MASS SCHEDULE: 04 - 11 DECEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 03 December
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

Monday, 05 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — ROSE HELMAN
by OPM

Tuesday, 06 December
St. Nicholas, bishop (OptMem)
07:00 pm — Dr. VINCENT CALLERY
by OPM

Wednesday, 07 December
St. Ambrose, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — EMMA DeLUCIA
by OPM
Vigil of the Immaculate Conception
04:00 pm — MARY PURCELL
by OPM

Thursday, 08 December
The Immaculate Conception of Mary (Sol)
12:00 noon — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
by Ginny Coreia Chillis

Friday, 09 December
St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (OptMem)
08:00 am — CATHERINE WINTERS DYSZEL
by Rose Beaver and family

Saturday, 10 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — Msgr. FELIX A. LOSITO
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOEY KLEEMAN III
by Joseph and Marian

Sunday, 11 December
Third Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — WILLIAM and MARY CANAVAN
by John and Theresa Gillis

 MASS SCHEDULE: 04 - 11 DECEMBER
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Monday, 05 December
Advent Weekday
7:00 pm — SISTER M. CECELIA
by OPM

Tuesday, 06 December
St. Nicholas, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — VIOLET GUDONIS YANUSHEFSKY
by Peter and Violet Smolock

Wednesday, 07 December
Vigil of the Immaculate Conception
07:00 pm — BETTY POWLICK GENTRY
by Edward and Barbara Wascavage and Samantha

Thursday, 08 December
The Immaculate Conception of Mary (Sol)
07:00 pm — God’s blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James

Friday, 09 December
St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (OptMem)
05:00 pm — VIRGINIA A. BANN
by John and Sonia Boniscavage

Saturday, 10 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Granny and Pap

Sunday, 11 December
Third Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 12.04.2011 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
26 / 27 NOVEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $743.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $62.00 from the second collection (plate); $36.00 from the Dues envelopes; $23.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $55.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $76.00 from the loose.
Total: $995.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($995.00) 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 ($156.17) is available from this collection for operating the parish. THIS IS A DEFICIT!

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $886.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $106.00 from the second collection (plate); $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $27.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $36.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,085.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,085.00) 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 $322.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 07 December
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 08 December
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 09 December
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 07 December
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 09 December
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy

"Adoration will heal our Church and thus our nation and thus our world... Adoration touches everyone and everything... [because it touches the Creator, Who touches everything and everyone]... When we adore, we plug into infinite dynamism and power. Adoration is more powerful for construction than nuclear bombs are for destruction." — Peter Kreeft, philosopher at Boston College

stjos/stvdp: 12.04.2011 - 02


AND THE WINNER IS!!!
The 50-50 drawing was held on Thursday, 01 December, during the annual dinner of the Holy Rosary Society of St. Vincent dePaul Parish. The winning ticket was #2370. The prize was $400.00. The winner was Kate Kudrick.
Congratulations to the winner and thanks to all who participated. The proceeds will go towards the purchase of prizes for the annual Chinese auction to be held in February.
                                                            WISDOM OF THE FATHERS
Salvation Outside the Church

"We believe also in the holy Church, that is, the Catholic Church. For heretics violate the faith itself by a false opinion about God; schismatics, however, withdraw from fraternal love by hostile separations, although they believe the same things we do. Consequently, neither heretics nor schismatics belong to the Catholic Church; not heretics, because the Church loves God; and not schismatics, because the Church loves neighbor" (Faith and the Creed 10:21 [A.D. 393]). "[J]ust as baptism is of no profit to the man who renounces the world in words and not in deeds, so it is of no profit to him who is baptized in heresy or schism; but each of them, when he amends his ways, begins to receive profit from that which before was not profitable, but was yet already in him" (On Baptism, Against the Donatists 4:4[6] [A.D. 400]). "I do not hesitate to put the Catholic catechumen, burning with divine love, before a baptized heretic. Even within the Catholic Church herself we put the good catechumen ahead of the wicked baptized person . . . For Cornelius, even before his baptism, was filled up with the Holy Spirit [Acts 10:44–48], while Simon [Magus], even after his baptism, was puffed up with an unclean spirit [Acts 8:13–19]" (ibid., 4:21[28]). "The apostle Paul said, ‘As for a man that is a heretic, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him’ [Titus 3:10]. But those who maintain their own opinion, however false and perverted, without obstinate ill will, especially those who have not originated the error of bold presumption, but have received it from parents who had been led astray and had lapsed . . . those who seek the truth with careful industry and are ready to be corrected when they have found it, are not to be rated among heretics" (Letters 43:1 [A.D. 412]). "Whoever is separated from this Catholic Church, by this single sin of being separated from the unity of Christ, no matter how estimable a life he may imagine he is living, shall not have life, but the wrath of God rests upon him" (ibid., 141:5).
                                                                                                                                      St. Augustine of Hippo
WE HOPE THAT EVERYONE HAS GOTTEN THE MEMO BY NOW: No more “And also with you”. We’re now doing “And with your spirit.”
And remember to insert “holy” in the line “and the good of all His
HOLY Church”.
And pity the poor priest! He has to actually look at the book now!
It’s all for the good.
LAST CHANCE TO BUY A MISSAL! We still have a few left. They are only $3.00. They make great stocking stuffers!
And don’t forget the Bibles. BEAUTIFUL big Bibles for $30.00.
Inquire at the Rectory.

stjos/stvdp:12.04.2011 - 03


ACCORDINGLY, BY THE INSPIRATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, for the honor of the Holy and undivided Trinity, for the glory and adornment of the Virgin Mother of God, for the exaltation of the Catholic Faith, and for the furtherance of the Catholic religion, by the authority of Jesus Christ our Lord, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own:
"We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful."
Hence, if anyone shall dare -- which God forbid! -- to think otherwise than as has been defined by us, let him know and understand that he is condemned by his own judgment; that he has suffered shipwreck in the faith; that he has separated from the unity of the Church; and that, furthermore, by his own action he incurs the penalties established by law if he should are to express in words or writing or by any other outward means the errors he think in his heart.
           Excerpt from Ineffabilis Deus

                                                                                                                                                                          Blessed Pope Pius IX
                                                                                                                                                                               08 December 1854
A common Protestant objection to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is this: By declaring the absolute sinlessness of Mary, the Catholic Church implies that Mary did not need a Savior and ignores the verse in the Bible where Mary herself refers to “God my Savior” (Luke 1,46-47).
The irony of this objection is that all Catholic priests (and many Catholic laypersons) include this particular verse every single day of the year in their evening prayer! It is part of the prayer known as The Magnificat which is always part of the Vespers of the Divine Office.
We Catholics are amazed to think that our Protestant brothers and sisters think that we don’t know that Jesus is Mary’s Savior! How could we not know it? We profess it every day!
Of course Jesus is Mary’s Savior! If Jesus had not saved Mary from sin, then she would have been lost and would have gone to hell, just as the entire human race would be lost and would go hell!
Mary’s sinlessness is totally and absolutely dependent upon the saving work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross.
But, if Mary is sinless, why would she need a Savior?
We would do well to read the excerpt above, which comes from the official papal definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. Note especially the words that are underlined.
Note especially that Mary’s sinlessness is called a “favor” and a “privilege”. “Favor” implies that it is a gift (grace) that was given to her, not something that she earned. “Privilege” implies that it is an “exception” that was granted to her, not a “right” that was due to her.
Mary’s sinlessness was conferred upon her by God in anticipation of the saving merits of Jesus Christ upon the Cross. JESUS IS, INDEED, MARY’S SAVIOR!!
Let’s use an analogy (while recognizing that all analogies limp): Have you ever had the flu? If so, perhaps you went to a doctor and “got a shot” in order to be cured of the flu. But suppose you don’t have the flu and would hope not to have it? In such a case, perhaps you could go to a doctor and get a shot that would prevent the flu from ever invading your body. In both cases, you were “saved” from the flu. In one case, after the fact and, in the other case, before the fact.
Mary was “inoculated” by God against the contagion of sin before sin could ever get a hold on her. The point, of course, is that, in both cases, it is the saving work of God that brings about the effect.

stjos/stvdp: 12.04.2011 - 04


                                      DEAR ABBA SECOND GUESSES DEAR ABBY
                    The following letter appeared in the Dear Abby column on 30 November 2011.
DEAR ABBY:
I married "Raymond" in 2004. I met his son, "Bill," a year before the wedding and have been in a relationship with him ever since. (He's married to one of my friends and has a child with her.)
Raymond supports me financially and provides all the necessities -- house, car, food, clothes, etc. -- without my having to work. But Bill supports me emotionally, and there's more of a "connection."
I have learned that marriages dissolve for one of two reasons: money or sex. The money is there, but Raymond and I haven't been romantic in more than a year.
Am I walking into a ring of fire by keeping the relationship with Bill? Ray says he loves me and cares about me, but only when I ask how he feels about me. With Bill, I don't have to ask -- he says it.
IN A QUANDARY
DEAR IN A QUANDARY:
May I mention a third reason that marriages break up? It's when one spouse discovers that the other has been cheating. If your marriage to Raymond, who has endowed you with all the worldly goods he can, is of any importance to you, tell him that although you're living in style, all of your needs are not being met. Give him a chance to fulfill the rest of them. It doesn't take a clairvoyant to predict that if you don't value what you've got, you will lose it.
ABBY
DEAR IN A QUANDARY:

I want you to know that, since reading your letter, I find myself in a quandary. To be in a quandary is to be perplexed. I confess to being perplexed.
Why am I perplexed? How have you perplexed me? Let me count the ways:
(a) You are married to Raymond.
(b) But a year before you married Raymond, you entered into a relationship with Bill. (I take it for granted that you are referring to a sexual relationship.)
(c) So, while in a sexual relationship with Bill, you married Raymond.
(d) The relationship with Bill continues — unknown (I presume) either to Raymond or to Bill’s wife.
(e) To complicate matters a bit, Bill is married to a friend of yours.
(f) And, to make it a bit more interesting, your husband, Raymond, is the father of Bill.
Now, does anything about this scenario strike you as inappropriate?
Would you take offense if I were to point out to you that there are several things that are inappropriate?
For one thing, there is adultery. Let’s do a Scripture verse here. It’s Exodus chapter 20, verse 14. It’s rather short and to the point. It goes like this: “You shall not commit adultery.” It does not say, “You shall not commit adultery unless, perchance, you feel the need for emotional support, in which case it’s okay.” And, of course, inasmuch as both Bill and you are married persons, your relationship with one another is “double adultery”.
Now, what is the penalty for adultery? Here we have another Scripture verse. It’s Hebrews chapter 13, verse 4. It goes like this: “Let marriage be honored in every way and the marriage bed be kept undefiled, for God will judge fornicators and adulterers.” If you tell God that He shouldn’t be so judgmental, it is unlikely that He will back down.
The other factor here is incest. Incest refers both to “blood relatives” (consanguinity) and to “relatives by marriage” (affinity). For a woman to have relationships with a father and a son is incest by affinity. You might want a Scripture verse to back this up. Let’s try Leviticus chapter 18, verse 8. It goes like this: “You shall not have intercourse with your father’s wife, for that would be a disgrace to your father.” (This is a reference to intercourse between a man and his stepmother. Perhaps it has not occurred to you that you are Bill’s stepmother???)
It seems to me that you are not a woman of high virtue.
However, here is the good news! You are still breathing. That is a distinct advantage! So, that you don’t wind up in Hell for all eternity, do the following: (a) Kneel down in private and tell God you are sorry and ask Him to forgive you all of the above and anything else that needs to be forgiven. Ask Him to do so for the sake of Jesus Christ. (b) Tell Bill that it’s over. Tell him that if he ever makes a move on you again, you will spill the beans to his wife and to his father. (c) Go see a priest and tell him everything you’ve done wrong. If you are a Catholic, ask him for absolution. If you are not a Catholic, ask him to pray for you to be forgiven and then ask him what you need to do to become a Catholic. (d) Be absolutely faithful to Raymond. (e) If you have emotional needs that are not being fulfilled, go do some volunteer work, perhaps in a soup kitchen or in a nursing home or with neglected children.
It is still possible for you to be saved from Hell. The important thing is to act now. Salvation is a limited opportunity offer. You have to grab onto it while there is still time.
By the way, you asked if you would be “walking into a ring of fire” if you were to keep up your shenanigans with Bill. The answer is, “YES, you would be walking into a ring of fire, a ring of eternal fire.” Funny you should say that!
ABBA

stjos/stvdp: 12.04.2011 - 05


SOME RECENT NEWS ITEMS AND SOME COMMENTARY THEREON
NY BISHOPS: VATICAN PREPARING CHURCH CLOSING DOC

Bishops from New York are back from their “ad limina” visits to Rome with one specific piece of news. Archbishop Timothy Dolan says the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy is preparing a document that it hopes will offer "crisper and cleaner and more consistent" guidelines on parish closings and mergers, both for the bishops and for the faithful who sometimes appeal a bishop's decision. No bishop likes to close a parish, said Archbishop Dolan. But he said shifting demographics in the United States have changed the Catholic landscape, leaving "hollowed-out urban areas where there are huge churches that are no longer peopled and that cost a wheelbarrow of money to keep open, to maintain, to insure and to keep secure." (CNS)
Comment: Although most of us dread the prospect of parishes being closed in our neck of the woods, nevertheless we are intrigued at the fact that nothing has been said or done lately one way or the other. I have been as much in the dark as anyone else. When people ask me what’s going to happen and when is it going to happen (if it happens), I respond quite truthfully, “Let me know when you find out!” This brief news article might shed some light on the subject. I suspect that the bishops, including the Bishop of Allentown, are waiting for Rome to issue this document with “crisper, cleaner and more consistent” guidelines. Recent rulings by the Vatican on the status of some of the churches that have been closed have left some Bishops (including our own, I think) shaking their heads and saying, “Where did we go wrong?” ----- All of this is speculation on my part. What do I know? I just work here!
SEMINARY ENROLLMENT IS ON THE UPSWING IN THE U.S.
Rising seminary enrollment is a trend being duplicated around the United States. In the Diocese of Scranton, which closed its seminary in 2004 because of declining enrollment, the number of seminarians has more than doubled from eight to 17 in the past two years. At St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, enrollment has remained steady over the past five years. (CNS)
Comment: The number of students enrolled at the seminary that I attended (1961-66) is greater now than it was when I was there. Mount Saint Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg MD, has even had to turn applicants away, despite the fact that it has expanded its facilities. So, for those who anticipated the demise of the Catholic Church and of the priesthood, please don’t be too disappointed if we hang around for a while yet. We need to stay on duty until the Second Coming of the Lord.
THE CANDLE IN FRONT of the Infant of Prague statue in St. Vincent dePaul Church burns in memory of James McAvoy, at the request of Sharon Smith.
THE CANDLE IN FRONT of the Sacred Heart statue in St. Joseph Church burns in memory of Alice (“Betty”) Monaghan Mulligan, at the request of Mickey Catizone.
HEAD BASEBALL COACHING POSITION
Nativity BVM High School is accepting applications for the position of Head Baseball Coach. Interested candidates should send resume and all clearances by 16 December to
                                                            Lynn Sabol, Principal
                                                            Nativity BVM High School
                                                            One Lawton Hill
                                                            Pottsville PA 17901.

stjos/stvdp: 12.04.2011 - 06


PIUS EPISCOPUS, SERVUS SERVORUM DEI
Ad perpetuam rei memoriam.
Horrendum illud scelus
, quo pollutae foederatae Civitates a tremendo Dei judicio coflagrarunt, acerbissimum Nobis dolorem inurit, graviterque animum nostrum commovet, ut ad illud, quantum potest, comprimendum, studia nostra conferamus.
#1. Sane Lateranensi Concilio dignoscitur constitutum, ut quicumque Clerici, illa incontinentia, quae contra naturam est, propter quam ira Dei venit in filios diffidentiae, deprehensi fuerint laborare, a Clero deiiciantur, vel ad agendum in Monasteriis poenitentiam detrudantur.
#2. Verum ne tanti flagitii contagium, impunitatis spe, quae maxima peccandi illecebra est, fidentius invalescat, Clericos hujus nefarii criminis reos, gravius ulciscendos deliberavimus, ut qui animae interitum non horrescunt, hos certe deterreat civilium legum vindex gladius saecularis.
#3. Itaque quod Nos iam in ipso Pontificatus nostri principio hac de re decrevimus, plenius nunc, fortiusque persequi intendentes, omnes, & quoscumque Presbyteros, & alios Clericos saeculares, & regulares cujuscumque gradus, & dignitatis, tam dirum nefas exercentes, omni privilegio clericali, omnique officio, dignitate, & beneficio Ecclesiastico praesentis Canonis auctoritate privamus. Ita quod per Judicem Ecclesiasticum degradati, potestati statim saeculari tradantur, qui de eis illud idem capiat supplicium, quod in laicos hoc in exitio devolutos, legitimis reperitur sanctionibus constitutum.
Nulli ergo &c.
Datum Romae apud S. Petrum,
Anno Incarnationis Dominicae 1568. 3. Kal. Sep.
Pont. nostri Anno III.

The following is my own translation (paraphrase) of this surprisingly relevant papal document from the 16th century. I have tried to put it into “plain English”. I take responsibility for any deficiencies in the translation, but am quite certain that it conveys the authentic meaning of the Latin. If anyone wants to look up a more literal translation, this document can easily be found on the Internet, both in Latin and in English. Just type the Latin title into your search engine: HORRENDUM ILLUD SCELUS. It is interesting that a 16th century Pope (St. Pius V) decreed that clergy found guilty of sodomy should be handed over to the police. The more things change, the more they stay the same!

PIUS, BISHOP, SERVANT OF THE SERVANTS OF GOD
For the perpetual memory of the matter.
My soul is deeply moved. I am on fire at the thought of God’s fearful judgment. I experience bitter sorrow at the realization that the federated states (the “papal states”, i.e. those parts of the Italian peninsula that used to be under the political control of the papacy) have been polluted by a ghastly crime. So, I direct my attention to efforts to put an end, as much as possible, to repetitions of this wrongdoing.
1. The Lateran Council (the 5th Lateran Council, an ecumenical council that met from 1512 to 1517) decreed quite correctly that if it is found out that any priest practices that kind of sexual impurity which is against nature, an act that brings the wrath of God down upon the sons of disobedience (cf. Eph.5,6), he is to be expelled from the ranks of the clergy and is to be sent to a monastery in order to do penance.
2. However (by my own authority) I have made a further determination: In order that the contagion of this scourge may not spread and become more powerful by inadequate punishment — something that makes this crime more likely to occur — I hereby decree that priests who are guilty of this filthy crime are to be gravely punished, so that if they are not deterred by the fear of eternal damnation, they may at least be deterred by the threat of being punished by the avenging sword of the civil authorities.
3. And thus, even though I had made a decree about this matter when I first became Pope (1566), now in a fuller and stronger way I wish to make it clear that I intend it to be followed strictly. Therefore, by means of this decree, let it be known that each and every priest, whoever he is, whether a diocesan priest or a member of a religious community, regardless of his status or dignity, who has taken part in such a detestable monstrosity, I hereby deprive of every priestly privilege, duty, dignity and Church assignment. Therefore, let it be put into effect that, once such a priest has been found guilty by a Church tribunal, he shall be handed over to the police and let the secular courts impose upon him whatever legitimate punishment they might see fit to impose upon a layman who has descended into this abysmal behavior.
This decree takes priority over any previous legislation, practice or custom that might have been in place prior to it.
Given at Rome at St. Peter’s,
30 August 1568 in the Year of the Lord’s Incarnation
the third year of our pontificate.

stjos/stvdp: 12.04.2011 - 07



 
HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION
THE
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
OF
THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
THURSDAY
, 08 DECEMBER

All Catholics are bound, under pain of mortal sin, to participate in Mass on the day itself or else on the vigil. No Catholic will lightly excuse himself / herself from the fulfillment of this obligation.
MASS SCHEDULE IN GIRARDVILLE
Wednesday, 07 December
04:00 pm — St. Joseph Chapel
07:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
Thursday, 08 December
12:00 noon — St. Joseph Chapel
07:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church

For the consolation of those who complain about being obliged in conscience to go to Mass more often than once a week — oh, the pain, the anguish! — please note that we have two “twofers” coming up very soon. The next two Holydays of Obligation (25 Dec and 01 Jan) will fall on Sundays.
So, be grateful and kwitcherbellyachin’!

stjos/stvdp: 12.04.2011 - 08


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