Saturday, 05 February
Vigil of Sunday
by Joan Farrell and Rose McCarthy

Sunday, 06 February
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JUNE ANN ROWLAND PELLEGRINO (3rd anniversary)
by Eileen Rowland

Monday, 07 February
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Tuesday, 08 February
St. Jerome Emiliani, priest; St. Josephine Bakhita, virgin (OptMems)
by Shirley Losch Recla

Wednesday, 09 February
by her sister, Jean

Thursday, 10 February
St. Scholastica, virgin (OblMem)
by OPM

Friday, 11 February
Our Lady of Lourdes (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her sister, Carolyn

Saturday, 12 February
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on UNBORN CHILDREN
by Jerome T. Gilmartin
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — HAROLD BURNS
by his wife

Sunday, 13 February
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JAMES and ANGELINA (Ranieri) PALESTIS
by Bernadine Chupasko



Saturday, 05 February
Vigil of Sunday
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Sunday, 06 February
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Butch and Jackie Keithan

Monday, 07 February
by the Kowalonek family

Tuesday, 08 February
St. Jerome Emiliani, priest; St. Josephine Bakhita, virgin (OptMems)
by his wife, Jean

Wednesday, 09 February
07:00 pm — God’s Blessings on Fr. JOSEPH D. HULKO
by the Weidner family
Thursday, 10 February
St. Scholastica, virgin (OblMem)
by Catherine Dyszel (+)

Friday, 11 February
Our Lady of Lourdes (OptMem)
by OPM

Saturday, 12 February
Vigil of Sunday
by Ed, Barbara and Samantha

Sunday, 13 February
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 02.06.2011 - 01

29 / 30 JANUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $987.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $54.00 from the second collection (plate); $36.00 from the Dues envelopes; $22.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $89.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,213.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $173.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,213.00) 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 $61.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $768.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $53.00 from the second collection (plate); $7.00 from the Dues envelopes; $44.00 from the loose.
Total: $872.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $148.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($872.00) 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 $109.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Thursday, 10 February *
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 10 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 11 February
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

* Usually scheduled on Wednesday, but scheduled on Thursday this week because of a commitment the pastor has on Wednesday afternoon this week.


Thursday, 10 February *
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

Friday, 11 February
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm)

* Usually scheduled on Wednesday, but scheduled on Thursday this week because of a commitment the pastor has on Wednesday afternoon this week.

stjos/stvdp: 02.06.2011 - 02

A friend of mine asked me that question recently. Apparently she had been involved in a theological conversation with a Baptist friend who said that the Bible says that Jesus died ONCE AND FOR ALL for sin but that Catholics say that Jesus dies every time a Mass is celebrated.
Here is my attempt to deal with this apparent theological difference:

First of all, it is not true that Catholics say that Jesus dies at every Mass.
(Read that sentence again, so that it sinks in.)
The strange thing is that, although we Catholics tell our Protestant friends that we don’t believe that Jesus dies at every Mass, they somehow or other have it so fixed in their heads that we do believe this, that they don’t ever hear us when we tell them that we don’t.
It’s almost as if they don’t want to know the truth because they get so much mileage out of their misapprehension they are almost disappointed to hear otherwise.
So, don’t be surprised if, after telling your Protestant friend that we Catholics do NOT believe that Jesus dies at every Mass, he simply comes back at you with a restatement of his misapprehension.
Here is the Bible verse that is cited: “We know that Christ, once raised from the dead, will never die again; death has no more power over him. His death was death to sin, once for all; his life is life for God.” (Romans 6,9-10)
In a nutshell, here is what we Catholics believe:
We believe that the “once for all” death of Jesus is made present again on the altar whenever we consecrate the bread and the wine.
The death of Jesus is the free will act of the Second Divine Person. He enacted it once in time (on Calvary) and He re-enacts it forever in eternity. Jesus is eternally offering Himself to the Father on behalf of sinners.
When we offer the Sacrifice of the Mass, we are reaching back in time and bringing the moment of Jesus’ death on Calvary into the present moment.
The Mass dissolves time.
The Mass is the mystical re-enactment of the physical death of Jesus Christ.
On Calvary, Jesus’ Blood flowed forth from His wounded hands and feet and head and side.
In the Mass, Jesus’s Blood is offered to the Father on our behalf.
The Mass is the UNBLOODY Sacrifice of Jesus.
Jesus’ ACT OF THE WILL, which He made at the Last Supper and which He re-affirmed in the Garden of Gethsemane is the ACT BY WHICH WE ARE SAVED.
This WILL of Jesus is permanent and eternal.
The shedding of His Blood happened only once.
But the WILL of Jesus is shown forth whenever the elements of Bread and Wine are consecrated on the altar.

stjos/stvdp: 02.06.2011 - 03


by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

There are many problems in the Catholic Church that might be thought to be the 'smoke of Satan' entering the church, but for my money one thing, above all others, has been the successful work of Satan, which has undermined the church, emasculated her ministry, sabotaged the aims of the Holy Spirit and captured a multitude of souls.
It is the Modernist re-interpretation of the Catholic faith.
The reductionist results of modern Biblical scholarship and the infiltration of a Modernist, rationalistic and materialistic mindset meant that the supernatural was assumed to be impossible, and therefore the Bible stories (and also any supernatural elements of the faith) had to be 'de-mythologized.' Everything supernatural within the Biblical account and within the lives of the saints and within the teaching of the Church were assumed to be impossible and had to be 're-interpreted' so they would make sense to modern, scientifically minded people.
So the feeding of the five thousand wasn't a miracle. Instead the 'real miracle' was that everyone shared their lunch. Everything had to be questioned and 're-interpreted' in such a way that it could be accepted and understood by modern people. So when we call Jesus Christ "God Incarnate" what we really mean was that he was so fully human, and that as he reached his potential as a man that he shows us what divinity looks like. When we speak of the Blessed Virgin we mean she was 'a very good and holy Jewish young woman.' When we speak of the 'Real Presence' we mean that we see the 'Christ that is within each one of us."
I hate this crap.
It's the smoke of Satan, and it's virtually triumphant within the mainstream Protestant churches and, sadly, the modern Catholic Church in the USA is riddled through with the same noxious heresy. The reason it is so obnoxious and disgusting is because priests and clergy of all sorts still use all the traditional language of the liturgy, the Scriptures and the creeds, but they have changed the meaning of it altogether. They never actually stand up and say that they have changed the meaning, and that they no longer believe the faith once delivered to the saints. They don't discuss the fact that they have not only changed the meaning, but robbed it of meaning altogether. Instead they still stand up week by week and recite the Creed as if they think it is true, but what they mean by 'true' is totally different from what their people mean.
So 'Father Flannel' stands up on Easter Day and says, "Alleluia! Today we rejoice in the glorious resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead." His people think he really believes that Jesus' dead body came back to life by the power of God and that he went on to live forever. In fact what Father Flannel really means is that "in some way the beautiful teachings of Jesus were remembered and continued by his followers long after his tragic death." The people don't know why Father Flannel's Catholic life is so lightweight and limp and they don't know why his style is so lacking in substance, and they go on in their muddled way thinking that he really does believe the Catholic faith when, in fact, he doesn't at all.
Consequently, Fr. Flannel doesn't really have much of a message at all. He doesn't believe any of the gospel except as some sort of beautiful story which inspires people to be nicer to each other. All that is left of his priesthood, therefore, is to be a nice guy to entertain people with inspirational thoughts and get everyone to be nicer to one another and try to save the planet.
The poor faithful have swallowed this stuff for two or three generations now, and they don't even know what poison they're swallowing because the lies are all dressed up in the same traditional language the Church has always used. It's like someone has put battery acid into a milk bottle and given it to a baby, and never imagined that there was anything wrong with doing so--indeed thought it was the best thing for baby.
The faithful don't know why their church has become like a cross between a Joan Baez concert and a political activism meeting. They don't understand why they never hear the need for confession or repentance or hear about old fashioned terms like 'the Precious Blood' or ' the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord and Savior" The fact of the matter is Father Flannel doesn't really think that sort of thing is 'helpful'.
This is why evangelization of the American Catholics in the pew is probably the most difficult task of all. They don't know what they don't know. For three generations now they have been given watered-down milk and been told it was wine. They actually think that Catholic-lite is what it's all about, and are astounded to think that there are some of us who think that they have actually been fed a version of Christianity that is scarcely Christianity at all.

Note: Fr. Longenecker is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Charleston (SC). He is a convert to the Catholic Church from Anglicanism (“Episcopal Church”). I admire his writings and am including this article of his in our bulletin in the hope that many persons will read it.
We all have to be on guard against the heresy of Modernism. It is all around us. It has infiltrated many of our Catholic parishes and pulpits. It is an utterly despicable and loathsome counterfeit of the true Catholic faith. And the insidious thing is this: Many of our people are drawn to it! We observe it in so many “doctrine-free” homilies and in “deafening silence” about such topics as artificial contraception, abortion, divorce and homosexuality. We observe it also in subtle (not always subtle) preaching that denies the existence of Hell and assures us that all human beings will be saved. We see it in the de-sacralizing of the Eucharist in so many of our Catholic churches and in that false egalitarianism whereby laypersons take over roles that are proper only to priests and deacons.
Yours truly has taken an oath against Modernism, as have many other priests.
For the text of this oath, see the next page (p.06) of this bulletin.                                                            

stjos/stvdp: 02.06.2011 - 04 / 05


by His Holiness Pope St. Pius X

To be sworn to by all clergy, pastors, confessors, preachers, religious superiors, and professors in philosophical-theological seminaries.
I, Edward B. Connolly, firmly embrace and accept each and every definition that has been set forth and declared by the unerring teaching authority of the Church, especially those principal truths which are directly opposed to the errors of this day. And first of all, I profess that God, the origin and end of all things, can be known with certainty by the natural light of reason from the created world (see Rom. 1:90), that is, from the visible works of creation, as a cause from its effects, and that, therefore, his existence can also be demonstrated: Secondly, I accept and acknowledge the external proofs of revelation, that is, divine acts and especially miracles and prophecies as the surest signs of the divine origin of the Christian religion and I hold that these same proofs are well adapted to the understanding of all eras and all men, even of this time. Thirdly, I believe with equally firm faith that the Church, the guardian and teacher of the revealed word, was personally instituted by the real and historical Christ when he lived among us, and that the Church was built upon Peter, the prince of the apostolic hierarchy, and his successors for the duration of time. Fourthly, I sincerely hold that the doctrine of faith was handed down to us from the apostles through the orthodox Fathers in exactly the same meaning and always in the same purport. Therefore, I entirely reject the heretical misrepresentation that dogmas evolve and change from one meaning to another different from the one which the Church held previously. I also condemn every error according to which, in place of the divine deposit which has been given to the Spouse of Christ to be carefully guarded by her, there is put a philosophical figment or product of a human conscience that has gradually been developed by human effort and will continue to develop indefinitely. Fifthly, I hold with certainty and sincerely confess that faith is not a blind sentiment of religion welling up from the depths of the subconscious under the impulse of the heart and the motion of a will trained to morality; but faith is a genuine assent of the intellect to truth received by hearing from an external source. By this assent, because of the authority of the supremely truthful God, we believe to be true that which has been revealed and attested to by a personal God, our Creator and Lord.

Furthermore, with due reverence, I submit and adhere with my whole heart to the condemnations, declarations, and all the prescripts contained in the encyclical Pascendi and in the decree Lamentabili, especially those concerning what is known as the history of dogmas. I also reject the error of those who say that the faith held by the Church can contradict history, and that Catholic dogmas, in the sense in which they are now understood, are irreconcilable with a more realistic view of the origins of the Christian religion. I also condemn and reject the opinion of those who say that a well-educated Christian assumes a dual personality-that of a believer and at the same time of a historian, as if it were permissible for a historian to hold things that contradict the faith of the believer, or to establish premises which, provided there be no direct denial of dogmas, would lead to the conclusion that dogmas are either false or doubtful. Likewise, I reject that method of judging and interpreting Sacred Scripture which, departing from the tradition of the Church, the analogy of faith, and the norms of the Apostolic See, embraces the misrepresentations of the rationalists and with no prudence or restraint adopts textual criticism as the one and supreme norm. Furthermore, I reject the opinion of those who hold that a professor lecturing or writing on a historico-theological subject should first put aside any preconceived opinion about the supernatural origin of Catholic tradition or about the divine promise of help to preserve all revealed truth forever; and that they should then interpret the writings of each of the Fathers solely by scientific principles, excluding all sacred authority, and with the same liberty of judgment that is common in the investigation of all ordinary historical documents.

Finally, I declare that I am completely opposed to the error of the modernists who hold that there is nothing divine in sacred tradition; or what is far worse, say that there is, but in a pantheistic sense, with the result that there would remain nothing but this plain simple fact-one to be put on a par with the ordinary facts of history-the fact, namely, that a group of men by their own labor, skill, and talent have continued through subsequent ages a school begun by Christ and his apostles. I firmly hold, then, and shall hold to my dying breath the belief of the Fathers in the charism of truth, which certainly is, was, and always will be in the succession of the episcopacy from the apostles. The purpose of this is, then, not that dogma may be tailored according to what seems better and more suited to the culture of each age; rather, that the absolute and immutable truth preached by the Apostles from the beginning may never be believed to be different, may never be understood in any other way.

I promise that I shall keep all these articles faithfully, entirely, and sincerely, and guard them inviolate, in no way deviating from them in teaching or in any way in word or in writing. Thus I promise, this I swear, so help me God.

Edward B. Connolly                                                                         

stjos/stvdp: 02.06.2011 - 06


Page 50/section 152: The bill will provide insurance to all non-U.S. residents, even if they are here illegally.
Pages 58 and 59: The government will have real-time access to an individual's bank account and will have the authority to make electronic fund transfers from those accounts.
Page 65/section 164: The plan will be subsidized (by the government) for all union members, union retirees and for community organizations.
Page 203/line 14-15: The tax imposed under this section will not be treated as a tax. (Think about that!)
Page 241 and 253: Doctors will all be paid the same regardless of specialty, and the government will set all doctors' fees.
Page 272, section 1145: Cancer hospitals will ration care according to the patient's age.
Pages 317 and 321: The government will impose a prohibition on hospital expansion; however, communities may petition for an exception.
Page 425, line 4-12: The government mandates advance-care planning consultations. Those on Social Security will be required to attend an "end-of-life planning" seminar every five years.
Page 429, line 13-25: The government will specify which doctors can write an end-of-life order.

Finally, it is specifically stated that this bill will not apply to members of Congress.


There will be copies of the History of the Diocese of Allentown on sale in the back of the church (both churches) after each of the Masses this weekend. Our diocese was founded in 1961 and is now observing its 50th anniversary. The text is accompanied by many photos. We are charging only $25.00 per copy, which is less (believe it or not) than what we paid for them. We are doing this so as to make it easy for you to purchase a copy. If you prefer, you can stop by St. Vincent dePaul Rectory during the week in order to buy a copy.

MANY THANKS TO MAYOR BURNS who did us a special favor by pushing some snow aside and laying down some salt and cinders on the St. Vincent dePaul parking lot today (Saturday).
Many thanks to the Borough workers who removed snow from the parking spaces in front of St. Joseph Church today.
Many thanks to several kind men and boys (I’m not sure of their names) who helped me to get out of several “spinning wheels” dilemmas this past week. I’m grateful for your neighborly kindness and muscle power.
Ain’t winter fun?
SUGGESTION: It would remove a lot of aggravation if every able-bodied man, woman, boy and girl in Girardville would each pick up two buckets of snow from the streets and sidewalks and then hike over to Ashland or Shenandoah and deposit it there.
It would make things a lot neater here in Girardville and I’m sure the folks in Ashland and Shenandoah wouldn’t mind at all.
It might be best if we were to do this late at night, so as not to attract too much attention.

stjos/stvdp: 02.06.2011 - 07

There are a good many persons in our area who are unemployed at the present time. We wish everyone success in his or her efforts to find suitable and gainful employment.
With that in mind, we would like to give some good advice about going for job interviews.


1. Provide him with a detailed listing of how all of your previous employers got you really mad.
2. Hug him at the end of the interview.
3. Eat all the candy from his candy dish while answering his questions.
4. Blow your nose frequently and line up the used tissues on the desk in front of him.
5. Wear a tee shirt to the interview that says, “Take this job and shove it!”
6. Throw your empty beer can into his waste basket when you step into his office.
7. Arrange for a friend to interrupt you during the interview by opening the door to the office and shouting in, “Yo, man, how much longer’s this gonna take?”


Last night, my kids and I were sitting in the living room and one of them asked me if I had made a living will. I said to them, “No, I haven’t but I want you guys to know that I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on a machine and some fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.”
So, they got up, unplugged the TV and threw out my beer!

Fearless forecast for 06 Feb
Steelers over Packers by 14.
You read it here.

stjos/stvdp: 02.06.2011 - 08


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