.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 23 November
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Wednesday, 23 November
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 25 November
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 23 November
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 25 November
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy

 


"He is The Bread sown in the virgin, leavened in the Flesh, molded in His Passion, baked in the furnace of the Sepulchre, placed in the Churches, and set upon the Altars, which daily supplies Heavenly Food to the faithful."                                                                                                                                         St. Peter Chrysologus

stjos/stvdp: 11.20.2011 - 02


QUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!
In case you wonder why there is a dumpster sitting on the St. Vincent dePaul parking lot, please know that it is there with my permission. A family asked me if I would allow them to park it there while they are in the process of cleaning out a house on “C” Street. They assured me it would be there only for a few days. I told them, “No problem”.

 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY
Date
: Sunday, 11 December
Time: 02:00 pm
Place: Sheridan Room of St. Joseph Church, Girardville
Special guest: Santa Claus, if his schedule permits.
Presents: Very likely!
Invited: Boys and Girls of Girardville area, up to age ten.
Naughty / Nice policy: NICE boys and girls are preferred.
NAUGHTY boys and girls will be accepted,
but only if they have recently seen the light
and are back on the track to being NICE.
Conditions: YOU HAVE TO SIGN UP AHEAD OF TIME!
Sign-up sheets: Rear of StVdP Church
and in Sheridan Room (behind StJos Chapel)
Deadline for signing up: Sunday, 04 December
THE CROWN that you see on the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the entrance way to St. Joseph Chapel has a story behind it.
It was worn by June Ann Rowland, an 8th grade girl “chosen by the Blessed Mother” in a drawing to be the May Queen for the St. Joseph Parish May Procession in 1953.
June is deceased. (May she rest in peace.)
Her sister, Eileen Rowland, donated the crown in memory of June and in tribute to the Blessed Mother.
We thank her for this kind gesture.
GIVING TREE
The Season of Advent begins next weekend (26/27 November). As is our custom, we will have a “giving tree” in StVdP Church and in StJos Chapel.
We call on your generosity to place baby gifts under the trees. These gifts will be given to our local chapter of Birthright, an organization that does good deeds for young mothers in poor circumstances.
Ideal gifts are the following: outfits for boys and girls; sleepers; blanket sleepers; crib sheets; disposable diapers; snow suits; baby towels; baby wash cloths; onesies; pacifiers; baby wipes; shampoo; baby wash; booties; socks.

stjos/stvdp:11.20.2011 - 03


ANTHONY CHRISTOPHER YACKENCHICK
Sixth child (fourth son) of Albert J. (Sr.) and Annetta M. (Mercuri) Yackenchick, received his First Holy Communion during the 11:30 am Mass in St. Joseph Chapel this past Sunday (13 November).
We welcome Anthony into full participation in the Holy Mysteries of the Lord’s Body and Blood. He is a faithful Catholic boy!
May the body and soul of young Anthony be forever a worthy dwelling place for the Lord of Glory.
May he continue to grow in the knowledge and love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Q — What is the Holy Eucharist?
A — The Holy Eucharist is the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, under the appearances of bread and wine.
REMINDER
As already noted in a previous bulletin: First Holy Communion for the children of St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish is scheduled for Sunday, 20 May 2012. Children in second grade (or older) are eligible to register. It is understood that, in order to be eligible to receive First Holy Communion, a child must be faithful in attending Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation and — if not enrolled in Catholic school — must be faithful in attending CCD classes.

BAPTISMAL NAMES
A question that sometimes comes up is this: Are parents obliged to give their child a “saint’s name” when he or she is baptized?
Notice now, the operative word is “obliged”.
So, to answer this question more like a lawyer than like a priest, I would have to say, “No, when push comes to shove, parents are not obliged to give their child a ‘saint’s name’ when he or she is baptized.”
Putting my priest hat back on, I would hasten to add, “But it sure would be one heck of a good idea if you would! And it is highly recommended!”
Here is an excerpt from The Catholic Encyclopedia:

From the earliest times names were given in baptism. The priest is directed to see that obscene, fabulous, and ridiculous names, or those of heathen gods or of infidel men be not imposed. On the contrary, the priest is to recommend the names of saints. This rubric is not a rigorous precept, but it is an instruction to the priest to do what he can in the matter. If parents are unreasonably obstinate, the priest may add a saint's name to the one insisted upon.

So, getting down to brass tacks, the following is my policy:
• I would just love to give your kid a saint’s name when I baptize him or her. If you give your child two names (as most people do these days), my preference is that both of them be saints’ names, but at least one should be.
• If you don’t give your child a saint’s name, I’m going to feel free to throw one in, even if I have to do so under my breath. So, I can see myself baptizing your kid something like “Peach Blossom Gertrude Smith” or “Thunder Cloud Timothy Jones”.
• Sorry, but I absolutely refuse to baptize your kid “Pontius Pilate Murphy” or “Woden Thor Schultz” or “Adolph Hitler McGillicuddy”!

stjos/stvdp: 11.20.2011 - 04


DEAR ABBA SECOND-GUESSES DEAR ABBY
The following letter can be found in “Dear Abby” on 19 November 2011.

DEAR ABBY:
My fiancé, "Todd," and I have been together for four years. He proposed this summer and our wedding is planned for next year. I thought planning our wedding would be fun, but it has turned out to be a nightmare. I want orange as our primary color, but now Todd is saying he "hates" the color orange, although he never mentioned it before. I tried to get him to agree to pair it with a color of his choice, but he refused. Todd is being unreasonable and will not agree with me on the color. Since it mainly affects the bridal party, I feel it should be my decision. He says it isn't, and that he won't even wear an orange tie or anything like it. What is your opinion?
STUCK ON THE COLOR IN GEORGIA
DEAR STUCK:

This isn't just "your" wedding; it's Todd's wedding, too. If he would find standing at the altar opposite a line of bridesmaids clad in orange to be a turnoff and dislikes the color so much that he refuses to wear a tie or boutonniere that's orange -- then agree on some other color. This is only one of the many compromises that lie ahead for you, so start practicing with this one.
ABBY
DEAR STUCK:

I disagree with Abby. So, allow me to give you a second opinion. I think there might be more here than meets the eye! Todd’s vehement objection to your proposed color scheme for the wedding is very possibly more than you might think. It is quite unusual for a prospective groom to be so adamant about the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses (and the corresponding color of the tie he will be expected to wear). Frankly, who cares? Men usually ride easy about such things, having a clear distinction in their minds between what is important and what is transitory. In my 45 years as a priest, I have never known a man to get all that much involved in what I call “the prissy details” of wedding planning. Men who obsess about such things leave themselves open to jokes about their masculinity!
If Todd really loves you and really wants to make you his wife, he will go along with your preference. He might make a little joke about your preference for the color orange but, when push comes to shove, he will say what wise men have been saying for generations: “Honey, you just tell me what to wear and I’ll wear it! I’m here to make you happy!”
So, what could really be going on here? Something you say in your letter intrigues me. You say that Todd and you have been “together” for four years. By any chance, does that mean you have been living together for the past four years? If so, it may very well be that Todd is marrying you only because (or mainly because) he feels pressured to do so. Most men who cohabit (unlike most women who cohabit) do not necessarily have marriage in mind as the culmination of the relationship.
The average man who finds a woman who is ready and willing to share his bed without being married to him is perfectly willing to maintain the status quo. He figures, “Well, for sure this is a sweetheart deal! Let me see how long I can keep this arrangement going without having to walk up an aisle!”
It’s highly unlikely that the woman feels this way. She has agreed to live with him because she figures that, by doing so, he will be so enraptured by what she has to offer that he will eventually say, “Wow, this is great! Let’s formalize it! Let’s get married!”
Not too likely! Unless pressured by his mother or by the girl’s mother or by the girl herself, he is usually content to let sleeping dogs lie.
Is it possible that what I am saying applies to Todd?
If so, then his refusal to wear an orange tie and his general sulkiness about “orangeness” might be his inner resentment coming out, viz. his resentment about the very fact that he finds himself committed to marrying you. Are you familiar with what is meant by “passive aggression”? If not, go ask somebody.
Here is what I suggest: Tell Todd that he either goes along with the “orange wedding” (including the orange tie) or else the wedding is off! I bet you that he will say, “That’s fine with me! Then have it your way! The wedding is off!” He will feel immensely relieved (although he won’t admit it) and you will have just done yourself an immense favor — and him as well!
ABBA

stjos/stvdp: 11.20.2011 - 05


NEXT SUNDAY, 27 NOVEMBER, the 11:30 am Mass will be celebrated according to the extraordinary form (“Tridentine Mass”).
Contrary to what I had said a few weeks ago — I always reserve the right to change my mind! — the Tridentine Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph Chapel, not in the Upper Church.
We will have to move the altar back to the wall for this purpose, but I guess we can do so without undue difficulty.
Reason: Same reason that prompted the decision to move to the chapel for the winter months. We need to conserve on heating oil, so that we don’t go completely broke and so that the pastor doesn’t have to stand on the street corner selling apples.
REMINDER
This is the last weekend for the 2011 missals.
After the 08:30 am and 11:30 am Masses (but not after the 04:00 pm and 05:30 pm Masses), anyone is welcome to take one or more of these missals home.
We will be disposing of whatever is left over.
Next weekend, the new (2012) missals will be in the pews.
If you want to have your own copy of the 2012 missal to take home with you, you may purchase one for three dollars ($3.00).
Stop by at StVdP Rectory.
Tell Ginny that EBC sent you.
If you do, she’ll let you have three for ten dollars ($10.00)!!!

 BIBLES FOR SALE!
Big, beautiful Catholic Bibles.
Only thirty dollars ($30.00)!
Reason for this ridiculously low price? Temporary insanity of pastor!
Take advantage!
Buy a Bible before he gets his right mind back and raises the price!
Available at StVdP Rectory.

 THE LORD BE WITH YOU!
AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT!
THIS IS A MILDLY HISTORIC WEEKEND IN THE HISTORY
OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING WORLD!

It is the final weekend on which we will be using the 2nd edition of the Roman Missal.
Starting next weekend, we will be using the new and improved 3rd edition of the Roman Missal.
We are going to have SO much fun!
Everybody will be confused, most of all the priests!
God will be laughing.
Well, better He should laugh than He should cry!

stjos/stvdp: 11.20.2011 - 06


SOME RECENT NEWS ITEMS AND SOME COMMENTARY THEREON
U.S. BISHOPS MEET IN BALTIMORE FEELING UNDER SIEGE

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meets in Baltimore for its national meeting starting today feeling under siege: from a broader culture moving toward accepting gay marriage; a White House they often condemn as hostile to Catholic teaching and state legislatures that church leaders say are chipping away at religious liberty. The bishops are taking steps they hope will protect the church. (AP)
Comment: More and more we find bits and pieces of news that remind us that the Catholic Church is being pushed to the margins of society. The bishops are finally recognizing it and are organizing to do something about it! They are sending out signals, more and more, that it is time to circle the wagons. Just this past week, in the weekday Masses, we have been hearing readings from the first and second books of the Maccabees. These provide some historical precedent to our current situation. We do well to read history, so that we are not blindsided when we find ourselves “in the midst of history”.
BISHOP BARRES APPOINTED TO NEW USCCB COMMITTEE
Bridgeport Bishop William Lori has named Bishop Barres, nine other bishop-members and 10 consultants to join him on the recently established Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. In announcing formation of the committee, USCCB president Archbishop Timothy Dolan said its members will work with a variety of national organizations, ecumenical and interreligious partners, charities and scholars to "form a united and forceful front in defense of religious freedom in our nation." (CNS)
Comment: Congratulations to Bishop Barres on this recognition extended to him by his fellow bishops! May God grant to him and the other members of the committee the wisdom they will need to “form a united and forceful front in defense of religious freedom in our nation”. Sounds militant, does it not? “Militant Catholicism” fell out of favor starting in the 1960’s, but it’s coming back!
NEW STUDY FINDS CHURCHGOERS ARE MORE OPTIMISTIC
New research indicates that frequent churchgoers live longer and face those additional years with more optimism and greater social support than other people. The study showed that those who reported weekly attendance at religious services were 56 percent more likely to be above the median in terms of their optimism level. They also were significantly less likely to be depressed. (CNS)
Comment: Well, there you are! Whoever said that the rewards of practicing the Faith are reserved exclusively for the life to come? You get some gumdrops in this life too! Those of us who have been practicing the Faith all or most of our lives already knew this. It’s good to find that “new research” has confirmed it!
KATHLEEN KENNEDY TOWNSEND SPEAKS AT CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, spoke at the Catholic University of America last week and told students she endorsed female ordination, that voting for Democrats makes abortion rates go down, and she wishes that lay Catholics had a say in voting for bishops and the Pope. The event was sponsored by the College Democrats.
Comment: Thank you, dear Kathleen! Your opinions are hereby duly noted and, you may be certain, will be given all of the consideration that they deserve. You can go home now.
(In case you didn’t know it, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is a daughter of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, may he rest in peace. This apple sure didn’t fall far from the tree.)
By the way, the following are facts, not opinions: (a) There are abundant studies that show that public-funding restrictions and parental-involvement laws reduce abortion rates. (b) There is no peer-reviewed research that shows that increases in welfare spending are correlated with declines in the incidence of abortion. (c) Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, during her political career, was endorsed by such vehemently pro-abortion groups as NARAL. (d) Abortion rates fell during the Clinton administration, but only AFTER the conservative congressional surge in 1994 during his first term when welfare policy became more conservative. (e) The abortion rate fell even further during the Bush (#43) administration.

stjos/stvdp: 11.20.2011 - 07


Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Girardville PA 17935

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

21 November 201
Dear Parents and Guardians of CCD Children:
On Wednesday, 23 November 2011, at 07:00 pm, there will be a
                                                         THANKSGIVING MASS
for St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish at St. Vincent dePaul Church.
The children will have a special role.
Please see to it that the children gather in the area in front of St. Vincent dePaul Church / Rectory at 06:45 pm.
We invite and encourage everyone to attend, both parishioners and non-parishioners.
Most especially, we invite parents, grandparents and other family members of the children.
We want to express our thanks to God for all the good things He has given us, most especially the gift of family.
Father Connolly and I, together with our fellow CCD teachers, look forward to seeing you all there for this sacred event.
Please do your best to be there, together with your children.
In addition, please note that CCD will not meet on Monday, 28 November 2011.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
You are reminded that this does not excuse the children from their Sunday Mass obligation.
Classes will resume on Monday, 05 December 2011, with the children meeting at 04:00 pm, as usual, in the Fr. Sheridan room.
Thank you and have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Sincerely,
Edward Wascavage
Principal
CCD

AS THIS LETTER FROM MR. WASCAVAGE INDICATES, we are hoping that a good number of parishioners will turn out for the Wednesday evening Mass. Obviously, there is no obligation to attend Mass in connection with Thanksgiving Day. Nevertheless, you have to admit: It is one heck of a good idea!
If this Mass time does not suit your schedule, how about the 08:00 am or 10:00 am Mass on Thanksgiving Day itself?
PLEASE NOTE
Alterations in the weekday Mass schedule this week:
On Thanksgiving Day, 24 November, there will not be a Mass at 07:00 pm.
There will be Mass (as usual) at 08:00 am in St. Joseph Chapel.
There will be Mass (as not usual!) at 10:00 am in St. Vincent dePaul Church.
On Friday, 25 November, there will not be a Mass at 08:00 am in St. Joseph Chapel.
There will be Mass (as usual) at 05:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Church.
[This will make it possible for the pastor to spend a leisurely overnight with family.]

stjos/stvdp: 11.20.2011 - 08


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