MASS SCHEDULE: 27 FEBRUARY06 MARCH
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 26 February
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — PETER and ELIZABETH ANN KLEEMAN
by Joe and Marian Kleeman

Sunday, 27 February
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JUNE ANN ROWLAND PELLEGRINO (75th anniversary of birth)
by her sister, Eileen Rowland

Monday, 28 February
Weekday
08:00 am — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Tuesday, 01 March
Weekday
07:00 pm — GERALD L. KLASSEN
by OPM

Wednesday, 02 March
Weekday
08:00 am — ERNEST MALAFARINA
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Thursday, 03 March
St. Katharine Drexel, virgin (OptMem)
08:00 am — MICHAEL HUDOCK
by OPM

Friday, 04 March
St. Casimir (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Saturday, 05 March
Weekday
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARY ELLEN KREVINAS
by Mrs. Harold Burns

Sunday, 06 March
9th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — NORA MALEY BYRNE
by Jim and Teresa Neary

 MASS SCHEDULE: 27 FEBRUARY06 MARCH
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 26 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — HARRY LUSCAVAGE
by the Petrousky and the Wascavage families

Sunday, 27 February
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — WILLIAM CANAVAN
by M/M John Gillis

Monday, 28 February
Weekday
07:00 pm — ARTHUR E. LAUDEMAN
by OPM

Tuesday, 01 March
Weekday
08:00 am — MELVIN D. WEIR
by OPM

Wednesday, 02 March
Weekday
07:00 pm — EVELYN SHANDRI
by OPM

Thursday, 03 March
St. Katharine Drexel, virgin (OptMem)
06:30 pm — DECEASED: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 04 March
St. Casimir (OptMem)
05:00 pm — JULIA LESCHER
by OPM

Saturday, 05 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — PATSY HARRIS
by Jeanne Joyce

Sunday, 06 March
9th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: RYAN and COONEY FAMILIES
by Elizabeth Ryan

stjos/stvdp: 02.27.2011 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
19 / 20 FEBRUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,335.30 from the Sunday envelopes; $74.00 from the second collection (plate); $46.00 from the Dues envelopes; $55.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $55.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $87.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,652.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: -0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,652.00) 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 $500.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,176.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $40.00 from the second collection (plate); $74.00 from the Dues envelopes; $179.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $92.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $104.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,665.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: -0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,665.00) 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 $902.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

Thursday, 03 March
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 04 March
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Keep in mind that Confession is available outside the scheduled times to anyone who asks. If you want to go to Confession, simply tap the priest on the shoulder or (preferably) call the pastor and agree with him on a time. Fr. Connolly does not consider such requests to be “an imposition” on his time. He is happy to make the sacrament available.

 EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

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

Friday, 04 March
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm)

This will be the final (until after Lent) opportunity for attendance at Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday evening. During Lent we will have Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings, along with Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

stjos/stvdp: 02.27.2011 - 02


WE SHARE THE MAIL
The following is a brief email interchange between Ian (Saturday office boy) and me. On Monday, 21 Feb, Ian had defrosted the refrigerator in StVdP sacristy.
Tuesday, 22 Feb
Father:
I just remembered that I forgot to re-frost the refrigerator in the sacristy at St. Vincent. I hope it was ok.
Ian
Ian:

I’ll “re-frost” the refrigerator. First time I ever saw the word “re-frost”. I’ll have to add it to my vocabulary.
Since we spell “defrost” without a hyphen, I think we can do the same with “refrost”.
EBC
Comment on the above interchange: I had never thought about it before but why don’t we say “refrost” if we say “defrost”? What do you do after you have defrosted your refrigerator and cleaned it out? You refrost it, do you not? If so, why can’t I find “refrost” in the dictionary? I find “defrost” there.
Questions like these are the truly important questions of our times!
WE TIP OUR BIRETTA to a kind and lovely girl in the parish: Victoria Niedzwiecki has volunteered to clean the church (StVdP and / or StJos) on Saturdays, when her schedule permits.
She has been here the last three Saturdays and has done a fine job. She is only 11-years old, but is very mature and responsible for her age!
God bless her for volunteering to do this good deed.
We appreciate it.
PRAYERS ARE REQUESTED for a gentleman named Glenn Richards. He took a heart attack this week and is in the ICU of Geisinger Medical Center. His condition is poor. He has not regained consciousness and is currently on life support. Glenn is the younger brother of Wade O. Richards, our St. Joseph Parish custodian.

DOMINUS VOBISCUM!
TRIDENTINE MASS (Mass in the Extraordinary Form) today (Sunday) at 11:30 am in St. Joseph Church.
ET CUM SPIRITU TUO!
A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND BUT, EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, THEY FIND ONE!
It is good news that Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Father William J. Walterscheid, a priest of the Harrisburg Diocese, to be the auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh.
This news “broke” on Friday, 25 February.
Bishop-elect Walterscheid will be ordained (consecrated) to the Office of Bishop on 25 April 2011.
He will be a good bishop, perhaps even a great bishop.
He will certainly be a faithful bishop.
The Bishop-elect is a native of Locust Gap. As such, we may consider him a neighbor. Unfortunately (for us), he is on the other side of the line that divides the Allentown Diocese from the Harrisburg Diocese, so we have not had the advantage of his priestly ministry here in our diocese.
Be that as it may, we may consider him “almost one of our own”.
He was born in the Ashland State Hospital (now St. Catherine’s Medical Center).
I remember pointing out to him that the name “Walterscheid” appears on one or more tombstones in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery in Fountain Springs. He told me that the deceased are, indeed, relatives of his, but I forget exactly how he is related to them.
Bishop-elect Walterscheid loves the Blessed Mother.
We entrust him to her and ask her to make of him a shining light in the Church of Pittsburgh.
God bless you and keep you, dear Bishop!

stjos/stvdp: 02.27.2011 - 03


WE SHARE THE MAIL
Dear Fr. Connolly:

I read your response to my question and it was very insightful. You did however create another residual question for me. Since I’m always learning and trying to draw applicable analogies to understand, I now pose you with this.
First let me say, I am not confusing being HUMAN with being a PERSON. So saying that, and taking from your statement that all of the angels are pretty much an ‘eternal’ fixture, is the devil truly a ‘person’ or is he a ‘manifestation of evil’ that exists because of man’s free will and the use of that will to ‘choose’ evil rather that reject it? Thus having some rationale for always existing and creating the ‘catch 22’ effect of the damned being tortured by their own sin. Now the problem with this is that it removes the literal definition of the devil as proposed in the Bible and places some of the ‘identification’ of who the devil is, as being part of the author’s literary license to put the devil in terms that the reader will understand.
In comment to your response- you did jog my memory some. I remember now about having heard in my early years about ‘angels’ being ‘forever’. That always made me wonder why the omnipotent God could not just ‘do away’ with the bad ones. If I remember correctly- it is based on the same concept that god created ‘free will’ with the intent that it would never be compromise- and thus never be taken away because of the choice- but the choice would determine one’s own outcome.
RJB

Dear Colonel B:
There are two questions here. Let me put them in my own words in the hope that I am not misunderstanding you.
Question #01: Is the devil truly a PERSON or is he a literary device meant to symbolize evil?
Question #02: Why doesn’t God simply annihilate the Devil (and his minions) instead of keeping them in existence?
My answer to #01: It is a dogma of the Catholic Faith that the angels are real persons. As far as the authentic Catholic Faith is concerned, it is a closed question. So, a fortiori, the Devil is a real person. This begs the question: What is a person? Here is the definition I have carried around in my head since college days: A person is a distinct, individual entity who has a self-reflexive intellect and a free will. As far as we know, there are only three kinds of persons: divine, angelic and human. There are three (and only three) divine Persons, all of Whom are uncreated. All other persons are creatures. Angelic persons (like divine Persons) are immaterial. They are not dependent on matter. (When we say “matter”, we include, of course, “energy” because “matter” and “energy” are interchangeable entities. As Dr. Einstein has demonstrated (I think): Energy is Matter that moves at the speed of light squared.) But angels are not “energy” as we understand energy. They are pure-spirit persons.
The reason I said “as far as we know” is simply this: It is within the realm of possibility that there are other entities who, like humans, are composed of spirit and matter. If such beings do exist (and I kind of doubt that they do but I leave my mind open to the possibility), they would be persons. They would be those elusive “ETI’s” (extra-terrestrial intelligences) who populate the annals of science fiction. But angels are not to be equated with anything that has material parts. So, just in case a UFO lands in your back yard and a strange entity steps out and asks you to take him to your leader, be assured that the entity is not an angel.
Other than making the bold assertion that angels really exist and that they are persons and that we have to believe it because it is a defined dogma of the Church, can we prove by empirical evidence that they exist?
I would say, “No, we cannot prove by empirical evidence that they exist, any more than we can prove by empirical evidence that God exists or that the human soul exists.”
I would say that it is entirely reasonable to assert that they exist, just as it is entirely reasonable to assert that God exists and that the human soul exists. Not only is it reasonable, but it is almost urgently reasonable.

The Bible and the Tradition of the Church are unimpeachable sources for our belief in the existence of angels (and of God and of human soul). My own intuition certainly points in that direction. Whatever is lacking in empirical evidence is more than made up for by the Bible and the Tradition of the Church. I guess we call that “faith”.
Remember that “faith” is not a refuge for the gullible and the uneducated, as some persons would have us believe. Faith is a whole new way of knowing.
You know, of course, as I do, that there are persons who ridicule our belief in angels. I am personally acquainted with some of these. Such persons are usually also ambiguous about belief in God and in human soul. Taking my clue from Hamlet, I usually say to these cynics, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” That’s what known as a conversation stopper, appropriate when conversing with wise guys.
If you want to read a good book on angels, I recommend Peter Kreeft’s Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Angels but Were Afraid to Ask.

My answer to #02: As to why God does or does not do certain things, that is always an intriguing question. The most basic version of this kind of question is: Why did God create anything at all? Why didn’t (don’t) the Three Divine Persons” just “rest in Themselves” and not clutter up their existence with creatures?
The best we can do is use analogy. My answer is: God brought creatures into existence for somewhat the same reason (this is an analogy and remember that all analogies limp!) that people have babies. Your wife and you made a baby a few years ago, as I recall. Now, tell me: Just why did you do that? Whatever reason you come up with, you can apply to God (by analogy!) and then you’ll know why God brought creatures into existence.
Now, just suppose that the baby you brought into existence turned out to be a rotter! (I know that he did not turn out to be a rotter, so I feel safe to use this as an example.) If he had turned out to be a rotter, what would you do? Would you destroy him or would you put up with him? I think your answer would be: “I would not destroy (annihilate) him. I would put up with him, although I would try to isolate him, so that he could not do me harm.” In other words, your love for your hypothetical rotten kid would be such that you would afford him, as a bare minimum, the courtesy of existing. You might even utilize his rottenness in order to bring about some good in your other creatures.
That, more or less, is what God does with the Devil and his minions. His love for them is eternal. He will not annihilate them. It seems strange to say that God, in any sense, loves the fallen angels. But He does. He grieves that they will never love Him in return, but He will not annihilate them.
He sends them His love, but they do not accept His love, so His love becomes like a fire that tortures them instead of a fire that comforts and illuminates them.
If I could sit down with the Devil for an interview (sort of like Charlie Rose on PBS), I would ask him: “Sir, if God gave you your choice between annihilation and the eternal continuation of your current and future miserable, disgusting, painful and doomed-to-frustration status, which would you choose?”
What would his answer be?
I am quite certain that his answer would be something like the following: “I am the master of my own destiny! I deny that God has any power to annihilate me and, as far as my current and future status is concerned, I would like you to know that I am quite content. Am I not equal to God? I am the Master of my realm as He is the Master of His! If you think that I am ever going to crawl on my knees and ask Him for any favors, you are quite mistaken. I would rather rule in Hell than reign in Heaven!” (I borrowed that last line from John Milton.)
If I were to interview the Devil, I would have to remember, of course, that he is a liar. God keeps him in existence until (a) he repents or (b) he is no longer a liar. There is your “Catch 22”. The Devil will never repent and he will always be a liar! So, he will remain forever an unrepentant, unhappy, tortured, proud, sadistic and pathetic liar. There are a few human persons who come close to mirroring him.
EBC

stjos/stvdp: 02.27.2011 - 04 / 05


TRINITY ACADEMY

Open House & Registration

(At the Father Walter J. Ciszek Education Center,
233 West Cherry Street, Shenandoah)

SUNDAY, 13 MARCH 2011
09:30 am to 12:30 pm

NEW FAMILIES
PRE-K to GRADE 8 WELCOME!

• Tour Our School
• Meet Administration & Faculty
• Discuss Financial Aid Opportunities
**NOTE: Families planning to register a new student are requested to have with them copies of your child’s
Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate, Immunization Records and Social Security Number

Call us @ 462-3927 or Visit www.trinitymatters.com

stjos/stvdp: 02.27.2011 - 06


DO YOU USE THE EFF WORD?
DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO DOES?

If you do use the eff word, you should make a concentrated effort to cease and desist. You should do so immediately. You should start today. Ideally, you should start yesterday or, better yet, last year. Better yet, you should never have started using it at all. But, no point in crying over spilled milk. So, let’s just say: You should start immediately to cease and desist from using the eff word.
If you want some motivation to stop using it, you should know that the use of the eff word is excellent preparation for Hell. In case you ever wondered what people do all day in Hell, it is this: They constantly use the eff word. They eff the fire. They eff the devils. They eff the other human occupants of Hell. They eff their fathers. They eff their mothers. They eff the Catholic Church. They eff themselves. They eff God. They eff the eff word.
Here is how to start your project of getting rid of the eff word from your vocabulary: Get down on your knees. (I know it is not absolutely necessary to get down on your knees in order to pray but, for certain very serious prayer purposes, it is advisable to get down on your knees.) Here is (approximately) what you should say to God:

Prayer to Get Rid of the Habit of Using the Eff Word
“Dear Father in Heaven, I have a lousy, dirty habit and You are well aware of it. I’m ashamed of it and I want to get rid of it. I don’t think I can get rid of it on my own. In fact, I’m sure that I can’t get rid of it on my own. That’s why I am asking You for Your help. I don’t remember when I first started to do this but I find myself using the eff word whenever I get emotional, especially when I get angry. To tell you the truth, Father, I have found myself using the eff word even when I’m not particularly emotional and even when I’m not the least bit angry. I don’t know why I say it. Maybe I say it because I think it impresses people. I think it gives people an image of me that I am a dude or a macho man or a person to be reckoned with. Deep down, I know that it gives people an image of me that I am a jerk. I am tired of being a jerk. Please cure me of this addiction. I sure don’t want to go to Hell.
I promise You that I am absolutely resolved here and now to stop using that word or any sneaky substitutes for it. I know that it is offensive to You and that it is an insult to my mother and father and to the act of love whereby they cooperated with You in bringing me into existence. I realize that it is an insult to my wife (or future wife) and that it is an insult to human dignity, to my own dignity. I am tired of rationalizing about it and defending myself by saying stupid things like, “Oh, don’t get so bent out of shape! It’s just a word, that’s all!” I know that’s a goof-ball excuse and I’m done with being a goofball. I would like to have people respect me. I would like You to respect me. For crying out loud, I would like me to respect me and I know this will never happen until I stop using the eff word.
Now, I’m going to go to Confession as soon as possible and I’m going to confess to the priest that I’ve been using the eff word and I will accept his absolution and penance and whatever good advice he wants to give me.
So, that’s my prayer, dear Lord. Help me!
Send me Your Holy Spirit!
I pray in the Name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior
I ask the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, to intercede for me.
Amen.”

stjos/stvdp: 02.27.2011 - 07


GIRARDVILLE FIRE

Everyone in Girardville is aware of the fire that destroyed five houses on Main Street this past Wednesday (23 Feb).
First of all, we give thanks to God that no one was killed, nor seriously injured. Everything else is negotiable.
Secondly, we give thanks to God for the fire-fighters who worked so hard to extinguish the blaze.
Thirdly, we need to provide help for the five families that are displaced.
To that end, we strongly encourage everyone to contribute money (always the most practical commodity to contribute) towards the victims of the fire, a number of whom are children.
Information about how to help and about how to direct one’s contributions is readily available in the newspapers.
We suggest that you do one or more of the following:
• Donate directly to “Girardville Fire Victims” c/o the Miners Bank branches in Gordon or Frackville.
• Donate to same via St. Joseph Parish or St. Vincent dePaul Parish. Put your check or cash into the collection basket. Make sure the envelope is clearly marked “Girardville Fire Victims” or else write these same words on the bottom of the check.
• Non-monetary donations (clothing, food, household items) can be dropped off at the Brennan home, which is located at 316 W. Main Street.

stjos/stvdp: 02.27.2011 - 08

 

 

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