MASS SCHEDULE: 27 NOVEMBER - 04 DECEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 26 November
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPH CONROY
by Mary Conroy

Sunday, 27 November
First Sunday of Advent
10:00 am — ALICE ELIZABETH MONAGHAN MULLIGAN
by Arthur and Joyce Engle
11:30 am — GEORGE BOXER (50th anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Monday, 28 November
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
by Salvatore and Mary Modesto

Tuesday, 29 November
Advent Weekday
07:00 pm — SISTER M. KLARA
by OPM

Wednesday, 30 November
St. Andrew, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — HELEN ROCKWELL
by her neighbor

Thursday, 01 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — MARY ROWLAND
re-scheduled from 16 Nov

Friday, 02 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — ARTHUR CROAKE
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Saturday, 03 December
St. Francis Xavier, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — PATRICK and MOLLY REILLY
by Patricia Kowalick

Sunday, 04 December
Second Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — MARGUERITE CROAKE
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

 MASS SCHEDULE: 27 NOVEMBER - 04 DECEMBER
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Monday, 28 November
Advent Weekday
7:00 pm — MARCELLA ATHMAN
by OPM

Tuesday, 29 November
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — DONALD J. MISAVAGE
by his sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Allan Reid

Wednesday, 30 November
St. Andrew, apostle (Fst)
07:00 pm — CATHERINE B. LUCAS
by the Whitney family

Thursday, 01 December
Advent Weekday
06:00 pm — DECEASED: Holy Rosary Society
by the HRS

Friday, 02 December
Advent Weekday
05:00 pm — RONALD YASNEY
by OPM

Saturday, 03 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ANTHONY F. MAJIKAS (20th anniversary)
by his wife and family

Sunday, 04 December
Second Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

stjos/stvdp: 11.27.2011 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
19 / 20 NOVEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,222.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $67.00 from the second collection (plate); $95.00 from the Dues envelopes; $40.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $76.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $80.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $25.00 from the All Souls envelopes; $86.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,691.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,691.00) 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 $539.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $915.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $47.00 from the second collection (plate); $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $6.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $486.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $44.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,508.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,508.00) 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 $745.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

Thursday, 01 December
05:00 to 06:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 02 December
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 30 November
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 02 December
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy

“I heartily recommend to the Church’s pastors and to the People of God
the practice of Eucharistic Adoration, both individually and in community.” (Pope Benedict XVI)

stjos/stvdp: 11.27.2011 - 02


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 BLESSED MOTHER IS GOING TO NEED SOME BABY ITEMS FOR WHEN THE LORD JESUS IS BORN.
She is in her ninth month, so it won’t be long now!
She will need the usual things that young mothers need: an outfit; a sleeper; a blanket sleeper; a crib sheet; some disposable diapers; a snow suit; some baby towels; some baby wash cloths; onesies; pacifiers; baby wipes; shampoo; baby wash; booties; socks.
We anticipate that the more elegant gifts — gold, frankincense and myrrh — are already enroute. You don’t need to bring any additional of these, although, if you have any gold, we would be willing to take it. It had been up to $1,795 an ounce earlier this month. Right now, it’s down around $1,680.
THE ADVENT TREES in St. Vincent dePaul Church and in St. Joseph Chapel the church (chapel) are meant to serve as reminders to us of this need.
Whatever we do for the least of this world’s babies, we do for Jesus. (You knew that already, did you not? It’s kind of a fundamental principle of the Gospel!)
DO YOU USE hearing-aid batteries, size #13? Do you know anyone who does? I have a few to give away. Ask me.
(If you need any salt to go with them, ask me for salt and batteries.)
Please remember to say “And with your spirit” instead of “And also with you” starting today (26 Nov). If anyone gets it wrong this weekend, he or she will be forgiven. However, if anyone gets it wrong after this weekend, the priest is authorized to push a button that will open up a trapdoor and the person will plummet down into the basement of the church, there to linger until the Second Coming. This might seem excessive, but we run a tight ship here!

stjos/stvdp:11.27.2011 - 03


DEAR ABBA SECOND-GUESSES DEAR ABBY
The following appeared in Dear Abby on 23 Nov 2011.

DEAR ABBY:
I am a middle-aged woman who is Baptist by faith. I believe that when I die I will go to heaven. My problem is, if going to heaven means being reunited with my parents and other family members, then I don't want to go! The idea of spending eternity with them is more than I can stand, but I don't want to go to hell, either. Any thoughts?
ETERNALLY CONFUSED IN MISSISSIPPI
DEAR ETERNALLY CONFUSED:

Yes. When you reach the pearly gates, talk this over with St. Peter. Perhaps he would be willing to place you in a different wing than the one your parents and other family members are staying in. And in the meantime, discuss this with your minister.
ABBY

DEAR ETERNALLY CONFUSED:
I hate to tell you this but I have a duty to do so. As things stand right now, you will NOT be going to heaven when you die. Since there are only two possible ultimate destinations, logic tells me that you will be going to hell. Good grief! Not a pleasant prospect!
Please do not take this personally! I don’t have anything against you. I don’t even know you. What I do know is this: You hate your parents and some other (unspecified) members of your family. You hate them so much that you don’t want to be reunited with them in the next life.
We read these words in the Bible: “That we have passed from death to life we know because we love the brothers. The man who does not love is among the living dead. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that eternal life abides in no murderer’s heart.” (1 John 3,14-15)
I am fairly certain that you have bought into a horrendous and widespread heresy, viz. the heresy that separates Faith from Charity. Like many Protestants, you think that you qualify for salvation simply because, at some point in your life, you “accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior”. It is, of course, essential that we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. But this mere simple intellectual affirmation does not entitle anyone to heaven. It must be complemented with Charity. In fact, it must be perfect Charity. This Charity must extend to all human beings without exception, starting with the members of one’s own family.
A couple of minor points: (a) There is no such thing as “meeting St. Peter at the pearly gates”. This is a cartoon image. Don’t take it seriously. Peter and his successors (Bishops of Rome) have charge of the gates of the earthly kingdom (the Church), but not of the heavenly kingdom. Jesus is the only One in charge of those gates! (b) There is no such thing as “a different wing” in heaven to which a person can be assigned in order not to bump into other residents. Heaven is a place where all the barriers between human beings come tumbling down.
I would like you to go to heaven. So, repent before it’s too late!
ABBA

stjos/stvdp: 11.27.2011 - 04


WE SHARE THE MAIL
A friend of mine sent me an email this past week. The email included two questions. I won’t reprint the entire email here (wouldn’t be relevant), but I’ll reprint one of the questions, together with my attempt at an answer. Perhaps next week I’ll print the other question, together with an answer.
Question
I have several friends that were priests and nuns and have since left but are still practicing Catholics. Two sets of friends have married. Both couples were nuns and priests respectfully. I know once a priest always a priest but is the same true for nuns? Also, what is the Church’s teaching on Religious that have left and married and have had families? What about eternal salvation?
Answer
Prior to accepting ordination to the priesthood in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, it is understood that the man has already made a solemn promise to observe perfect chastity within a life of celibacy and to do so for the rest of his life.
If a priest attempts to marry, he is immediately suspended from the priesthood and the marriage that he has attempted is invalid (not recognized by the Church). He and his “wife” would then be living in a state of serious sin.
Would he still be obliged to “practice the Catholic faith” even though suspended from the priesthood and living in a state of serious sin? The answer, of course, would be “Yes”. He would still be obliged to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation (just as a layman would be obliged) but he would not be eligible to received Holy Communion, nor would he be eligible for sacramental confession and absolution.
If he petitions the Church (via his Bishop) for laicization, the case would go to Rome. If the Pope grants his petition, he would then be relieved of the obligation to observe celibacy and would be allowed to enter a valid marriage. Once he has been laicized and has had his marriage convalidated — presuming that he had attempted marriage — then he becomes eligible once again to receive the sacraments of Confession and Holy Eucharist. The process of laicization takes some time. The permission to “return to the lay state” is not given lightly. Even if it is granted, the man is still a priest. Priesthood is absolutely irrevocable. However, he would be permanently prohibited from exercising any priestly functions. (The one exception to this would be that he would be allowed to absolve someone from sin in danger of death, if no other priest were available.)
In regard to what you call “nuns” (I presume you mean “religious sisters”): When a woman is professed as a “Religious”, she takes vows of poverty, (perfect) chastity and obedience. The “chastity” to which she commits herself is “virginal chastity” which implies (obviously) that she will never enter into marriage.
Unlike deacons, priests and bishops, “Sisterhood” and “Brotherhood” are not sacramental states.
If and when a Religious Sister decides that she is no longer able to live out the vows that she has made (or no longer wishes to live them out), she is entitled to petition a dispensation.
This dispensation can sometimes be granted by her own community. Sometimes it requires the intervention of a bishop. In some cases it requires the intervention of the ultimate authority, viz. the Pope. It would all depend on whether the vows that the Sister had taken were “temporary” or “final” and also as to whether they were “simple” or “solemn”. To explain these distinctions would take more time and space than we have on one page of a bulletin, so we’ll just let that slide for now!
If a Religious Sister is dispensed from her vows, she is then entitled to make decisions for her life identical to the decisions she would have made prior to her taking the vows. In other words, she can get married!
Unlike a priest who has been laicized (and is still a priest), a Sister who has been dispensed from her vows is no longer a Sister. All of the things that I have said about a “Sister” would apply equally to a “Brother”. (A Religious Brother is a non-ordained man who has taken the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.)
You ask about “eternal salvation”. If a priest or a Religious just “skips the traces” and violates celibacy or virginity WITHOUT laicization (priest) or dispensation (religious), his or her salvation would certainly be in jeopardy. We would hope for him or her the grace of final repentance. But God alone knows whether that grace will be granted or, if granted, will be accepted.

stjos/stvdp: 11.27.2011 - 05


 DECEASED PASTORS
Before we exit the month of November — the month especially dedicated to prayer for the faithful departed — I would like to run by you the names of the deceased pastors of our two parishes, together with the request that you offer prayers for them. May I suggest that, sometime very soon (before you forget), you hold this list in your hands and offer a prayer for each one individually?
SAINT JOSEPH PARISH, GIRARDVILLE
Fr. Michael Sheridan
Fr. Sheridan was not a pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville in the canonical sense of “pastor”. He was the pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Ashland and, in that capacity, did the ground work to organize the Catholics of Girardville into a worshipping community. One might say that he was our “pastor” before we became a parish, i.e. when Girardville was a mission of Ashland.

There have been fourteen pastors of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville (counting the current pastor). Of the thirteen previous pastors, the first nine are deceased and the last four are living.

Deceased Pastors
1. Fr. Joseph A. Bridgman
2. Fr. Daniel O’Connor
3. Fr. Peter McCullough
4. Fr. John J. Mealey
5. Fr. Thomas K. Connell
6. Fr. Joseph Smith
7. Fr. Michael A. Boyle
8. Fr. William A. McArdle
9. Msgr. Francis L. King

SAINT VINCENT dePAUL PARISH, GIRARDVILLE
There have been fourteen pastors of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville (counting the current pastor). Of the thirteen previous pastors, the first ten are deceased and the last three are living.

Deceased Pastors
1. Fr. Antanas M. Milukas2. Fr. Simonas Pautienius
3. Fr. Jonas Dumcius
4. Fr. F. Augustaitis
5. Fr. Jeronimas Valaitis
6. Fr. Ignatius F. Valanciunas
7. Fr. Michael F. Daumantas
8. Fr. Joseph A. Neverauskas
9. Fr. Andrew J. Degutis
10. Fr. Pascal J. Sabas

Eternal rest grant unto these priests, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

stjos/stvdp: 11.27.2011 - 06


ALICE ELIZABETH [“Betty”] MONAGHAN MULLIGAN,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Sunday, 20 November 2011.
Born on 02 June 1925, she was 86 years old.
She is one of three daughters of the late James and Alice E. (Neary) Monaghan.
Her two sisters, Kathryn and Helen, are deceased.
Betty was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 07 June 1925 by Fr. John J. Hughes.
On 14 June 1947, she was married to Joseph F. Mulligan, in St. Joseph Church, in the presence of Fr. Francis A. Donovan.
Joseph died in 1996.
Joseph and Betty have two daughters: Betty Ann Mulligan Bernosky and Mary Ellen Mulligan.
They have two grandsons: Donald Bernosky and Joseph Bernosky.
They have three great-grandchildren: Jake Bernosky, Stefanie David and Ashley David.
A viewing was held in the McDonald Funeral Home on Friday evening, 25 November.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Saturday, 26 November, at 12:00 noon.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Betty, 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.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown has begun the annual Christmas Appeal to support the programs of Catholic Charities in their service to individuals and families. Checks payable to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown may be mailed to Catholic Charities Christmas Appeal, 2141 Downyflake Lane, Allentown, PA 18103. On-line donations may be made at www.catholiccharityAD.org.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown Counseling and Behavioral Health Program provides counseling and mental health services at 13 Westwood Center, Pottsville. Some insurance plans are accepted. Please call 570-628-0466.
Rachel's Vineyard Retreat: A healing retreat will be held the weekend of December 09-11, 2011. This retreat is for those individuals who are suffering emotional and spiritual pain from an abortion experience. Please contact Sr. Meg Cole at 1-866-3RACHEL.
EX ORE INFANTIUM
I was standing at the door of St. Vincent dePaul Church greeting parishioners as they exited last weekend. (I forget whether it was the Saturday vigil or the Sunday morning Mass.) A young lad came out, looked me square in the eye and said, “That was a good Mass, Father!” I thanked him kindly. His name is Zane Pennington. He is only seven years old. I thought that was funny. It was also encouraging. Sometimes adults think that the priest should “make a special effort to reach the kids”. I never make any “special effort to reach the kids”. Don’t believe in it. Never did. Never will. Philosophically opposed to it. Have always thought it was a bad idea. Never wanted to be patronized when I was a kid. Don’t patronize kids now that I’m not a kid. “Kiddy liturgy” eventually backfires. — — — — — Break up into small groups and discuss!

stjos/stvdp: 11.27.2011 - 07


 OF THOSE WHO HAVE DIED,
SOME WILL STAY DEAD FOREVER.
OTHERS WILL NOT.
THE MYSTERY OF FAITH!

On 08 November, Ian sent me the following email: “Father, think of something for me to write on the sign. I will probably be up on Wednesday or Thursday.”
He was referring to the “message board” on the southeast corner of Main and Richard Streets. So, I emailed him the message printed above. In my email, I asked him whether or not he understood it. I figured that, if he did not understand it, maybe it was too “deep”. (I was using him as my “test case”.)
Here is what he emailed back to me: “I understand it. But I don't know if everybody would. Especially non-Catholics, dumb Catholics and children. “
Later on, I told him that I am interested most of all in reaching adult Catholics with the message board and, as far as “dumb Catholics” are concerned, I don’t think we have any of those in Girardville.
So, I won’t bother explaining the message.
I simply bring it to your attention, just in case the southeast corner of Main and Richard Streets is not on your normal itinerary.
May God grant that none of the members of our parishes who have died or who are dying or who will die — that none of them will be dead forever!
I remember back in 1963 that I attended a viewing for a Mayan Indian woman who had died. It was on the outskirts of a village named Motul, which is located on the Yucatan peninsula. The townspeople kept chanting: “¡Quien cree en Ti, Señor, no morira para siempre!” The melody and the words have haunted me for the past 48 years. “Whoever believes in You, O Lord, will not be dead forever.”

stjos/stvdp: 11.27.2011 - 08


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